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  • Kelly on NotablesHi Al, You and your booking company The Agency provided many opportunities for bands from Oelwein and NE Iowa. Great to hear from you. kpm
  • Allan C Enyart on NotablesI was doing a search and this website came up. I am still around. The reason I am responding is to inform you that I have some brochures from my early years (1970's 1980's) of some of the Oelwein and area bands. I started in 1973. If any of the bands would like to see them, I would be willing to display them at the chamber office in Oelwein. Booking...
  • indianakelly on BH Basement TapesI have a friend that says he might have some more cassettes. We will take all we can get!
  • indianakelly on BH Basement TapesGood times indeed. Great to hear from you Johnna!
  • Johnna on BH Basement TapesOMGOODNESS ! I was back at Wildweed! Good times!
  • Debbie Albert on BH Basement TapesSounds great , have more cassettes? Deb Albert
  • indianakelly on BH Basement TapesThank you Chris! Your cousin Tate could really lay down the bass line.
  • Chris Gonterman on BH Basement TapesI love it! Took me back to good times and great music. I really like the different parts of the songs are described before you listen so you can try and hear it. Great stuff!
  • Don on AfterflashA lot of great music, beginning in the 50's, came out of Iowa -- from the Greenwood Inn in Des Moines to the Starlight in Waterloo and the Coliseum in Oelwein. Young and old musicians alike played gigs at ballrooms, bars, radio and television -- along the Mississippi to Clear Lake, Iowa City to Red Oak. It was amazing and at least a 40-year run, maybe more. Among the greatest...
  • Kathleen Jennings on Keith Thompson TrioWhere was Keith Thompson from, was his hair red, did he have a second job and did he play in Oelwein in the late 40s?
  • Ronda Ballman on Dixie HankinsMy grandfather played with Bobby Hankins and they are now passed my grandmother has a guitar that Bobby played and then gave it to my grandfather to play she still has it in it case
  • Carlos Freymiller on Andy Doll BandCarlos Freymiller.. Yes I did move back to Wisconsin. I find the article to be very interesting and it helps me to remember some of events in my life. After moving back to Wisconsin I formed a trio, The Hi-Lites that played night clubs in the area. This being 2017, I haven't been involved in music since the 70's and my finger joints remind me of this fact. I value...
  • indianakelly on Coliseum BallroomDoc and Sharon, HubCityMusic thanks you for your kind words. This is the first time we heard of the Trolians band. If they played the Coliseum, they must have been good. Also, many thanks for Dave Moore on his efforts in the restoration.
  • sharzhills44gmailcom on Coliseum BallroomWe had a wonderful informative tour from Dave Moore, he is truly a inspiration to the community. My parents met there, my dad Ralph Sweeney from Waukon loved to dance and would play the drums for his brother Ray, The Triolians when Ray took a break. That's when dad met Miss Oelwein, Ileen Birdsell, they later married, had 11 children. We will spread the word of your hard work to...
  • John on Terry WheelerTerry use to play in our bar/restaurant in Grand Lake, Co. We loved listening to him and knowing him. Pure enjoyment! We often think of Terry.
  • Douglas Seedorff on Coliseum Ballroomlived in Arlington Iowa and never missed a Saturdayi night dance at The Coliseum 1953 to 1956
  • Seth Vargason on Al RicchioDon't forget Mike Ricchio, he passed away today but he told me of many times playing on the road with his dad.
  • Virginia Foy on Bill ReintsThank you for this article. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Brings back many memories.
  • Dean Schilling, Alamo, Texas on Leo GrecoLeo always had a smile for everyone, and a good word. I was pretty little, but I remember him playing at the Riviera Ballromm in Janesville, Iowa and at the Electric Ballroom in Waterloo. When my wife and I had our wedding dance August 1962 in Janesville, we picked Andy Doll. But his regular trumpet guy wasn't able to make it (I think this was Bill Reints). So guess who...
  • Bill Ramsey on Don StohrEnjoyed reading this article. Well done Donnie! RIP
  • Chad on Bobby Hankins ShowHello. My dad was Keith Thompson. If anyone had pictures could you contact me?
  • indianakelly on Coliseum BallroomTerry Knapp - I will email you to get a copy of that postcard to share on this page.
