Eddie Boyd
Midnight Special
Progressive  PCD-7180   Released: 12/16/2021

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1. Midnight Special

2. Misty

6. Billie's Bounce

Eddie Boyd was born in Saint Petersburg, Florida on November 3, 1941. He started his musical career at the age of eight, singing with Charlie Bradley's Band. He performed with Charlie for four years. They played all of the local clubs around the Tampa Bay Area. In Junior high school he joined the marching band as a trumpet player. When he entered high school he switched from trumpet to saxophone. While in high school he became a member of Robison Peterson's Band, and spent his summers traveling throughout the New England area. They were the backup band for entertainers performing in that area, some of them were Fay Adams, Ruth Brown, Big Maybelle and many others. After graduating from high school he was already working for several bands, including Gene Franklin's Band, Bobby William's Jazz Trio and others. In 1965 he decided to organize his own group called The Brass Setters. In 1968 he joined Johnny Kay in forming The Dynamics. They toured throughout the country and worked as the studio band for T. K. Productions in Miami, Florida. Eddie reached a milestone in his career with the release of Midnight Special — playing Alto and Tenor Saxophone freely and with a degree of elegance. He was a regular performer at the famed Paschal's LA Carousel Lounge in Atlanta, Georgia.


Jerry Byrd, Guitarist : Jerry entered the world of music at the age of sixteen. He and a group of other young musicians began by playing at high school dances and other local affairs. Jerry has played and recorded with such entertainers as Jack McDuff, and Don Patterson. In July of this year Jerry joined Eddie Boyd and The EBs.

Butch Cornell, Keyboards : Butch has played with an extremely broad cross-section of fellow performers, ranging from Willis Jackson and Arthur Prysock to Freddie Hubbard and Stanley Turrentine. He started his musical career at an early age. After graduating from high school he worked around the Chattanooga area with the original 'Pacesetters,' the band in which he made his semi-professional debut at the age of 15. He has recorded with George Benson, Grover Washington and Stanley Turrentine.

Samuel B. Florence, Drummer : Born August 8, 1948 in Atlanta, Georgia. He got his start playing drums at the age of 12 under the direction of another well known Atlanta musician, Paul Mitchell. He played in the Booker T. Washington High School Marching Band and concert band for several years. At the age of 16 he started playing gigs from rock to jazz to funk. He developed enough skills to get a musical academic scholarship to Morris Brown College. While at Morris Brown College, he had a band in which he played bass with such notable musicians as Reginald Hangis, guitar, Donald Mevins, alto sax and Ray Ranson, keyboards, now all members of The Atlanta Recording group 'Brick'


  • Eddie Boyd, ts
  • Butch Cornell, org
  • Jerry Byrd, gtr
  • Sam Florence, dr


  • Midnight Special
  • Misty
  • Walkin'
  • Girl From Ipanema
  • A Subeie One
  • Billie's Bounce
  • Tenderly

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