Greenwood’s Own Beatles, the Gant’s, Get Their Marker

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GREENWOOD, MS (Ben Caxton) – A large crowd turned out in Greenwood Friday afternoon to honor a local music legend. This time, not blues, not country, but rock ‘n roll. “The Gants”, a 1960’s band, called “America’s Beatles” by Tom Petty were honored with a historical marker in front of the American Legion Hut on Claiborne Avenue where they once performed. Hundreds of people showed up for the event with loud-speakers blaring the group’s hits, and the group’s sole survivor, 72-year-old lead singer, Sid Herring addressing the crowd of fans. The band played together full-time for about six years starting in 1964 and had recently seen a resurgence as people rediscovered their music before other members of the original group passed starting in 2012. In the ’60’s the group opened for famous groups like The Dave Clark Five, The Yardbirds, The Blues Magoos and the Box Tops. They saw their own success with hits Bo Didley and Road Runner. Herring told the Clarion-Ledger he never expected to be the last man standing but he intends to eventually collect on a bet from his fellow band. They each had bet each other $50 to the one that was here last. So Herring says he’s got $150 coming to him when he gets “up there.”

 


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