Hometown: Charlotte/Statesville, N.C.
Members: Gary Barker (Guitar, Vocals), Bobby Nantz (Trumpet, Vocals), Jody Rumple (Drums, Vocals), Mike Russell (Bass), Bruce Burns (Vocals), Tim Shaw (Keyboards), Tony Hayes (Sax)
The Catalinas have been a fixture in the Carolina beach music scene for nearly 50 years.
A horn-driven band that sounds a little bit like a lighter version of Chicago, the Catalinas were formed in 1957, and had regional hits with "You Haven't the Right" in 1967 and the beach music anthem "Summertime's Calling Me" in 1975.
Over 60 musicians have passed through the group's ranks during its long history. The group has been fronted through the past three decades by guitarist and singer Gary Barker, the band’s current owner, who started with the band in 1965 and is still with the band after all these years.
"I just did not get into my head that I was getting paid to do something I love," he says attributing the band’s long success to the ongoing popularity of Beach music.
In 1995, the group was inducted into the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame. Over the years, they’ve performed with the likes of The Monkees, The Four Tops, The Temptations, among others and have packed the Myrtle Beach pavilion more times than its members can count.