September 7, 2012

The Gentrys were awarded

a Brass Note for inclusion on

Memphis Beale Street's

Brass Note Walk of Fame

All the original Gentrys were able to attend the award ceremony and they performed there million seller hit

Keep on Dancing

 

The Gentrys, an American Band
 from Left to Right
Back Row:
Pat Neal- Larry Raspberry - Jimmy Hart - Bobby Fisher
Front Row:
Bruce Bowles - Jimmy Johnson - Larry Wall

Click Here to see
the Gentrys live performance on Shindig

The Memphis Tennessee seven-member group of Treadwell High School alumni formed the Gentrys in May of 1963. Then in October of 1965, they scored with the song “Keep On Dancing”. It was a million-selling song that reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Success led to television appearances on Hullabaloo, Shindig!, and Where the Action Is. They toured with The Beach Boys and Sonny and Cher, as well as playing on Dick Clark bills. However, not long after appearing in the 1966 movie "It's a Bikini World", the original Gentrys disbanded.

Original member Jimmy Hart reformed The Gentrys in 1969, with himself as lead singer, Steve Spear (bass), David Beaver (keyboards), Jimmy Tarbutton (guitar), and Mike Gardner (drums). In 1970 they recorded an album on Sam Phillips's Sun label and put two singles into the Billboard Hot 100: "Why Should I Cry", which peaked at No. 61 on 7 March 1970 and "Cinnamon Girl", charting before Neil Young's version and peaking at No. 52 on June 13, 1970.

Later, Hart with another version of the Gentrys landed a recording contract with Capitol Records. It produced a single written by Hart and Stafford entitled "Let Me Put This Ring Upon Your Finger."

 

 
   


The Original Gentrys
From the 1966 to 2012

Larry Raspberry After leaving his post as leader/lead singer/guitarist of the Gentrys, Raspberry went solo for a while. He later formed the Highsteppers with his wife Carol Ferrante, herself a local celebrity as a former Miss Tennessee entry in the Miss America pageant. Fueled with great songs and an act spit-and-polished to compete with anything that came up against them, the Highsteppers quickly became Memphis' most popular band of the '70s. The band was signed to Enterprise, a division of Stax Records, and released their debut album, “Highsteppin' and Fancy Dancin”. Larry later released his second album “In the Pink” on his own label. He has also had various acting assignments playing Dewey Phillips in the TV movie “This Is Elvis” and appearing in the cult classic “I Was a Zombie for the F.B.I”. Larry has also been an active song writer with such notable songs as, Carly Simon's "Tired of Being Blonde," the Everly Brothers "Always Drive a Cadillac," Jimmy Buffett's "Dixie Diner," and Carl Perkins "Let's Get Upset". Larry Raspberry and the Highsteppers are still active on the music scene.
Larry Raspbery and the Highsteppers