DEE  JAYS

 

Mike Lawrence, Harman Drew, David Hinton, Robert Perry and William Watson

Compliments of William Turner Watson, January 25, 2005

Submitted by Larry Mays

All the members of the Dee Jays were at the prom in 1964.  William was a sophomore but was the date of an upper classman.  After the band hired for the occasion had stunk up the gym for a couple of sets, the next time they took a break the Dee Jays brought out their instruments & took the stage.  The hired band never got it back.
 
Submitted by Larry Mays

Mike Lawrence, William Watson, David Hinton, Robert Perry, & Harmon Drew.  Probably doing "Wine, Wine, Wine" or "What I Say."  How would you like to appear in court & find out the sitting judge is the wild man on the far right in this photo.
 
 
Larry Mays
 

This may be a Quade Photograph

The Disciples of Jazz:  William Watson, David Hinton, Robert Perry, Mike Lawrence, & Harmon Drew.

Identified by Larry Mays

________ William Watson

Trombone - David Hinton

Guitar is Robert Perry

Drummer is Mike Lawrence

Thanks for the Memories, Harman Drew

The DeeJays went their separate ways after graduation in 1964.  Harmon later played with the Monks & the Ivy Peebles Medicine Show at LSU & for many years has had the Harmon Drew Super Group & still plays gigs every weekend.  A few years ago the LA legislature passed an exception to a law forbidding elected officials from working for the casinos so that Harry Connick, Sr., the Orleans Parish DA, & Harmon, an elected judge, could play at the riverboats.
 

News articles and other information on this group would be greatly appreciated!

Mail to MindenMemories@AOL.COM

 

We were a little rock and roll band. They were formed in the spring of 1962. I joined in October of 1962. The band broke up in 1964 when all of them graduated but me. I then formed a band called The Tear Drops. (If you could have heard us, you'd agree that was an appropriate name.)
 
I wrote an article about The Dee Jays that is somewhere in Minden Memories with some pictures that were furnished by Larry Mays. We consisted of Harmon Drew (piano), Mike Lawrence (drums), Robert Perry (guitar), David Hinton (trombone), Tommy Carey (trumpet), and me on sax.   Soon after I joined in October of  1962, David and Tommy left the band. David and Tommy were both very smart and talented guys. David (son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Hinton-- of "Hinton's Dairy" and Sanitary Dairy milk) was killed in 1966 in a car accident one morning while driving to Centenary. (Like Tommy, he would likely have gone on to be a physician. His interest was neurosurgery.) In about 1995 Minden dedicated a park with a nature trail as David Hinton Park. I was honored to be asked to speak at the dedication alongside David's brother, Donnie. David and I were camping buddies and had gone on trips together to Upper Caney lake, South Oklahoma, and South Texas. He really had a great appreciation for the outdoors.
 
Sincerely,
 
William Watson

 

From the  March 29, 1963 MHS Tide Talk 

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