Pioneers in “soft Southern rock,” Classics IV, later known as Dennis Yost and Classics IV, started in Jacksonville, Florida in 1965. They first charted in 1968 with “Spooky.” It rose to #3 on the Hot 100 that year.
Their second hit, “Stormy,” charted at #5 on the Hot 100 and #26 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1968. It’s our first tune today.
On the heels of “Stormy” was their next hit, “Traces.” It reached #2 on both the Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary chart in 1969. It’s our second tune today.
They had a number of lesser hits, possibly the best-known being “Every Day with You, Girl”; it reached #19 on the Hot 100 and #12 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Producer Buddy Buie, guitarist J. R. Cobb, and studio musicians Robert Nix (drums) and Dean Daughtry (keyboards) went on to form the Atlanta Rhythm Section in 1974, while Dennis Yost continued to tour with a new Classics IV until his death in 2006. The Classics IV are still active and recording.
Classics IV: your Two for Tuesday, March 11, 2014.