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The Newbeats
Origin Shreveport, Louisiana
Genres Pop
Years active 1964 - 1974
Labels Hickory
Former members
Larry Henley
Dean Mathis
Mark Mathis

The Newbeats were a popular music vocal trio, best known for their 1964 hit, "Bread and Butter", which was released on the Hickory Records label.[1]



The group's members were:


Their mother taught brothers Dean and Mark Mathis the guitar as children, and they soon mastered other musical instruments - piano, bass guitar and drums.[1] They both played in the band at Bremen High School, Georgia and decided on a career in the music industry upon leaving education.[1] Dean joined Paul Howard's Western Swing Band in 1956 as pianist, then joined Dale Hopkins' band where his brother enrolled playing bass.[1] They stayed with the band for two years, recording "Tell Him No" as a duo for the Chess record label.[1] They then started their own eight piece band and played in their hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. It was here that they met Larry Henley who auditioned for the band. A parting of the ways ensued when Henley tried his luck as a solo artist, and the brothers worked as a duo, both recording independently for Wesley Rose.[1]

After about eighteen months they jointly made a demo of a song entitled "Bread and Butter", sent it to Hickory Records and were asked to formally record the track.[1]

"Bread and Butter" was the group's first hit. Written by Larry Parks and Jay Turnbow, the 12-bar blues reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] It sold over one million copies in the U.S.[3 ][1] Three more singles followed in 1964 and 1965. "Run Baby Run (Back Into My Arms)" reached as high as number 12 that fall, but it was the trio's penultimate chart entry, although they remained with Hickory until 1972.[4] Brief stints at Buddah and Playboy followed before the Newbeats dissolved in 1974.[4]

Henley is probably now best known as the co-songwriter of "Wind Beneath My Wings". In 2002, Bruce Channel and Ricky Ray Hector recorded a project with Larry Henley, billed as Original Copy.[5]

The Newbeats' track "Bread and Butter", features on the soundtrack to the 1998 comedy-drama film, Simon Birch; and was used for an advertisement campaign for Schmidt's Blue Ribbon Bread.

The Newbeats' track "Bread and Butter" was featured in the 2004 Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy .

Singles discography

Year Title
Billboard Hot 100[6] UK Singles Chart[3 ]
1964 "Bread and Butter"
(Larry Parks and Jay Turnbow)
1964 "Everything's Alright"
(John D. Loudermilk)
1965 "(The Birds Are for the Bees) The Birds Are for the Bees"
(Bob Finnicum, Larry Parks and Jay Turnbow)
1965 "Break Away (From That Boy)"
(Louis Al and Marcus Mathis)
1965 "Run, Baby, Run (Back Into My Arms)"
(Don Gant and Joe Melson)
#10 †
1966 "Shake Hands (And Come Out Crying)"
(Doug Kershaw)

† UK hit belatedly in October 1971

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 179–180. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.  
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 393. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  
  4. ^ a b "Biography by Jason Ankeny".|NEWBEATS&sql=11:jpfyxqe5ldse~T1. Retrieved March 11, 2009.  
  5. ^
  6. ^ ((( The Newbeats > Discography > Singles )))

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