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This month:
Larry & The Loafers
(Larry Parker)


Source: Birmingham Record Collectors


Larry Parker has been rockin’ since 1956, when he first appeared onstage at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham for Jim LucasTeen Time Talent Search.  Jim Lucas, a DJ at the famous teenage hotspot, The Skycastle, located at Eli’s Drive-In, told Larry then that groups were hot at the time, so after his solo performance, Larry organized his first of several doo-wop groups. This first and most notable of these acts was the ‘Swing‘n Teens.’ Appearances by Larry along with Rodney Richmond, Wayne Russell, and Tommy Clements on television and stage, and their voices being heard on radio commercials, backed by The Nomads, gave them recognition as Birmingham’s hottest vocal group at the time. The commercial for Liberty Trousers ‘Skeet Pants’ entitled “Skeets Are Neat, Little Mama” was so popular that records were sold at the radio stations that played it. The ‘Swing’n Teens’ sang hit songs of the day made popular by such vocal groups as Danny and the JuniorsThe Midnighters, The Del-Vikings, and The Diamonds. Any song that was popular, they learned to perform with perfect harmony.

Larry, an innovative student at Woodlawn High School, had organized a talent show that shocked the teachers and the principal – when his group sang “Little Girl of Mine” and “Come Go with Me”. When the students began clapping and shouting with approval, Larry’s group was told to leave the auditorium. Rock ‘n Roll had indeed arrived at Woodlawn.

A summer job as a disc jockey at WIXI-AM 1480 in Irondale gave Larry access to the studio and recording equipment after hours. Larry, along with guitarist Hal Painter and a couple of friends, borrowed two guitars and amps and a part of a set of drums, and here on a late summer night Larry wrote and recorded his soon-to-be hit “Panama City Blues”. The station played the song on the air the next day and the teenagers loved it. When Larry needed a label to release “Panama City Blues”, Mr. Homer Milam allowed Larry to release it on his own local REED label because, as Mr. Milam said, “It’s a hit!”.

With the release of “Panama City Blues” in the summer of 1960, Larry formed the group called ‘Larry & The Loafers’. The group was comprised of local multi-talented musicians – among them Charles Giambrone on vocals, bass, trumpet, guitar, piano, and drums.  Charles later performed with ‘Bob Cain and the Cain Breakers’ and also had his own group – ‘Just Friends’. The Loafers’ drummer was Dale Serrano, another multi-talented local who brought his dance and show background to the group. Wayne Gross on guitar, saxophone, and clarinet and Johnny Nations on piano and vocals rounded out the band.

Many of Birmingham’s top musicians served a stint as members of the Loafers over the years and have added to the legend and mystique of ‘Larry and the Loafers’.

In 1983, after a midnight phone call from Dale Serrano, the idea to have a Rock ‘n Roll reunion for Birmingham local bands was born. In June of that year, the Boutwell Auditorium was the scene of “The Rock ‘n Roll Reunion”, Birmingham’s best live in-person stage show ever. Performing artists included Sammy Salvo, Henry Lovoy, The Rockin’ Rebellions, The PremiersThe Ram Rods, The Nomads, Rooster & The Townsmen, and others – headlined by Larry & The Loafers – all encouraged and promoted by the legendary Duke Rumore, Birmingham’s godfather of Rock ‘n Roll.

Larry Parker, as Larry & The Loafers, has recorded on HEART Records, Ed Boutwell Studios in Birmingham, with musicians Ronnie Eades, Barry Beckett, Glen Lane, and The Roulettes, Bill Lowery and Master Sounds Studio in Atlanta where he wrote and recorded “Let’s Go to the Beach” (co-written by Emery Gordy who later produced for the group Alabama and played with the Atlanta band St. John & The Cardinals, and Fame Recording Studio in Memphis with producer Sonny Limbo where he joined The Hombres, Booker T. Jones, and The Memphis Strings and recorded “Sunshine” and “Paper Man.”

Larry, as of this date is alive and well, and is stage-bound with a new ‘Larry and the Loafers’ band on the “More to Follow Rock ‘n Roll Tour.”  Larry has been a longtime member of the Birmingham Record Collectors and is always good for one of his million fascinating stories about his life in music and performing. He is truly appreciated for the fond musical memories he has created for his vast listening audience of fans and is truly loved by all of us who are lucky enough to know him personally.



A shameless plug.......
  2014 Record & CD Show

 This year's Record Collectors' Show promises to be the best ever.   Over 80  dealers from around the world.   Tens of thousands of 45s, LPs, CDs and other  memorabilia.

 Saturday August 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  & Sunday, August 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 Gardendale Civic Center, 857 Main Street in Gardendale.    Admission is $3.00

Here are two L&tL songs...

