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The Magnificents Band’s first official job was Dec. 31, 1964.
It was the Reidsville Legion Hut and the players, well, they were just boys themselves.
The lineup was Hal Swangin on lead vocals, Cecil Johnson on saxophone, Ruffin Qualls on keyboards, Bobby Squires on bass, Steve Guthrie on drums and Lucius Wilson on guitar.
“Lucius was the only one who really knew how to play,” Bobby Squires said in a recent interview at the Times-News. “The first song I ever learned was ‘She’s Not There’ by the Zombies. I didn’t know how much of the bottom of the bass I could actually use, either. I used only the top of the guitar.”
Qualls, a football player at the time, remembers getting the call in the fall of 1964 from Squires that they were putting a band together. “I remember telling him ‘I know where I can get a piano for $200,’ ” Qualls said with a laugh. At the time, he didn’t know how to play, either. The original name of the band was The Tempters and it included Squires, Qualls and Guthrie.
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