“Ron & The Starfires” Backing the Shangri-las – 1965 Nov 13

65 Shangri-las Ron and the Starfires Ron and The Starfires were formed from ex members of The Starfires and The Dynamics in 1962 All the members lived in Auburndale, Florida ,

The band had  a great following in Florida  They leaned heavily toward the stylings of such artists as: James Brown, Jimmy Reed, the Impressions, Lonnie Mack and Jerry Butler The coming of the “British Invasion” of the mid-60’s, took the band down a brand new path and the shows became a more or less 50/50 split of R&B and the English rock music of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Searchers, Zombies, Animals, Dave Clark 5, etc..

As Ron and the Starfires’ popularity spread, the group branched out around Florida. They were one of the most used bands on the University of Florida campus during the mid-60’s.

Ron & the Starfires played as opening act for quite a number of sixties artists including: 65 ShangriLas 2The Shangri-las, The Birdwatchers, Tommy Roe, The Nightcrawlers, John Fred & His Playboy Band and Rufus Thomas and often shared the stage when in Daytona with The Allman Joys .

What you have just read is a brief from the website for the band. Carl will be contacting the other members and also trying to locate the original clipping so I can post a better scan of the band. If you would like to read more about Ron and the Starfires click the link below or click the photos…. Many thanks to Carl Chambers for permission to post images here. Carl will be contacting the other band members to see if they can recall actual details of the gig, which I hope to post here later at some time.


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