But when WABC AM radio in New York started playing it they received a call from the Four Seasons' manager demanding they cease airplay of "Pollyanna" or they would no longer get exclusives on future Four Seasons recordings, among other disincentives. Guitarists Cobb and Buie added lyrics to a jazz instrumental titled " Spooky ", a regional hit for Atlanta saxophonist Mike Sharpe. The single made it to No.
John and bassist Emory Gordy were the musicians on their studio recordings. During this period Huey also became the staff drummer for Lowery Studios and later moved to Los Angeles. In Yost began performing solely under his own name, and eventually he lost the rights to the Classics IV name. In Yost underwent successful throat surgery for a condition that had severely impaired his singing voice. He also won a trademark dispute which gave him exclusive rights to the name The Classics IV for both performing and recording purposes.
On July 11, , Yost fell down a flight of stairs and suffered serious brain trauma. To assist Yost and his wife with their medical bills, a benefit concert was held on March 25, , at Rhino's Live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Many musical entertainers and some surprise guests from the s through the s performed some of their biggest chart-topping hits in tribute to Yost.
The concert did not significantly benefit Yost or his wife financially, as was hoped; expenses far exceeded the money raised, leaving the event in the red. However, it was a huge boost for Yost to visit with so many old friends. The plan was for Yost to make a few yearly "special appearances", and gradually have Garrett take over as the leader of the band. However, Yost was able to perform with them for only one appearance in But by late , newly signed to Imperial Records, things began to look up.
Related: What were the other big radio hits of ? Those three songs are, quite likely, the only ones you know by the Classics IV. But they were far from finished. After the split, Yost launched a solo career. Meanwhile, a couple of his old bandmates hit paydirt with a completely different sound: In , Daughtry and Cobb split off from the group and joined with Rodney Justo singer , Barry Bailey guitar , Paul Goddard bass and Robert Nix drums to form the Atlanta Rhythm Section.
Justo and Nix, like Daughtry, had backed Roy Orbison. No fewer than 11 albums by the Atlanta Rhythm Section charted, including the platinum-selling Champagne Jam in , although the lineup underwent several changes over the years Daughtry remains involved today. Although there is also still a working lineup of the Classics IV, tragedy arrived in when Yost fell down a flight of stairs and suffered brain trauma.
The song is noted for its eerie whistling sound effect depicting the spooky little girl. It has become a Halloween favorite. In , the vocal version reached 3 in the U.
James Barney "J. It was released on the Decca label, DL It was produced by Buddy Buie. It is their first album with the drummer Roy Yeager since the former drummer Robert Nix left the band near the end of The album reached number 26 on the U.
The album contained two songs which reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot singles chart, "Do It or Die" and "Spooky". The latter was a re-recording of the number three hit for Classics IV, a pop rock group whose line up included members who later joined Atlanta Rhythm Section. The Rockerz were an American rock band originally from Atlanta, Georgia, United States, that experienced popularity in the Southeastern United States during the ss.
Released as a single in January , the cut served as the title track off their Traces album. It was written by Buddy Buie, J. Cobb, and Emory Gordy Jr. It peaked at No. The song is noted for its use of an oboe, heard in the introduction, as well as a string section. It entered Billboard Magazine October 26, , peaking at 5 on the U.
Billboard Hot chart and 26 Easy Listening. The final line of the chorus has the singer pleading to the girl: "Bring back that sunny day". This single release along with the prior release of "Spooky", and soon afterward the release of "Traces", made great success for the band, a part of the well-known songs from the ensemble.
It is a collection of cover versions. This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. The Supremes recorded a version of "Stormy" in early , although it remained unreleased until the s. Santana band scored a hit with "Stormy" in December , from their Inner Secrets album.
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