Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

June 13, 2012

Exile will perform at Plaza on Friday

By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Now that summer is here, Exile is in full swing of its touring season and Glasgow is one of the band’s concert dates.

Exile, a 2013 Kentucky Hall of Fame inductee, will perform at the Plaza Theatre on Friday.

“We’ve been looking forward to the Plaza,” said J.P. Pennington, founding member. “We’ve been talking with them for several years to work something out where we could come and play there. I’ve talked to artist friends who have [played there] and they love playing there, especially the HeadHunters.”

The band is best known for its 1978 hit single, “Kiss You All Over,” a song they did not write.

“I wish we had. I would be on a yacht in Tahiti right now,” Pennington said. “The guy who was producing us at that time, Mike Chapman, he produced all of our pop albums, he wrote that song with his partner.”

Nevertheless, the song has proven to be a success for the band, which got its start in Richmond in 1963. Back then it was known as The Exiles.

The band played a variety of local venues before recording “The Answer To Her Prayers” in 1964, which according to its website was a turning point for the band.

Two years later the band was hired to be the backing band for “Dick Clark Caravan of Stars,” which was the “American Idol” of its time.

“That was a lot of fun. We got to meet a lot of people,” Pennington said.

The band would start the show out by playing something arbitrary for a few minutes.

“We did something arbitrary for 12 or 13 minutes. The show was laid out and they wanted to end right on the minute,” he said. “We did our 12 minutes, which was like four songs. In those days we were doing cover songs. And then they would bring out the single artists and we would be their band.”

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