One of D.C.s most active bands in the 1960s, the Newports reorganized in 2001, and have been active again since playing for clubs and private affairs. The current lineup includes two original members plus six other veteran performers. The Newports play vintage rock n roll at its very best, with great heart and authenticity, and feature numerous classic hits of the 50s and 60s. Read more about the Newports today, and see recent photos of the band. Also see our schedule of upcoming events, our news page, and wed love to hear from you if youd like to contact the band about playing for your event. Thanks -- and we hope you enjoy our site!

Don't miss the Newports at La Mexicana,
Gaithersburg, Md., Saturday, December 5!!!
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In Memory of Cal Linley
December 26, 1945 - September 11, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce that our longtime lead singer Calvin Linthicum, known on stage as Cal Linley, has died. Cal was hospitalized this past April with a throat tumor. Multiple issues ensued for Cal after that, and he finally died of respiratory failure on September 11.  

Cal leaves behind his wife, Athena, two sons, Richard and Bobby, and a very long musical legacy that has touched endless people in our area. He began singing with the Newports in 1961, shortly after the band began, and was the groups original lead singer. Over the years, he launched several revival versions of the Newports, including the current band, which began performing in 2001. In the 1980s, he also started a band of employees of GSA where he worked, which performed for countless government events. His uncanny optimism inspired so many who thought the challenges would be too great to perform successfully.  

Cal will be greatly missed, and already is. He had a voice like no other. He lived to perform, and brought great joy to so many in that role. We in the Newports are grateful beyond words for the role he has had in each of our lives, and the dear friend he has been to all of us.


Newports Tributed in the Montgomery County Gazette

7/27/12: The Gazette of Montgomery County, Maryland ran a two-page feature on the Newports this week, with a batch of photos. To view it online click here. (If you click in the article's text, it enlarges and is easier to read; click again, and it shrinks). We're extremely grateful to the Gazette, to editor Kim Bamber, and to writer Karen Finucan Clarkson for this wonderful feature!!!


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Newports Photos from the '60s and Band History

We now have a large photo gallery posted featuring numerous photos of the Newports from the 1960s. Accompanying them is a history of the band and its development from 1961-1968. Also included are posters, flyers, articles, and other memorabilia from this period, plus records with the option to listen. Visit this archive.

Listen to Newports Records from the '60s

You can also listen now to every record the Newports produced in the 1960s, in videos with vintage photos of the band. Included are the bands D.C.-area hits Little Heart and Dont You Ever Mess Around, plus many other vocals and instrumentals recorded between 1961-65, plus some unreleased tracks. Also included is Fort Lauderdale, a Mercury release by Doug Powell on which the Newports played. Go to the directory.
The Newports and Filterettes at The Outta The Way Cafe, May 2011

(L to R, from top) Rob Dyer (drums), Blaine Smith (guitar), Debbie Halverson (vocals), Mike Henley (keyboards), Cal Linley (lead singer), Mike DeGraba (bass), Becky Briggs (vocals), Arlene Jaye (vocals)

   See many more photos from this event.

The Newports


Celebrating Washington, D.C.s Legendary Oldies Band