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THE REAL THING ****NOT A TRIBUTE ACT
THE OUTSIDERS were a Cleveland Ohio popular group headed up by Tom King while still in high school. The band was originally named THE STARFIRES.
THE OUTSIDERS were a continuation of THE STARFIRES. Howard Blank was a founding member. The band included Tom King, Howard Blank, Sonny Geraci, Mert Madsen, Richard Kriss
and Al Austin.
In the mid-sixties, The STARFIRES enjoyed local and reginal success sometimes performing 6-7 nights a week in local clubs & concerts. They recorded over a dozen songs at a small local studio and label owned by the band leader’s uncle, Patrick. Patrick owned PAMA records. In the fall of 1965, THE STARFIRES recorded “Time Won’t Let Me” at PAMA Records. Tom King, the band leader decided to submit the recording to CAPITOL RECORDS.
Capitol Records knew it would be a hit, so Capitol signed THE STARFIRES.
Capitol Records had one caveat to the contract, the band had to change their name. When Tom King told his uncle Pat, he was signing with Capitol Records, his uncle got mad and told Tom,
“you and your band are a bunch of OUTSIDERS to me”.
That is how THE OUTSIDERS got their name.
Their song “Time Won’t Let Me” hit the national Billboard charts at No. 5 in April 1966. The Outsiders also scored three other Top 40 songs in 1966, No. 15 “Respectable”, No. 21 “Girl in Love” and No. 37 “Help Me Girl”. In 1967 they scored three Top 100 songs and recorded three albums.
Our newest member of the band is LAURIE BEEBE LEWIS. Laurie for seven years was the replacement for Michelle and McKenzie Phillips of THE MAMAS’ & THE PAPA’S.
She also was a member of THE BUCKINGHAMS for several years.