Long before buying a “single” song via iTunes, buying a single meant purchasing a 45 – a salad-plate size vinyl disc with the hit you wanted on one side and, on what was referred to as the “B” side of the record, a secondary song that a lot of people probably didn’t even take the time to play.
Luckily, though, some 45 buyers did take the time to flip the record over – otherwise we might not know about Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” The Beatles’ “I am the Walrus,” David Bowie’s “Suffragette City,” The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody,” or Queen’s sports staple “We Will Rock You,” which all started life as B-side songs.
Friday, you’ll have a chance to hear a selection of B-siders at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County’s Finally Friday free concert. They will be performed by the Double Naught Spies, a hard-rocking four piece band that specializes in deep cut, B-side classic rock and blues.
The Double Naught Spies feature Ed Esposito on guitar/vocals, Jimmy Tatum on guitar/vocals, Kim Juretich on drums and vocals, and Greg Cain on bass and vocals.
“We play all the really cool stuff in your album stack – all the ‘records you wore out when you were growing up,” said guitarist/vocalist Ed Esposito. “You’re going to hear songs you love but probably never heard played on the radio.”
Joining the Double Naught Spies will be Anna Ferris, a Lugoff-Elgin student who has appeared several times on the FAC stage. She will perform during the band’s break at about 7 p.m.
The free concert will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Shull Pavilion behind the Wood Auditorium in Camden.
For more information, visit www.fineartscenter.org
Katie McElveen, Special to The State