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The group has filled Myrtle Beach Pavilion more times than its members can count. The Catalinas have been the warm-up band for such acts as the Temptations, The Four Tops, & even The Monkeys in the summer of '97, before 35,000 people in Kingsport, TN.

Since the Catalinas formed in Charlotte in late 1957, over 60 accomplished guitarists, keyboardists, trumpet players, drummers, bass players & singers have been a part of the band. Most have come from communities along the Interstate 77 corridor from Statesville to Charlotte.

Gary Barker, a Statesville resident, who plays guitar & sings and owns the band now, started with the band in 1965, & is still with the band after all these years. "I just did not get into my head that I was getting paid to do something I love."

Barker attributes the band's long success to the ongoing popularity of beach music & the tunes the band has composed, Particularly "Summertime's Calling Me" in the 70s.

The band had its down moments including the death of lead vocalist, Tommy Black in a plane crash in 1968. Gary Barker has been the band's glue, keeping it going even when rock & roll in the late 60s & early 70s threatened to submerge the Catalinas & beach music. The Catalinas had little choice but to play their share of Crosby, Still, Nash & Grand Funk Railroad. "You either played it or you didn't get any work," said Gary Barker.
Alan Eisele & Don West of Statesville have been fans of the Catalinas since the group's inception. They loved heading to Statesville's Grace Park Recreation Center on weekends in the '60s to hear the band perform. Eisele, Statesville's most recognized Elvis impersonator, credits the band's success to its appeal to '50 nostalgia; its "excellent musicians over the years"; its unbeatable lyrics; & the fact that the tunes are easy to dance to. "The music is good, so it endures," said West, who now owns West Properties in downtown Statesville. "I like to see them because they're fun."

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    The Catalinas Song List

    Catalinas
    Summertime’s Calling Me
    Sexy Lady
    They Call Me Mister Bassman
    What’Ja Do That Fo’
    Say My Name
    Car Wash

    Rose Royce
    Car Wash

    Midnight Star
    No Parking On The Dance Floor

    Earth, Wind & Fire
    September
    Sing A Song
    Let’s Groove Tonight
    Get-A-Way

    Wild Cherry
    Funky Music Whiteboy

    Carl Carlton
    Bad Mama Jama

    Sly & The Family Stones
    I Wanna Take You Higher

    K C & The Sunshine Band
    That’s The Way I Like It
    Get Down Tonight

    Bob Seiger
    Old Time Rock & Roll

    Natalie Cole
    Pink Cadillac

    Matt Leddy
    Too Many Girlfriends

    Delbert McClinton
    She’s Livin’ It Up
    Monkey Around

    Kool & The Gang
    Ladies Night
    Get Down On It
    Funky Stuff
    Jungle Boogie
    Tonight
    Celebrate

    Lee Greenwood
    God Bless The USA

    Commodores
    Brick House

    Stevie Ray Vaughn
    Pride & Joy

    Gap Band
    You Dropped A Bomb On Me
    Gary Morris
    Wind Beneath My Wings
    Still Got The Blues For You

    Ojays
    She Usta Be My Girl

    Dazz Band
    Let It Whip

    Wilson Pickett
    Stagger Lee

    Bill Deal
    I’ve Been Hurt
    What Kinda Fool
    May I

    John Michael Montgomery
    I Swear

    Boz Scaggs
    Sick ‘n’ Tired

    Ray Charles
    Lay Around & Love On You

    Wilson Pickett
    Mustang Sally

    Tams
    Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy

    Chairmen Of The Board
    Carolina Girls
    I’d Rather Be In Carolina

    Huey Lewis
    Power Of Love
    Heartbeat Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
    Walking On A Thin Line
    Hip To Be Square

    LTD
    Back In Love

    Temptations
    Lady Soul

    Tower Of Power
    So Very Hard To Go

    Intruders
    Cowboys To Girls

    Isley Brothers
    Twist & Shout

    Eric Clapton
    Tore Down

    Van Morrison
    Brown Eyed Girl

    Eugene Bridges
    Movin’ & Groovin’
    J.D. Cash
    There’s A Summerplace

    Lone Star
    Baby I’m Amazed

    Jerry Butler
    Make It Easy On Yourself
    I Dig You Baby

    Cornelius Brothers
    To Late To Turn Back Now

    Jimmy Buffet
    Margaritaville

    Brook Benton
    Just A Matter Of Time

    Platters
    Washed Ashore
    With This Ring
    Only You
    Harbor Lights
    It’s Twilight Time
    You’ve Got The Magic Touch
    My Prayer
    Smoke Get’s In Your Eyes

    Louie Prima
    Just A Gigalo

    Tramps
    Hold Back The Night

    Billy Ward & The Dominos
    Sixty Minute Man

    Coasters
    Zing Went The Strings

    Righteous Brothers
    Unchained Melody

    Eddie Floyd
    Never Found A Girl

    Tom Jones
    Sex Bomb

    Lou Rawls
    Unforgettable
    You’ll Never Find
    Sit Down & Talk To Me
    Lovers Holiday

    Drifters
    Little Red Book
    Under The Boardwalk

    Hardaway Connection
    It Must Be Love

    Heatwave
    Boogie Nights
    Always & Forever