Classics IV was the band formed in Jacksonville, Florida, United States, in 1965, given credit for beginning the “soft southern rock” sound. The band and its lead singer Dennis Yost are principally known for the hits “Spooky”, “Stormy”, and “Traces”, released in 1968 and 1969, which have become cover standards.
The group grew out of a local cover band called The Classics, consisting of Buddy Buie, JR Cobb, Walter Eaton, Dennis Yost, and Robert Nix. Buie, Cobb, Nix and Dean Daughtry went on to play in The Atlanta Rhythm Section; and Nix on the first two Lynyrd Skynyrd albums. The band played Ventures covers, instrumental versions of “Misty” and “Summertime“. People started requesting songs that required vocals, so Dennis would say “I can sing that”, and that was the beginning of the group’s changing direction. In addition to playing a rendition of The Tornados “Telstar“, they started playing songs with vocals, such as “Sherry” by The Four Seasons. When Dennis Yost joined Wally (Walnut) Eaton’s group they became The Classics.