  • Terry Knapp, Cedar Falls on Coliseum BallroomThanks for your site. Hope the Coliseum gets restored. I just acquired a postcard sent from the Coliseum in June of 1940 advertising the Glenn Miller Band for Monday night July 1st. What a night that would have been. The Miller Band arrived from Wisconsin and went on the next day to Lincoln, Nebraska and did a Chesterfield broadcast. If you would like a photo of the card for your...
  • Dean Schilling, Alamo, Texas on Bobby Hankins ShowThis is pretty neat! Andy Doll played for my folk's 25th in 1959, and our wedding in 1962, both in Janesville Riviera. I remember Bill Reints on trumpet, Clarksville, and was thrilled when he would let me fill in with my trumpet for some harmony. Not sure if Bobby was still with Andy then, but Bobby played for my sister-in-law's wedding in August 1961; they just loved him. I still...
  • David Elledge on Dixie HankinsDixie is a cousin of mine. Her father was Bobby Hankins, whose father was Jimmie Hankins. Jimmie was a brother to David Hankins, who was my grandfather. David had a daughter named Alice Hankins and a son named Dean Hankins. Alice Hankins was my mother. Both she and Dean are deceased. My mother Alice Hankins married Bert Elledge Jr. David Elledge
  • Kelli (Kammer) Milbrath on Tom KammerUs kids grew up with my dad playing every weekend. It was the best memories I have as a child. I drank more kiddie cocktails by the time I was 5 than most do in a lifetime and my dad always played "I Knew The Bride" for me. Thank you all for the comments and stories. I love reading them. :)
  • Ted Schott on Rock MusicWhat a bunch of great names and memories here! I am looking for my Fender P-Bass that I bought new from Samar Music. Sold it to Lloyd Fleshner in 1972. Thanks!! Ted Schott\ Former bassist Bad Manners Band
  • Michael Kammer on Tom KammerHe was so good at counting odd time signatures, and because he spent all that time in Jamaica when he was a teenager, reggae and ska music (which most rock drummers struggle mightily with) was second nature to him. He really internalized that music and those grooves - it was a part of him, which is a totally different thing than studying music under a microscope. Great lesson for me....
  • Bruce Bearinger on Tom KammerAs a musician all my life, I have performed with many great drummers. BJ Killberg, Charle Hallberg, TJ Kammer, and Jason Kayser to name a few. But, performing with Tom Kammer was a unique experience. Tom was described as "The Foot" when he drummed. To me, "the foot" described his innate ability to know the beat of a song and keep that beat with his kick drum. This may seem...
  • indianakelly on The PlainsmenThanks Jeff! I have updated the page with the names you supplied. Can you provide any more info on the band?
  • Jeff Baker on The PlainsmenNames for picture above. Ed Kammer, Steve Bachman, Larry Donaldson . Left to.right . Then Chuck Baker in the. Front. Chuck is my father.
  • Doug Koempel on The Blue FlamesBack in the '60s I was the keyboardist for the house band (the Rubber Band) at Matter's Ballroom in Decorah. Back then we played the downstairs lounge (Someplace Else) every Friday and Saturday. Upstairs in the main ballroom, they'd run bands such as Leo Greco, the Swiss Girls and the Blue Flames. One night I remember during the band break, I just happened to wander upstairs to listen to the...
  • SHELLY on The Blue FlamesI always thought my dad walked on water and I think everyone who knew him thought the same.
  • Doug Koempel on Rock MusicGreat website!! Much great info to fill in the backstory of the local music scene! The only thing missing is a mention of the venerable Rubber Band (IRRMA HOF 2010) who played regularly at the Oelwein Coliseum. Here's a link to their official website: http://www.memorybrothers.com/Rubber%20Band%20site.html
  • Norman David Peterson JR. on The Blue FlamesMy Dad was Norm Peterson. He learned to play 11 instruments during his career as a musician. He loved his music. The last 5 years or so he started doing Gospel. I really enjoyed this article and my Dad would have too.
  • Jolene (Cherrier) Rhea on The Blue FlamesYes, that was my family. Dad, Mom, me and my younger brothers Steve and Mike.
