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June 5, 2014

Exile will ‘get back to it’ at SomerSport Park

Somerset —

Exile is coming back.
This weekend at SomerSport Park, located off of Pumphouse Road, the rock band with international success and local roots is making a triumphant return to Somerset with the “Exile: Getting Back To It” concert.
The concert on Saturday will pay special honor to Marlon Hargis, a Pulaski County native who was part of Exile during its meteoric rise, thanks in particular to the hit song, “Kiss You All Over,” a number 1 single in the U.S.
“Even though it’s been a long time coming, I sincerely do appreciate the gesture,” said Hargis of the City of Somerset’s decision to honor him. “They seemed very sincere in their wish to make up for lost time in acknowledging the band.”
The band, formerly known as The Exiles, formed in Richmond, but played often in Somerset — where Hargis attended Pulaski County High School, in the 1960s, becoming well known to local fans of the popular music at the time. 
“The band has had a long history in Somerset,” said Hargis. “With me from Somerset, J.P. (Pennington) from (Madison County), Les (Taylor) from the London-Corbin area, there’s a long history that goes back with the band, back to the old days of the Hotel Beecher when it was still open.”
Exile has been active since 1963, and had their biggest hit with “Kiss You All Over” in 1978. Other well-known tunes include “Woke Up in Love, “I Don’t Want to Be a Memory,” and “I Can’t Get Close Enough.” 
Exile entered the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2013, and toured with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars in their early days.
“We played at The Center for Rural Development about five or six years ago, and other than that, it’s been 20 or 30 years since we played in Somerset,” said Hargis, a Pulaski County High School alum. “I’m excited and hoping to see some of my old musician friends dating back to the first bands I played in.”

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