Denny Ezba—one of San Antonio's bright rock-and-roll stars in the early 1960s—enjoyed a career that lasted into the mid 70s that included blues, hard rock and country, before it was over.
rather prolific with his writing and recording, made records for several of the
Denny started his career during the "Elvis" era, with much of his onstage act patterned after Presley. This good-looking guy knew how to rock the up-tempo numbers and deliver the ballads in a way that made the teeny boppers swoon.
told me that some of the best times he had, on the road, were the movie theatre
time I ever saw Denny Ezba and the Goldens? During one of those tours that
stopped at the Rialto Theatre in
Denny was the closet thing to a teen-idol front-man most of us had ever seen and he had a great command of the audience. I remember being impressed that the band played Del Shannon's "Runaway," just like the recording, and the keyboard player played a note-perfect solo in the middle of the song. That keyboard player? None other than Augie Meyers who soon found fame with the Sir Douglas Quintet.
I became close friends with Denny Ezba later in his life. He was jobless and basically homeless. I occasionally took him out for a meal. He enjoyed talking about the old days of rock-and-roll and those movie theatre tours.
people know that Denny was brilliant in science and math. He not only served as
a tutor to many
Denny passed away of natural causes, January 2002.
Steven O. Sellers
We did the movie theatre shows for over 3 years in just about every city in Texas. The promoter was Jimmy Goodman who had an interest in Hall Industries.
I remember seeing Steve at the Kenedy shows. He was a young boy who many times helped unload for the show.
We did as many as 5 shows a day. We might start in Kerrville and end up in Kingsville for a midnight movie.
Yes...Those were great times and great shows with many great stars.
We always made our headquarters at the Ranch Motel on Broadway in San Antonio. That old upstairs room is still standing today. Many great rock and roll stars stayed in that room before hitting the road for a weekend full of towns and shows.
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