The Catalinas - "Summertime's Calling Me" for Beach Music lovers and all styles of music

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

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
Sing A Song
Let’s Groove Tonight

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

Lee Greenwood
God Bless The USA

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

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

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

Back In Love

Lady Soul

Tower Of Power
So Very Hard To Go

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

Brook Benton
Just A Matter Of Time

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

Hold Back The Night

Billy Ward & The Dominos
Sixty Minute Man

Zing Went The Strings

Righteous Brothers
Unchained Melody

Eddie Floyd
Never Found A Girl

Tom Jones
Sex Bomb

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

Little Red Book
Under The Boardwalk

Hardaway Connection
It Must Be Love

Boogie Nights
Always & Forever