The Producers (American band)

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The Producers
Origin Atlanta, Georgia
Genres Rock, rock and roll, power pop, new wave
Years active 1981–present
Labels Portrait, Marathon, One Way
Members Wayne Famous
Kyle Henderson
Bryan Holmes
Van Temple
Past members Tim Smith

The Producers is a new wave and power pop band from Atlanta, Georgia. The original line up included Van Temple on guitar and vocals, former Whiteface member Kyle Henderson on bass and vocals, former Billy Joe Royal sideman Wayne Famous (Wayne McNatt) on keyboards, and Bryan Holmes on drums.


Originally formed as a Beatles cover band named Cartoon, they changed musical directions and began performing their own material in nightclubs around the Atlanta area. The response to their music was so good that they were quickly signed to CBS subsidiary Portrait Records by producer Tom Werman, who had worked with Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon and Mother's Finest. They released two albums for the Portrait label, The Producers (1981) and You Make the Heat (1982). The Producers became a regional favorite in the southeastern United States, propelling "What She Does To Me" onto the national Billboard Magazine singles charts. "What's He Got", "Certain Kinda Girl", and "Who Do You Think You Are" had some popularity as music videos but did not chart. They toured extensively, opening for Cheap Trick, and The Motels. "She Sheila" from their second album was a popular MTV video. They headlined MTV's New Year's Rockin Eve in 1982.



Year Title Billboard 200 Record Label Comments
1981 The Producers 163 Portrait Records Single "What She Does To Me" reached number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1982 You Make The Heat Portrait Records Single "She Sheila" reached number 48 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.
1985 Run For Your Life Marathon Records
2000 The Producers/You Make The Heat One Way Records First two LP's, The Producers and You Make The Heat remastered and released on one CD.
2001 Coelacanth One Way Records Originally recorded for MCA Records in 1988/89 but never released by the label.
2012 In The Blues Unknown Recorded/Produced by bluesman Tab Benoit. Although there was a record debut event in early 2013, the album was never released and shelved for unknown reasons.[1]


Despite this success, Portrait Records dropped the band after only two albums. Kyle Henderson became a born-again Christian and left the band shortly after they were dropped to record a solo album for Kerry Livgren's Christian rock label, Kerygma Records and was replaced by future Jellyfish, Umajets, and Sheryl Crow bassist Tim Smith (not to be confused with another musician named Tim Smith — born 1961 — of the Progressive Art Punk outfit Cardiacs). The next Producers album, Run For Your Life, was released in 1985 on a small Atlanta-based independent label. That album featured a collaboration between The Producers and Kansas, "Can't Cry Anymore," a song which appeared on both Run For Your Life and the 1986 Kansas album Power. The Producers regained a major label contract in the late 1980s with MCA Records and recorded what was to be their fourth album, Coelacanth, but the band was one of several dropped in a 1989 label purge at MCA before the album could be released. Coelacanth was finally released in 2001.


Lead vocal/guitarist Van Temple now moonlights with bands The Rainmen and Reason Y in Atlanta. He also occasionally teaches.[2]

Original bass player and vocalist Kyle Henderson resides in Madison, Wisconsin and recently released a new solo album entitled "Brand New Chance".[3] He also fronts a band called Kyle Henderson's Blue Eyed Soul, a four piece that covers songs by Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Otis Redding, plus modern purveyors of that tradition.[4]

Keyboardist Wayne Famous is currently a taxi driver in the Atlanta area and occasionally doing session, composer and sound effects jobs.[5]

Drummer Bryan Holmes is currently owner and president of Prestige Carpet & Flooring in Jonesboro, GA where he lives with wife and daughters.[6]

Although the band officially "retired" in 1991, The Producers continue to get together and perform live shows, primarily in the southeastern and mid-western United States.



  1. ^ "'80s wonders the Producers bring their latest album "In the Blues" to Madison". 3 January 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "Van Temple and the Reinvention of The Producers". 16 October 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Brand New Chance by Kyle Henderson on Apple Music". Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "KHendersonmusic - Just another WordPress site". Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  5. ^ Ray, Clifton 'Buddy'. "Wayne McNatt, Atlanta, GA Georgia currently in Marietta, GA USA". Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "Who we are!". Prestige Carpet and Flooring. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 

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