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The Country Cavaleers’ Story

The Country Cavaleers’ Story


Over forty years ago Branson performer James Marvell made country music history with his singing friend Buddy Good. Sporting a long
haired image and an anti-drug message for kids, they became known as
The Country Cavaleers. They recorded for several Nashville labels
including MGM. In 1971
CMA said, “The Cavaleers have scored a ‘first’ in the world of country music.”
years before forming The Country Cavaleers the boys started out with
60s’ garage bands in Tampa Florida. Their first love was country music
but in 1969 they soared into the Billboard and Cashbox charts at #2 with
Mercy and the mega hit “Love Can Make You Happy”. As members of the
band Mercy they charted in the top 10 with music legends such as Elvis,
Frank Sinatra and The Beatles.
with the drug scene of the era James and Buddy decided to leave the
Warner Brothers band Mercy although the music was family friendly, easy
listening pop. All along their desire was to come back to their first
love, Country music.
themselves The Country Cavaleers, they headed for Nashville in 1970
armed with a positive anti-drug message for the youth. Their manager,
John Centinaro was with the largest booking agency in Nashville. Soon
the Cavaleers were on the road with country music super stars and Grand
Ole Opry legends like Del Reeves, Jean Shepherd, Mel Tillis, Conway and
Loretta,Tommy Overstreet, Hank Sr’s band and others.
re-enactment of Marvell’s music history with The Country Cavaleers is
now on a Reality TV Show, “Raw Deal” where he is up for votes. You can
find his story titled “Celebrity Dirt” at www.myrawdeal.com Voting runs until November 27. James Marvell appreciates your help. Please go to www.myrawdeal.com and vote for “Celebrity Dirt”.

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