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About C. Vaughn Leslie & Boys' Night Out

Boys' Night Out (BNO) was organized in 1983 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, with the goal of recreating the authentic performances of the rhythm and blues (R&B) music that had been extremely popular with teenagers in the south during the late 1960s. Boys' Night Out's first public performance was at the Oak Ridge Azalea Festival on May 5, 1984, and they have played a busy schedule ever since.

Between 1984 and 1987, several band members came and went until a stable configuration of personalities and artistic focus could be established. During those formative years, the band adopted three simple operational constraints:

  • BNO is strictly an R&B/Beach band; we don't play country, we don't play Top 40, we don't play disco.

  • Despite owning a vast amount of equipment needed to deliver professional-quality performances, BNO is a hobby band. Band members, who all have full-time day jobs, include business owners, engineers, physicists, lawyers, college professors, and consultants. Many of the band's bookings are for special community events or charity fund raisers. To ensure that it doesn't become a full-time job, the band limits performances to twice a month.

  • Membership is primarily contingent on a personal commitment to R&B and Beach music and getting onboard with the BNO philosophy (i.e., "We're doing this for fun, and we play because we love the music.")

Over the years BNO has been invited to share the stage with numerous well-known professional acts. The band has provided musical back-up for R&B greats Percy Sledge (When a Man Loves a Woman), Archie Bell (Do the Tighten-Up), Barbara Lewis (Baby I'm Yours), and Clifford Curry (She Shot a Hole in My Soul); and has opened shows for the Judds, Nell Carter, the Oak Ridge Boys, Jan and Dean, the Platters, the Impressions, Eddie Rabbitt, Marcia Ball, B.J. Thomas, the Chairmen of the Board, the Tams, and Lee Greenwood.

BNO's current repertoire of over 140 classic R&B or Beach selections has been formally archived into musical arrangements in 20 separate medleys. The band's charts are prepared by Clint Eskew, Don Batchelor, Rick Carl, and Jake Alexander.

BNO Personnel
Lead Vocals Bill Capshaw
Vocals Kathy Hill
David Freeman
Trumpets Hugh Nichols
Rick Carl
Michael Hulsey
Trombone Don Batchelor
Tenor Saxes Ed Winebarger
Larry Bray
Baritone Sax Bruce Giles
Guitar David Freeman
Bass Jake Alexander
Keyboards Clint Eskew
Drums Rich Neubert