PANAMA CITY Beach – Classic cars are cruising into town tonight for the Sensational Sixties concert with The Buckinghams and Herman’s Hermits, bringing crowds back to a less complicated era. “Music was simpler, times were simpler. The cars and the music of that time bring back a time of life even children today would enjoy,” said Paul Mosca, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bay County. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs.
“Somebody asked us if we were interested and, of course, we were,” said Peter Noone, lead singer of Herman’s Hermits. “We were all boys and girls once and now we all have boys and girls. The busier you keep them, more out of trouble.”
At 4:30 p.m. today, classic and muscle cars will gather in the Dillard’s parking lot at Pier Park in Panama City Beach to cruise into town before the concert at the Marina Civic Center. The pre-party cruise-in will be at the parking lot in front of City Hall and the old library downtown with burgers and hot dogs. Rocky and Randall from B95.1 FM will do a remote radio broadcast.
The American rock band The Buckinghams will open the concert for the British band Herman’s Hermits. “We were looking for a couple of bands that were popular in the ’60s because of the genre of the muscle cars,” Mosca said. The two bands have more than 40 top-40 recordings between them. The Buckinghams’ single “Kind of a Drag” spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1967. Herman’s Hermits’ hits include “I’m Into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter,” “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat,” “Just A Little Bit Better,” “Wonderful World” and “There’s A Kind of Hush.”