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The Dazzlers at the Virginia Historical Society

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The Dazzlers were named after the Bill Haley and the Comets' song, “Razzle Dazzle,” and it was an apt moniker. More than 50 years ago, these spirited rock 'n' rollers lit up the sock hops and teen dance shows around their home base of Lynchburg and Brookneal. They also left behind some primal recordings made in a local radio station. Interestingly, they managed not to alienate their elders, but ingratiated themselves into the fabric of the community. Forty-two years after the group split up, the mayor of Brookneal personally asked the former members to re-form as the closing act of the town's 200th anniversary. Today, the Dazzlers — still with all the original musicians — are a museum exhibit come to life, its band history and experiences recounted in the new “Virginia Rocks” exhibit at the Virginia Historical Society, which this writer helped to research. Still performing some of their original rockabilly classics but also including bluesy originals, Kenny, Jimmy, Alfred, Harvey, Talmadge and the rest of the guys will dazzle once again at a special “Virginia Rocks” show at the society Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. Wrenn Mangum and Exebelle and the Rusted Cavalcade also will perform. Tickets are $15 for society members and $20 for others. 342-9665. — Don Harrison

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