Larry Raspberry
Memphis Tennessee

Larry Raspberry was
leader and singer for The
Gentrys. They had a #4 hit
song in the 1960's with
Keep On Dancing
on MGM Records.
In 1996 Larry produced his
first "Rock For Real Revue"
combining the talents of
many nationally known
hit recording artists,
in a dynamic concert
Larry Raspberry
& the Highsteppers
as the host band.
The review continues to be
sought after to this day
(2005). Raspberry has
seven albums &
two video concerts.

2005 Show:
Larry Raspberry
& The Highsteppers
Memphis show
this year includes
Mark Farner
(of Grand Funk),
& Chuck Negron
(Three Dog Night)
Gentrys Record:
As a kid in the 1960's
growing up in Nashville,
one of my favorite  
Gentrys records was
I have to Cry Some"
Itchycoo Park:
Music festival held in
Manchester TN.
One of the biggest rock
"n" roll events in decades,
thousands of people
came together, for a four
day celebration of great
music, by some of
history's top rock acts

Others at Itchycoo:
Styx, Iron Butterfly, John
Entwistle, Firefall,
John Kay and
Mark Farner
Starship, Rare Earth,
Christopher Cross,
1964 Beatles Tribute,
The Buckinghams,
Felix Cavaliere's
Nelson , Teen Idols

Money Problems:
Davy Jones, Heart (Ann &
Nancy Wilson) & Tommy
did not appear, after the
concert failed to bring
enough money in to pay
some of the artists.
Nashville Area Concerts
Website by Pat Adams
August 14, 1999:   Manchester, Tennessee
Larry Raspberry
from The Gentrys
* Itchycoo Park Music Festival *
Click on Pictures to Enlarge
Larry Raspberry
& The Highsteppers
at the Itchycoo Park
Music Festival
Itchycoo Park DVD:
"Living Legends Of
Rock & Roll"
Mark Farner at Itchycoo Park - Closer To Home
Mark Farner & N'rG performing Closer To Home @ Ichycoo Park
Larry Raspberries
& The Highsteppers

Memphis has always been a city
chock full of great, spirited artists,
and in the 1970s, the local
heroes to beat were Larry
Raspberry & the Highsteppers.
After leaving his post as
leader/lead singer/guitarist of his
original band the Gentrys (of
"Keep on Dancing" fame),
Raspberry went solo for a while,
later forming the Highsteppers
with his wife Carol Ferrante,
herself a local celebrity as a
former Miss Tennessee entry in
the Miss America pageant. Once
a top-notch rhythm section,
two-piece horn section, and Greg
"Fingers" Taylor on harmonica
were in place, the Highsteppers
were born. Raspberry (one of
rock & roll's true and few
hands-on stars) worked the
group incessantly, booking them
into every venue large and small
that would have them. Although
various bandmembers grumbled
about some of the dives they
would occasionally work, the
grueling (and often low-paying)
road schedule produced the
desired results, and by the time
offers from bigger venues came
their way, they were ready.
On-stage, Larry Raspberry was a
true dynamo, going back and
forth between funky lead guitar
and Jerry Lee Lewis-style piano
pounding, all the while working
the crowd like an evangelist full
of spiritualistic fervor, his
on-stage patter heavily
influenced by his childhood hero,
Memphis disc jockey Dewey
Phillips. Fueled with great songs
and an act spit-and-polished to
compete with anything that came
up against them, the
Highsteppers quickly became
Memphis' most popular band of
the '70s. The band was signed to
Enterprise, a division of Stax
Records, and started work on
their debut album, Highsteppin'
and Fancy Dancin,' with
Raspberry working the dials with
Memphis producing legend Don
Nix. The album perfectly captured
the band's controlled but raw,
rockin' spirit, but it died in the
marketplace as the group had
the star-crossed luck to be one of
the first white acts signed to Stax
just as the label was about to go
bankrupt. Raspberry bought back
his masters at a court bankruptcy
hearing and managed to get a
second album (In the Pink) out
on his own label before the
original group went their
separate ways. Raspberry went
on to do various acting
assignments (he played Dewey
Phillips in the TV movie This Is
Elvis and appeared in the cult
classic I Was a Zombie for the
F.B.I.), re-forming the
Highsteppers with varied
personnel for isolated dates
through the '80s and up to the
present time. Still quite active in
music as a songwriter (Carly
Simon's "Tired of Being Blonde,"
the Everly Brothers' "Always Drive
a Cadillac," Jimmy Buffett's "Dixie
Diner," and Carl Perkins' "Let's
Get Upset" all emanate from his
pen) and bandleader, Larry
Raspberry remains an American
music treasure.