Last edited 09/11/2014

 The Original Moods

Celebrating 56 years of Music in 2014




 
 
  

This is one of The Moods original trailers that was on display at the Luling Watermelon Thump.  As you can see, all The Moods have autographed it.



  Central Texas’ Favorite 50’s & 60’s Rock and Roll Band 
They're back...The Original Moods are entertaining young and old alike at dancehalls and venues of years gone by....Places like Hallettsville KC Hall, Turner Hall, Swiss Alps, Schroeder Hall, Moulton, Shiner, Luling, Lockhart, Seguin, Beeville, and many more.  If you enjoyed them in the past, now they are ready to do it all over again for your dancing and listening pleasures.


Available for bookings for private as well as public performances, the group includes some of the best musicians around to perform all the "Oldies" as well as some country music just like you remember them from those wonderful, care-free times of the old dance halls as well as the modern venues that are popular today.


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2014 SCHEDULE
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(check here for updates and additions)


Oct. 4      Schroeder Hall
Oct. 11    Victoria High Multi-Class Reunion-Victoria Community Center (pvt.)
Nov. 1      Gonzales-'64 Class Reunion (pvt.)
Nov. 8      Cuero Educational Foundation-Location changed to Cuero VFW Hall-Hwy. 183 North of Cuero)
Nov. 15     Nordheim Shooting Club
Dec. 6      Nordheim Shooting Club (pvt.)
Dec. 31    New Year's Eve-Shiner KC Hall



You can now see The Original Moods play dates on the website for Texas Dance Hall Preservation as well.  Thanks to Patrick Sparks, we have been invited to participate in their efforts to preserve all the old dance halls in Texas.....great website and great organization. 



We encourage our fans to join the efforts as well.  Log ontoTexas Dance Halls tto see pictures, listings, and schedules for all the halls across Texas.



---Available Now---
The MOODS "Live At Turner Hall" CD

If you were there when it was recorded, you remember the crowd noise, the music, the sound of people having a good 'ol time listening to great 'ol time music at Turner Hall.  It's all captured on the remastered CD .....dedications to students at "Southwest Texas State" , "Texas A&I" and lots of others can be heard being requested and announced.  A real trip down memory lane has been recorded for your listening pleasure.  Here is what the cover, CD  itself, and back cover look like.   By the way, one of the original "Live At Turner Hall" vinyl LP's just sold on Ebay for nearly $800 recently.   Order by email or get them at a performance near you!

   

Below is the back cover with the song listing and some pics of Turner Hall taken recently.

     
     

"Original Sounds Of The Moods"  CD

  This MoodsCD is titled "The Original Sounds" and features 23 of The Moods original 45's that have been digitally re-mastered for our fans' listening pleasure.  These songs were for the most part written by Jimmy Bazar, Fred Frazier, Ross Whiteside, Jr., and Clyde Wallace and feature many early members of the group.  There are songs that you will remember and those that were on the backside of popular records that have been forgotten.  We hope you will enjoy listening to the music of years gone by.  There is also one song, "Let It Be Me" written by Fred and sung by David, that was recorded in the late 60's at RCA in Nashville by The Moods of Country Music.  The records for this CD were obtained from the collections of members of The Moods and some had never been out of the jackets before they were remastered.  We hope you enjoy this trip down "memory lane" with us.
  

                                                         

Here is the back of the case with listing of the songs that are on the CD



"The Original Moods" CD

A limited edition digital remaster of The Original Moodscassette that was originally recorded in the mid 90's features 14 songs that The Moods perform at all their dances and is now available for your listening pleasure.  Here's an image of the cover and the CD.
 


Here's the cover.....  .....and here's the actual CD

Songs include:  Satisfaction, Cherry Pie, Soul & Inspiration, Over The Mountain, Gloria, For Your Love, Donna, Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye, Old Time Rock 'N Roll, Matilda, Proud Mary, Talk To Me, My Girl, and Last Song
We hope everyone enjoys the CD as much as they did the cassette...The sound is awesome!!


To order a CD, contact  bment@prodigy.net, or better yet, visit us at a dance near you soon and pick one up there!!

