The band actually recorded a single, "You've Got Soul," that Sheff and Price wrote and which played on local radio stations.
"When it went into production, there was a lawsuit. There was another musician at the time, King Curtis, who was a saxophone player," Sheff said. They had to recall the records and re-do them under a different band name.
The King Sound Interpreters were born. The band toured the country for a couple of summers and played gigs when they could during the school year, until members went their own ways to college and other careers.
Sheff would go on to form The Production Co., which stayed busy with gigs. Price played basketball at West Virginia University and returned to the valley as the youngest head basketball coach for West Virginia Stage College.
When he left that job, he got back into music, playing with Sheff's band. The two also played for a Morgantown singer named Bobby Nicholas.
A short time after, Price was recruited to work for then Gov. Jay Rockefeller's administration heading the affirmative action office. He still played with Sheff on weekends at the Ramada Inn in South Charleston.
"He'd hide behind the curtain if he thought someone from the state was there," Sheff recalled, laughing. Price's next job with the Job Corps took him around the country for the next 20 years.
He returned to Charleston in the summer of 2012 and found his musician buddies.
Price played with The Production Co. at a gig in Summersville just a couple of months ago.
"He had already been given the news that his cancer was back," Sheff said. "He shared that with the band that night. He said, 'It is not curable and I don't know how much time I have, but the one thing I do know is that I want to play music until I no longer can.'
"We had some good talks that night," Sheff said.
Sheff, who also owns Ivor's Trunk in downtown Charleston, credits Price with changing the course of his life. He had never even considered playing a musical instrument until Price made that offer to teach him a few chords.
"It made me realize this is something I love," he said. "How could I ever have thought about being in a band, much less being a leader in a band, before that?"
Sheff said Price was a natural leader.
"He'd tell every single one of us what we had to do, but he gave us the ability to think on our own. We were in competition with The Esquires and everybody else and he taught us not to ever be intimidated by that. He'd say, 'When we go on stage, it's our show. That's our time to shine.'"
Price, who has two daughters, became a Big Brother volunteer when he was in Morgantown, mentoring a young man named Skip.
"He totally changed his life," Sheff said. "I met Skip for the first time during the holidays when he flew up from Atlanta. He's graduated from college and is doing well. That's what happened to people who Curt came into contact with.
"There's a million stories. He will be missed."
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