Who was/is The Moods ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD and more
Formed by pianist/vocalist Clyde Wallace in late 1958, THE MOODS were Luling's best-known band, maintaining their popularity throughout South Texas for many years. Their tenure with Sarg was brief (1959-1961), but their best records were cut with Fitch. During these early years the Moods were comprised of, besides Wallace, Jimmy Bazar (lead guitar), Ross Whiteside, Jr. (tenor saxophone), Fred Frazier (rhythm guitar), Larry 'Cotton' Voight (bass), and Alvin Smith or Clay Maxwell (drums).
The line-up would shift continuously in later years until, by the seventies, none of the original members were still in the band bearing their name. With their manager agreeing to put up the money, the Moods cut their first session for Sarg on June 1, 1959, at ACA. Clyde Wallace's inimitable vocals and Jimmy Bazar's berserk guitar make Little Alice a winner, and it sold most or all of the 1,000 copies they had pressed. (Promotional copies were sent with a flier noting that the band "plays rhythm and blues music in the contemporary style"). Their other fine rocker, Let Me Have Your Love, dates from their second session and was issued in August, 1960. The Moods would cut a couple more records (light ballads and instrumentals) before departing from Sarg in '61.
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