Wayne Proctor

Guitarist/composer Wayne Proctor is one of the enduring underground legends of 1960s American rock & roll. Neither he nor the most famous of the bands that he was in, We the People, ever achieved more than regional success, breaking out of the Orlando, FL, area where they were based -- but they left behind records and songs that still draw listeners 40 years later. Proctor was born in the late '40s and grew up in Florida, in the Orlando area, and his initial inspiration to take up the guitar came from his uncle, whom he described in an interview with The Lance Monthly as a Chet Atkins-style player. His first instrument was a $15 guitar from Sears, bought for him by his father, and he went electric with a Gibson Melody Maker -- his later instrument of choice was a Gretsch Country Gentleman. He passed through a few bands in high school during the early '60s, starting with the Vi-Brations -- a trio of himself, drummer Ron Skinner, and keyboard player Frank Golden -- in 1962 or 1963, and later the Coachmen, the repertoire of the latter embracing a vast range, from the Kingston Trio to James Brown. Meanwhile, Skinner moved on to the Nation Rocking Shadows, and shifted over to guitar and vocals.