Noah “Butch” Hendricks
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1964_The Cavaliers L-R: Tommy McDowell, Butch Hendricks, Jakie Cooper, Jimmy Hood, Danny Green, Kenny Vaughn.

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1964_The Cavaliers

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1965_The Stepps

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1965_The Stepps

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1965_The Stepps With Linda Masters

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1965_The Stepps With Linda Masters

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1965_The Stepps With Linda Masters

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1965_The Stepps

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1965_The Stepps

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1965_The Stepps

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1966_The Knights

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1966_The Knights Live at the Chicken Shack in Seneca, SC.

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The Knights Live at Remount Cue and Cushion at Carolina Beach, NC.

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1966_The Knights Butch Hendricks on Guitar.

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1967_The Six Pack L-R: David Hughes, Chuck Styles, Butch Hendricks.

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1968_The Tikis

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1968_The Tikis

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1969_The Tikis First band bus with band manager, Noah Lee (Soupy) Hendricks Sr.

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1969_The Tikis Backstage with The Monkees after opening for them.

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1969_The Tikis Backstage with The Monkees after opening for them. L-R: Crawford Vaughn, Davey Jones, and Jerry Hendricks.

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1970_The Tikis

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1970_The Tikis

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1970_The Tikis Live at The American Warehouse in Hickory, NC. Butch Hendricks on Guitar.

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1970_The Tikis Live at The American Warehouse in Hickory, NC.

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1970_The Tikis Live at The American Warehouse in Hickory, NC.

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1970_The Tikis Live at The American Warehouse in Hickory, NC.

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1970_The Tikis Live at The American Warehouse in Hickory, NC.

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1970_Noah Butch Hendricks.

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1971_The Carolina Tikis Backing up Dee Clark at Paul's night club in Charlotte, NC.

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1971_The Tikis Live at Parker High School in Greenville, SC.

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1971_The Tikis

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1972_The Tikis

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1973_The Carolina Tikis

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1973_The Carolina Tikis

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1973_The Carolina Tikis

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1973_The Carolina Tikis

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1973_The Carolina Tikis

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1973_The Carolina Tikis

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1973_The Carolina Tikis

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1973_The Carolina Tikis

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The Tikis Double travel Vans.

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The Carolina Tikis Live at the East Carolina University with The Delfonics.

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The Carolina Tikis Live at the East Carolina University with The Delfonics. Marshall Whitten on keyboards.

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1974-1975_Hi-Rize

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1976_Hi-Rize

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1978_Grand Slam

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1964_The Traveliers Show Poster

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1970_The Carolina Tikis Hit Attraction Promo.

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1970_The Carolina Tikis Hit Attraction Promo.

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1970_The Carolina Tikis Hit Attraction Promo.

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1970_The Carolina Tikis Hit Attraction Promo.

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1970_Hit Attractions, Inc brochure cover.

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1970_Hit Attractions, Inc brochure inside listing.

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1971-1972_Hit Attractions, Inc brochure cover.

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1971-1972_Hit Attractions, Inc brochure inside listing.

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1972-1973_Hit Attractions, Inc brochure cover.

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1972-1973_Hit Attractions, Inc brochure inside listing.

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1970_The Carolina Tikis News article.

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The Carolina Tikis Randy Morgan article written by his son, David R. Morgan. The man in the poncho is Randy Morgan, trumpet and vocals for the original Tikis. Randy and Butch wrote "Imitation Love" together.

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The Greenville News article. February 27, 1971.

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1972_The Carolina Tikis Perform at the Reidsville Elks Lodge article.

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1972_The Carolina Tikis Perform at the Reidsville Elks Lodge article.

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The Tikis Live at the Forum Room in Greenville, SC. The Greenville News July 16, 1972.

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1974_The New Tikis This Week Charlotte Guide

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MERC Digest report April 29, 1974.

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The New Tikis Metrolina TV Weekly

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Hi Rize St Louis Post Dispatch December 5, 1975.

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1966_The Knights Cue & Cushion show poster.

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The Carolina Tikis Live at the Carolina Rocking Chair Theatre.

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1970_The Tikis Live at Highlanders Tap Room.

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Hi Rize Live at the North Myrtle Beach Holiday Inn.

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Hi Rize Live at The Woonsocket September 13, 1977.

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1966 45 release "Say I Love You" Side A label face

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1966 45 release "I Love The Women" Side B label face

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1969 45 release "Hey Girl" Side A label face

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1969 45 release "Sound Of Soul" Side B label face

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1969 45 release "Hey Girl" and "Sound Of Soul" jacket sleeve. Note Major Bill Smith's hand written note to his distribution base.

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Major Bill Smith 1922 - 1994 Record producer, songwriter, record label owner

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1969 45 release "Hey Girl" Side A label face Major Bill Smith struck out "THE TIKIS" and hand wrote "T-KEYS" in an effort to distribute same releases to a wider market.

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1969 45 release "Sound Of Soul" Side B label face Major Bill Smith struck out "THE TIKIS" and hand wrote "T-KEYS" in an effort to distribute same releases to a wider market.

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1970 45 release "Four Season Girl" Side A label face

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1970 45 release "She Had Wings To Fly" Side B label face

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1970 45 release "Imitation Love" Vocal: Wendell Roach Side A label face

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1970 45 release "Woodchoppers Ball" Side B label face

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1970 45 release "Teen Angel" Vocal: Sunny Threatt Side A label face

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1970 45 release "Rap" Side B label face

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2022 compilation release "Down & Wired 6" German release Front cover

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2022 compilation release "Down & Wired 6" German release Inside sleeve front

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2022 compilation release "Down & Wired 6" German release Inside sleeve back

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2022 compilation release "Down & Wired 6" German release Rear cover

I had the privilege of spending an entire Saturday with Butch Hendricks. He drove down from upstate bringing with him boxes containing precious artifacts of South Carolina musical history which I very carefully prepped for your viewing and listening pleasure here on this showcase page. To say that Butch is an integral part of our state’s musical tapestry and history is an understatement. After talking with him and listening to the stories, the adventures, he had to share I was left in awe witnessing a life lived for the love of music.