  • Jim Mazziotti on The Blue FlamesEnjoyed the read. Many good memories. So many talented musicians came out of Oelwein and the surrounding communities...but Pee Wee may have been the most talented musician to ever come out of Oelwein. We loved serving all these guys at our music store over the years...but I know Pee Wee was my father's favorite. Just a true gentleman. Good luck and congrats to the Flames at their upcoming induction. Very...
  • indianakelly on The Blue FlamesHello Jolene, I learned how to play country guitar by sitting with PeeWee in his back yard workshop on the west side. I later lived on 3rd Ave. S.W. about 3 blocks west of Sacred Heart. There was a Cherrier family that lived across the street from me. Were they related to you?
  • Jolene (Cherrier) Rhea on The Blue FlamesI am PeeWee's granddaughter. I remember the Andy Doll Band and the Blue Flames. Grandpa (PeeWee) and Grandma used to come to our house with their instruments and my mom and dad and them would all play (Dad played steel guitar and Mom played bass) This brought back a lot of great memories.
  • Peggy NIcolay Sherrets on Steve WestpfahlSteve, I remember you guys so well! Such talent! Always had a great time dancing when you were playing. I would listen to you guys before my brother's band!!!
  • Faye Stewart on Steve WestpfahlCongratulations Steve very deserved. Glad Tom and I had the honor of following the band from time to time.
  • Karen Handeland on Andy Doll BandThank you for this! Chet "Daddio" is my grandpa. His musical abilities have lived on in his youngest daughter (my mom), and some of her daughters. Grandpa Bradley, as we knew him, could play with the best of them all by ear. It was important to him that my mom learn to read music which she is great at but she always wished she was better with playing by ear....
  • Laura on Andy Doll BandHello! Daddy-O was my grandfather. This is the first I've ever found a recording of him and the band. I would be thrilled to have your contact info to learn more about the band! My email is musicohl@gmail.com
  • Scott Peterson on Randy LandasHi Randy glad to see your doing well remember hitch hiking to Sedalia Rock Festival?
  • Garry Davidson on Coliseum BallroomYour Dad and Uncle Ken were two of my very best friends when we were growing up. Spent many weekends and holidays with the family or they came to visit us. Began our companionship at age 3 until your Dad's passing. Music was our number one interest. We spent hours at the piano.
  • Mike Cole on Bobby Hankins ShowBobby drove school bus for year or so from Stanley and around to Oelwein
  • Michael ANDORF on The PagesI was a big fan of "The Pages" and especially when Bill "Saki" Megonigle was the drummer. He is an ole independence-ite and a good friend (in fact he taught my brother the drums) I'm workin' on a list of all Iowa garage bands that made 45 r.p.m. recordings during the 60's. I'm also trying to listen to and collect as many of these recordings as possible. Is there anyone...
  • Kathy Jennings on Coliseum BallroomDid he play at Oelwein Coliseum around 1949 and did he have red hair?
  • Gail Alderson on Kelly MurphyThank you, I feel the same. I hope your doing well. I love the pictures.
  • indianakelly on Kelly MurphyGail, Some of the best years of my life was playing in the band "Step On It" with you and Nick while I lived in Indianapolis and Bloomington. Wishing you the best, Kelly
  • Gail Alderson on Kelly MurphyWow, there I am! Thank you for this Kelly. Gail
  • Jeff Davis on Step On ItI know where Gail Hicks can be found if you want to know.
  • Larry Soper on Coliseum BallroomYes I knew your father and mother.
  • Anne (Doll) Sellers on Andy Doll BandHe also had 3 sisters: Dorothy (Doll) Wagner Marie(Doll) Wagner Irene (Doll) Foley -still lives in Boscobel Aunt Dorothy and Aunt Marie married brothers to my mother, as well as Uncle Paul married a sister of Mothers. Anne (Doll) Sellers -middle daughter
  • indianakelly on Andy Doll BandGary, I am presently working with Bill Reints on the full history of the Andy Doll Band and the Blue Flames. Your name has come up several times. Once I update those pages, I will be sure to let you know. By the way, do you have any pictures of AD or the Flames that you could provide to me to put on this website?
