"A Long, Long, Time Ago..."
"One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock rock..."
On October 26, 1983, Don Johnson (Drums) performed his first gig with the band. Don fueled raw energy into the band. While working through the arrangements for the new format, the band played out their remaining “Maiden Voyage” gigs culminating on New Year’s Eve. Performing at Annunciation Catholic Church NYE party, the band began the evening with the old format. While on break, the band changed costumes. When they took the stage, they brought out the new format; bringing in the year; officially announcing the birth of “Cactus Jack and the Cadillacs”.
"Here they come, walkin' down the street..." (The Church Street Station Years)
Alter-egos and Themed Events
During the late ’80s, through the mid-to-late ’90s, Orlando was becoming convention crazy. Themed events were becoming very popular; especially for musical groups with production capabilities. Cactus Jack and the Cadillacs, in association with FL Technical Services then developed two themed shows for conventions: “Hair, Peace, and Love” for “Hippie Parties” or “Woodstock” themes and “Banzia Bob and the Beach Patrol” for those desiring California Beach style mixed with a bit of “Parrot Head”
"Time keeps on tickin', tickin' , ticking' ... into the future..."
"And then along comes...Joey"
Moving On ... A new place to call home base
The Villages is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sumter County, Florida, United States. It shares its name with a broader master-planned age-restricted community that spreads into portions of Lake and Marion counties. The Villages is comprised of special purpose Community Development Districts (CDD) “Villages”, which are controlled by a board of supervisors (BoS), five individuals elected by the landowners of the district.
In 2001 “Cactus Jack and the Cadillacs” performed at the original sales center to promote the opening of a new “Village”. This began a two-decade plus adventure performing regularly at all of the town square locations as well as a very long stint at “Katie Belle’s Music Hall”
"I know I'll often stop and think about... him..."
(5/29/1947 – 9/3/2013)
"I've got to admit it's getting better... a little better all the time"
Randy “Cool Daddy” Hill (1/2/1955 – 3/18/2016)