T. G. I. F.
Thank God It's Friday
Welcome to the official The Originals Band site.
Playing your favorite Carolina Beach Music Classics * Country Hits * Top Pop * Funk * Dance Music & More
The OG's Band Vintage 2023
Musicians tend to network over many years playing in various bands, orchestras, theater productions, and anything else that keeps them working and practicing their art. The OG’s is no exception to that, and the current band has taken shape over the last 3 years to include former members of The Part Time Party Time Band and select new players from our network of musician friends. Original members James Whitley, Ed Blair, David Spell, and Blaine Smith played together for over 20 years in The Part Time Party Time Band. PTPTB recorded two CDs over that time: “Don’t Turn My Music Down” and “Beach Access.” Hit songs like TGIF, Cold Women, Part Time Party Time Man, The Tams Tribute, established PTPTB as one of the premier Beach Music bands in the Carolinas and Virginia. High-energy shows across the region led to PTPTB being inducted into the Beach Music Hall of Fame in 2009. The OG’s started to reassemble original members of The Part Time Party Time Band in 2020, and the Covid pandemic slowed the process, as public gatherings were prohibited and “shelter at home” rulings nearly wiped out any live entertainment possibilities. Throughout the pandemic, the band continued rehearsing and working to rekindle the magic they enjoyed as PTPTB. Rehearsals continued as the band auditioned musicians to complete the roster that will bring their unique brand of live music and entertainment to audiences across the Carolinas once again. A few jobs in 2022 prepared the OG’s to begin booking jobs for 2023 with an exciting cast of bandmates new and old. James Whitley, David Spell, Ed Blair, and Blaine Smith have now added new members to the band. Brian Taylor on drums, Russ Gaffney on trumpet, Corky Waugh on bass, Clarice Sigsworth on trombone, and Tony Smith as a lead vocalist and round out the 2023 cast of musicians in the OG’s. The OG’s present multiple genres of musical entertainment that include beach music, country hits, top pop tunes, dance music, and medleys that are orchestrated to bring energy to every occasion. We continue to play the music that defined our success in the Part Time Party Time Band: songs like TGIF, Pick It Up Where We Left Off, Unchain My Heart, Still Diggin’ James Brown, The Tams Tribute, and more. The OG’s display an energy powered by a horn section that is featured in many rhythm and blues classics, beach music favorites, and certainly our favorite covers of “Tower of Power.” The vocal talents of Blaine, Tony, Ed & Clarice will give you a range of styles from soulful and raspy to stylistically clean and pure. The sweet spot lives somewhere between Bruno Mars, Delbert McClinton, and Kenny Chesney, but claims a more original turf that is best described as “vintage.”
Meet the Band
Guitar & Vocals
My musical journey began in the 3rd grade with private trumpet lessons from Bill Marlowe, long-time band director in Jamestown. It continued with singing and playing trumpet in church, and years of theater productions in high school. I also played lead roles in community theater including Lil’ Abner, Grease, and Guys and Dolls. By the time I went to college, I played guitar pretty well, and I began singing with a group of guys in my dorm. We played songs from the Eagles, America, Bob Seger, Poco, and popular groups in the 1970s. After college, my first band was a cover band that mixed in “beach music” with other genres. A couple of years later, I was asked to join a new group called “The Part Time Party Time Band.” The band featured a strong horn section, and I mostly played trumpet and valve trombone. I also shared vocals and guitar at that time. PTPTB had our first break playing “Beach, Boogie, & Blues” in Jamestown with promoter Bill Griffin introducing us in the lineup that included Chairmen of the Board, The Embers, and Clarence Carter, among others. We played Hot Fun in the Summertime in Stuart, VA, the Azalea Festival in Wilmington, and many other beach music festivals those years. In 1985, the band recorded our first studio album, “Don’t Turn My Music Down,” that featured hit songs “TGIF” and “Cold Women.” “TGIF” continues to get consistent airplay on Beach Music radio almost every Friday across the Carolinas. I co-produced the album with David Henson at Studio East in Charlotte. That album was followed by “Beach Access,” a collection of classic R & B songs. Over the years, the band shared stages with The Four Tops, Delbert McClinton, The Stylistics, Jerry Lee Lewis, and all the Carolina Beach Music bands. PTPTB was inducted into The Beach Music Hall of Fame in Myrtle Beach in 2013. Raising a family and a “real” job necessitated changes, and I left the band after 20 years. I began leading music at church and building a small studio at home to explore digital recording. My passion for music never stopped, and I played a few solo jobs between work demands. As my kids became young adults, it was time to put the band back together. Six of my musical partners from PTPTB reunited, and we added additional players to form the OGs – the Originals Band. We survived the Covid pandemic and “shelter in place,” and we are proud to perform once again as a group of “vintage” entertainers. The journey continues………
I started playing drums when I was 14 and then migrated to keyboards. Been working with keys every since. I am one of the "original" members of the Hall Of Fame Part Time Party Time Band. Music has always been a great release for the everyday stresses one can come across. I truly enjoy watching our fans having a great time participating with us and sharing our experience.
