ReGeneration Band celebrates Valentine’s Day

The Lion’s Centre will come alive with the sounds of ReGeneration Band this Valentine’s Day.

The band will be performing at the big Valentine’s Lovers Night concert being held in aid of The Academy and George Town Sports Clubs, and is inviting friends and fans from the days of Magic Showcase to listen and dance to some great mellow music.

Back in the early ’70s, you only had to mention the name of ReGeneration Band to put you in the mood for great music.

The band started back in the early ’70s with five members: Bunny Myles, Edlin Myles, Darrel Dacres, Minard Dilbert and Eddie Carter and, in the late ’70s, the band members changed to include Troy Smith, Perry Smith, Henry Leslie, Elvis McKeeva, Raymond Scott, Lyngard Ebanks, Junior Jennings and Wyncliff Ebanks.

At different times during the ’70s and ’80s, ReGeneration was considered one of Cayman’s top bands, performing at venues such as the Holiday Inn hotel, Galleon Beach hotel, Club Inferno, Blue Horizons, Apollo 11, Eastern Queen and Eastern Star nightclubs.

They also performed at annual events, including the Agriculture Show, Family Fair Day and the Cayman Islands Beauty Contest, earning the reputation as the best show band on the island. They had the largest fan club and were well-known for their unique onstage dress style of bright colours and long coats.

During the ’80s, ReGeneration Band performed in other countries, including Jamaica, the Bahamas, Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica.

ReGeneration Band is perhaps best remembered for the hit single of the ’80s, What Can I Do, featuring Gerald Rankine, who was also a member of the band at that time. The band also has two albums to its credit and these are still available on request.

The newly ‘regenerated’ ReGeneration Band includes four of its original members, brothers Bunny and Edlin Myles, and their cousins, Troy and Coolie the Cool.

In addition, they will have some other well-known local singers performing with them at Saturday’s event. Papie Connolly of My Caymanian Girl fame is also known locally for his stirring renditions of Tom Jones’ ballads. The singers are rounded out by Verlene Wallace with her very appealing, harmonious voice and Sara Sue Rankine with her delightful and charming voice.

‘Proceeds from the fundraiser event will be used to develop the club’s after-school programme and also to assist their youth teams to travel to overseas football tournaments in the summer,’ said Chairman of the Academy/George Town Sports Club fundraising committee, Tiger Wilson.

‘I urge everyone to come out and support this worthy cause.’