BILL STAATS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Bill Staats, co-founder and keyboardist of
The Fab 5, announces his retirement. Bill had a stroke
in 2007 and, although he is well enough to resume playing,
has decided to announce his retirement.
Bill Staats, who started The Fab 5 with Dwaine Abraham
in 1990, is also known for contributing the name that
was chosen for the group. Bill handled most of the daily
business dealings as well as all the bookings for The
Fab 5. Bills exceptional vocal talents served as
the underpinning for the various vocalists who worked
in the band, and The Fab 5 was always renowned for its
solid vocal section no matter who was in the band. Bill
arranged the vocal parts.
From the conception of The Fab 5 until Bills stroke,
Bill and Dwaine kept the band alive against all odds working
together with 16 different musicians in 7 distinct versions
of the band. With Bill on keyboards during the first seventeen
years of the band, and Dwaine still the only lead guitarist
the band has ever had, the group changed players and vocalists
as necessary to achieve the goal of keeping it alive.
Four different drummers, four different bass players,
and at least four other guitarists have served a stint
in The Fab 5. Only Bill and Dwaine were there from the
start, and they personally selected every replacement
Some of The Fab 5s high points achieved during the
Bill Staats era:
Performed at every major venue in the Houston area
for public and private events
- The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - KLDE Funfest
- The Summit - Oldies Show 1999
- Minute Maid Park - GE Show 2004
- Power of Freedom 4th of July 2000 - opened for
The Beach Boys
- Power of Freedom 4th of July 2001 - opened for
The Beach Boys again!
- Stafford Centre - opened for America 2006
- Civic and Special Events - Houston Livestock Show
& Rodeo Cookoff, Galveston Mardi Gras, Houston Marathon,
Grand Prix Houston, Kemah, NASA moon landing anniversary,
Veterans Day events
- 4th of July shows - from Woodlands to Galveston,
from Sugarland to Waco
- Performed major galas and events in every Houston
- Client list of most major businesses, organizations,
- Performed at every major festival in the Houston
area and beyond
- Worked with and opened for iconic musical acts
of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s (including Little Richard,
The Beach Boys, Three Dog Night, etc., TOO many for here).
What a trip for a baby boomer!!- and this list could go
on, but you get the picture.
Under the caring and loving eye of Bill Staats, from 1990
until 2007, The Fab 5 grew from a simple start up garage
band that nobody had ever heard of, to become a great
variety band and THE premier oldies tribute band in Texas,
Houston, and beyond. The band's reputation is well established
now, the fact of which Staats is extremely proud. "This
is probably my greatest accomplishment, that The Fab 5
is so well received everywhere."
In parting company with fans, friends, customers, agents
and former bandmates, Bill Staats would like to thank
everyone who became a part of his own personal magical,
"Be sure to check any sources of band information
to find out about me. Anybody that knows anything about
The Fab 5 knows that Bill Staats and the band are inseparable,
one and the same. Any fan, friend, customer or agent knows
this. Any former bandmate of mine also knows this because
all of them owe their positions to me and Dwaine."
"It's nice to know how much I am appreciated by those
who still reap the benefit of my decades of hard work
building my band. It's been a real godsend to these musicians
that they stepped into a ready made successful band that's
so popular. I built it and it's amazing to find out how
much they respect me and honor me. It's time to announce
This is very sad. I want to sincerely thank so many
people for doing so much for such a very long time. Thanks
for taking the idea of The Fab 5 into your hearts and
your lives. Its the highest compliment any of you
could pay me that you liked it and cared about it.
Its a vision of my youth, and I thank you for
accepting it and being entertained by it. I appreciate
all the concern about me personally and Ill never
forget that. Much thanks to the multitudes who have emailed
expressing concern about my situation and the band.
I also want to thank my wife, Rae, for being my
hero and the wind beneath my wings. I could not have done
this without you, babe, and our real life.
Ive been playing this joyous rockin music
for over 40 years since it was new. The Fab 5 has been
the love of a lifetime for me, and God bless you all for
helping make the experience real. Goodbye and Farewell.
"Until I see you again sometime. I'm a musician
and I'll play again. It's never really over until it's
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