In the 1960's, Florida
was one of the leaders for having the most local Rock N Roll garage
bands. Everywhere you turned there was a local garage band playing
at a teen dance or a concert. The Tempests was one of those bands
from the 60's that was very popular in Florida.
They were formed in 1963 in St. Petersburg,
Florida when the original members were just 13 years old. The
original band members included Doug Palmer( rhythm guitar), Bobby
Allen (drums), Bill Hickman (bass guitar), Tom Angarano (vocals)
and the late Charlie Bailey (lead guitar).
The second version of The Tempests replaced
Bill Hickman and Doug Palmer with Mike Hammer (rhythm guitar and
vocals) and Buddy Peterson (bass guitar and vocals). These replacement
band members enhanced the band's ability to play more songs with
harmony. This was a big plus since the Beatles dominated the airways
in the sixties. As a result of this change they won the Battle
of the Bands at the Electric Zoo.