Fables Band Big Hit With GI’s Overseas

Fables Band Big Hit With GI’s Overseas

(Pictured L-R) Major Cecil B. Smith, Benny Daniels, Bonnie Smith, Bobby Beard, Candy Graham, Jerry "Jug" Standifer and Eddie Daniels. Major Cecil B. Smith, a Rhea County native, greets members of the Fables on the tarmac at the Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan.

Dayton band Travels Overseas To Entertain The Troops

In the fall of 1965, The Fabulous Fables, a local musical band from Dayton made up of Benny & Eddie Daniels, Jerry Standifer, Bobby Beard along with guest vocalist Candy Graham, made a 12-week USO tour of bases that housed our armed forces in the far East and Pacific. The group put on 41 shows in 14 days while in Viet Nam and was well received by the American fighting forces.

During the 90 days on the USO tour, many members of the band sent letters home describing the rough primitive conditions they were encountering along the way. However, they were greeted with so much enthusiasm that it was worth their effort to be able to bring a few moments of entertainment to Americans who faced many dreary days far from home.

Many of the shows were performed during all hours of the day and night in order to accommodate the servicemen’s schedules. Temperatures ranged from 100 to 130 degrees in the Viet Nam stop of the tour.

Aside from South Viet Nam, the Air Force flew the group to other show sites such as Thailand, the Philippines, Guam, Okinawa, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and Hawaii.

The Fables continued to grow in popularity in and around Dayton for many years. They even made an appearance on national tv in 1974 by appearing on the program “To Tell The Truth”, where they sang their song, “Will the real Broken Heart Stand Up?”.

Today, Bobby Beard is the only surviving member of the band. He can still be found today working in the Eagle’s Nest Barber Shop on 2nd Ave.

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Born and raised in Dayton Tennessee, I have served in various public service positions in the past. I have a great interest in the History of our town. This site is a way for me to share some of the great history of the area.

1 Comment

  • Sarah

    October 4, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing and so glad Mr. Beard is still around to see this.

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