Gut Rumbles

May 10, 2007

Famous local band

Originally published April 12, 2005

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.


Well if u knew much about Buddy he was a great man and uncle. He went on to play here and there. My mom was Irene. His sister. They were all together singing for WTOC. As of today Buddy as for my mom have now passed on. I just thought u should have known that little bit of info

Posted by: michelle Nettles on May 17, 2007 08:01 AM

RE: Buddy Livingston...

Please know that my father was Buddy Livingston... Tonight I decided to browse the internet and found that he was in Former Zell Miller's Book as well on various websites...I even heard a portion of him singin one one site....It was a song that was recorded when he was 19 years old...Buddy Livingston and the Girls....

He was a wonderful father...Still miss singing Christmas Carol's with him! His favorite was "White Christmas" ....His voice grew more beautiful as he grew older... I still miss him!

You have a funny...interesting and memorable website!


Posted by: Diane Strickland on June 7, 2007 11:27 PM
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