LARRY & THE LOAFERS - 'Till the End
(2.83 MB - MP3 format - total length: 1.57) 
LARRY & THE LOAFERS - Panama City Blues
(3.75 MB - MP3 format - total length: 2.36) 

ARCHIVE:

JULY 2014:  BAKER KNIGHT - High School Days
                    BAKER KNIGHT - These Songs of Yesteryear
JUNE 2014:  CHARLES SMITH & THE COACHMEN - Going Wild
                     CHARLES SMITH & THE COACHMEN - Hard to Find  
MAY 2014:
BOBBY MIZELL / GLEN LAYNE - Sunset Blues
 / B. MIZELL - Heart and Soul
APRIL 2014: BOBBY EDWARDS - You're the Reason
MARCH 2014: DALE SERRANO - Ou We Man
FEBRUARY 2014: BOB CAIN & THE CAIN-BREAKERS - Butterbeans; Hey Little One
JANUARY 2014:
THE BLEUS - Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

DECEMBER 2013: SHARON WYNTER - We're Breaking Up Again; Bad Dreams
NOVEMBER 2013: BAKER KNIGHT & THE KNIGHTMARES - Bring My Cadillac Back
OCTOBER 2013: JERRY WOODARD - Long Tall Texan
SEPTEMBER 2013:  THE TORQUAYS -- Pineapple Moon

BIRMINGHAM RADIO CLIPS OF THE MONTH
September 2009 - August 2013:

August 2013:
WSGN 610 - August 18, 1968: Jim Taber's last show

July 2013: WYDE 850 - October 1984: Lee Masters (final show) 
June 2013: WAQY 1220 - August 9, 1969: James Enright
May 2013: WYDE 850 - January 1976: Duke Rumore 
April 2013: WVOK 690 - January 1976: Joe Rumore
March 2013: WSGN 610 - March 18, 1967: Steve Norris (Sat. evening)
February 2013: WSGN 610 - February 16, 1973 - final Steve Norris show
January 2013: WMPS 680 (Memphis, Tenn.) - 1977: Jon Anthony [tribute to JRRA]  
December 2012: WAPI 1070 - December 1953: West End High School play
November 2012: WSGN 610 - November 1972: composite (Davis / Bass / Kincaid)
October 2012:
WSGN 610 - October 4, 1967: Dick Kent
September 2012: WERC 960 - February 1979: Coyote Calhoun
August 2012: WKXX 106.9 - May 1979: Charlie Martin (Steve Davis sub)
July 2012: WENN 1320 - 1966 & 1967: Weldon Clark & (unknown)
June 2012: WSGN 610 - August 1972: Amaysa Kincaid; Scotty Brink
May 2012: WVOK 690 - March 19, 1967: Johnny Hayes ("Dixie Hits")
April 2012: WSGN 610 - April 9, 1977: Johnny King (Easter afternoon)
March 2012: WAQY 1220 - March 18, 1967: Doug Layton
February 2012:
WSGN 610 - May 24, 1969: Steve Norris

January 2012: WBCO 1450 Bessemer -- January 1957: "Spider"
December 2011: WAPI-TV 13: Cousin Cliff - December 25, 1961
November 2011: WERC, 01/21/76 ... Dick James, Jim Christian
October 2011: WZZK(FM) ... November 1982 station composite
September 2011: WAPI-FM -- "FM 95", September 1984: McCarthy/'Deah'
August 2011: 1955 Dial scan (from Montgomery, Ala.) - WVOK, WEZB, WILD, et al
July 2011: WERC-FM - July 1976: "Dapper Dan", 11 PM hour
June 2011: WAPI-FM "95 ROCK" - October 1982
May 2011: WSGN JINGLE MEGAMIX: 1950s - 1980s
April 2011: WSGN 610 - April 25, 1985: Steve Price, Orlando Beavers; final minutes!
March 2011: WAPI 1070 - 1943: Stanleigh Malotte "A trip inside the Pipe Organ"
February 2011: WERC-FM 106.9 - October 1974: "Captain Jack"
January 2011: WSGN 610 - December 29, 1967: Jim Taber
December 2010: WSGN 610 ... Christmas party gag tape, 1960 (T. Charles)
November 2010: WAPI-TV 13 - November 25, 1961: "Popeye Show" audio
October 2010: WKXX 106.9 - March 1979: Charlie Martin
September 2010: WJLN 104.7 - September 27, 1973: Wayne Braden
August 2010: WSGN 610 - May 2, 1973; June 23, 1973: John Bass
July 2010: WYDE 850 - October 3, 1967: Duke Rumore
June 2010: WSGN 610 - June 29, 1964: Jim Taber
May 2010: WAPI 1070 - assorted aircheck clips, 1949-1965   rundown
April 2010: WAQY 1220 - March 12, 1966: Layton & Charles show
March 2010: WYDE - early 1960: Sam Hale "House of Hits"
February 2010: WSGN - Bill Bolen newscast, 06/16/1964 - 10:55 a.m.
January 2010: WERC 960 - August 22, 1973 (debut of top-40 format)
December 2009: WKXX 106.9 - 1978 Profile / WKXX 106.9 - 1979 Profile
November 2009: WVOK 690 - 10/28/1949: Joe Rumore & Jean Foster
October 2009: WSGN 610 - 09/30/1949: "Quiz Man" w/Pappy McDonald
September 2009: WVOK 690 - 10/03/1949: "Hi, Neighbor Time" with Joe Rumore

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