The Killer Whales played their first show at Captain Harry’s Blue Marlin Bar in Charleston in early 1980, and they quickly found themselves playing to enthusiastic audiences throughout the southeast. With the release of their first recording, the four-song “The Killer Whales”, singer/songwriter/guitarist David Bethany, bassist Jim Blakeslee and drummer Murphy Pitts extended their reputation beyond the region. Their first full-length album, “Emotional Geography”, released soon thereafter on Ripete Records continued the momentum and attracted interest from major record labels. As their fame grew, the Whales were tapped to open shows for acts such as Men at Work, Culture Club, Huey Lewis and the News, REM, Bonnie Raitt, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and Cheap Trick in some of the biggest concert venues in the area. The band played showcases in Manhattan and Los Angeles, and appeared on Ed McMahan’s “Star Search” TV show, all the while continuing a grueling touring schedule in clubs from Texas to New York. Their final release, “Big Bang”, which featured some of the band’s best work, came out in 1986, but the strain of years of touring took its toll, and the band ultimately broke up in 1987. The Killer Whales have regrouped several times since then, and they continue to win fans whenever they appear.