Purple Underground

Approximate Years Active1967- 1971
HometownWinter Haven
Members and LineupsTom Nay: guitar
Jim Carlton: bass
Jon LaFrandre: keyboards
Halsey LaFrandre: drums
John Keramidas replaced Tom Nay in 1969
Venues PlayedMarch 1969: White Hall, Palm Beach, Ides of March Dance
Aug. 1969: Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Burdines Teen Fashion Show, Dance
1969: Music Caster
April 1970: Wells Recreation Center, Riviera Beach, The Amboy Dukes and Purple Underground
Jan. 1971: WPB American Legion Post #12, Teen Fashion Show and Dance
Also, opened for Pacific Gas and Electric at Orlando Sports Stadium, and numerous appearances at the Orlando Youth Center.
Original Songs“Count Back”, “Soon”
Recordings“Count Back”, b/w “Soon” 45 single, 1967, Written by Tom Nay and Jon LaFrandre. Produced by John Brumage.
Also “On Broadway”, b/w “Rain Came Down” 45 single
Comments, Highlights, StoriesPurple Underground started out in Winter Haven FL in the mid 60s, and are known mainly for their 1967 psychedelic-style song “Count Back”, written by guitarist Tom Nay when he was 16. It was recorded at Charles Fuller Productions in Tampa, and released on Boss Records. It still exists on various 60s compilation CDs (www.discogs.com)
Tom now lives in Sarasota and still plays and records music. (tomnay.com). Tom Nay also played guitar with Doug Sahm’s Texas band The Sir Douglas Quintet for a year. (Their 1965 song “She’s About a Mover” reached #13 on the charts). (45cat .com gives “Count Back” a 9 rating, and “Soon” a 4.5)
Info from allmusic.com, Limestone Records, and P.B. Post., Gear Fabs ”Psychedelic States: Florida in the 60s”, Vol. 2 CD