It all started in 1963 when Mike Webber and his brother Kenny met identical twin brothers Vannie and Dannie Warren in Huntsville, Alabama. Like all young boys at the time they were were interested in girls and MONSTERS. Their love of monsters and horror movies evolved into the love of music with the release of “The Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett.
Then naturally when The Beatles arrived on the scene the boys became obsessed with music even more. They decided that music would be their ticket to stardom and getting the girls. Okay, so they never became stars but they did get the girls….well some anyway.
It was decided that Mike would play lead guitar, Dannie would play rhythm guitar, Kenny would play bass guitar, and Vannie would play drums. I’m not sure but I think they drew straws.
But before they could actually start performing together in front of an audience the Webber family moved away to New Orleans. During that time both sets of brothers played at small teen clubs and roller rinks with different bands, none of which were very satisfying but it honed the boy’s skills. Eventually the Webbers moved back to Birmingham and the band started playing together in earnest.
They played together (with the addition of Jimmy Clay in the 70’s) from 1965 until 1983. Their longevity is a testament to their talent and their love of music, especially the Beatles’ music. And they still are true Beatles’ Fans.
The band’s first name was “The So…But So What?” Yeah, really, so it’s just unbelievable that they would change that name isn’t it? The band’s next name was “Revolver,” and that name lived for a long time in the Southeast even after Mike and Kenny and Jimmy left the band in the early 80’s. But it was during the days of “The So…But So What?” that the boys met Jimmy Clay who started out playing lead guitar in the band and then switched to bass….now who else did that?….oh yeah, Paul McCartney!
Now the name is “The Beatnecks.” It was Mike that came up with the name . Ask him about it sometime, he’ll let you know how he came up with that one.
Nowadays the boys keep quite busy. And although they play in seperate bands they still get together for their “Beatle shows.” Mike plays with Razz-Ma-Tazz at Hogan’s Irish Pub and Grill in Birmingham. Jimmy plays with Kozmic Mama throughout the Southeast. Dannie plays with Revolver and the Beatnecks as well as being one of the highest rated nurses at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. And Vannie plays with JT’s AllStar Band at “JT’s” in Birmingahm.
If you love The Beatles, and who doesn’t? You have to see The Beatnecks….still going strong! Yeah, yeah,yeah
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