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
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
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.
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
passed away of natural causes, January 2002.
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
remember seeing Steve at the Kenedy shows. He was a young boy who
many times helped unload for the show.
as many as 5 shows a day. We might start in Kerrville and
end up in Kingsville for a midnight movie.
were great times and great shows with many great stars.
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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