Highland News Leader

‘Little River Band’ to play at Greenville Bicentennial

One of the most popular bands of the late 1970s will be in concert Sunday, Sept. 6 during the Greenville Bicentennial, and actors from a hit TV series of the 1960s will be on hand for this year’s Greenville Graffiti Car Show in June.

The Little River Band will celebrate its 40th anniversary by performing at Greenville’s 200th birthday party. Known by their fans as LRB, the group was formed in Australia in 1975. They scored 13 Top 40 hits in the United States between 1975 and 1983 with classics like Reminiscing, Lonesome Loser, and Help Is On Its Way.

The Greenville Bicentennial music committee, which has been working for months to secure the Little River Band, believes the signing is a bonus for the celebration. LRB traditionally draws large crowds. With the concert being free, Greenville’s downtown could likely be filled with thousands of fans reliving the days of cruising and listening to LRB on an 8-track tape.

LRB is led by Wayne Nelson, a member since 1980, whose vocals were prominently featured on the hits Night Owls and Take It Easy On Me. Today, LRB performs more than 100 concerts a year across the United States.

The Greenville Bicentennial had previously announced that the Bellamy Brothers would perform on Saturday, Sept. 5.

Car Show

It may look like Halloween in June as two of the stars of the classic television show The Munsters will be the celebrity guests at this year’s Greenville Graffiti Car Show. Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) and Pat Priest (Marilyn Munster) will meet fans and sign autographs on Saturday, June 20 during the show. Replicas of the Munster Koach and Drag-ula, prominently featured on the program, will also be making an appearance.

Patrick was a popular child star who also made guest appearances on many shows of the 1960s, including Bonanza, Gunsmoke and Rawhide. Patrick’s work as Eddie, the son of Herman and Lily Munster, made him a TV icon. In the early 1970s, Patrick was the star of Lidsville, a quirky Saturday morning show produced by Sid and Marty Krofft.

Priest took over the role of Marilyn Munster in the show’s 16th episode. Perhaps her best known role outside of The Munsters came in 1967 when she co-starred with Elvis Presley in the movie Easy Come, Easy Go. She was also a guest on other iconic programs like Perry Mason, Bewitched and Mission Impossible.

Car show organizers are excited to have the Munster Koach and Drag-ula on display that day. The original vehicles were the creation of George Barris, a legendary designer and maker of cars used in television shows and movies. The Munster Koach, Herman Munster’s preferred method of transportation, was created from three Model T bodies. The Drag-ula, built by Grandpa Munster and used by Herman in a classic episode of the show, was made using a real fiberglass coffin. This is a rare opportunity to see television history in person.

Butch Patrick, Pat Priest, the Munster Koach, and the Drag-ula may also be seen at the Munster’s Ball, a special event to be held on Friday, June 19 at the American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville. This ticketed event includes a question and answer session with the stars, photo opportunities, food, and other fun. Ticket information about the Munster’s Ball may be obtained by calling the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at (618) 664-9272.

The Greenville Graffiti Car Show on Saturday, June 20 is open to 1990 and older cars and trucks for judging. Vehicles may also be brought for display. For the first time, motorcycles may be brought for display only. Last year’s event attracted nearly 190 cars and trucks to downtown Greenville.