The Outsiders

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Not to be confused with the Cleveland-based Outsiders renowned for the classic "Time Won't Let Me" nor the Dutch freakbeat band of the same name, this particular garage-punk unit hailed from Tampa, FL,…
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Not to be confused with the Cleveland-based Outsiders renowned for the classic "Time Won't Let Me" nor the Dutch freakbeat band of the same name, this particular garage-punk unit hailed from Tampa, FL, and was formed in 1964 by singer Hardy Dial, guitarists Buddy Richardson and Ronnie Vaskovsky, bassist Ronnie Elliot, and drummer Spencer Hinkle. After growing a large local following, the Outsiders entered Tampa's H&H Avenue Studios to cut their debut, "She's Coming On Stronger," issued on the local Knight label in late 1965. After replacing Dial with frontman John DeLise, in the spring of 1966 the group released its follow-up, a blistering rendition of Eddie Cochran's classic "Summertime Blues."

The record was a regional smash and brought the Outsiders to the attention of the Laurie Records subsidiary Providence, who persuaded them to change their name to the Soul Trippers to avoid conflict with the myriad other Outsiders lineups across the globe. Their blues-punk cover of James Moore's "I'm a King Bee" followed in July of 1966. According to the Fuzz, Acid & Flowers website, the record sold 20,000 copies before the discovery that the Soul Trippers were in fact five white guys prompted many radio station managers to pull it from their play lists. This bizarre case of reverse racism hastened the band's demise, with Richardson and Elliot reuniting in Noah's Ark while DeLise later resurfaced in the Rovin' Flames, again replacing Hardy Dial just as he had done in the Outsiders.