THE ESQUIRES RHYTHM & BLUES BAND
THE ESQUIRES' music represent the sixties RHYTHM and BLUES era with a repertoire of songs recorded by such R&B greats as James Brown, Wilson Picket, Otis Reading, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Embers, Otis Day, Doug Clark and many others. Their down to earth funky R&B sound reflects the individual members love for this style of music.
Formed in the early sixties, these nineteen year old musicians performed in the South Eastern United States Area for almost a decade, primarily for college student "dance" crowds. Just a note that during the mid 60's The Esquires spent their summers at Myrtle Beach and worked with some of the greatest shag groups. After a twelve year hiatus the band reformed in 1983 and began performing once again to the delight of the now thirty to sixty year old audiences. They have performed with the Beach Boys, Three Dog Night, Chubby Checker, and The Coasters since their revival. In 1995 they were guests of the Russian Government for an 11 day whirlwind tour of Moscow, where they performed at 5 of the most prestigious night clubs in Moscow plus a live television viewing audience of approximately 120 million.
The current accompaniment of instruments consists of a lead guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums, and three piece horn section. The band features two female and two male lead vocalists that provide audiences with a variety of vocal ranges. Combined with the addition of their four background musician/vocalist, the band is able to produce a "Rich and Gutsy"R&B sound.
What do others say about The Esquires?
“The Esquires made our South Eastern Convention a roaring success. I can’t remember our group having a better time” South Eastern Tax Association
“It was the first time that I know of that we paid a band to play an extra hour. Our attendees could not get enough of this high spirited group of entertainers.
I highly recommend them” International Forensic Association
“During there 250,000 TV and Radio simulcast, the Russian audience called in with high praises. We found there 11 day a delight and would like to have them back.” Anatoly Saveliev,
Russian Deputy Minister of Culture
“Our fund raiser was a tremendous success thanks to the Esquires. They know how to draw, entertain, and leave a crowd wanting more. We intend to use them year after year.”
South Charleston Booster’s club
“The Governor’s Christmas Party was a tremendous success and the Esquires were a big reason. They have the capability to entertain, engage, and spell bound an audience. We are proud
to have them representing West Virginia” West Virginia Governor Bob Wise