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September 30, 2018

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Countdown 5 Press Release:


Over fifty years later, local Texas City and Galveston men are experiencing something very extraordinary, their first international album release.  Tom Williams, Tommy Murphy, and Mack Hayes, Texas City High School graduates and friends, and Galveston buddies John Balzer and Steve Long, were known as the “Countdown 5” band in the 1960’s.  With the legendary beach clubs, the Bamboo Hut and Grass Menagerie as their original home base, the “5” acquired professional management and purchased an interest in Andrus Productions recording studio in Houston, TX.  The band wrote and recorded many songs during this era, two of which made the Billboard Top 100 with additional airplay later in Europe in the 1970’s. These two records and the band’s entertaining showmanship put the group on the road throughout the southern United States performing concerts with such acts as the Grass Roots, Dave Clark 5, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, the Fifth Dimension, Steppenwolf, and many others.  The group disbanded in late 1969 and three of the members formed a new group called the Wire Band, touring with Liza Minnelli for several years.


But in the spring of 2018, the band was contacted by GearFab records and informed that the company had purchased the original masters of all of the recordings done by the Countdown 5 in the 60’s.  All 5 members have signed with GearFab Records, and twenty-eight recordings, most never released, have been remastered and offered in a two CD package entitled “Countdown 5 - The Complete Recordings”.  The official date is August 17, 2018, for release in America and Europe.


Though the band no longer exists, all members are alive and well residing in Texas City, Clear Lake, Galveston, and Houston, and the music will live on.


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The CD is available in America, Europe, and Japan on several internet sites such as Amazon, Amazon U.K., Amazon Japan, Target, Ebay, and many others:




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Slovenia Europe:  

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