Steve JarrellMay 13, 2016 | 0 comments
Steve Jarrell began his long entertainment career in the summer of 1962 singing and playing sax at the American Legion Post 55 in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia. Originally from Winston Salem, N.C., Steve would visit Myrtle Beach, S.C. in the summers. As a child, he was introduced to the sounds of “Carolina Beach Music” that played on the juke boxes at the beach. Steve saw his first “live” band play in the gym at Beulah Elementary School in Surry County, N.C. at age 10 and from that day forward, he knew that entertainment would be his life’s calling.
The first band was called The Rebels. They played every Fri. & sat. night at the American Legion for $2.00 each. In six months time, they had a pay raise to $5.00 each. By the fall of ’63, he was playing school dances and frat parties at the University of Virginia with Don Ballard & The Exciters. The summer of ’63 would also be his first Va. Beach performance at Seaside Amusement Park. Steve left that band in the spring of ’64 to form a group with some high school friends known as The Prophets. This would be his introduction to his first recording group scoring three regional hits in ’65 and ’66. The group became the house band at The Starlight Pavilion at Fairview Beach, Va. It also led to his first national tours playing the New York World’s Fair, the famous Palisades Park with Cousin Brucie from WABC radio in New York, as well as appearances on the Clay Cole Show. Steve left the group in ’67 when some of the original members left for college and the military. At that time, Steve joined The Rotations which was a 13 member horn band that had become very popular in Va. on the college circuit, as well as the house band at Peabody’s Warehouse in Virginia Beach.
In August 1968, Steve entered the military. While stationed at March Air Force Base in Riverside, Ca. Steve met Dick Dale, the father of Surf Music, and became a member of his famous group, Dick Dale and the Deltones. Steve served his Country by day and played music at night. The Viet Nam war was in full swing and Steve was transferred to Southeast Asia to Utapao Airfield, Thailand. In Thailand, Steve formed a group with some other soldiers known as Salt and Pepper. The band was the first American group ever to record in Southeast Asia and had their first number one record in Bangkok, Thailand. The group was allowed to travel and perform at military bases all over the country of Thailand as well as performing regularly at the Pataya Beach Resort and Jack’s American Star Bar and The Grand Hotel in Bangkok.
Reassigned again, to Plattsburgh AFB in N.Y., Steve put together Cabaret Brass and Company performing at the Cabaret Club on Lake Champaign. Here, he met the warden of Danamora State Prison who allowed Steve to take the band inside the prison to perform being the first group ever allowed to do so.
After serving in the military, Steve returned to California and Dick Dale and the Deltones, touring the country and playing an extended gig in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Beef & Grog in Waikiki. Steve left Hawaii in 1973 and returned to Va. where he became vocalist and sax player for one of the top show bands in the Southeast, Our House. This popular group toured from Cape Cod, Ma. to Miami, Fl. It was with this band that Steve had his first Beach Music hit with a version of the old Drifters hit, “Up On The Roof”.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the performance
Show starts at 8:00