Bright Eye Band

... comprised of Chuck DeFrancis - guitar / lead vocals + Jim Kesilika - bass / vocals + Martin Samuel - drums / percussion + Chris Bovard - guitar / vocals.

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In addition to original songs by Chuck, the band played a mixture of blues, funk and rock.  Artists covered were: Van Morrison, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, The Big Bopper, Sonny Boy Williamson, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Jackson Browne and more.                                                                         Although based on the windward side of Oahu, their first gig was the original Pirate Bully Hayes Place in Pearl City.  Also playing the Kailua Second Floor and 23rd Step, then Undersea World, Hau'ula.

bright-eye-band-bully-hayes-1977.jpgThey jammed a funky version of Breezin' with Loyal Garner on her TV show and even gigged at the Outrigger Canoe Club, Waikiki.  Invited by Randy Rarick, they were the featured band at the IPS 1977 World Surfing Champion awards ceremony, at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore, for Shaun Tomson [with whom Martin surfed Sunset Beach that same day].

bright-eye-band-martin-bully-hayes.jpgBright  Eye Band opened the 9th and most memorable Diamond Head Crater Sunshine Festival for Journey, Styx, Elvin Bishop, Flash Cadillac, Detective and the Mackey Feary Band on July 3rd & 4th, 1977.

'A Beach'n Concert' was recorded at Kailua Beach Park on Sunday August 21st, 1977 ~ also playing were: Pinkerton's Foundry, Streethearts, Stryder, Syster and Woodrose.

Svenn MartinsenCEO Radio Northern Star, placed: It's A Good Day / You Let Me Down / Help Me / All Your Love on rotation - December 2012

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