Tampa Bay Garage Bands


The Beau Heems, or as they were known early on "Hoppie and the Beau Heems". This was a band that was formed through Charles David Shelton who ran the old "Spot" in the Westshore area.

This band consisted of Billy Carson, drums, Richard Garrett, keyboards, Greg Hutchinson, lead guitar, Bob Orick, bass guitar, Howard Simons, lead singer and Jimmy Eldridge , rhythm guitar.

The band was originally managed by Mr. Bill Carson, of Carson Plumbing, but then signed with Phil Gernhardt and Laurie Records where they released several singles nationally starting with their first "I Missed My Cloud".

The band played all over the state and southeast along with other Phil Gernhardt, Laurie records bands such as The Royal Guardsman. They opened at Curtis Hixon Hall for Laurie's "Dave Clark Five".

Left To Right:   Stephen Grigss gtr,  Dickie Garrett keys,  Billy Carson drms,
Howard "Hoppie" Simons vcls,  Lee Bailey bass,  Greg Hutchinson gtr. ~ May '68

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