Oct 5, 2012
The band Nantucket was formed in Jacksonville in 1969. The legendary beach music band, known originally as “Stax of Gold” and then as “Nantucket Sleigh ride,” was comprised of Tommy Redd, Larry Uzzell, Mike Uzzell, Eddie Blair, Kenny Soule and Mark Downing. They became a well-known and in demand cover band in North Carolina before they signed with Epic Records in 1977. Their debut album contained the hit single, “Heartbreaker.”
Nantucket toured as an opening act for KISS, Styx, Boston, Mother’s Finest, Journey and The Doobie Brothers. In 1979 they released their album Your Face or Mine? There was a change in band membership with Pee Wee Watson replacing Mike Uzzell, who became the
band’s full time manager.
In 1980 the group released their album Long Way to the Top which included their cover of the AC/DC hit “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock’n’Roll),” This led to the group touring with AC/DC on that group’s “Back in Black” tour in 1980.
Nantucket disbanded in 1990 but reunited the following year and released a live album, Still Live After All These Years in 1995. The group continues to perform in the Carolinas and has seen their earlier albums re-released.