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Comments in red are by TIM HOLLIS (in black prior to 2010).
Comments in blue are by webmaster RUSSELL WELLS.



This month:
Len Wade & The Tikis

The Tikis’ image was one of a “beach band,” although they were really a group of musicians from Birmingham, Alabama. Billy Self, Clyde Masters, Hayes Hopper, and Len Wade were part of the Bobby Mizzell Soultet. They also played gigs on their own along the Florida panhandle and into Mobile. In 1962, after deciding to form their own group, they picked the name “The Tikis” to fit their beach band image. Soon after that Phillip “Scotty” Scott joined the group and “Len Wade & The Tikis” were ready to rock.

They continued to tour the Mobile and Ft. Walton area and settled in as the house band at The Club Lido in Ft. Walton. With Billy Self on drums, Clyde Masters on bass, Hayes Hopper on sax, Phillip Scott on trumpet and Len Wade doing the bluesy piano and vocals, they combined tight dance routines and horn lines and became a beach version of The Mar-Keys.  With their high octane R&B delivery and the “big finish”, they were bringing the house down nightly.

At Club Lido they met Finley Duncan, a man who ran a local jukebox operation and who would soon form the first record label they would record on – MINARET.  Mr. Duncan took the guys off to Nashville to begin recording.  Later he would take them to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to record at a new studio called Fame Studios.  When needed, Finley even recorded them at his company’s office.  Over time, the Tikis not only recorded on the MINARET label, but also on DIAL, UNITED ARTISTS, and ATCO.

With the addition of Dwight Anderson, Robert “Bo” Fowler, Tim Smith, Dale Karrh and Steve Harp, the Tikis continued to mature and hit their stride recording two more albums self-titled simply The Tikis with one identified as the "Footprints" album and the other as the "Starfish" album.



The Tikis kept their legendary status going strong with quite a touring schedule.  Over the years they played cities and towns in 32 states and 3 countries around the world, including two separate 25-city tours of Japan on the same bill as Brenda Lee.  Other people they toured with over the years included Lesley Gore, Bobby Goldsboro, Ray Stevens, Chad & Jeremy as well as Sam & Dave.  Locally many will remember seeing the Tikis in The Boom-Boom Room at the Eastwood Bowling Center and might have even bought their In Town Tonight album.

After performing together for more than a decade, the guys went their separate ways.  Some stayed in the music industry playing in other bands, touring with other acts, solo recording, and working with talent agencies and concert promotions while others went into the corporate world or owned their own businesses.

They all started young in the world of music and not only have many good memories from those days, but also left many good memories for us as music lovers as well.  They did as their hit song said, “I Was Doin’ Alright” and to us they still are.

Here are three of The Tikis' songs...

LEN WADE & THE TIKIS - I Was Doin' Alright
(1.87 MB - MP3 format - total length: 2.02) 
LEN WADE & THE TIKIS - Traveling Shoes
(2.08 MB - MP3 format - total length: 2.16)
LEN WADE & THE TIKIS - Cloudy Skies
(2.35 MB - MP3 format - total length: 2.34)
 

ARCHIVE:

AUGUST 2014:  LARRY & THE LOAFERS - 'Till the End
                                          LARRY & THE LOAFERS - Panama City Blues

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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