VIDEO FEATURES

Here is a link to a presentation on The Eyes of Texas that was done about The Moods several years ago during the Reunion Tour I that featured the group...very interesting to see some of the history of
The Moods. 
(click on "The Eyes of Texas" to watch the video)


This link will take you to new video of a home movie (taken by J. T. Blackwell) featuring The Moods playing a concert in downtown Luling and the second part is taken at the opening of the Dairy Mart in Luling. There was no sound available on the home video, so a couple of The Moods records were overdubbed at a later time. This video is a longer version of the previous one that was posted here.
(To watch the video, click on either one of The Moods)



Here is a link to a video featuring "Lady Of The Sea" one of The Moods songs written by our keyboard player, Clyde Allen Wallace, when The Moods were just getting started.  The original recording was done on the Sarg Records label owned by Charlie Fitch of Luling who ran a record shop and had a recording studio in the back of the shop.  This song, along with several other Moods original songs, is now found on several European companies CD and album offerings featuring various Sarg artists that tell the Sarg Anthology.  The Moods are finding that some of their recordings were hits in Europe and elsewhere and are sought after by record collectors and are listed in collector books featuring older records. 

This video was produced by Ross Whiteside, Jr. and features underwater shots from his and his wife Terri's, diving trips around the world.
(To watch the video, click on Lady of the Sea)



Members of The Original Moods and their instruments:




 
Fred Frazier
-rhythm guitar/vocals


Fred is one of the 4 members of the original group and has spent his entire musical career exclusively with The Moods, playing rhythm guitar and singing.  He also handles bookings for the band as well as serving as its manager as he has done for many years. He graduated from Southwest Texas State College with a chemistry degree and worked at various companies before he started Kooney X-Ray in Katy, a company that specializes in industrial and pipe line x-ray services throughout the southern states.  Fred has retired from day-to-day operations at Kooney and he and his wife, Barbara, moved back to her hometown of Gonzales where he raises poultry. 


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Ross Whiteside
-sax/vocals


Ross Whiteside played saxophone for The Original Moods from 1958 to 1969.   After graduating from Southwest Texas State University with a M.A.degree in 1967, he joined The Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas.   Ross developed numerous epoxy resin products and earned 13 U.S. patents from his inventions before he took early retirement from Dow in 1995 and moved to Kansas City to work as a Development Scientist for a paint company.  In 1999, he and Terri moved back to Houston where he now works as a coatings consultant.   After leaving The Moods in 1969, Ross had an opportunity to play with several bands in the Kansas City and Houston area and opened for Freddie Fender and Chubby Checker.  One of the best gigs of his life, was playing saxophone for Vince Vance and Valiants for the Endemyion 25th Anniversary  celebration at the Superdome in New Orleans in 1991.  Vince Vance and the Valiants shared the stage with Michael Bolton, The Four Tops, Fats Domino and Natalie Cole.  Ross'  main hobby is scuba diving.  He and Terri are Dive Masters and organize dive trips to the Carribbean and Pacific.  Best dive ever, was diving right next to a whale shark for 10 minutes at the Flower Gardens in the Gulf of Mexico.  Ross has three grandsons; Dalton, Garrett and Jake  from his daughter, Janine.   Janine and Jeremy reside in Angleton.  His son, Brent lives in Huntsville.

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Clyde Wallace
-keyboards


Clyde Allen (also known as “Big Foot” due to his being related to the original Big Foot Wallace of Texas history fame) started playing the piano for The Original Moods in 1958.  As with several of the other original group, he has played exclusively for The Moods his whole musical career. He has written many of the groups original songs recorded in the early years such as Lady of the Sea, Little Alice, Rocking Santa Claus, and many others that are now considered collectors items in the US and Europe.  Clyde recently retired after a career in teaching and coaching in several schools in Central and South Texas.  He was a football, baseball, and basketball coach and his teams were very successful under his guidance.  His passion is golf and he was the course manager at the beautiful Luling Municipal course where you will likely find him playing on most any day.   He currently resides in Luling with his wife, Janice.



