The Soul Six, a soul band made up of New Hanover County teenagers, formed in 1966 and consisted of Jack Kelly on the trumpet, Frank Lane on the saxophone, Tim Newell on the drums, Herbie Parham on the keyboard, John Jordan on the bass and Stacie Jackson on the lead guitar, said Jack Kelly, who still lives in the area and owns a business called Kelly Medical Inc. & Herb Shop in Carolina Beach.
The band used three different black lead singers in the following order – Lacey Newton, Kenny Stokes and Cleon “Pop” Fredlaw. During the summer, Stacie Jackson would sing. The white members of the band were New Hanover High School students, and the group broke up when they graduated from New Hanover High in 1968, Kelly said.
The Soul Six played on moonlight cruises aboard the Winner Queen out of Carolina Beach and was the house band for the Ocean Plaza one summer. They also played all over North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and South Carolina, booking gigs out of a company called Hit Attractions in Charlotte.
In 1967, the band won the regional competition of the N.C. Battle of the Bands and finished third, to the best of Kelly’s recollection, in the state finals.
In October 2010, members of the band got back together to play for a collective 60th birthday bash for alumni from Hoggard and New Hanover high schools who graduated in 1968.
Date posted: June 17, 2011
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