WHITE WITCH

1971 - 1975 

Band  Members:

  • Ron Goedert (lead vocals)
  • Buddy Richardson (guitar)
  • Buddy Pendergrass (keyboards)
  • Bobby Shea (drums, vocals)
  • Beau Fisher (bass)
  • Rabbi Barbee (bass)
  • Charlie Souza (bass)
  • Bill Peterson (drums)
  • George Brawley (guitar)

White Witch formed in 1971 in Tampa. The band originally featured lead singer Ronald "Ronn" (or "Ron") Goedert, guitarist Charles "Buddy" Richardson, keyboardist Hardin "Buddy" Pendergrass, drummer Robert "Bobby" Shea and bassist Loyall "Beau" Fisher. Several of the band members had belonged to the popular late-60s Tampa-area band, The Tropics.

Though primarily known as a glam band, White Witch's music cannot be easily classified into a single genre. Songs on each album ranged from Progressive rock and psychedelic to hard rock to honky tonk to southern boogie to rock-pop. The common threads through their work were lyrics with a new age/spiritual theme and the use of an early moog synthesizer.

After touring small venues around the southeast for the first year, White Witch signed with Capricorn Records. Though somewhat uneasy about being the only non-southern rock performers signed to the label, the members agreed to the contract without a manager or any legal representation, and quickly recorded their self-titled debut album in Capricorn's Macon, Georgia studios. The band toured extensively to support the record, opening for established acts like Alice Cooper, Grand Funk Railroad, Billy Preston, and others.

Fisher left the group sometime after the first album and was replaced by Rabbi Barbee, who left before the group went back in into the studio in 1974. Bassist Charlie Souza and drummer Bill Peterson joined the band before the second album.

Due to displeasure with their record label's lack of promotion and its interference in the band's recording sessions, Buddy Richardson left the group immediately after the second album (A Spiritual Greeting) was completed. He was replaced by guitarist George Brawley.

White Witch did a bit more touring and recorded four tracks on demo, but broke up in 1975 before a third album was recorded. After White Witch, Goedert made some solo recordings, Pendergrass wrote commercial jingles and opened a recording studio, and Richardson played in other bands ("Revolver").

Some of the original group members began planning a reunion in the late 1990s which became impossible when lead singer Ron Goedert died of cancer on July 16, 2000. Pendergrass also became a victim of cancer on March 16, 2003.

White Witch is an inductee of the Florida Musicians Hall of Fame's Florida Music Honor Roll. 

White Witch

(Capricorn Records - 1972) 

A Spiritual Greeting

(Capricorn Records - 1974) 

 
 

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