Mike Lawrence, Harman Drew, David Hinton, Robert Perry and William Watson
Compliments of William Turner Watson, January 25, 2005
Submitted by Larry Mays
All the members of the Dee Jays were at the prom
in 1964. William was a sophomore but was the date of an upper classman.
After the band hired for the occasion had stunk up the gym for a couple of
sets, the next time they took a break the Dee Jays brought out their
instruments & took the stage. The hired band never got it back.
Submitted by Larry Mays
Mike Lawrence, William Watson, David Hinton,
Robert Perry, & Harmon Drew. Probably doing "Wine, Wine, Wine" or "What I
Say." How would you like to appear in court & find out the sitting judge is
the wild man on the far right in this photo.
be a Quade Photograph
The Disciples of Jazz: William Watson, David Hinton, Robert Perry, Mike
Lawrence, & Harmon Drew.
Identified by Larry Mays
________ William Watson
Trombone - David Hinton
Guitar is Robert Perry
Drummer is Mike Lawrence
Thanks for the Memories, Harman Drew
The DeeJays went their separate ways after
graduation in 1964. Harmon later played with the Monks & the Ivy Peebles
Medicine Show at LSU & for many years has had the Harmon Drew Super Group &
still plays gigs every weekend. A few years ago the LA legislature passed an
exception to a law forbidding elected officials from working for the casinos so
that Harry Connick, Sr., the Orleans Parish DA, & Harmon, an elected judge,
could play at the riverboats.
News articles and other information on this group would be greatly
Mail to MindenMemories@AOL.COM
We were a little rock and roll band. They were formed in
the spring of 1962. I joined in October of 1962. The band broke up in 1964
when all of them graduated but me. I then formed a band called The Tear
Drops. (If you could have heard us, you'd agree that was an appropriate
I wrote an article about The Dee Jays that is somewhere
in Minden Memories with some pictures that were furnished by Larry Mays. We
consisted of Harmon Drew (piano), Mike Lawrence (drums), Robert Perry
(guitar), David Hinton (trombone), Tommy Carey (trumpet), and me on sax.
Soon after I joined in October of 1962, David and Tommy left the band.
David and Tommy were both very smart and talented guys. David (son of Mr.
and Mrs. Don Hinton-- of "Hinton's Dairy" and Sanitary Dairy milk) was
killed in 1966 in a car accident one morning while driving to Centenary.
(Like Tommy, he would likely have gone on to be a physician. His interest
was neurosurgery.) In about 1995 Minden dedicated a park with a nature trail
as David Hinton Park. I was honored to be asked to speak at the dedication
alongside David's brother, Donnie. David and I were camping buddies and had
gone on trips together to Upper Caney lake, South Oklahoma, and South
Texas. He really had a great appreciation for the outdoors.
From the March 29, 1963 MHS Tide Talk
This is a preview of what you will see as you first enter the
Herman Drew website...
He is still has the magic!
Drew Super Group Home of the Blues