The band, led by singer Dennis Yost, is known mainly for the hits " Spooky ", " Stormy ", and " Traces ", released towhich have Mauvaise Honte - Stud - LSAD cover standards. The group began as The Classics, a Jacksonville cover band consisting of guitarists J. Yost had previously been a member of The Echoes. The name "The Classics" came from the Classic drum set Yost owned.
The Classics played Ventures covers, as well as instrumental versions of " Misty " and " Summertime ". People started requesting vocals, so Dennis would say "I can sing that", and that was the beginning of the group's new direction. The band was discovered performing in Daytona Beach by talent agent Alan Diggswho became the band's manager in partnership with Paul Cochran and later, Buddy Buie. The pair had formed an alliance with manager-publisher Bill Lowery and urged the band to relocate to Atlanta.
With the help Dennis Yost & The Classics IV - The Funniest Thing Lowery, they quickly snagged the group a singles deal with Capitol Records. The Classics' debut single was Viagem - Benito Di Paula - Benito Di Paula, a Dennis Yost & The Classics IV - The Funniest Thing written by Lowery client Joe South and sung in a style which resembled that of the Four Seasons.
Shortly after that they received a letter informing them that there was already a recording act named 'The Classics', who had a single titled "Till Then".
In an effort to differentiate themselves, Yost and company added "IV" to the name because there were at that time four members. 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 Dennis Yost & The Classics IV - The Funniest Thing 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 Garrett and Yost worked closely together to develop the current lineup.
Yost would listen to the band on recorded CDs, and during that time Garrett and Yost became close friends. Yost died at the age of 65 from respiratory failure on December 7,the 40th anniversary of the entrance of " Stormy " into the Hot 's top From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article has multiple issues.
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