Elbert Higgins was
a drummer with the Romans in the early 1960s. They would play
at the WLCY Super Star Spectaculars. One night while backing Tommy
Roe, he was so impressed with the Romans, he asked them to tour
with him, and change their name to the Roemans. They did, the
rest is history. Bertie quit playing drums, took up the guitar
and songwriting. He was hanging out in Atlanta working with Lowery
music when his big chance came in 1983. He penned a song about
his beloved Florida, while his then girlfriend was leaving him.
The song Key Largo sold over 1 million copies and made him a solo
Bertie has had his ups and downs, including
a brief stint behind bars for a DUI incident, but his life is
now straightened out and he and his Band of Pirates are once again
touring and making music. Mark and Amy Haliski, Rick Hinders,
Ron Russell, "Paradise Ralphie", Paul Buzine, and Cathy
McAbee comprise Bertie's band.
Bertie is one of the nicest people in show
business, and we are proud to recognize him as one of our own
in Tampa Bay.
Find out more about Bertie's tour dates