The Outsiders / The Soul Trippers

Members:

  • Hardy Dial (vocals)
  • John Delise (vocals)
  • Buddy Richardson (guitar)
  • Ronnie Vaskovsky (guitar)
  • Ronnie Elliot (bass)
  • Spencer Hinkle (drums) 

The Outsiders formed in Tampa in 1964 and consisted of Hardy Dial (vocals), John Delise (vocals), Buddy Richardson (guitar), Ronnie Vaskovsky (guitar), and Spencer Hinkle (drums). Bassist Ronny Elliot joined in 1965 from another Tampa band The Raveons and Hinkle had played in early line-ups of Tampa's Tropics. They developed a lot of local support and cut their first 45, “She's Coming On Stronger”, at Tampa's H & H Avenue. The band followed up with a cover of Eddie Cochran's “Summertime Blues.”

John Delise (Those Five and The Rovin' Flames) eventually replaced Hardy Dial on vocals. In 1966 they were signed to the Laurie Records subsidiary label Providence who changed their name to The Soul Trippers because of the better-known Outsiders from Cleveland Ohio.

The bands rootsy blues-punk cover of James Moore's “(I'm A) King Bee” sold 20,000 copies before the discovery that the Soul Trippers were in fact five white guys, which resulted in it getting pulled from local radio station play lists. The song has since reappeared on Mindrocker, Vol. 5 (LP) and Psychedelic States - Florida Vol. 2 (CD). 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. Richardson would also eventually form White Witch who released several 45s and two LPs on Capricorn Records in the early 1970's. 

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