On September 30, 1978, Exile, the award-winning band who initially set out to play small clubs in Richmond, Kentucky back in 1963, skyrocketed to world-wide fame with their multi-week chart-topper “Kiss You All Over.” In fact, it made Billboard’s Year End Hot 100 Singles of 1978 (Top 5) and later placed in Billboard’s The 50 Sexiest Songs of All Time (Top 10) category. The iconic song has been showcased in feature films such as “Happy Gilmore,” “Employee of the Month,” “Zookeeper, “Wildhogs,” and is played in its entirety at the end of the 7th episode of Netflix series “Mindhunter.”
In the early 1980s, Exile began to focus on country music. During their run on the country charts, Exile had 10 number one singles including “I Don’t Want To Be A Memory,” “Give Me One More Chance” and “She’s A Miracle.” The band wrote their own songs, played on all their recordings, and composed hits for other artists such as Alabama, Restless Heart, Engelbert Humperdinck, Huey Lewis, Diamond Rio, Janie Fricke and many more. During their country phase, Exile received 11 award nominations from the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music, including Vocal Group of The Year and Best Instrumental Performance.
The 5 original Exile members – J.P. Pennington, Les Taylor, Sonny LeMaire, Marlon Hargis and Steve Goetzman – re-formed in 2008. The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame members continue to perform for legions of fans on the 2018 No Limit Tour and have appeared over 100 times on the Grand Ole Opry. Exile recently released their latest project “Hits”, featuring 11 number-one songs spanning three decades and four additional top tens. The ultimate cross-over band has sold over 8 million records worldwide, including three Gold albums. 2018 marked Exile’s 55th year as America’s longest running band.
See Exile live, only at Margaritaville. Tickets start at $15 and are on via Ticketmaster. Tickets are also available at the Margaritaville Retail Store.