 

Butch left an impression on me of a kind man who is proud and very happy having lived a life dedicated to his craft, his instrument, his friends and band mates, and his family. All this and he served his country bravely when called to do so which to me speaks of honor and integrity. Thank you Butch for re-energizing my passion for chronicling South Carolina musicians and bands, stories like yours must be preserved and told.

 

Bio provided by Chris Jones

Butch Hendricks always liked music. Growing up in the 1960’s in the Greenville, South Carolina area, he learned to play guitar and would strum and sing along with the songs played on the radio. Naturally, he found other like minded teens and a band was soon in the making. Of course, changes in the lineup inevitably occurred as members moved on to other schools, colleges and military service. His first band formed in 1964 was called the Caveliers. But after finding out there was another band by that same name nearby, they changed the name to the Traveliers.

 

The Traveliers played all musical styles from American Top 40 to Beatles/British Invasion hits to big band ballads. You would find them playing beauty pageants, proms and cotillions. Venues frequented included Cleveland Park Teen Center, the skating rink, and store openings for Minute Marts and BBQ restaurants.

 

The band went through several name and personnel changes touring as The Stepps in 1965-1966, then the Knights in 1966-1967, The Six Pack in 1967, and The Vegas in 1969. In-between band incarnations Butch served in the Army and was deployed to Vietnam. After serving his country overseas Butch returned home and discovered a local band that he enjoyed so he promptly volunteered his Father to fill dates with bookings, they agreed, and the Tikis were off and running.

 

At this point it is important to mention Butch’s father, Noah Lee (Soupy) Hendricks Sr., who was himself a force to be recognized in South Carolina and south eastern music, radio, and entertainment. Perhaps in the future I can put up a showcase for him as well.

 

The Tikis mainly performed beach music. The group was talented but went through a lot of changes as personnel moved in and out of the band. It was the metamorphosis into the Tikis going into 1969 that the adventures of touring and recording began to be realized.

 

The Tikis opened for many bands such as the 1910 Fruit Gum Company, The Monkees, and The Hollies.  They did shows with ZZ Top, Black Oak Arkansas, The Drifters, Dee Clark, Roger Martin, The Delfonics, The Allman Brothers, and The Charlie Daniels Band. They performed in Atlanta, Georgia showcases with artists from that area including Joe South, J. D. Souther, Ray Stevens, and James Brown. The Tikis recorded in Greenville, South Carolina at Mark V Studios which included sessions with Jim Stafford and Sunny Threat.

 

The Tikis became a well-traveled touring act but strangely played least in their home state of South Carolina.  After playing every University in the southeast from VMI, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Florida State, University of Florida, University of South Florida, all around Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee. Eventually the Tikis became The Carolina Tikis after discovering another band called the Tikis existed out of Tennessee.

 

Hit Attractions, which later rebranded as East Coast Attractions, became The Carolina Tikis representation agency. Ted Hall was their agent and the owner of the agency itself. Bill Lowrey of Atlanta, Georgia booked The Carolina Tikis constantly in conjunction with the Lowrey Agency’s concerts featuring Joe South, J.D. Souther and Ray Stevens.

 

It wasn’t long before The Carolina Tikis caught the attention of Major Bill Smith, a record producer in Fort Worth, Texas. The Carolina Tikis began a relationship that resulted in many recordings being produced by Smith who often used alternating fictitious band names for what was basically his “house band”. Various recordings over the years were released under such names as “T-Keys”, “Tikis”, “The Carolina Tikis”, and “Wilshire Express”.

 

In 1974 Butch made a career change decision to pursue a different direction, hiring a new manager he began performing in a Las Vegas style stage show for a time. Butch also played from 1975 to 1980 with The New Union Gap featuring Garry Pucket.

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1965 - 1966

Members:

Butch Hendicks - Vocals, Guitar

Ronnie Swafford - Guitar, Vocals

Robert Jones - Piano, Saxophone, Vocals

Bobby Wyatt - Bass, Vocals

Micheal (Snuffie) Ward - Drums

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1969

Members:

Mark Penland - Vocals, Drums

Butch Hendricks - Guitar, Vocals

Glen Rice - Guitar, Vocals

Mike Fisher - Keyborads, Vocals

Ben Littleton - Saxophone, Vocals

Danny Ellenburg - Trumpet, Vocals

Randy Mathena - Bass, Vocals

Ken Miller - Drums

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1969 - 1974

Members:

Sam Brooks - Vocals

Wendell Roach - Vocals

Kirk Walker - Vocals, Trumpet

Butch Hendricks - Guitar, Vocals

Rick Whitten - Guitar, Trumpet, Vocals

Marshall Whitten - Keyboards, Trombone, Vocals

Joe Robins - Keyboards, Trumpet

Jerry Merritt - Keyboards, Trumpet

Randy Morgan - Trumpet, Vocals

Jimmy Boling - Trumpet, Vocals

Rick Thompson - Trumpet

David Byars - Saxophone, Vocals

John Cell - Trombone

Crawford Vaughn - Bass, Guitar, Saxophone, Vocals

Doug Atkins - Bass, Vocals

Jerry Hendricks - Bass, Vocals

Bobby Wyatt - Bass, Vocals

John Walker - Drums

Steve Carnes - Drums

Bob Edsal - Drums