Family Album, Starz and Rex Smith

Nat and Owen came from a family of musicians.  My aunt and uncle, Bibba and Robert, who played 4-handed piano at their two Steinway grand pianos in the living room of their home on Fayette Avenue in Birmingham, Alabama, started a tradition that lived on through 3 generations, and perhaps more if our grandkids continue.  We won’t know until all of my cousins’ kids figure out their career paths.  Auntie Lyn, on the boys’ father’s side, and their cousin, Laura, have both played guitar over the years.  Owen was on that particular path in his last 5 years, but, was recently sent out on a mission of another kind.

Tonight, I’ll share just a portion of our musical histories.  These videos are fun.  They are old, and definitely from the big hair days of the 80s.  Like I said, fun. 

These two videos are from Nat ‘s and Owen’s 2nd cousins’   (Emmitt’s and my cousins’) careers as performers in days/years past.  JFGI: Rex Smith, and Starz.  A good time was had by all. 

Songs for the night:  You Take My Breath Away, performed by Rex Smith; and Sing It, Shout It, by Starz.  Rex and Michael Lee were brothers in different bands, during the days when Uncle Emmitt (my brother) was playing bass and vocals for various bands (including his own) in the LA music scene (and sometimes, NY).  This was part of my youth, a lot of who I am, and something of who my boys became.

You Take My Breath Away: http://youtube.com/watch?v=YO5eAwTnZ40

And: Sing It, Shout It:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=9pekk7X2KbY

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~ by Linda on September 28, 2007.

8 Responses to “Family Album, Starz and Rex Smith”

  1. Thanks, LINDA… couldn’t get the video to work so I went to the YouTube link and found a bunch of STARZ videos (including some current ones) and Jackie and I got an insight into MLS talent I never knew. I had the 1st STARTZ album , but never got around to buying the others. He was great and I was surprised at how musical the group was. I always thought they were a little more rock and a lot less melodic. I’m going to have to e-mail Michael.

    Thanks Again.

    Em

  2. Linda,

    I send you my love. So you know it’s me, I remember Nana and Granddaddy.

    Love, Rex

  3. Rex,

    I remember, too. I remember you and I sleeping in the trundle bed with the window fan blowing in Hope’s old room at Nana and Grandaddy’s house, while the older boys got to go to places like the Smokey Mountains – and you and I were too young. We were, you know. Young. And, so many children, come and gone.

    I love you Gregory, or as you were known to me in those tender years, Jejjy.

    Your cousin and lifelong friend,
    Linda

  4. DEAR, REX SMITH
    HI, I JUST RECENTLY PURCHASED THE MOVIE SOONER OR LATER I LOVE THAT MOVIE TILL THIS DAY. I WAS ONLY 11 OR 12 WHEN I FIRST SAW THIS MOVIE, AND I WILL NEVER EVER FORGET IT. I’M 39 NOW AND I TOLD MY 13 YEAR OLD THAT I HAD A BIG CRUSH ON YOU WHEN I WAS A KID AND SHE LAUGHED. SHE LAUGHED EVEN MORE WHEN SHE SAW THE MOVIE BECAUSE IT WAS SO OLD TO HER, OVERALL SHE REALLY LIKED THE MOVIE I THINK IT’S ABOUT THAT I TIME I HAD A TALK WITH MY DAUGHTER TOO..LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU,

  5. DEAR REX SMITH, hi i just think you are the best. I just love you in that movie sooner or later you are so hot i just watch that movie over and over.i was real young when that movie came out. but i kept on looking for that movie until i just found it on line 3 weeks ago.you are so great and i am a big fan of your .from cindy

  6. Great videos. The first time I saw Rex Smith was in the 70’s when he was in the band Rex. I think I fell in lust that night. It’s great to hear of him doing things now, the tour he is doing needs to get to the US. My youngest son laughed at the movie Sooner or Later also he could not beleive the short running shorts. Well thanks for being part of my past ans with the new CD coming out next year I guess I can look forward to your music also being part of my present. Good Luck and look forward to another concert one day.

  7. Linda,

    I stumbled by your blog and read about you losing your son of which I am truly sorry. I have not suffered that kind of loss. I appreciate you expounding on your family musical history by posting the videos of Starz and Rex Smith.
    I am writing to tell you that I am part of the Siniard musical family tree and thought you’d be interested in learning some history from another branch of the tree. My grandfather was Gordon Silvey Siniard.
    I wish you well. I’ll keep Mystery O. Riley in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Hi Greg,

      Nice to hear from another Siniard, and thank you for your post at mysteryoriley. Yes, I would be interested in hearing from another part of this musical family, so thank you for the offer. I’m quite slow on replies as I have a hugely conflicting schedule at the moment, so please know that my delays are not personal.

      Linda

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