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The Entertainers

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Song List


Acoustic, Folk, and Blues
James Taylor - How Sweet It Is

Contemporary and Dance
Cameo - Word Up
Earth Wind And Fire - September
Earth Wind And Fire - Sing A Song
Marcia Griffiths - Electric Slide
Prince - Kiss
Tyronne Davis - Back That Thang Up
Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music

Country and Bluegrass
Boz Scaggs - Sick and Tired
Lee Greenwood - God Bless The USA
Osborne Brothers - Rocky Top
Tim Mcgraw - Watch The Wind Blow by
Travis Tritt - Trouble

Modern, Alternative, and Classic Rock
Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffett - It's Five O'Clock Somewhere
Billy Ward and Dominoes - 60 Minute Man
Blake Shelton - Some Beach
Bob Seger - Old Time Rock And Roll
Delbert McClinton - Leap Of Faith
Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville
L.T.D. - (Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again
Lisa Marie Presley - Dirty Laundry
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Santana - Smooth
Stevie Ray Vaughn - Pride and Joy
The Ohio Players - Fire
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
War - Low Rider

Motown, Oldies, and Beach
Chairmen Of The Board - Carolina Girls
Chairmen Of The Board - Gone Fishin
Chairmen Of The Board - On The Beach
Danny And The Juniors - At The Hop
Dion - Run Around Sue
Dion - Sea Cruise
Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup
Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Lovin
Four Tops - It's The Same Ole Song
Four Tops - Reach Out I'll Be There
Four Tops - Sugar Pie Honey Bunch
O.C. Smith - Brenda
Otis Day And The Nights - Shout
Otis Redding - Dock Of The Bay
Sam and Dave - Soul Man
Shape-Showmen - 39-21-40
Tams - Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy
Temptations - Ain't Too Proud To Beg
Temptations - Can't Get Next To You
Temptations - Get Ready
Temptations - I'm Losin You
Temptations - My Girl
Temptations - My Lady Soul
The Drifters - Dance With Me
The Drifters - Little Red Book
The Drifters - Under The Boardwalk
The Entertainers - Ten Ways of Lovin You
The Entertainers - Who Knows How To Make Love Stay
The Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup
The Platters - With This Ring
The Silhouettes - Get A Job
The Spinners - I'll Be Around
The Tractors - Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train
The Tymes - Miss Grace
Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally
Wilson Pickett - Stagger Lee

R&B, Funk, and Disco
Barry White - Can't Get Enough of Your Love Baby
Barry White - First, Last, My Everything
Carl Carlton - Bad Mama Jama
Chic - Good Times
Clarence Carter - Strokin'
Commodores - Brick House
Eddie Floyd - Knock On Wood
Kool And The Gang - Celebration
Kool And The Gang - Fresh
Kool And The Gang - Hollywood Swingin
Kool and The Gang - Ladies Night
Kool AndThe Gang - Get Down On It
Lou Rawls - Miss My Lovin
Lou Rawls - Sit Down And Talk To Me
Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing
McFadden and Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin Us Now
Stevie Wonder - Signed Sealed Delivered
The Trammps - Disco Inferno
The Trammps - Hold Back The Night
Tower Of Power - This Time Is Real
Village People - YMCA

Retro 70's and 80's
KC & The Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight
KC & The Sunshine Band - Shake Your Booty
KC & The Sunshine Band - That's The Way I like It
Midnight Star - No Parking On The Dance Floor

Standards, Swing, and Jazz
Cornelius Brothers - Too Late To Turn Back Now
Natalie Cole - Pink Cadillac
Standards - A Foggy Day In London Town
Standards - All Of Me
Standards - Come Fly With Me
Standards - Could Have Danced All Night
Standards - Crazy
Standards - Girl From Ipanema
Standards - I've Got You Under My Skin
Standards - In The Mood
Standards - New York New York
Standards - Night and Day
Standards - One Note Sam
Standards - Our Day Will Come
Standards - Perdido
Standards - Satin Doll
Standards - September Rain
Standards - String Of Pearls
Standards - Tequila
Standards - The Summer Wind
Standards - The Way You Look Tonight

Other Songs
Calloway - I Want To Be Rich
Confederate Railroad - Trashy Women
Dirks Bentley - How Am I Doin
Kieth Urban - Somebody Like You
Lou Prima - Just A Gigolo
Love Committee - Cheaters Never Win
Mel And Tim - Backfield In Motion
Michael Mcdonald - Ain't No Mountain High Enough