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Stan Jordan of The Soul Survivors
WHERE: Haddad Riverfront Park
WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Saturday
TICKETS: $10INFO: 253-759-9490
NOTE: THIS IS A NEW SHOW TIME AND LOCATION. THE SHOW WILL NOT TAKE PLACE AT THE CHARLESTON MOOSE LODGE AS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED._____
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's been a while, but Stan Jordan is coming back to Charleston, and he's happy about that.
From 1965 to 1969, Jordan was lead singer for The Soul Survivors, a Charleston-area teen R&B band. He performs Saturday night with about half of that band plus the Virginia-based band Delirious at the Charleston Moose Lodge.
Jordan, who now lives in Washington state, said, "We had players from Stonewall Jackson High School, St. Albans, Charleston High School and George Washington High School -- and this was very rare at the time. Most bands came out of just one school."
The Soul Survivors, the 65-year-old Charleston native said, had big music dreams, but they got sidetracked -- at least, his part of them did.
"I got drafted," he said.
The band continued for a few years and toured, but as happens with a lot of young bands, players moved on, were replaced or dropped out. Eventually, Jordan said, the group changed its name to the Great Pacific Express.
"Somebody else picked up the name The Soul Survivors," he added. "But I think we were the first."
It's hard to say for sure, however. Jordan's band was one of several bands with the same or a similar name that performed in the mid-to-late 1960s. The most successful was a Philadelphia-based band also founded in 1965 that scored a couple of modest radio hits and still performs occasionally.
Regardless of who came first, Jordan said the West Virginia version of The Soul Survivors had a great sound, and if things had worked out differently, it's hard to say what might have happened. But the army took him in California.