RARE BEAT - GARAGE ROCK AND PSYCHEDELIC
THE COUNTDOWN FIVE
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Their musical career began when Mack Hayes joined his life long friends Tommy Williams and Tommy Murphy in a band called "D & The Dominoes" while still in high school in Texas City, TX. That band soon became the "Countdown 5" joined by Steve Long and John Balzer. The "5" was a 60's rock and roll show band that produced two Billboard Top 100 hits, "Uncle Kirby" and "Shaka Na Na". The 5's home base was the the beach in Galveston, Tx, as the house band for the legendary Bamboo Hut and later the Grass Menagerie beach clubs that were The summer destinations for college kids from all over the U. S. Because of the success of their records the 5 also toured throughout the Southeastern U. S. doing college shows and opening concerts for the super star acts of the era such as the Dave Clark 5, Paul Revere & the Raiders, the Grass Roots, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs (Wolly Bully), B. J. Thomas, the Fifth Dimension, and others. Tommy Williams, John Balzer, and Mack Hayes eventually disbanded the Countdown 5 after receiving an offer to travel with Liza Minnelli. They worked with Liza in her concert shows for the time period prior to her filming the movie "Cabaret". Upon completion of the film they rejoined Liza in Los Angeles for another extended tour. They travels with Liza encompassed most of the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Paris, France.

MEMBERS:

Tommy Williams - Texas City Texas
Mack Hayes - Texas City Texas
Steve Long - Galvestone Texas
Tommy Murphy - Texas City Texas
John Balzer - Galvestone Texas

BEST LINK:

The Countdown Five blog
Mack Hayes website



Shaka Shaka Na Na
Money man
Germany
Hansa 14 353 AT
Value: 30

Shaka Shaka Na Na
Money man
Italy
Saint Martin record - Gulf 1043
Value: 35

Shaka Shaka Na Na
Money man
Sweden
Polar POS 1078
Value: 45

Uncle Kirby (from Brazil)
Speculation
USA
Toucan records T-1
Value: 100

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