Archive for April, 2011

Tommy Vann & the Echoes To Reunite

April 15, 2011

The following is an email we just received, forwarded by Sam Towers.


Tommy Vann & The Echoes…the band that started it all. It was the band to go see back during the 60s. They first got together in 1962 and played at places like Hollywood Park and Club Venus. This is going to sell out so if anyone is interested, let me know. Advance ticket sales only. First come, first serve.

“The Reunion”
Featuring The Original
“Tommy Vann & The Echoes”

August 20, 2011 • 8 p.m. ~ Midnight
Bowleys Quarters Banquet Hall
900 Bowleys Quarters Rd
Bowleys Quarters, MD  21220

Tommy Vann & the Echoes

Added Attraction
“Annie B & The Boyz”

Included are Beer, Wine, Sodas, Chips & Pretzels

Portions of the Proceeds to Benefit
“Wounded Warrior Project”
Thank you for supporting
our 50th Year Reunion!


Information can be found on Tommy Vann’s Website and Facebook Page.

Steve Taylor Memorial, part 2

April 9, 2011

The following just received from Frank Bonarrigo …


Hello Everyone, well it went great, Steve Taylor’s send off.
We all gathered at John and June Pringles Church on Kent Island MD.
John happened to be The Lafayettes original manager now he is in the business of telling people how to have eternal life. Great guy!!
We met at 11:00 Friday mourning [sic], attending were lots of family and friends from all over. The Old Lafayettes that attended were all from Maryland,
including Ben Proctor and wife, Bob Kirshner, Ed Macon, Jamie Hess, Chip Costa and wife and Frank Bonarrigo and wife. Jim Quinn was also there a great supporter of the band back in the day.

We had a wonderful celebration of Steves’ life
with testimonies of his highlights by family and friends.
Then there was a lunch at Harris’ crab house, very Eastern shore event.
We really did have a wonderful time and to realize we have entered a new era of our lives.

—Frank Bonarrigo

Steve Taylor Memorial Service

April 6, 2011

This information received  from Frank Bonarrigo …


Hello Everyone,

WE are going to meet on Friday Morning 4-8-11 at our old friend John Pringle’s church:
New Life Christian Outreach
101 Country Day Road
Chester, MD 21619
Pastor:  John Pringle
The Eastern Shore Of Maryland.

John and his wife June are both graduates of THS. The family will be providing lunch at The Harris Crab House, after the service. (This is just North of the Kent Narrows Bridge) Rt. 18. The dress will be casual. We want to celebrate the Life of Steve Taylor. For those on the Western Shore we are talking about Kent Island. It is just over the Bay Bridge.


Thank you, Frank.

R.I.P. Steve Taylor

April 3, 2011

This just received from Frank Bonarrigo:


Hi everyone,

I just want to let everyone know that Our old friend Steve Taylor passed away this morning at about 9:30. He has been ill with Lung cancer for about a year or so. I can remember so many good times with Steve, he was a big part of my life and I know yours too.

I will be sending more information as I receive it. I want to thank you all for the many cards and very moving letters he got from you all. The family as well as Steve was very touched by them.  Thanks again.

Best Regards,
Frank Bonarrigo


From Frank B., this photo of a Lafayettes get-together in 1990.
That’s Steve in the front, bottom right.
1990 Lafayettes reunion