The Metro St. Louis Live Music
aka The Bel-Tones
Listen to The Pepsi Tones:
And here's the B-side:
Donna Boxx /Vocals
RIP Donald Hollingsworth /Guitar
George Azzani /Sax, Vocals
Tom Reiss /Bass
Randy Stevens /Drums
RIP Bruce Zarka /Keys
Barry Ong /Sax
Mike Labrier /Trumpet
Tom Ostermueller /Vocals
RIP Dale Walkenhorst /Drums
Larry Wadsak /Guitar
Dave Etto /Keys
Here are two more studio recorded covers:
Pepsi Tones with Star KXOK DJ Johnny Rabbitt!
...and two more great blue-eyed soul cuts:
Man's Got Soul
Somethin' Bout You
I got this note from Don Hollingsworth on 6/30/10:
The Pepsi-Tones was an eight-piece horn band formerly known as the Bel-Tones, playing R&B and Top 40 music in the mid-60s. In early 1965 Pepsi-Cola was looking for a wholesome local band that it could use to promote Pepsi-Cola in the teen town environment, and to provide goodwill throughout Eastern Missouri, playing at county fairs and a variety of public engagements.
They conducted a battle-of-the-bands, which we won, thus becoming the Pepsi-Tones. The band consisted of:
George Azzanni - tenor sax, vocals, and co-leader; Don Hollingsworth - guitar and co-leader; Donna Boxx - vocals; Randy Stevens - drums; Tom Reiss - bass guitar; Bruce Zarka - keyboards; Barry Ong - tenor sax; Mike LaBrier - Trumpet.
At the battle of the bands, we used Jim Zimmer, from the band Z, as vocalist, since Donna Boxx was having a tonsillectomy.
At the beginning we were in our mid to late teens, and the band subsequently made some changes, due to some leaving for military duty or other careers. here are the later members:
Larry Wadsak - guitar
Tom Ostermueller - vocals
Dave Etto - keyboards
Dale Walkenhorst RIP - drums
We produced a 45 called 'Keep On Walking", with a cover "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" on the B side. It was not for sale, but was given out at many large events and band jobs. We used to play at shopping centers in big promotional engagements, and the records would be distributed free. We also recorded a song called "Number 42" written by local musician Bill Livesey that was never released. It was a great time, and lasted until late 1968. The Bel-Tones was started in 1962.
If you have any info about, or photos or recordings of this band, PLEASE email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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