The Aces with go-go dancer and friend. Dig the Sandy Nelson albums behind the drummer!

I found five color snapshots of the Aces from Salisbury, North Carolina, as well as a news clipping from Statesville. Introducing the Aces Combo is one of the better LPs on the Justice label of Winston, North Carolina, or at least, one of the more consistent.

Salisbury is located about 40 miles southwest of Winston-Salem, on the way to Charlotte. Members included:

Tim Ervin – lead guitar, vocals
Johnny Yarbrough – rhythm guitar, vocals
Johnny Nance – rhythm guitar
Michael Earnhardt – bass, vocals, tambourine
Howard Caywood – drums and management

In the color photos the band has a keyboard player, who is not listed in the album credits. Some other personnel may also be different.

The go-go dancers in waist-high cages are a cool addition, as are the signs reading The Aces.

Aces Salibury NC Photo 1

Aces Salibury NC Photo 2

Go-go dancer for the Aces

Aces Salibury NC Photo 5
Salisbury a Go Go – what building was this?

Photo from the front of the Justice LP, Introducing the Aces Combo
The Aces in the Statesville Record And Landmark, January 15, 1966
Aces Combo Introducing Photo 2
Another photo from the Justice LP

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