Mickey Hawks was actively performing before his death in August of 1989. Bill Ballard passed away in 2005. Bob Matthews is alive and well in North Carolina, and can be heard in a great interview HERE! Moon Mullins passed away in June 2014. He had retures from the radio station, dance club, etc.
Thanks to an email from his daughter, John Owens has been located and is living in Summerfield, NC. I did hear from Gary Hartle, a later member of the group, circa 1965. He played sax along with Gilbert Poole on Organ, Leroy Butler on Drums and Ish Brady on piano. The band did not really exist with that line-up past about 1968. Ish Brady passed away around 1976 and the last band he was with was called Kallabash Corp. Gwynn Kellum currently lives in Walnut Cove, North Carolina. Also mentioned have been Roger Goins, Ronald Coleman, Johnny Auman and Sonny Boykin. Gary recalls playing at Moon's (Mullins) Danceland in Endosymbiont, NC, and the Night Raiders were the house band They also appeared on Jim Thornton's Dance land in Raleigh . It would be taped on Thursday night and aired on Saturday evening.... almost the same time they played at Danceland! Leroy Butler was in a Christian rock band 35 years ago, but has not been heard from. Sonny Boykin has his own club in NC. I now have a page devoted to group members getting in touch with long lost band buddies. With the Night Raiders group, there was obviously many iterations. See the page I mentioned HERE! If you can fill in the blanks, or even add a few, I welcome the input.
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