Born: Montgomery, AL

Rock Drums Classics IV, Roy Orbison

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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The K-Otics were a college band formed at Troy University in Troy, Alabama circa 1962.

Originally founded by members Joe Torrillo and Mike Johnson, the band solidified and began to make records with Tommy Mann (lead singer) and Ray Goss (bass & vocals) from Tallassee, Alabama and Marvin Taylor (lead guitar and vocals) and Kim Venable(drums), from 1964 to 1967, from Tuskegee, Alabama for Bang Records.

The band gained regional recognition after recording “Charlena” for Rick Hall at FAME Studios, receiving major airplay on WBAM, the 50,000 watt Montgomery, Alabama station. Popularity increased with the recording of Double Shot(of My Baby’s Love) for Sam Phillips in Memphis, Tennessee with the band going on to play National Guard Armories, high school proms, and various concert venues throughout the southeast.

“Double Shot,” written by Don Smith and Cyril Vetter, was recorded by The Swingin' Medallions before The K-Otics version, but The K-Otics record was released first. The Swingin' Medallions had the backing of a major label and gained more recognition and greater sales in more cities.

The K-Otics disbanded in 1967 with Tommy Mann entering the business world, while Ray Goss continued to play music locally. Kim Venable went on to join the Classics IV on drums. Marvin Taylor moved to the Atlanta area and played with Mose Jones and Java Monkey continuing to write and produce music.


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The Classics IV moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1967 and were discovered by Bill Lowery who produced their first national hit in 1968 with "Spooky", a song they recorded in 1967 on the Imperial Records label. Guitarist James Cobb and producer Buddy Buie added lyrics to an instrumental called "Spooky", a regional hit for saxophonist Mike Sharpe. The song made it to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S., and #46 in the UK. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[1]

Having achieved popularity, the group brought in Kim Venable on drums so that Yost could focus on singing. They changed the band name to Classics IV Featuring Dennis Yost and enjoyed two last Top 10 hits, "Stormy" (1968, #5) and "Traces" (1969, #2) and a Top Twenty hit, "Everyday With You Girl" (1969, #19). "Stormy" and "Traces" both sold over one million units, and were awarded gold discs by the R.I.A.A..[1]

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