Gut Rumbles

April 12, 2005

famous local band

If you grew up in Savannah, Georgia, back in the 60s, I guarentee that you knew who "Buddy Livingston and the Versitones" were. Buddy played bass guitar and was the lead man for the band. They played almost every night at a club called "The Bamboo Ranch" and even had their own 30-minute television show on WTOC for a while.

They hired a young singer named Billy Joe Royal, and before long, the band was called "Buddy Livingston and the Versitones--- featuring Billy Joe Royal." I used to sneak into the Bamboo Ranch using a fake ID to hear the band. They were good and that place rocked. Billy Joe was about my age at the time.

The Bamboo Ranch burned down in a suspicious fire back around 1970. I don't know what happened to Buddy Livingston after that. But Billy Joe Royal went on to a fairly sucessful music career. "Down in the Boondocks" was his biggest hit, but he had a few other successful recordings, too.

Billy Joe is still alive and kicking. I woulda liked to have seen that concert.


Love your are too funny! I was a bit young for Down in the Boondocks, but it was always one of my favorite songs...

Posted by: Mel on April 12, 2005 01:46 PM

Cherry Hill Park was always one of my favorite songs.

Posted by: Jay on April 12, 2005 06:03 PM

Just to be a complete asshole (that's me!!!), would not Billy Joe still be about your age now?

Posted by: Hank on April 12, 2005 07:25 PM

Hank, don't rub it in.

Posted by: Acidman on April 12, 2005 10:36 PM

It was called "Buddy Livingston and his all girl band" He had seven sisters that was his band.When he wasn't working in the band,he was helping his brotherinlaw install sheetrock.

Posted by: Joe on October 2, 2008 08:53 AM

I have reason to believe that Buddy Livingston might be my grandfather. Could someone please email me.

Posted by: Tracy on November 8, 2009 08:12 AM

buddy and his wife,son and daughter moved to a subdivision behind bartlett middle school around 1970, im not sure if they are still there. buddy has his own sheet rock business ,i think with his brother and thats all he did after he stopped playing.i went to school with his daughter and i havent seen them in years. they were great people and buddy was the kindiest person to everyone.

Posted by: harold on December 14, 2009 09:02 PM

I was stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort SC from 1962 - 1966. When I first arrived, we traveled the 44 miles to the "Boo" every chance we got, which sometimes was 3 or 4 times a week.
I later was in a group called "The Mark V" and we substituted for Buddy one week when he was on vacation or tour or something. Billy Joe didn't go and we backed him that week.
I loved the "Boo". Lots of fun!

Posted by: LBlanks on January 16, 2010 06:32 PM

My brother played on The Buddy Livingston show. He also played at the Bamboo Ranch and Tommy's on Bay st. He played with Billy Joe Royal, Joe South, and Jerry Lee Lewis. I have pictures of him with Billy Joe. Billy Joe also came to our house in Port Wentworth to practice. My brother's name was Robert (Robin) Riggs. He also played in the Joe Shinall and the Hi Tones Band. I wish I could see the buddy livingston show's he was on.

Posted by: Jill Riggs Bennett on June 4, 2010 10:38 PM
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