Bright Eye Band

... comprised: Chuck DeFrancis - guitar/lead vocals + Jim Kesilika - bass/vocals + Martin H. Samuel - drums/percussion + Chris Bovard - guitar/vocals.

In addition to original songs by Chuck, the band played a mixture of blues, funk and rock.  Artists covered were: Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, Otis Rush, Sonny Boy Williamson, The Big Bopper, Jackson Browne, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Van Morrison and more.

Although based on the windward side of Oahu, their first gig was the original Pirate Bully Hayes Place in Pearl City.  The band also played at the Second Floor and the 23rd Step in Kailua and Undersea World, Hau'ula.

bright-eye-band-bully-hayes-1977.jpgThey jammed a funky version of Breezin' with Loyal Garner on her TV show and even gigged at the Outrigger Canoe Club in Waikiki.  Invited by Randy Rarick, they were the featured band at the IPS 1977 World Surfing Champion awards ceremony, at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore, for Shaun Tomson [with whom Martin surfed Sunset Beach that same day].

bright-eye-band-martin-bully-hayes.jpgBright Eye Band opened the 9th and most memorable Diamond Head Crater Sunshine Festival for Journey, Styx, Elvin Bishop, Flash Cadillac, Detective and the Mackey Feary Band on July 3rd & 4th, 1977.

'A Beach'n Concert' was recorded at Kailua Beach Park on Sunday August 21st, 1977 ~ also playing were: Pinkerton's Foundry, Streethearts, Stryder, Syster and Woodrose.

Svenn MartinsenCEO Radio Northern Star, placed: It's A Good Day / You Let Me Down / Help Me / All Your Love on rotation - December 2012.

Sadly, Chris Bovard (the Big Kahuna) passed away on Saturday January 22nd 2022.

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