Inside this website, you will find a collection of photos and information.

            All of the photos, places and great garage bands are from the mid to late 1960’s.

            During that time period, the Tampa Bay area had many “dance hall” locations.

            A few that I remember are:

                 The FCA Hall, located on Waters Ave west of Florida Ave.

                 The Inn Crowd, located south of Tampa University by the river.  

                 The Spot, located near West Shore Blvd and W Cypress

                 The Tampa Letter Carriers Hall, located at MacDill and W Cypress

                 The Hullabaloo, located on south Florida Ave

                 The Electric Zoo in St Pete

                 The St Pete Armory

                 The Strawberry Patch

                  King Solomon’s Mine on Gandy, east of Dale Mabry

                  The White Rabbit, in St Pete Beach

                  The Annex

                Although the bands performing were sometimes called garage bands, I think

            a more appropriate label would be talented musicians. They would form

            groups, practice long hours then audition for a Friday or Saturday spot at one

            of the local dances. If they were able, they would play there both nights. One

            of my favorite bands was Mike and the Hurricanes (later renamed Sir Michael

            and the Sounds). They frequently performed at the FCA Hall, also the Inn Crowd.

                I have pulled together my photos from the 1960’s and have posted them

            here. Click on the links above and choose the bands you would like to

            see. I hope you enjoy the pictures. If you have any information, questions

            or photos to share, I will post them here for others to enjoy.

The folders are:

                   NEW: 50 year reunion of Sir Michael and the Sounds - Oct 2015 photos and video links

                    Mike and the Hurricanes in the early years. Plus photos after they renamed to

                    Sir Michael and the Sounds and released their single Can You/Love Your Fellow Man.


                    The Outlaws (several original members) at Oak Grove Jr High in 1966 or 67

                    Noah’s Ark

                    The Enticers


                    The Chains

                    The British Wrights

                    The Lost Souls

                    The 12th Street Apothecary

                     Mama’s Boys

                     Miami Pop Festival May 18, 1968 - never before seen photos of Jimi Hendrix,

                      Frank Zappa, Blue Cheer, Arthur Brown plus many crowd shots.


                          If you recognize someone in any of the photos, let me know.....

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