THE STARFIRES 1958-1965
HOWARD BLANK was a founding member of TOM KING AND THE STARFIRES. Howard left the band in 1964.
The band's name was changed at the insistence of Capitol Records in 1965 after the band recorded "Time Won't Let Me". The song was released in February 1966 and reached #5 in the Billboard charts in April 1966.
As with most music groups, members change over time. This band is no exception, with over two dozen band members within a few years.
In 1996 Tom King, the founding band leader of THE STARFIRES and THE OUTSIDERS, released a RETRO album titled "Tom King and The Starfires, Roots of The Outsiders".
The album included fourteen songs of which Howard Blank, a founding member of the Cleveland based Starfires, and also our ORIGINAL STARFIRES band, was the drummer on thirteen songs. Howard's picture is on the album cover. This album represents THE STARFIRES, and the beginning of what eventually became known as THE OUTSIDERS.
Howard can claim the distinction of being the only original founding drummer of the Cleveland based Starfires.
To keep The Starfires and The Outsiders music and memory alive, Howard relaunched his version of the band as "THE ORIGINAL STARFIRES".
THE ORIGINAL STARFIRES (Today)
A TRIBUTE TO THE SIXTIES
Today, the ORIGINAL STARFIRES band is an ALL-STAR band featuring former members from several top sixties era recording artists groups. Their show includes the hit songs from their former groups as well as other sixties hits.
The show includes songs with former members from the following groups (or the band member recorded with those groups or individuals).
Their “Back to the Sixties” show features songs from THE STARFIRES/THE OUTSIDERS, THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS, THE BUCKINGHAMS, and other 1960's songs.
In the show finale, the band always receives a standing ovation. You do not want to miss this one of a kind rock and roll show that features the hit songs of the best of the sixties.
A TRIBUTE TO THE SIXTIES.