Bobby Barnes & The Impacs
In the early 1960s,
Rock & Roll had a Tampa Bay flavor. Many bands would play
the local auditoriums as opening acts for the major acts coming
to town. One of the bands that sprang from that era was St. Petersburgs
Impacs. Bobby Barnes, Vic Waters, Jay Angello, Chuck Kaniss,&
Tony Brown would rock, local audiences wild, often blowing away
other local stars like Rodney & The Mystics, The Rockers,
and national sensation Fabian Forte.
In 1963, The Impacs released Im
Gonna Make You Cry on Cameo Parkway record from Philadelphia.
It was an awesome song that propelled the band to new heights.
Today, Bobby Barnes keeps the candle lit, and
carries on the tradition of the Impacs, as they play many dates
across the bay area.
Bobby is involved in getting a wall at the
St Petersburg Historical Museum for the local bands that dominated
the scene in the late 50s and 60s in Tampa Bay. The Museum had
Bobby drums and picture on display for 2 years, as the Impacs
were the first band to play rock & roll at the St Petersburg
If you have any pictures of bands from that
era, or contact with musicians that made up the docket, like the
Tropics, Mystics, Rockers, The Entertainers, please contact Bobby
Barnes at www.impacs.com