  • Gary Hinderberger on Andy Doll BandA good history of Andy and his band. I enjoyed 2 1/2 years of playing drums on it from 1965 to 1967. Gary H.
  • Brenda on Terry WheelerThank you!
  • indianakelly on Terry WheelerBrenda - I just added contact info for Terry. Thank you for visiting HubCityMusic.
  • delilahdewylde on Bobby Hankins ShowI'm sorry I never got to meet Bobby, but we have some of his records and they're great. My MIL was married to Bobby for a time.
  • Robin Fortsch on Kammerstock RetrospectiveWas so glad to be there and witness the outpouring and talent. It was amazing.
  • tammy Hallberg on Kammerstock RetrospectiveWhat a great event for the people we love and care for. Many prayers , many thank you, it took a village, for the right cause.
  • indianakelly on Kammerstock RetrospectiveJohn, THANK YOU! The hundreds of photographs and videos you provided made this event live forever. On behalf of all the musicians and event organizers, we are grateful.
  • john on Kammerstock RetrospectiveGreat job on everything Kelly!
  • Gary Hinderberger on Bobby Hankins ShowKeith did have reddish hair and played piano with Bobby in the 1960s and was still a young man when he passed. I was Andy Doll's drummer from 1965 to 1967
  • indianakelly on Bobby Hankins ShowGood catch! It has been corrected. Can you supply names for some of the other pictures on Bobby's page?
  • Kelly on Bobby Hankins ShowThe picture that says Bobby with his Gibson is actually Buddy Cornwell not Bobby :)
  • Rose Kintz publicist for Crystal Axe on Crystal AxeThis is Crystal Axe. Thank you for adding us to Hub City. We have one thing to add. When we were inducted into the Iowa Rock n Roll Music Association's Rock n Roll Hall of Fame of 2014. The line up was Kat Bauer, Gary Berns, Dale DeMaris, Steve Manges, Kent Moore, Harley Sunnes and Brent Woodson.
  • Michael Kammer on Tom KammerI've gotten plenty of advice from my dad over the years, most of it unsolicited, all of it useful. But if there's anything that really stuck with me, it's this: "When you're a musician, everything you listen to shows up in what you play." That's why when he picks up the sticks you can hear the snap and precision of Charlie Watts, the offbeat accents of Richie Hayward, and the...
  • vargasonalbert on KAMMERSTOCK – Featuring BlueShatterWish I could have gone. Deb Vargason (Albert)
  • Chad Thompson on Coliseum BallroomMy dad was Keith Thompson. He played piano and sang with Bobby Hankins. If anyone has photos or memorabilalia or even memories say hello. Nycchad1@gmail.com Thanks so much! We miss him dearly.
  • Pam Wenzel on KAMMERSTOCK – Featuring BlueShatterSo excited for this amazing entertainment! What a great bunch!
  • Jean Denbo on KAMMERSTOCK – Featuring BlueShatterI would love to fly in and see my old childhood friend, Mike Fereday, but cannot make it this time.
  • Suezette Walker on Dixie HankinsWe miss you playing with Jody Nix. His music is not as "crisp" as it used to be when you were there.
  • Robin Fortsch on KAMMERSTOCK – Featuring BlueShatterBringing everyone I can pile into my car. Wouldn't miss this stroll down memory lane for nothing.
  • steve bachman on Tom KammerTommy hang in there brother! Wish I could come home for that, would love to jam with with the old bunch.
  • Kathy (Kringlen) Moser on KAMMERSTOCK – Featuring BlueShatterI'll be there for sure!!! Wouldn't miss it for anything!!!
  • Darryl Landas on Randy LandasGood to find you on the internet.. Darryl Landas
  • Jill Murphy on KAMMERSTOCK – Featuring BlueShatterCan't wait!
  • George Foy on Tom KammerI was terribly saddened to hear of your diagnosis Tom! That's a serious blow that few survive but if anyone can you can. I concur with all the comments that you were and are one of the best drummers around. In my 23 years at Oelwein you were far and away the best! We'll be praying for you.
  • Steve Dougherty on KAMMERSTOCK – Featuring BlueShatterWish I could be there , Nick. I'm proud to see that you are a great and talented person, my old friend. Best of luck in this effort.
