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The Coastliners

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By the mid-1960s, the Beach Boys’ sunny California harmonies had swept the nation. The Malibu group’s songs about the beach, surfing, cars and girls were something every kid could either identify with or simply wanted to. The Houston area was no exception, and in Baytown, Ozzie Hart (drums), Tommy Meekins (keyboards), Wayman Lamb (guitar), Bob Williamson (bass) and Rex Kramer (lead guitar) formed the Coastliners in 1964. Falsetto singer, Larry Sanders joined the group in the fall of 1965.

The beach-loving group stayed true to Brian Wilson-style harmonies, yet added garage-rock fuzztones. With International Artists founder Fred Carroll managing them, the Coastliners became well known as the Gulf Coast’s answer to the “Surfin’ USA” boys. The group has been very active since re-forming in 1998. Upon reforming The Coastliners, Jeremy Meekins was added to the band as lead guitarist and singer. The Coastliner’s new CD, “Summer Love” is collection of original songs written, sung, and produced by the father-son team, Tommy and Jeremy Meekins.

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