SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> Fifty years ago, The Shames played at St. Clement’s School Gym. Sunday afternoon will mark the first time they’ve been back, as St. Clement’s Parish hosts a Family “Sock Hop” Dance.
“It’s really neat for us. It was 50 years ago that we played there,” said drummer Bill McTygue. “There were a bunch of youngsters back then when we formed a group. We were doing very well.”
The Shames used to be a four-member band in the ’60s. McTygue, Gary Brooks played the piano, Steve Henderer played lead guitar and Terry Gates played bass.
The group took a lengthy break until nine years ago when McTygue decided to bring the band back together. Gates, however, just couldn’t do it, said McTygue.
“The three of us decided to try it as a trio, and we worked at it as a trio. We did many rehearsals and put together enough material that we could go with, and we’ve been at it ever since,” said McTygue. “It’s worked out pretty good for us.”
The Shames play all types of music, from British Invasion songs to tunes from Motown. Brooks, Henderer and McTygue share the vocals, too.
“Each of us are Saratogians,” said McTygue. “We’re all native Saratogians, so we’re known around the community.”
It was McTygue’s idea to bring the band back together. The Shames play about once a month. Beginning in October, the band plays from 7-10 p.m. the fourth Friday every month at the End Zone at Saratoga Strike Zone.
Next month St. Clement’s Parish will host a dinner and mass to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Throughout…
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