  • Don Stohr on KAMMERSTOCK – Featuring BlueShatterIll be there. Wouldn't miss it!
  • Debbie (Albert) Vargason on Blue HorizonThanks Kelly for the memories. The band rocked.
  • Roger Wetlaufer on Tom KammerI am sure I must have played with Tom a time or two as he was one of "the" drummers in Oelwein, and he was in high demand. If Tom was your drummer you knew there was a tight pocket. Always. Pulling for you Tom and sending out good thoughts and wishes to you and your family.
  • Karen Tharaldson on Tom KammerI was in the audience many times and knew very little about music but I did love to hear Tom sing and play. I know he got tired of me requesting, "Okie from Muskogee," but I loved hearing him sing that song. I also loved eating at The Sportsman when Tom was playing with the Thompson Trio. Such good music! Time goes by so quickly. My family and I send...
  • Jim Mazziotti on Tom KammerSo seriously, Tom has played in 11 different bands? Good Lord, is it that he can't hold a job? Actually, it's more like everyone wanted Tom to be their drummer. He is one of the best to ever come from the Hub City. That' a fact. As it happens, I've never had the pleasure to play in a band with Tom...as we are both drummers...but I too played in and...
  • Barb Ricchio on Tom KammerTom, I think you are the best drummer my dad (Alex Ricchio) ever had. Hope everything works out for you and your family. You are in our prayers.
  • indianakelly on Tom KammerAw shucks.
  • Tom Kammer on Tom KammerThanks Kelly, I was very lucky to get the chance to play with a lot of great musicians, including you. You were the one who encouraged me to join BH and that was a huge boost in my musical life. You were a great leader and role model for all of us. Thank you!
  • Tom Kammer on Tom KammerThanks Kent, it was probably me who screwed up the schedule! Always enjoyed playing with you and the Basics, no egos, just good times!
  • jere gregory on Jay SielemanBorn in Memphis April 4 1952, watched moon landing July 21 1969 in your folks back yard. Will never forget that! Thanks for the Montana visit. Was fun.
  • Stve Reed on Rock MusicJohn Klink , Rich Brown and Steve Reed, known as Midnight Riders, also played in the Oelwein area.
  • Yvonne Evans Davis on Milt CampbellHis father Ralph was an awesome man also who helped my dad Billy Joe Evans. He got us a house and a church for my dad to preach in. Milt was always letting everyone use his studio. My dad was also on KOEL , he used the studio for his broadcasts. I was a flower girl in Janet and Ronnie's wedding. I also remember Danny dated Veronica Rueden. I was...
  • Kent Moore on Tom KammerI have a story I'd like to share about Tom's dedication to entertaining people. One night with The Basics, we were scheduled to play at a bar in McGregor. Dan & I were all set up & about 7:30, Tom was still not there. Due to some miscommunication (probably on my part), Tom was unaware we were scheduled to play. We called him, he & Brenda were out to dinner...
  • indianakelly on Tom KammerTom and I played in the Jazz band at Oelwein High School. During the years we played, George Foy often took the band to several high school jazz festivals throughout the state. A lot of the festivals featured a professional musician that would hold clinics and later perform with some of the bands. At one of the festivals, the professional (I think he was a trombone player) had a private...
  • Kathy Jennings on Bobby Hankins ShowHi Dixie! Was your Dad playing in Oelwein in 1949 and did Keith Thompson have red hair or any other band member?
  • Kathy Jennings on Coliseum BallroomDoes anyone remember the name of a band playing in oelwein in early 1949?
  • Steve Jad on Andy Doll BandIt's strange how we don't know someone. Andy Doll was the custodian at our small school in Powers Lake, North Dakota. I had no idea of his background but I wished that I had as I too became a musician leading a band with my guitar. Rest in Peace Andy Doll.
  • indianakelly on Randy LandasInteresting that you say I should have been a journalist. Randy Landas thought I should have been an historian! Up until I tracked Randy down last spring, I had not talked to him for 40 years. But among my friends who knew him while he was in Oelwein, there were legendary rumors about how he had made it big in Los Angeles. But nobody had any hard facts. So I...
