David & The Giants latest CD Still Rockin’ [Live] was recorded with the original band — David Huff, his twin brothers Rayborn Huff and Clayborn Huff with Keith Thibodeaux, Little Ricky from the “I Love Lucy” show.
After a newfound relationship with Jesus Christ in the summer of 1977, the band sought to change the very foundation of the group from the secular rock scene to a different style of Christian music. Through 1997 the original band and other musicians produced 17 inspiring contemporary Christian Rock albums.
In 2013, after the original band had started performing reunion concerts, it was in Pearl, MS where a performance was recorded and tracked live. After reviewing the results of the live tracks and some studio overdubs added – The album Still Rockin’ [Live] was produced. The original band continues to perform reunion concerts and church performances on a regular basis and international travel plans are in the making.
David & The Giants was formed in 1964 when David dropped out of Jones Junior College to follow his dream. Around 1965 David’s brothers Rayborn and Clayborn joined the group. Larry Papania and Bill Barnette were the first 2 drummers for D & G. Jerry Parker was the drummer from 1966 until he was replaced by Keith Thibodeaux in 1969. During the 1960’s and early 1970’s, David & The Giants [featuring Keith Thibodeaux and David’s brothers Clayborn and Rayborn] toured heavily as a secular Rock ‘n’ Roll band, sharing the stage and in the studio with such formidable acts such as:
- Chuck Berry
- Cheeck and Chong
- Black Oak Arkansas
- Rod Stewart
- The Rolling Stones
- Stevie Wonder
Playing secular music at colleges, high schools and clubs was the way of life for D&G. They were signed with Capitol Records, MGM Records, United Artist Records and CBS Records.
They had many regional hits including:
Their drummer, Keith Thibodeaux would eventually leave D&G because of his decision to serve the Lord, but later re-joined the new “Christian” David & The Giants in 1979. Almost Midnight, a rock album closer to their musical roots, was produced in 1979 with Keith at the drums once again for the first time since the band converted to Christianity in 1977.
The first three christian albums had more ballads and a pop-rock sound and included “Glory Hallelujah” and “Roll On”, later covered by Wayne Watson.
The original version of “Noah”, now a classic song and fan favorite recorded in 1978.
Gerald Hagan played piano during these early years, leaving the band in 1980. Owen Hale played drums on the first three D&G recordings until Keith returned in 1979.
- Song of Songs (1977)
- This One’s For You (1978)
- Step In My Shoes (1979)
- Almost Midnight (1980) with Keith at the drums
Heaven or Hell (1981) would continue their more rock roots sound making David & The Giants truly pioneers in the early days of Contemporary Christian music. In 1982 after signing with the Columbia Records’ Christian label – Priority Records the first release, entitled simply David & The Giants was widely distributed.
The next album, Riders In The Sky (1983) produced staples like:
- Step by Step
- King of the Jews
- Look at the People
Then three more albums; Inhabitants of the Rock (1984), Under Control (1985) and Magnificat (1987) released on the Myrrh Label produced several radio hits like:
- I Am Persuaded
- His Love Lifted Me Up
- I Can Depend On You
Giant Records, a self label of David’s was created in 1988 with Strangers To The Night the first release.
The 1980’s was finished out with R-U Gonna Stand Up (1989) which produced the still popular radio hit “Here’s My Heart”. Thanks to a mislabeled CD that was supposed to be from Soul II Soul, WNCI Program Director Dave Robbins from Columbus Ohio liked the song enough to put it on the air. WNCI received such positive response that it was added into regular rotation.
Keith Thibodeaux left the band after the recording of R-U Gonna Stand Up in the summer of 1989.
1990 issued in a new decade along with Distant Journey with Lance Huff, David’s son, on the drums to replace Keith. In 1991 Distant Journey was nominated for a Dove Award for “Rock Album of the Year“.
Other releases, Long Time Coming (1992) and Giant Hits (1993) in the early 1990’s had three hits:
- Stumbling Block to a Stepping Stone
- I’m Still Rocking
- Always on My Mind
In 1994 Dennon Dearman joined the band to play bass replacing Clayborn Huff when he left to follow his newfound calling as Pastor of Christian Life Fellowship. The last two albums, Angels Unaware (1995) and Dream (1996) brought an end to the band and they disbanded by the end of 1997. They had been ministering in churches across the U.S. and around the world 20 years.
Since 2007, the David & The Giants original band members have been getting back together frequently for reunion concerts and produced the live album Still Rockin’ in 2014.