Vocals & Percussion
Ed’s love for music began at an early age (here’s a hint…he was still in diapers). According to his mom, he would sit on her kitchen floor for hours banging on pots and pans with wooden spoons or anything else he could get his hands on. His formal music education began in the 4th grade with an opportunity to learn how to play real drums and percussion instruments. Ed’s vocal training began in children’s and youth choirs at church where he learned to sing harmony and to love and appreciate the old sacred classical hymns. He has continued to sing in church choirs over the years. His love for entertaining people actually started in the 7th and 8th grades with the legendary Ish Brady and the Charms. Ed was not old enough at the time to be able to play some of the club dates with the band until, miraculously, a drivers license suddenly appeared with his name on it. A whole new world of entertaining people with music emerged that continues to delight him to this day. Ed continued playing throughout his junior year at UNC-CH, and with a few pauses here and there, he continues to have fun performing for audiences today. His most rewarding musical experience came in 1979 when Ed became a founding member of the Beach Music Hall of Fame group, the Part-Time Party-Time Band. He now joins three other original members of PTPTB in a new adventure with The Originals Band (OG’s). They are joined by some amazingly talented entertainers to create a musical experience you will want to see and hear again and again. The band looks forward to seeing their old fans and to meeting new ones, so watch our web site and Facebook page for an opportunity to come see our show soon.
Alto & Tenor Sax & Vocals
At 10 years old James started playing the saxophone and has never stopped. James played and recorded with the High Point Central Dance Band and placed first chair in the NC State Concert band. Played with the Soul Sett at Western Carolina University. The group was responsible for backing up national acts that came to the University. Early on he played with Cut Glass a triad favorite band. Next two decades performed with the award winning and Hall of Fame Part Time Party Time band and later with Greensboro’s Eric and the Chill Tones. Playing music and entertaining with and for his friends is one of his greatest pleasures.
Trumpet - Social Media & Website
Son, do you want to learn to play the Trumpet? Those were the words spoken by my father in 1976 and I've had a love affair with the instrument ever since. I was a late beginner since my middle school did not have a band and even though I started late, I excelled quickly and was co-principal trumpet of my high school band by my senior year. I received my bachelor’s in music education from Winthrop College and Masters in Trumpet Performance from UNCG. I was awarded a position with the South Carolina All Star College Jazz Ensemble fronted by Dizzy Gillespie along with his protege Jon Faddis and performed at the SC Spoleto Festival in Charleston in May 1984. In the spring of 1984 I became a founding member of The Dynamic Breakers from Spartanburg, SC and played with them till 1989. For several of those years, Billy Scott sang with us and performed many of the hits he made famous with The Georgia Prophets. I was also a founding member of Greensboro based The Connection Band from 1989 to 2002. In 2002 I joined Big John Thompson & The Rhythm Brothers. My First, My Last, My Everything was nominated for song of the year in 2003 and we performed it live at the Alabama Theater in Myrtle Beach. Our horn section was so tight that as The Rhythm Brothers Horns we backed up Craig Woolard, Percy Sledge, Roy Roberts and others the following year. In 2010 I was asked to play on the first CD with Larry Moore and The Shag Doctorz. The recording took place at the Marshall Tucker Band studios. From 2008 to 2019 my focus was largely on my children, and my job. I played some gigs here and there subbing with different groups and the occasional theater gig. I retired from corporate America in December of 2019 and decided to focus more time on my music. I have been the Trumpet Instructor at Music & Arts in Greensboro since 2017 as well as play in The Greensboro Concert Band. In late summer 2021, Tim Blair, who was also a founding member of The Connection Band, suggested I give James Whitley, the sax guy with the OG’s a call and the rest is as they say… history or better yet, the beginning of a new journey.
Trombone & Vocals
Clarice Sigsworth studied with Dr. Brian Meixner at High Point University. After graduating in 2019, Clarice performed regularly with ensembles in the High Point - Greensboro - Winston Salem area, including the High Point University Community Orchestra, the Elkin Big Band, and other smaller groups. Clarice works full time at a Change Often - Social Innovation Firm as the Director of Impact Partner Development, providing capacity building services and strategic insights for non-profits and corporate partners that want to solve social and economic problems. She lives in Winston-Salem with her fiancé Sean and their Pekingese mix, Charlotte.
