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  The Poor Souls:
Carolina Beach Music at its Finest


The Poor Souls, ca. 1983
Bobby Smith, front center
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
 

On November 29, 2009, Carolina Beach Music lost one of its brightest stars.  Bobby Smith, bass singer extraordinaire and key founding member of the Poor Souls died of a heart attack.  A year and a half later, on JUne 9, 2011, we lost magnificent tenor, Butch Stone, of lymphocytic leukemia.  For those of us who love vocal harmony groups and Carolina Beach Music, the Poor Souls were the embodiment of both.  Sure, you could dance the shag to all the Poor Souls' songs.  But the Poor Souls chose material that was true to Beach Music's 1950's R&B roots.  The Poor Souls repertoire featured songs by the Swallows, Checkers, Cadets, Coasters, Clovers, Blenders, Bull Moose Jackson and Louis Prima as well as their own original material that sounded like it came from 1954!  And while the Poor Souls were outstanding in every way, what gave them an edge on most Beach groups was Bobby Smith's bass lead and Butch Stone's tenor.  Please scroll to the bottom of this page to watch a very moving video slide show of a Poor Souls' road trip.


Butch Stone in the recording studio, only months before his passing.
 

We at Classic Urban Harmony don't pretend to be experts on the history of the Poor Souls.  I [Charlie] saw the group only once back in 1982 and talked to Bobby Smith for all of ten minutes.  But we are big fans of the group and their records grace the shelves of our archives.  The Poor Souls' website will soon post a more detailed tribute to Bobby Smith.  Until then, let this page try to tell the story of one of Beach Music's best - Bobby Smith & the Poor Souls.

The Poor Souls history began in 1967 in Charlotte, NC.  The group first started singing and performing Beach Music in Charlotte, NC.  The story goes that they took their name from the Charlotte nitery, the Pour House, and that the group's name was first spelled "Pour Souls."  Early members of the group included, among others, Bobby Smith, Budge Eaton, Tim Eaton, Butch Stone and Roger Smith.

The Poor Souls disbanded a couple of times during the 1970's when gigs were scare for true Beach Music groups.  But the Poor Souls came back strong in 1980.  We became aware of them when our friend Chris Beachley first recorded them for his It Will Stand label.  The single, "Brazil" b/w "Over The Rainbow," was a magnificent example of Beach Music done in a Classic Urban Harmony style.  "Brazil" was done like the Coasters version while "Over The Rainbow" followed the Checkers' mold.  Both featured the strong bass lead of Bobby Smith.  Both sides were popular in the Carolinas as well as getting airplay in Philadelphia on Charlie Horner's WXPN Classic Urban Harmony radio program.


The Poor Souls' first record in 1980
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


To hear "Brazil" by the Poor Souls, click on the YouTube below.



When next we heard of the Poor Souls, they were recording for General Johnson's Surfside label.  This was perhaps the golden age of the Poor Souls.  Their first release on Surfside in 1982 was a version of the Swallows' "It Ain't The Meat, It's The Motion" with the lyrics changed to "It Ain't The Beat, It's The Motion."


The Poor Souls' first Surfside release in 1982
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


When I (Charlie) saw the Poor Souls perform at the Surfside (SC) Holiday Inn in August 1982, the group was in fine form, performing many of the sides they would later put on record, like the Blenders' "Don't Mess Around With Love."  What impressed me the most were Bobby Smith's bass voice, the group's harmony and choice of more obscure 1950's R&B group harmony.  Still, all the songs were updated to contemporary Beach Music style, complete with a band with a powerful horn section.


Ad for the Poor Souls at the Surfside Holiday Inn, August 1982
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


Marquee for Poor Souls at Surfside Holiday Inn, August 1982
(Photo by Charlie Horner)
 


Poor Souls at Surfside Holiday Inn, August 1982
(Photo by Charlie Horner)

 


Poor Souls at Surfside Holiday Inn, Bobby Smith left
(Photo by Charlie Horner)
 


Poor Souls at Surfside Holiday Inn, August 1982
(Photo by Charlie Horner)
 


Poor Souls at Surfside Holiday Inn, August 1982
(Photo by Charlie Horner)
 




Poor Souls at Surfside Holiday Inn, August 1982
Bobby Smith center
(Photo by Charlie Horner)

 

In December of 1982 the Poor Souls released a Beach Music Christmas song. 


The Poor Souls' 1982 Christmas Record
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


 

The year 1983 was another busy year for the Poor Souls.  Their first release was "White Cliffs Of Dover," another Checkers' song.



(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

 

The Poor Souls released an LP on Surfside in 1983 called S.O.S.  It contained their past (and future singles) and was named the 1983 Beach Music Album of the Year.


The Poor Souls 1983 Album
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
 


Another single that found it's way to the Carolina Beach Music market in 1983 was the Ricky Donathan record "Summertime Is Here."  The Poor Souls backed him one the song.


Ricky Donathan backed by the Poor Souls.
With original record sleeve.
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
 


The Poor Souls, Bobby Smith in front
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
 


The Poor Souls 1986 release of Bull Moose Jackson's "Bowlegged Woman"
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


Over the years, the Poor Souls have won many accolades including being inducted into the Beach Music Hall of Fame (1999), the South Carolina Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame (1999) and the South Carolina Governor's Award (2004).

The Poor Souls had just completed an outstanding CD called "Try To Remember" before Butch's passing.  It is available through www.thepoorsouls.net.  If you're a Poor Souls fan like we are, or even if you are not yet acquainted with their music, please watch the video slide show below of a Poor Soul's road trip and try to remember. - Charlie & Pam


Video slide show provided by Poor Souls'
manager and producer, Chauncey Edwards
 

 

Poor Souls Discography

45 RPM Singles 

As the Poor Souls

It Will Stand 4602      - Brazil / Over The Rainbow                              ca. 1980

Surfside 820302          - It Ainít The Beat / I Want You                      1982

Surfside 821028          - Merry Christmas All / [same]                         1982

Surfside 830221          - White Cliffs Of Dover / Walk That Chaulkline     1983

As Ricky Donathan with the Poor Souls

Sandhill 1004              - Summertime Is Here / -                                1983

As Bobby Smith & the Poor Souls

Surfside 860512          - Bowlegged Woman / Iíll Always Love You         1986

Ripete 2017                - Belly-Roll Me / I'll Always Love You                 1990

Bobby Smith                - Carolina: Home of Rhythm & Blues / Take My Wife Please

 

Vinyl LP ďS.O.S.Ē Surfside 1005                                                    1983

Walk That Chaulkline
White Cliffs Of Dover
It Ainít The Beat
Lonely Teardrops
Gigalo
Brazil
I Want You
Donít Mess Around With Love
Over The Rainbow
Your Cash Ainít Nothiní But Trash

[Note Bobby Smith also did a solo album CD.]

New CD just released - "Try To Remember"


 

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