• West Coast Music

    As the name indicates West Coast Music has its origin on the American West Coast. The music emphasizes melody, harmonies and arrangements, and the vocal and instrumental performances are always with great skill and of high quality. The music is often performed by pop/rock artists from the American West Coast, but is in no way limited to any geografical area.

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David and the Giants began as a rock band in Laurel, Mississippi; with the Huff brothers: David, Clay, and Ray—with Jerry Parker on drums, touring the Southeast during the 1960s. In 1977 they switched to a Christian rock format.

They continued to sing and record together through 1999. Recording and performing together for almost 40 years, the band released 17 albums. Though the band’s style has been compared to that of Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart, their most commercially successful work came in the 1960s with a sound, augmented by The Muscle Shoals Horns, that closely resembled that of Jay & the Techniques.

The band released its first single, a cover version of “Rockin’ Robin” around 1964, under the name of Little David & the Giants. In 1969, Keith Thibodeaux (best known as “Little Ricky” from I Love Lucy) joined the band. His arrival marked the beginning of the band’s most commercially successful era. Although band members often described their sound as having its roots in Southern rock, the band’s most successful recordings became popular in England in the 1970s and 80s as Northern soul – songs that featured a mixture of a Top 40 sound with horns and strings.

In 1969 they achieved regional success in the southeastern US with singles of that genre entitled “Superlove” and “Ten Miles High”. Their work of that era was distributed in both the United States and in the United Kingdom. “Superlove”, “Ten Miles High” and some of the band’s other late sixties singles have appeared on various genre compilations. In the early 1970s, the band performed in concert with Styx, Black Oak Arkansas, Cheech and Chong, and Chuck Berry. David Huff was in the studio with The Rolling Stones when they recorded the song, “Brown Sugar”, and also spent some time in the studio with artists such as Stevie Wonder and Rod Stewart.

In 1977, the band members converted to Christianity. That same year they released their first Christian album, Song of Songs. Released without label support, it contained ballads and a mixture of pop-rock. Their second album, This One’s for You had a similar sound. Two years later, the band recorded Step in My Shoes. Devoid of up-tempo songs, the album was not commercially successful. For their fourth album, the band returned to a sound much closer to their musical roots. Almost Midnight, a rock album, was more successful than the first three. They continued with that sound for their fifth attempt, entitled Heaven or Hell.

In the 1980s, the band signed with Priority Records. The first release, entitled simply David and the Giants was widely distributed and sold well. The band’s next album, Riders in the Sky, contained concert staples like “Step by Step”, “King of the Jews”, and “Look at the People”. The band released another album, called Inhabitants of the Rock, which though not commercially successful, contained the radio releases “I Can Depend on You” and “I Am Persuaded”. It went out of print in the early 1990s. Two more albums followed, Under Control and Magnificat. Both were well-accepted by fans. The band concluded the 1980s with Strangers to the Night and R-U Gonna Stand Up. In 1989, the song “Here’s My Heart” from R-U Gonna Stand Up received airplay on heritage CHR/Top 40 station WNCI in Columbus, Ohio thanks to a mislabeled CD of what was supposed to be a copy of a single from the group Soul II Soul. WNCI Program Director Dave Robbins liked the song enough to put the song on the air although they did not know who the artist was at the time. WNCI received such positive response to the song that it was added into regular rotation.

Keith Thibodeaux left the band after recording “R U Gonna Stand Up” in the summer of 1989. In the 1990s, the band was not commercially successful. Though they had three hits from their albums, “Stumbling Block to a Stepping Stone”, “I’m Still Rocking”, and “Always on My Mind”, their most successful album had been Angels Unaware. By 1997 the band had been on the road for almost 30 years and decided it was time to do something else. At the end of the year, the band ceased to record and perform together.

David Huff continues to perform as a solo act and operates a recording studio near Atlanta, Georgia. He has released a series of solo albums, Really in 2000 and Proclaim in 2003, which was re-released by Christian Records in 2004, then Let My Guitar Talk, an instrumental album in 2008, and Do You Know What I Mean in August 2008.

The Huff brothers occasionally perform together as “David and the Giants”. On December 9, 2007 they joined former drummer Keith Thibodeaux for a reunion concert at Emmanuel Praise Church in Monroe, Georgia and performed at the 2011 Nashville Amp Expo.

