The Newbeats

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The Newbeats
OriginShreveport, Louisiana, United States
GenresPop, rhythm and blues,
blue-eyed soul, rock and roll
Years active1964–1974
Past membersLarry Henley
Dean Mathis
Mark Mathis

The Newbeats were an American pop vocal trio, led by Larry Henley, who recorded the 1964 hit, "Bread and Butter", released on the Hickory Records label.[1]


The group's members were:

  • Larry Henley (born Lawrence Joel Henley, June 30, 1937, Arp, Texas, United States; died December 18, 2014)[1]
  • Dean Mathis (born Louis Aldine Mathis, March 17, 1939, Hahira, Georgia)[1]
  • Mark Mathis (born Marcus Felton Mathis, February 9, 1942, Hahira, Georgia)[1]


As children, brothers Dean and Mark Mathis were taught the guitar by their mother. They soon mastered other musical instruments – piano, bass guitar, and drums.[1] They both played in a 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.

The Mathis brothers recorded together as Dean & Marc for the Chess record label.[1] In 1959, their single "Tell Him No" entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at no. 42 that year.[2]

They started their own eight-piece band and played in their hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. It was there 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 titled "Bread and Butter", sent it to Hickory Records, and were asked to record the track.[1]

"Bread and Butter" was the group's first hit. Written by Larry Parks and Jay Turnbow, the record reached no. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] It sold over one million copies in the U.S.[1][3] Three more singles followed in 1964 and in 1965. "Run, Baby Run (Back Into My Arms)" reached as high as no. 12 that fall, but it was the trio's penultimate chart entry, although they remained with Hickory Records until 1972.[4] Brief stints at Buddah and Playboy followed before the group dissolved in 1974.[4]

Several of their singles were rediscovered by the Northern soul movement in the early 1970s. "Run, Baby Run (Back Into My Arms)" made no. 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.[5]

"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 (Back Into My Arms)" was used in the 2010 John Carpenter horror film The Ward.

Larry Henley died on December 18, 2014, aged 77.[6]



Year Album Billboard 200 Record Label
1964 Bread & Butter 56 Hickory Records
1965 Big Beat Sounds by The Newbeats
Run Baby Run 131


Year Title Peak chart positions Record Label B-side Album
1964 "Bread and Butter" 2 15 8 1 Hickory Records "Tough Little Buggy" Bread & Butter
"Everything's Alright" 16 - 53 6 "Pink Dally Rue"
1965 "Break Away (from That Boy)" 40 - 7 15 "Hey-O-Daddy-O" (BB #118) Big Beat Sounds by The Newbeats
"(The Bees Are for the Birds) The Birds Are for the Bees" 50 - 41 35 "Better Watch Your Step"
"Little Child" - - - - "I Can't Hear You No More" Run Baby Run
"Run, Baby Run (Back Into My Arms)" 12 10 66 4 "Mean Woolly Willie"
1966 "Shake Hands (And Come Out Crying)" 92 - - - "Too Sweet to Be Forgotten"
"Crying My Heart Out" - - - - "Short on Love"
"Bird Dog" - - - - "Evil Eva"
"My Yesterday Love" - - - - "A Patent On Love"
1967 "Don't Turn Me Loose" - - - - "You and Me and Happiness"
"So Fine" - - - - "Top Secret" Bread & Butter
1968 "Michelle De Ann" - - - - "I've Been a Long Time Loving You"
"Hide the Moon" - - - - "It's Really Goodbye"
"Bad Dreams" - - - - "Swinger"
"The Girls and the Boys" - - - - "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby"
1969 "Thou Shalt Not Steal" 128 - - - "Great Balls of Fire" Bread & Butter
"Groovin (Out on Life)" 82 - - - "Bread and Butter"
1970 "Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)" 115 - - - "Break Away (from That Boy)"
"She Won't Hang Her Love Out (On the Line)" - - - - "I'm a Teardrop"
1971 "Am I Not My Brother's Keeper" - - - - "Run, Baby Run (Back Into My Arms)"
1972 "Remember Love" - - - - "Oh, Pretty Woman"
"Love Gets Sweeter" - - - - "Everything's Alright"
1974 "I Know (You Don't Want Me No More)" - - - - Playboy Records "I Believe I'm in Love With You"
Short On Love

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  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. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Top Pop Singles 1955-2012 (14th ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 225. ISBN 978-0-89820-205-2.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 393. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ a b Jason Ankeny. "The Newbeats — Biography — AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  5. ^ "CD Baby: ORIGINAL COPY: Original Copy". Archived from the original on 2005-08-16. Retrieved 2017-07-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^ ""Wind Beneath My Wings" Songwriter Larry Henley Dies". CMT News. Retrieved 18 December 2014.

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