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THE 60'S BEST BAND IN THE UPPER OHIO VALLEY-REUNION

Updated on November 09, 2010

INTRODUCTION

Fellow hubbers and other readers, those of you who read my previous Hub, ” THE 60’S BEST BAND IN THE UPPER OHIO VALLEY”, know I was in a band, The Darvons in the 1960’s. My opinion may be somewhat biased, but I think we were the best band in the Upper Ohio Valley during the 1960’s!!!!!!!!!!!

 

As I mentioned in that previous hub I had an old tape converted to CD format. Well I picked it up on September 14, 2010, and I was amazed how good it sounded based on the circumstances of its existence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You ain’t heard nothin’ yet I distributed the CD to all my old buds and now were getting back together on Saturday Novemember 13, 2010 for the Darvon’s reunion at my house.

 

IT JUST DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER

Can you imagine five old guys who haven’t played together since 1968 getting back together? Most of us don’t even own instruments anymore but that won’t deter our fun and companionship and sharing those old memories of bygone days!!!!!!!!!!

I must admit I’m a little anxious over planning such a momentous event because I just don’t want to screw up our possible fun of reuniting but I will have most capable help. My two daughters Tracee and Jenny are cooking up a feast for all of us old geezers!!!!!!  Tra is making her world famous taco dip and it’s to die for and Jen is brewing up her delicious pepper soup or maybe her Chile. I call Jen the soup Nazi because all the soups she concocts are out of this world and Tracee could make a fortune selling her taco dip alone and they can cook anything to a tee!!!!!!!! I have told them they should quit their jobs and open a restaurant!!!!!!!!!!

 I still have a great deal of preparation to complete and Lord know it wasn’t easy to just get in touch with everyone of the Darvons and coordinate schedules to make the reunion possible in the first place!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even though that task is complete there’s still house cleaning to do. I also have to shop for snacks and munchies and also soft drinks. I have already bought the most elegant paper plates and bowls known to humanity!!!!!!!!! The initial long range weather forecast cast a pall over the date of the festivities as possible rain was predicted but now the forecast calls for a warm and sunny late fall day!!!!!

We’ll all be back together again at last. There’s Jim “Beef” Clark our lead singer, Chris Zumbrunnen my cousin and our bassist and sometimes-lead guitarist, Larry Adkins our drummer, Ed Snodgrass the best sax player on Earth and then there’s me the dead weight of the band!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

SEMI-CONCLUSION

This is a semi-conclusion since to quote that great philosopher Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over ‘till it’s over.” And that won’t occur until Saturday but I sure hope everything goes swimmingly!!!!!! I’ll let you know how it turns out in a future hub I promise!!!!

Since the initial hub Chris has gone to the trouble of posting the tracts of the CD along with still pictures of the Darvons on You Tube and the link is below please enjoy our fun along with all us guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LINK BELOW

http://www.youtube.com/user/1234uz

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      Robert Elias Ballard 6 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Tom, playing music is like swimming, you may get a little out of practice but the fun will still be there. I wish I could be a fly on the wall!

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Fiddleman,

      I wish you could be here and sit in with us and class up the joint a bit!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your kind comment.

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      eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      This would be fun.

      I am trying to get a barbershop quartet going. This would be fun.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Have a great time Tom sounds like a Hoot!

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      You are all going to have a blast. I so wish I could be a mouse in the corner. I can't wait to hear all about it. Please hub how it goes November 13. :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Tom, I bet it will be fantastic. Have a great time.

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      eovery,

      Ed Snodgrass is in a barbershop quartet, and he's an LDS member also like you. That quite a coincidence!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment.

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Hmrjmr1,

      I think we'll have a blast!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your service and your comment.

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Minnetonka Twin,

      We're going to try our best to have a blast but you wouldn't want to be a mouse in a corner of this house or Salem would slaughter you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I'll publish the outcome ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for you visit and comment.

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pamela,

      We'll try to have a fantatic time and just getting the guys together has already been great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for youe kind comment.

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      TimBryce 6 years ago

      Tom -

      Good luck with the reunion. You might be rusty but go for it anyway; what the Hell.

      All the Best,

      Tim

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Tim,

      Rusty to say the least but we'll have a blast anyway by time traveling with our music on the CD!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your kind comment.

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      SusanP 6 years ago

      Remembering The Darvons brings back a lot of fun thoughts and I can vouch for your statement that they were the best band in the valley!! I danced a lot of memories to the background of The Darvons grinding it out! Since I know you and some of 'the boys in the band' in real time, I have no doubt your reunion will be a good time for all. Your hub should inspire others of us to make contact with our fun pasts.

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      Jolly Rogero 6 years ago

      Seems like the chore of organizing the reunion is going to be well worth it. Enjoy! I voted you up for your enthusiasm that exudes from this hub.

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      SusanP,

      I'm trying my very best to make this a very fun reunion for me and all the guys!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your supportive comment.

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Jolly Rogero,

      I think it will be worth any trouble involved!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your kind comment.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I'm glad to hear you are playing. I have a cousin on my wifes side who impressed me when I first met him because he played a 12 string guitar at a time when hardly anyone heard of them. Last year he had given up music, more or less. Partly because of illnesses, partly because he was out of the loop of other music people. I regret that I was never able to learn to play myself and I hate to see others lose the touch. If he didn't live 3000 miles away from me I would like to be able to personally encourage him.

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      dahoglund,

      We're going to make music with our hearts and minds as we time travel back to past glories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      My cousin Chris also has a 12 string guitar and we used one at a promo which acually was a dual neck with both 6 and 12 string guitars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for comment.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Awesome! My old band mates and I play a reunion concert every other year. You guys—since 1968!? What fun!! I'm sure you'll have a great time today brother. God Bless.

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      James my friend and brother your good wishes make my day and all the guys will be here in two short hours at 11 AM I am a nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your very kind comment.

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      Jason Clark 6 years ago

      Well Tom, I must say that I had a blast spending the day with The Darvons. The reunion you put together was wonderful. I know my dad had a great time. There is nothing better than sitting around with a group of buddies and listening to them talk about some of the greatest times of their lives. Wish I could have been alive at the time to hear you guys play. Here is a little something for you. Remember when you guy got back together for a couple weekends in the 80's out at my house? I was bugging my dad to do a song for me but he never got around to singing it so during one of the breaks you asked me what song it was that I wanted to hear. I told you Wooly Bully by Sam the Sham. You said " ya I love that song to" then sat down on your amp and played and sang it for me. I was no more than 9 years old at the time but many times over the years I have thought about that day and you whailing on your ax and singing me that song. Thanks Tom for the memories of yesterday......and today

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Jason,

      You are quite welcome and like you father a gentleman and a scholar. I enjoyed your company and that of all the Darvon's children who attended the party and my only regret is that it took so long to occur.

      While I have no actual recollection of singing "Wolly Bully that day in 1981 to you I'm sure I did so and you should have been alive to hear your Dad sing it with the Darvons it was one of our best party songs!!!!!!!!

      Thank you Jason for your kind comment and tell the Big guy hi and I love him like a brother!!!!!!!!

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