Johnson ~ Vocals
Bill Oxford ~ Vocals
Bill Oxford and Vance Johnson have been singing together off and on for over fifty years, and they celebrated forty years of professional performances in the summer of 2004.
Bill Oxford, who is Vance Johnson's uncle, first brought the "Spyders" to the San Francisco Bay Area all the way from Harrison, Arkansas, early in 1964. Vance joined the band as their first Bay Area drummer, and later, lead singer and front man. The "Spyders" were at first a top 40 cover band during the "British Invasion", and later became a pure "Soul" band, gaining some recognition as a "Tower of Power" influence.Since then, the "boys" have been in many groups together, off and on, including: "Tony Vance and the RB Project"; "Tony Vance and the Progress Hornsby Four"; "The Two-Pound Matchbox"; and "Hotspice".
Bill and Vance with Bill Medley of the "Righteous Brothers"; 1965
Bill set out on his own as a single act in 1998. Late in 2002, Vance joined with his uncle once again in the "Classic Review" .
Both men also continue to perform occasionally with other projects, such as: "Soul Proprietor"; "Scratch"; The "Tommy and Vance Show"; "T'nT"; and "Willie and the Weiners".
Vance Johnson, February 2004
Some of the other Pacific Northwest music groups represented in this band include: Soul Proprietor, Scratch, TnT, Willie and the Weiners, Tony Vance and the RB Project, Tony Vance and Progress Hornsby 4, Tony Vance and the Two Pound Matchbox, Hot Spice, Tommy and Vance Show and many others NW bands.