Winter Haven, Fl
were a loose group of Winter Haven, Florida area musicians who played
teen centers, sock hops, teen clubs and battles of the bands from
roughly1961 to 1963. Originally the group was anchored by: Gram Parsons
(lead vocal and rhythm guitar), Jimmy Stafford (lead guitar), Jim
Carlton (stand up bass) and Lamar Braxton (drums).
The Legends (as
a group) never made it big but earned a decent living for a high school
band, getting plenty of work, both in and out of town. Gram's social
connections also gave the combo access to the Country Club circuit
around the state. It was also a prestigious group in that they were the
first area band to have their own transportation. Instead of loading up
the family station wagon with guitars and amps, the Legends had
a Volkswagen bus (bought by Gram's step-father) with the group's logo
painted on it's sides.
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