The Candymen
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The Candymen

The Candymen (or the Candy Men) were an American pop quintet active 1965-1972 which prefigured the Atlanta Rhythm Section. The group were managed by Dothan, Alabama producer-songwriter Buddy Buie, and included guitarists John Rainey Adkins, (who was the mainstay of the live band), plus Barry Bailey and J.R. Cobb, singer Rodney Justo, drummer Robert Nix and keyboard player Dean Daughtry.[1] The band's chart singles included "Georgia Pines" (1967) and "Ways" (1968).[2] They often performed as the backing band of Roy Orbison.[3]


  1. ^ Colin Larkin - 2011 The Encyclopedia of Popular Music - Page 2006 " ... 8 September 1946, Kinston, Alabama, USA; keyboards) and drummer Robert Nix had been members of Orbison's backing group, the Candymen, and ... The band, guided by manager/producer Buddy Buie, recorded two albums for Decca Records in 1972, neither of which ..."
  2. ^ Billboard - 23 March 1968 - Page 68 POP THE CANDYMEN BRING YOU CANDY POWER-ABC ABC 633 (M); ABCS 633 (S) The Candymen have come up with another excellent album in their easy rock style with its strong blues influence. Including the quintet's single "Ways," ...
  3. ^ Billboard - 2 - 9 Apr 2011 - Page 24 "The third disc is a DVD of nine songs performed by Orbison and his band, the Candymen, for a TV show in Holland in 1965."

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