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1961 or 1962 Courtesy of Ray Finn

1961 or 1962 - "The Vibrations" playing on a flat bed truck at the original grand opening of Arbetter Hot Dogs (comments below)

Arbetter Hot Dogs, Bird Road & 79th Avenue, Miami, Florida

Thank you to Ray Finn, pictured on the left with the guitar, for contributing this great image. Also pictured is Kenny Christian on the right and drummer Gene Geiger in the left background. Ray was lead singer/guitar player for The Vibrations and they played events at Tropical Park, Golden Glades and many PAL (Police Athletic League) dances from 1960 to 1966. They were also featured every third week on Rick Shaw's Saturday band show. Ray says the above photo was taken by photographer Eli Silverberg while they were playing on top of a flatbed truck parked at the original grand opening of Arbetter Hot Dogs on Bird Road and 79th Avenue.

Ray says that standing to his right, out of the picture, was an upstart singer by the name of Charley "Chuck" Guy who later became quite famous. Ray learned on February 5, 2010, that Chuck passed away in 2007. Chuck was a Southwest High grad in the class of 1966 and he was lead singer in a Miami band called the "Intruders" that played numerous venues in the Miami area including numerous PAL dances. After he left the Intruders he joined another local group called the Miami Kidds. He relocated to New Jersey after leaving the Miami Kidds and joined the group Salvation, which played everywhere on the Jersey Shore and up and down the U. S. east coast. The Salvation's web site is at: . Ray last saw Chuck in 1966 and, until recently, had never known about his career after last seeing him 44 years ago.

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Don Boyd14-Mar-2017 15:21
Lenny, thank you for posting your memories and the story about the Vanguards and Happy Harold's loss in the Hialeah election. I've read about his election campaign somewhere and his loss due to the name on the ballot.

Lenny 13-Mar-2017 15:58
. . . V for Vanguards! I remember playing on the top of a flatbed truck at Carole's Restaurant and Pickled Herring Charlie's in Hialeah around 1961. I was playing with a band known as the Vanguards and we were campaigning for "Happy Harold" Thaxton, who was running for City Councilman. Several afternoons, around drive home time, we would set up on the flatbed as close to the road as possible while "Happy Harold" campaigned and passed out his literature. I wish I could say he won, but it didn't work out that way. I always thought the reason he didn't win was because he was listed on the ballot as "Harold Thaxton" and the people didn't know him as "Harold Thaxton", they knew
"Happy Harold" longtime radio and TV personality and host of many live stage shows featuring his own band with himself playing bass fiddle.
Pat23-Feb-2016 09:03
...Great! ...and with Fender dream in 1961....V
David 10-Apr-2013 18:12
I remember when Tiger Arbetter opened his little place on the Tamiami Trail. He shared the same roof with a Dairy Queen. Arbetters hot dogs were the best. I remember when Tiger would go into the back of his tiny restaurant to get a hamburger patty, and you would see that patty fly out from the back room, and land on the grill. We would ask him, what happens if it hits the floor? He would say, then you don't have to pay for it. As long as I knew him, he never missed. And the times we're spectacular.