South 65

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South 65
Origin U.S.
Genres Country
Years active 1997–2001
Labels Atlantic Nashville
Associated acts Rio Grand
Past members Jerimy Pat Koeltzow
Lance Aaron Leslie
Brenton "Brent" Michael Parker
Stephen Phillip Parker
Alfred "Doug" Douglas Urie

South 65 (also spelled South Sixty-Five) was an American country music boy band. The group was composed of vocalists Lance Leslie, Brent Parker, Stephen Parker, Jerimy Koeltzow, and Doug Urie. Between 1997 and its disbanding in 2001, South 65 charted five singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, in addition to recording two albums on Atlantic Records. In 2006, former vocalist Lance Leslie founded another group called Rio Grand.

Biography[edit]

Delious Kennedy, a member of the R&B group All-4-One, wanted to form a boy band for country music.[1] He first picked brothers Brenton and Stephen Parker, and later held a nationwide talent search to find the other three members. All five members were in place by 1997.[1] Delious and Anthony L. Smith produced the band's 1998 self-titled debut album, which reached a peak of No. 70 on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts. Its singles included "A Random Act of Senseless Kindness," "No Easy Goodbye," and "Baby's Got My Number," which respectively reached No. 55, No. 56 and No. 60 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. In 2000, the band released "Love Bug (Bite Me)," which reached No. 72 on that chart and never appeared on an album.

South 65 released its second and final album for Atlantic Nashville in 2001.[1] Titled Dream Large, the album went to No. 63 on the country albums charts. Bobby Huff produced three tracks, and Buddy Cannon and Norro Wilson produced the other seven.[2] This album included a cover of Charlie Rich's 1973 Number One hit "The Most Beautiful Girl," which South 65 took to No. 54 on the country charts. After the album's release, the members of South 65 parted ways due to the closure of Atlantic Records' Nashville division. Urie began a solo career, while Leslie joined Rio Grand,[3] which he has since left.

Critical reception[edit]

Charlotte Dillon of Allmusic gave four stars out of five to both of the band's albums. She said that the first album did not have a distinctively country music sound, but called the group "revitalizing" and said that the first album's songs were "mostly done in sweet harmonies sure to set young female hearts to fluttering."[4] She said of the second album that it had a more country sound with some R&B influences.[5] An uncredited review in Billboard gave a negative review, saying that the members had "anonymous, pretty voices" and that the songs "are not very convincing country."[6] Jennifer Webb of About.com gave Dream Large a favorable review, saying, "South 65 amazes me with their harmonizing and vocal abilities."[7]

South Sixty-Five (1998)[edit]

South Sixty-Five
Southsixtyfive.jpg
Studio album by South 65
Released December 1, 1998 (1998-12-01)
Genre Country
Length 36:17
Label Atlantic Nashville
Producer Delious, Anthony L. Smith[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Baby's Got My Number" (Roger Cook, Anthony L. Smith) – 3:00
  2. "Climbing Up Mt. Everest" (Tommy Lee James, Robin Lerner) – 3:03
  3. "I'm There" (Kelly Shiver, Jon Vezner) – 4:12
  4. "Uncle Hickory's General Store" (Stephanie C. Brown, Larry Wayne Clark) – 3:16
  5. "One of the Precious Few" (Walt Aldridge, Bob DiPiero) – 3:40
  6. "All of This and More" (Jim Photoglo, Smith) – 3:54
  7. "No Easy Goodbye" (Jerry Holland) – 4:07
  8. "Love Will Last" (Michael Dulaney, Tim Norton) – 3:13
  9. "To Me" (James, Roberta Schiller) – 4:07
  10. "A Random Act of Senseless Kindness" (Gary Baker, Frank J. Myers, Jerry Williams) – 3:57

Musicians[edit]

As listed on Allmusic.[8]

Dream Large (2001)[edit]

Dream Large
Dreamlarge.jpg
Studio album by South 65
Released May 1, 2001 (2001-05-01)
Genre Country
Label Atlantic Nashville
Producer Bobby Huff (tracks 1, 3, 8); Buddy Cannon and Norro Wilson (tracks 2, 4-7, 9, 10)[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Most Beautiful Girl (2001 version)" (Billy Sherrill, Norro Wilson, Rory Michael Bourke) – 3:29
  2. "Like an Angel" (David Leone, Pat Buchanan) – 3:34
  3. "I Swear to You" (Bobby Huff) – 3:26
  4. "Only Perfect" (Mark McGuinn, Trey Matthews) – 3:13
  5. "All I Ever Did" (Neal Coty, Randy VanWarmer) – 3:39
  6. "The Great Love of 1998" (Bob DiPiero, Craig Wiseman, Tim Nichols) – 3:30
  7. "One Moment" (Chris Waters, Wes Hightower) – 3:37
  8. "Gettin' the Feelin'" (Huff) – 3:33
  9. "Even If" (Liz Hengber, Tommy Lee James) – 3:07
  10. "Dream Large" (Danny Mayo) – 3:32

Musicians[edit]

As listed in liner notes.[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
US Country
South Sixty-Five
  • Release date: December 1, 1998
  • Label: Atlantic Nashville
70
Dream Large
  • Release date: May 1, 2001
  • Label: Atlantic Nashville
63

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
1998 "A Random Act of Senseless Kindness" 55 South Sixty-Five
1999 "No Easy Goodbye" 56
"Baby's Got My Number" 60
2000 "Love Bug (Bite Me)" 72 single only
2001 "The Most Beautiful Girl (2001 version)" 54 Dream Large

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1998 "A Random Act of Sensless Kindness"[9] Bob Gabrielsen
1999 "No Easy Goodbye"[10]
2001 "The Most Beautiful Girl"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dillon, Charlotte. "allmusic ((( South Sixty-Five > Biography )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  2. ^ a b c Dream Large (CD insert). South 65. Atlantic Records Nashville. 2001. 83379. 
  3. ^ Petricka, Laurie. "Rio Grand Interview - Part 1". About.com. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  4. ^ Dillon, Charlotte. "South Sixty-Five review". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  5. ^ Dillon, Charlotte. "Dream Large review". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  6. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (1998-12-12). "Reviews & Previews". Billboard: 20. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  7. ^ Webb, Jennifer. "Dream Large review". About.com. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "South Sixty-Five credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "CMT : Videos : South Sixty-Five : A Random Act Of Senseless Kindness". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ "CMT : Videos : South Sixty-Five : No Easy Goodbye". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.