  • Charlie Hallberg on Randy LandasKelly: I was blown away by your story on Randy Landas! You should have been a journalist! Did you do the telephone interview? His "mediocre career" would be a dream come true for the rest of us "musicians" from the big "O"! Fun stuff! keep blogging ! Charlie Hallberg, Hiawatha, IA.
  • indianakelly on Rock MusicAdded a placeholder for them but need more info.
  • indianakelly on Rock MusicAdded a placeholder for Reaper and have been chatting with a band member to get more info. I also added some info for Savenger's but need some contact info to build a page for them.
  • indianakelly on Country MusicBarb - The link to your Dad's music has been added to his page. Either scroll up and click on his name or follow his link here: http://hubcitymusic.cloudmurphy.com/al-ricchio/
  • Barb Ricchio on Country MusicYes I am proud of my daddy.
  • indianakelly on Country MusicWow. These songs are priceless. Since I created the HubCityMusic site, is it O.K. if I copy this link and add it to your Daddy's page?
  • Barb Ricchio on Country MusicAl Ricchio was my dad. Anyone wanting to hear some of his music can go check out this link. If not allowed please delete. https://soundcloud.com/norb-stenzel/memphis-tn
  • Tony on Rock MusicFind me on Facebook... Having trouble finding you here or there (don't know your name).... Anthony Nash... Milton Florida
  • Mary Ryan on Randy LandasI remember going to school with Linda until about 6th grade. What a story. Best wishes to the whole family.
  • indianakelly on Blue HorizonYep That was Wheels singing Gently Weeps. Make sure your brother Kevin checks out the page.
  • Kathy Adams on Randy LandasGreat story! My parents, John and Lucy McNamara, were in couple's card club with Randy's parents, when they lived in Oelwein, Iowa. Kathy McNamara Steele Adams Oelwein, Iowa
  • indianakelly on Rock MusicTony - We need to talk.Are you on Facebook? Message me and we can start building a page.
  • Tony on Rock MusicHey! I used to play guitar in Reaper, and just found this stream. What do you want to know?
  • Tim on Blue HorizonLots of new stuff, glad my Mom told me to go read it :). Gently weeps gave me the chills. Wheeler sing the lead? Damn good whoever.... all helped pass a slow workday today. Thx Murph for the flashbacks!
  • Tony on Rock MusicHey! I used to play guitar in Reaper, and just found this stream. What do you want to know?
  • indianakelly on Blue HorizonBLUE HORIZON FANS: Thank you for the great turnout on the “Support Blue Horizon for the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” online petition. We received over 340 signatures so far. Below are some of the comments our fans left: 1. Great band! 2. I have great memories of Blue Horizon -- they played at my prom @ Independence Iowa. 3. They were really great! 4. They deserve it!...
  • Ray Fisher on J.W. SwiftI replaced George in J.W. Swift, and we also added Mike Faraday. It was a great time, but I wish I could remember the name of our female co-lead singer.
  • john lukehart on Shatterlike to find Mike Fereday like to catch up on whats going on in music now days
  • john lukehart on Shatteri remember when Shatter played with ONE SHOT DEAL in Marshalltown..
  • Marilyn Lawrence on Coliseum BallroomAndy Doll's band was our favorite. He played for our wedding dance at the Prairiemoon Ballroom in Prairieburg, Iowa on April 19, 1958. The hall, which sadly burned down in later years, was jam-packed. We followed Andy at all the local dances. One thing that I thought of as a sort of "trademark' of his was that at each dance he played the Hawaiian War Chant and after playing it...
  • Punk'N on Gary ForneyThere is a documentary starring Gary know as simply "GARY" released in 2015 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4564618/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_1
  • Tom Kammer on Milt CampbellMilt was great to me when I played in the Country Buddies. That's where I met so many of the senior musicians around Oelwein.
  • James Grob on Rock MusicI don't know a lot more than what I told you -- Scavenger's Daughter played heavy rock and some classic rock covers plus several originals from about 1982-1986. The three principals were Gary Walrath guitar, Chris Kotscher bass/vocals/keys, Russ Fagle on drums. They played Luigi's, Hickory Grove, Oelwein and Stanley gyms and anywhere else they could. For a couple years there they were the only show in town. All three...
  • indianakelly on Rock MusicJames Grob - Give me more info on Scavenger's Daughter and Reaper!
