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Jacksonville, Florida, United States

Classics IV was a band formed in Jacksonville, Florida, United States, in 1965.

The seeds of what was to become The Classics IV were sown in Jacksonville, Florida in the early 19 when a young drummer named Dennis Yost joined some high school classmates in a band called “The Echoes”. By 1965, he had moved on to form a another group with James Cobb, Wally Eaton, and Joe Wilson, calling themselves “The Classics”. Wilson was eventually replaced in the group by Dean Daughtry.

The group achieved their first taste of success with a local hit titled “Pollyanna” written by Joe South. The band started to attract attention, not only for their soulful sound, but Dennis was one of the few drummers to play while standing up and also singing lead. When the band learned of a New York City group that had a small amount of success with a song titled “Till Then,” using the same name, they changed their handle to “The Four Classics” and eventually “The Classics IV”.

By 1967, the band had moved to Atlanta, Georgia and were soon approached by Bill Lowery of The Lowery Music Group, who secured a recording contract with Capitol Records. For their first release, guitarist James Cobb and producer Buddy Buie added lyrics to an instrumental called “Spooky”, a regional hit for saxophonist Mike Sharpe. After the record’s release, it was picked up by a radio station in Louisville, Kentucky and began to get airplay. The song’s popularity spread nationally and it climbed to number 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in early in 1968, although it only reached number 46 in the UK.


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  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    ничего не знаю об этой группе, кроме песни "spooky", которую услышал благодаря лидии ланч. нуаровско-хэллоуиновская песенка меня искренне радует)

    20 Mar 2014 Reply
  • zoborey

    spooky is so damn groovy!

    30 Jan 2014 Reply
  • pogopatterson

    and then you stop..

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • LypeRadel

    Stormy. Amo essa música!

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • dardar227

    Great music and great memories. Love the Classics IV!

    19 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Ermideris

    Traces!! my fav ;)

    22 Feb 2010 Reply
  • grungebandung

    you rock man....!!!

    11 Jul 2009 Reply
  • PartyInternatio

    Thank You for the Inspiration... Hope you make it to the show! One Day!

    8 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Royalton

    @roflcaeks: me too! top gear is a pretty good way to discover cool music :)

    4 Nov 2008 Reply
  • L3dd1

    Spooky is great, but Stormy is better. 24 Hours of Loneliness is good too; the rest I've heard is pretty mediocre, though.

    17 Oct 2008 Reply
  • roflcaeks

    i first heard spooky on the episode of topgear when they were driving accross the desert :)

    18 Jun 2008 Reply
  • dundee12

    oh and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys stated that 'Spooky' is his single favourite of all time.

    29 Mar 2008 Reply
  • dundee12

    haha no shouts? I'm first = I win.

    29 Mar 2008 Reply

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