Saxophone maestro EARL BOSTIC trained at Xavier in music theory. 12 Clouds of Joy was first pro gig. Recorded with Lionel Hampton in ’39, formed band in ’45. Arranged for Whiteman, Prima, Krupa, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton....
Originally written in Spanish by Nilo Menendez in 1929... This torchy song was a mucho hit for Xavier Cugat and a #1 hit for Jimmy Dorsey. But it’s the sexy one-in-a-million bass voice of Jimmy Ricks of the Ravens we honor into the Beach Music Hall of Fame. Very few songs in music history had a richer bass lead and maybe none more memorable to our Carolina dancers.
“Greeeen eyes...your eyes that promise sweet nights.
Bring to my soul a longing
For a thirst so diviiiine”
This groovy classic was released in 1955 and sent a million pegged-pants and penny loafers to the wooden dance floors...GREEN EYES by the RAVENS.