In September 2014, David and the Giants (David Huff, Clayborn Huff, Rayborn Huff, Keith Thibodeaux) released “Still Rockin” a live album recorded at New Life Church in Pearl, Mississippi in the summer in 2013. The CD also features 4 songs recorded by the band at Huff Recording in Athens, GA. The band continues to perform in the U.S. and internationally.

Selected Discography

Under Control

Myrrh Records 1985

Tracks: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, He’s Got It Under Control, Taking It To The World, Rockin’ For The Rock, Borrowed Time, It’s Just a Matter Of Time, Sweet Inspiration, His Love Lifted Me Up, You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me & Almost Midnight.

Musicians on the Under Control album: Clayborn Huff, David W. Huff, Rayborn Huff & Keith Thibodeaux.

Inhabitants Of The Rock

Myrrh Records 1984

Tracks: Are You Ready?, Higher, I Can Depend On You, Moving On Up, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Fire, I Am Persuaded, Holy Rain, I’ve Been Drinking & You’re Gonna Be Somebody.

Musicians on the Inhabitants Of The Rock album: Clayborn Huff, David W. Huff, Rayborn Huff & Keith Thibodeaux.

Riders In The Sky

Priority Records 1983

Tracks: Jesus Is The Only Superstar, Humanistic Wisdom, Please Don’t Give Up On Me, Riders In The Sky, King Of The Jews, Step By Step, I Belong To You, Look At The People, I’m A Fanatic & Glory Hallelujah.

Musicians on the Riders In The Sky album: Clayborn Huff, David W. Huff, Rayborn Huff, Keith Thibodeaux, Curt Butler, Kellye Huff, Lance Huff, Ed Kalehoff, Wendell Price, Wardell Quercerque, Buddy Rush, Willie Rush, Reggie Slade, Susan Slade & Phil Williams.

David And The Giants

Priority Records 1982

Tracks: One Less Stone, God Is Love, America (In God You Used to Trust), I’m Gonna Go Fly Away, Noah, The Well (Will Never Run Dry), Who In The World, Thunder And Lightning, Rock ‘n Roll Blues & Highway To Heaven.

Musicians on the David And The Giants album: Clayborn Huff, David W. Huff, Rayborn Huff & Keith Thibodeaux.

Heaven Or Hell

Song Of Songs 1981

Tracks: Look, In All Things Praise The Lord, Tis So Sweet To Be Remembered, Life Begins When You’re Born Again, Never Giving Up, I’m A Fanatic, Everybody Wants To Go To The Moon, Thank God For Jesus Christ, Come On Home Today & Heaven Or Hell.

Musicians on the Heaven Or Hell album: Clayborn Huff, David W. Huff, Rayborn Huff & Keith Thibodeaux.

Almost Midnight

Song Of Songs 1980

Tracks: Almost Midnight, Keep On Keeping On, Keep On Singing My Song, Thank You Lord (For Coming Into My Heart), Upper Room Experience, The Well (Will Never Run Dry), Ten Miles High, Borrowed Time, Holy Rain & Daddy.

Musicians on the Almost Midnight album: Clayborn Huff, David W. Huff, Rayborn Huff, Keith Thibodeaux & Gerald Hagan.

Step In My Shoes

Song Of Songs 1979

Tracks: I Love Him More Today (Than I Did Yesterday), San Francisco (Help Is On The Way), Gonna Take A Ride (Up Through The Sky), Israel, I’m In Love With Love, If You Ain’t Living For Jesus (You’re Just Dying), He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands, It’s Not A Dream, Lift Up Your Eyes, Step In My Shoes & The End Of Time.

Musicians on the Step In My Shoes album: David W. Huff, Clayborn Huff, Rayborn Huff, Keith Thibodeaux, Hal Atkinson, Billy Carr, Jim Ford, Gerald Hagan, Owen Hale, Pat Knotts & Donna Tew.

This One´s For You

Song Of Songs 1978

Tracks: Noah, Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven, Missing In Action, This One’s For You, Going Up To Meet My Maker, Open Up Your Heart, Golgotha, Go Home Mama, When You’ve Tried Everything, Try Jesus & He’s Coming Back.

Musicians on the This One´s For You album:  Clayborn Ruff, David W. Ruff & Rayborn Huff.

Song Of Songs

Song Of Songs 1977

Tracks: Roll On, Rough And Rocky, Thank You Jesus, Turn Turn, This Is My Prayer, Glory Hallelujah, Jesus Saves, Hold On, The Lord Is My Lover & Save Me.

Musicians on the Song Of Songs album: Clayborn Huff, David W. Huff & Rayborn Huff.

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