Clyde “Corky” Waugh is a native of Wilkes County, NC currently living near Lexington, NC. Corky is a graduate of Appalachian State University and a U.S. Navy veteran. Corky has been playing the electric bass and double (upright) bass since 1964, working in various bands and ensembles playing a variety of musical styles. Corky has worked with such ‘greats’ as Gordy Tapp, Peggy Little, LaWanda Lindsay, Red Sovine, Percy Sledge, Clifford Curry, Billy Bazemore and Jennifer Jones.
Brian comes to the band after many years of playing drums in praise bands at various churches. Most recently, he played with OG’s members Blaine Smith and Corky Waugh at their church in Salisbury. Brian has played drums since high school, and he has been involved with bands that played mostly classic rock & roll and country. That continues to be his passion, but the opportunity to join the Originals brought a variety of music styles and genres into the mix of music that Brian enjoys. This is the first time he’s played with a horn section, and the rhythms of R&B and beach music have challenged him to mesh his rock n roll style into a diverse blend of musical grooves. Brian was professionally trained by his mother in “ballroom” dancing, and he taught dance with his mother for several years. The OG’s may lean on Brian to help with stage choreography and steps to the high-energy songs in our shows. Brian leads the sales team at Desco Electric in Salisbury, and he is also a “Master” woodworker and cabinet maker, in his spare time.
Guess you could say that my first live concert may have had a big influence on me wanting to be a singer. It was the “King” of Rock-n-Roll himself, ELIVS PRESLEY !!! My first public singing performance was back while in the Marine Corps. We had a night of liberty in Mombasa, Kenya. The hotel band took a break, so me and a couple other hard chargers went up and sang an impromptu version of “Under the Boardwalk”. After getting back to the States, I began a strict Japanese vocal training method called “Karaoke” to sharpen my vocal skills. I started singing with live bands back in 1993. The first band was with my brother Wayne called “BACKLASH” a hard driving classic rock show. Since then there was The “Knighthorse Band” a country variety show, then “Stoney De Ville” a bluesy rock experience, moving on to the “Calabash Blues & Boogie Band”. The “CBBB” recorded a couple albums with songs reaching the Top 5 on the Blues & Boogie Chart in Cash Box Magazine, then I went regional with The “58 West” Band a beach variety show. 58 West recorded a song called “Carolina Blue” that made it to #1 on the beach music chart at North Myrtle Beach’s 94.9 The Surf. Around 2010 I turned my focus to family and church, spent a few years singing in church with The HCC House Band. With my kids getting older and the never-ending desire to play out live again, I began to search for the right situation to start over. Recently I have been seen performing with a band called “PAPA THUMP”. A bluesy, funky, rockin’ 4-piece powerhouse band. Now I have the pleasure to expand my experience by teaming up with The Originals Band. I’ve always loved the thought of performing in a band with a full horn section. Going to be challenge, but if you don’t use it, you lose it!!!
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Delbert Medley - Delbert McClinton
Slammin' - Huey Lewis
Pretzel Logic - Steely Dan
Beer in Mexico - Kenny Chesney
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Diggin' on James Brown - Tower of Power
Does Anybody Know? - Chicago
Chairmen Medley - Chairmen of the Board
More Today than Yesterday - Spiral Staircase
Brandy - Looking Glass
Still the One - Orleans
Rockin' at Midnight - The Honeydrippers
Slip Away - Greg Allman
Shaggin' on the Boulevard - Alabama
Beer with My Friends - Chesney & Old Dominion
The Walk - Mayer Hawthorne
September & Let's Groove - EWF
Unchain My Heart - Joe Cocker
Tams Medley - The Tams
I Was on a Boat That Day - Old Dominion
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
My Old School - Steely Dan
Part Time Medley - PTPTB
Hold Back the Night - The Trammps
Kiss - Prince/Tom Jones
Don't You Care - The Buckingham's
Friends - Dink Perry
December 8th - Archdale - Ticketed Event
Details on our Facebook Page
May 4th - Lake Norman - Details to Follow
May 11th - Archdale - Details to Follow
October 12th - Archdale - Details to Follow
For Booking Information
The 2023 calendar is filling up with festival dates and private events, so reach out to book your date with the OG’s right away!
James Whitley at 336-688-5777 or David Spell at 336-687-1233