Classics IV (a.k.a. Classics IV Featuring Dennis Yost) were a soft rock group that became famous during the late 1960s. They are best known for the jazz-influenced "Spooky" (1967), the soulful "Stormy" (1968), and the romantic "Traces" (1969), which all became Top 5 hits and million-sellers.
Formed in 1965 in Jacksonville, Florida by lead singer Dennis Yost (July 20, 1943 - December 7, 2008) and first known as The Classics, the hitmaking lineup also included J.R. Cobb (guitar), Walter Eaton (bass), Kim Venable (drums), and Joe Wilson (keyboards), who left the group in 1968 and was replaced by Dean Daughtry (September 8, 1946 - January 26, 2023). With producer Buddy Buie, group members Cobb and Daughtry co-founded what would later become the Atlanta Rhythm Section, and after a number of personnel changes, Classics IV had their final hit in 1975 with "My First Day Without Her" before disbanding. They were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1993.
- For more info about Classics IV, visit theclassicsiv.com.
- The New York Times remembers Dennis Yost.
- USA Today remembers Dean Daughtry.
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- Spooky 1967
(An instrumental version of "Spooky" also became a hit for saxophonist Mike Sharpe (1967), and this song later also became a hit for the Atlanta Rhythm Section (1979).)
Classics IV Featuring Dennis Yost
- Everyday With You Girl 1969
- Stormy 1968
(This song later also became a hit for Santana (1979).)
- Traces 1969
(This song later also became a hit for the Lettermen (1970, as a medley).)
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