The Newbeats

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The Newbeats
Origin Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Genres Pop, rhythm and blues,
blue-eyed soul, rock and roll
Years active 1964–1974
Labels Hickory
Past members Larry Henley
Dean Mathis
Mark Mathis

The Newbeats were an American popular music vocal trio, best known for their 1964 hit, "Bread and Butter", which was released on the Hickory Records label.[1]


The group's members were:


Their mother taught brothers Dean and Mark Mathis the guitar as children, and they soon mastered other musical instruments--piano, bass guitar and drums.[1] They both played in the band at Bremen High School, Georgia, and decided on a career in the music industry upon leaving education.[1] Dean joined Paul Howard's Western Swing Band in 1956 as pianist, then joined Dale Hawkins' band, where his brother soon joined as a bass player.[1] They stayed with the band for two years, recording "Tell Him No" as a duo for the Chess record label.[1] They then started their own eight-piece band and played in their hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. It was here that they met Larry Henley, who auditioned for the band. A parting of the ways ensued when Henley tried his luck as a solo artist, and the brothers worked as a duo, both recording independently for Wesley Rose.[1]

After about 18 months they jointly made a demo of a song entitled "Bread and Butter", sent it to Hickory Records and were asked to formally record the track.[1]

"Bread and Butter" was the group's first hit. Written by Larry Parks and Jay Turnbow, the record reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] It sold over one million copies in the U.S.[1][2] Three more singles followed in 1964 and 1965. "Run Baby Run (Back Into My Arms)" reached as high as #12 that fall, but it was the trio's penultimate chart entry, although they remained with Hickory Records until 1972.[3] Brief stints at Buddah and Playboy followed before the group dissolved in 1974.[3]

Several of their singles were rediscovered by the Northern soul movement in the early 1970s. "Run Baby Run" made #10 in the UK Singles Chart, (higher than its original U.S. position), while "Don't Turn Me Loose" and "Crying My Heart Out Over You" are popular tracks with the "soul crowd".[citation needed]

Henley was known as the co-songwriter of "Wind Beneath My Wings". In 2002 Bruce Channel and Ricky Ray Hector recorded a project with Larry Henley, billed as Original Copy.[4]

The Newbeats' track "Bread and Butter", features on the soundtrack to the 1998 comedy-drama film, Simon Birch; and was used for an advertisement campaign for Schmidt's Blue Ribbon Bread. It was also featured in the 2004 Will Ferrell comedy, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. The song "Run, Baby, Run" was used in the 2010 John Carpenter horror film, The Ward.

Larry Henley died on December 18, 2014, aged 77.[5]

Singles discography[edit]

Year Title
1964 "Bread and Butter"
(Larry Parks and Jay Turnbow)
1964 "Everything's Alright"
(John D. Loudermilk)
1965 "(The Bees Are for the Birds) The Birds Are for the Bees"
(Bob Finnicum, Larry Parks and Jay Turnbow)
1965 "Break Away (From That Boy)"
(Louis Al and Marcus Mathis)
1965 "Run, Baby, Run (Back Into My Arms)"
(Don Gant and Joe Melson)
#10 †

† UK hit belatedly in October 1971

1966 "Shake Hands (And Come Out Crying)"
(Doug Kershaw)
1969 "Groovin' (Out On Life) / Bread and Butter

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 179–180. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 393. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ a b Jason Ankeny. "The Newbeats - Biography - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "“Wind Beneath My Wings” Songwriter Larry Henley Dies". CMT News. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Jason Ankeny. "The Newbeats - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 

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