From the group's beginning, the goal of THE ENTERTAINERS has been to create an unmatched sound, coupled with high-energy choreography rarely seen in the Carolinas . Added to this fine-tuned precision unit were the ultimate in sound system technology, concert lighting effects, and quality wardrobe design.
In 1980, THE ENTERTAINERS scored their first regional smash hit with LIVING FOR THE SUMMER, a song that propelled the group to the forefront of beach music, and which led to their playing the finest clubs along the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach and other clubs, from Virginia to Florida .
The group's years of performing experience culminated in the release of their first album, simply titled, THE ENTERTAINERS. Highlighting the group's incredible vocal harmonies and full bodied sound, this album is still played up and down the east coast.
At the Third Annual Beach Music Awards in 1988, THE ENTERTAINERS were nominated for both the Group of the Year and Single of the Year. The group's second album, DON'T LET YOUR LOVE GROW COLD, won Album of the Year honors.
In 1991, after 16 years with the Catalinas and 11 years with the Embers, Johnny Barker, on keyboard and vocals, joined partnership with Earl Dawkins as co-owner of the group. Barker, a noted musician and writer in the beach music industry, lists credits such as: Love Me, Always In Love, Facts of Love, and the fourth most popular beach music song of all time, Summertime's Calling Me, a song that spawned a new generation of beach music dance styles and tempo changes. Barker also co-produced the last six Embers albums.
Dawkins, founder of The Entertainers, as well as lead singer/front man, co-wrote the groups first regional hit, "Livin for The Summer." He appeared as a Male Vocalist contestant in1985 on "Star Search."
On sax and vocals is Beaver Robinette, a graduate from Appalachian State University with a degree in music. Beaver also plays trumpet and flute and teaches in the North Carolina school system. His energy and soulful sax solos are always present.
Eddie Brooks on drums, has been singing and playing drums for over twenty years. His strong vocals, easy to dance to beat, and spectacular solo ability sets him apart from the rest.
On guitar and vocals is Benjie Weaver. Benjie's guitar playing, unique vocal talents and friendly stage presence make him one of the most popular musicians around.