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Sylvan Rossi
-sax


Sylvan started playing music in the late 1950’s with Victoria area bands including Johnny & the Wild Ones before forming The Venturas, a band that played central and south Texas for six years into the mid-60s. He then joined The Moods while serving in the 4th Army Headquarters Band at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. He played with Gene Thomas of Houston (Sometimes, This is the Last Song), Freddy Cannon of Los Angeles (Palisades Park, Abigale Beecher), Roy Head, Arnold Parker & the Mustangs and many other regional musicians. He spent over 30 years in corporate technology ending his career with EDS. Sylvan formed a non-profit while in providing 30 week-long wilderness workshops to over 1,000 inner city teens who were considering dropping out of school, partnering with members of the Texas Legislature, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Sul Ross University and the HoustonUniversity of Texas. He is currently managing a non-profit in Schulenburg and Weimar, providing Tutoring, Parenting Education, Mentoring and Health Promotion to local youth and their families.

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Barry Beuershausen
-drums/vocals

Barry lives in Refugio, TX and is retired from teaching Technology Education after a 40 year career in the classroom.  He has an Associates degree from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, and a bachelors and masters degree from what is now Texas State University.  He builds customized golf carts and radio controlled airplanes and boats in his shop.  He started playing professionally while in the 8th grade in Woodsboro with a band he helped form, along with several of his school friends, called "The Clues".  The band performed from 1958-1964 at various rock-and-roll shows and dances in the South Texas area.  The band appeared with Roy Orbison, Bobby Goldsboro, Jan & Dean, T.K. Hulin, Ray Stevens and many others during the 6 years the group was together.  Before joining The Moods, he played with several musicians around the San Marcos area. Among those were Tommy Bolton (guitar player for The Traits), and Rusty Weir.  Barry started playing with The Moods in 1964 and feels that playing with this group has been the highlight of his musical career, and feels like the members of the group are like his “extended family”.  One of the highlights of his career with the group is that he met his wife of 45 years, Marilyn, at a dance the first weekend he started playing with The Moods.


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Clyde Causey
-lead guitar

In 1957, Clyde (a student at San Marcos High School) helped form a band called “The Traits”.  Later known as Roy Head and the Traits, the group recorded several songs, some with regional success.  Roy Head went on to record the national hit, “Treat Her Right”. In 1958, Clyde Causey left San Marcos and his lead guitar position with The Traits to join the Navy. While serving in the Admiral’s staff, Clyde traveled to exotic “ports of call” like Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Hawaii, and most places of interest in the South Pacific.  Upon completing his military service, Clyde settled in the Central Texas area and went to work as an Internal Auditor for the Treasury Department. During the late 60’s through 2007, Clyde was involved with several local bands, playing lead guitar, in and around the Austin area.  In 2001, he and other members of the original Traits, including Roy Head, reunited for a short tour.  The group was called back to San Marcos in 2007 for a “final” performance at the San Marcos High School All-Inclusive Reunion. During that same time period in 2007, Clyde joined The Moods Reunion Tour.



Don Causey- bass

Don has recently returned to The Moods, this time as our bass player. He is the brother of Clyde Causey, our Lead Guitar player.  Don grew up in a musical family and started playing the drums at an early age (he says the reason he played drums is that there were no more guitars left in the house for him to play).  He played with numerous  country and rock bands until high school when he joined the Austin Musicians Union and played behind such greats as Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Hank Thompson, and Faron Young.  He joined The Moods in the early 60's playing the drums, and continued until he joined Scotty Decker and The Sands playing in New Orleans. After serving in Viet Nam, he started a band called Country Rain and has played bass since then with several local and area bands.





 
David Raschke
-guitar/sax/fiddle/vocals


David has played with The Moods through several stages of the group’s existence including the period that the group was known as “The Moods of Country Music”.  He plays guitar, fiddle, sax, and sings making him a very busy performer.  He also plays for some of the area “Jamboree” performances and benefits in the Central Texas area.  He and his wife, Mary, split time between their country home in Ezzel, and Lockhart where David owns Floors Plus, a custom flooring company that is headquartered in Lockhart.


 
Dennis Ellinghausen
-sound technician

Dennis, and his wife Bernice, split time between Sugar Land and Moulton (home and Pavlas' Tavern).  Dennis is recently retired from working as a manager for Waukesha-Pierce in Houston where he was employed since graduation from Moulton High School.  He is a collector of music and perhaps has the best collection of Moods memorabilia anywhere, from various posters of the band's many member changes over the years, original records and tapes, and many pictures of the group throughout it’s history.  He has handled the sound system for many years and can be found wandering throughout the venues where the band performs, listening to make sure the sound is being mixed correctly.



For booking information, contact Fred Frazier at 830.540.4553 or 830.203.1280

    
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