On June 18, 2010, the Tears Of Laughter reunited and played their 40 year reunion show for a crowd of 250 friends in a little pub in Texas called Topper's.
|Welcome to the Tears Of
Laughter web site. This web site is not only a
tribute to the band, The Tears Of Laughter, but also a
tribute to all of the "garage bands" that were
formed and played their music back during the famous
1960's. Those were fun times. Life seemed to be much
simpler back then and the music
of the period reflected that so well. The Tears Of
Laughter was formed in 1968 in Haltom City and North
Richland Hills, Texas, where the band played for teen
parties, teen clubs, and school sock hops. The band consisted of Rickey
Edwards - keyboard and vocals, C.L. Edwards - drums, Mike
Whitaker - lead guitar and vocals, Gary Markum - rythm
guitar and vocals, and Reeford Rogers - bass guitar and vocals. In 1971 the Tears Of Laughter disbanded
with members going on to form other bands. With the
exception of bass player, Reeford Rogers, all band
members have remained in contact and all are still
playing in various bands today. The photographs displayed
on this web site were taken by photographer, Nita
Edwards. Nita was the mother of band members Rickey and
C.L. Edwards and probably the greatest fan and promoter
of the band. Nita passed away in November of 2004, still
living in the same home where the Tears Of Laughter
rehearsed there music back in the 60's. After her death
there was the bittersweet task of going through the many
boxes of her treasured photographs and tape recordings
and that is when these photographs were discovered. There
are great hopes of uncovering some original Tears Of
Laughter music recordings in the many reel to reel tapes
left behind by Nita Edwards. If you are one of us who
enjoyed growing up in the 1960's take a moment while
viewing this site and let your memories take you back to
those days of garage bands, school parties and sock hops
. . . . those are the days we will never be able to
capture again . . .
L to R: Rickey Edwards, Gary Markum, Clair Parr, Reaford Rogers, Dinah Joyner, Susan Blanchard, Mike Whitaker, C.L. Edwards
Haltom Junior High School . . . there was a thrill in the air that Fall day as the band rehearsed for the sock hop they would play at that night, Saturday, September 27, 1969
Many good things seem to come to an end . . . L to R: C.L. , Mike, Rickey, and Gary . . . July 1971, the last year the Tears Of Laughter performed . . .
Thanks for stopping by to visit the Tears Of Laughter web site. If you are from the Haltom City and North Richland Hills, Texas area, grew up in the 60's, and remember attending a party or sock hop when the band played, that's really cool! If you are from the same generation but from another area and never heard the band, we hope the web site took you back to the days of your own growing up in the 60's and the local garage bands that provided the music for your times. If you are of a later generation I hope you caught a glimpse of what a wonderful time our generation had growing up in the colorful, wonderful, carefree 1960's, the era of the "garage band". . . God bless!
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