  • Therese Williamson (Hogan) on J.W. SwiftI played in band with Tim Jack in Jr High & High school back in the 70s
  • Charlie Hallberg on Clay HallbergIts all about dat bass dat bass dat bass...
  • Kaylee Foley on Coliseum BallroomI stumbled upon this page while researching Andy Doll. He was my great uncle (my grandma's brother) and he died the year I was born (1984). I have found many audio clips of his music and pictures and stories. I even found a forum with posts by guys who played with him on stage. Very wonderful and interesting stuff, I will certainly have to share with my family.
  • Sheri Morris on Country MusicMy Dad Alex Ricchio, was the best steel guitar player around Iowa. He also gave guitar lessons to the younger kids that kept him really busy. He backed up country stars like Tommy Cash (Johnny's bro), Jeannie Sealy, Wanda Jackson, and Marvin Rainwater, who came to our home. Mom made Marvin the best breakfast he ever had. I know there are more stars that Dad played for. I also sang...
  • cx1charts on Blaine FallisThank you for sharing your 'wondrous story', Blaine ! Bet you were torking the cello too feverishly, as you ascended into the expression ? Love the 70's photo !!! It is awesome getting to know you and talk about the art // beauty of music...even though i have never been a musican, per se', I'm an adamant listening and 'jiving' afficianado - and I cherish being able to share that...
  • Thomas on Jay SielemanWay to go Jay from a party animal to president / ceo of the blues foundation.
  • isella franceschi smith on Jay SielemanJay I remember you from school very well, you belonged to the popular group unlike me. I love your article, best of all I like that your wife is also Panamanian. Nice to read about successful folks from oelwein.
  • indianakelly on Blue HorizonThank you Terry for your comments. Even though you say that BH let you hang with "you kids", we were only a couple years older than you! We were all "just kids" back then but were bitten by the live music bug that never left us.
  • Terry Kirkendall on Blue HorizonTo the Blue Horizon Boyz, When my buddies and I first discovered Blue Horizon at the Gayla Ballroom we were in 8th grade. You played music we liked and played it well with incredible energy. At that same time we were forming our own band and oh man we wanted to be just like you. You were larger than life to us and yet you recognized us and took the...
  • Wayne 'Bud' Fink on Rob TatroRob came to Des Moines in1994 & I had bought a used Carvin Bass & he helped me master.
  • soarwithexit@gmail.com on Milt CampbellMilt was such a kind and gentle man. Our band (Afterflash) recorded at his studios about 1969 and Milt was so patient with us. I know he is missed by his family.
  • dennis king on Coliseum BallroomThanks for the history lesson , Coliseum. Kingdennis25@yahoo.com
  • John Harrington on VenuesJay & Kelly Thanks for bringing that night up!!! It'll be 40 years next summer.. Yeesh!! I'd never heard of Luther Allison before and was fortunate to be in the Paddock that night!!! It's pretty incredible that he was playing in Oelwein to begin with!!! If I remember correctly.. Luther was on Bergie's shoulders as they went outside to play or when they came back in. Can't remember for sure!!...
  • indianakelly on VenuesBy the way, I witnessed Luther Allison that night also. He walked into several bars both to the left and right of the Paddock that night while still playing. And this was before wireless guitars. His guitar cord must have been 500 feet long!
  • Jay Sieleman on VenuesIn the mid 90’s, when I became a hardcore blues fan, I was at a blues festival at which Blues Hall of Famer Luther Allison was performing. Out of the blue, it hit me that I had seen him play at the Paddock on a Thursday night in the summer of 1975. I worked the door that July night. Luther had a very long guitar chord and he went out...
  • Greg Ohl on Coliseum BallroomOne of the biggest nights for the Coliseum in 1968 was the benefit for Toby Tobiason, the owner of Marsh Music, who had been badly burned in the fire that destroyed the business. My mother, Mary Ohl and Lucille Beckner went to Bobby Hankins with the idea, and he made the arrangements with the ballroom. The line up included Pages, High Society, Top Brass, Avengers, to name a few. The...
  • Brenda Dominguez on Terry WheelerHow can I contact Terry? Brenda Dominguez
  • Christy Tucker on Blaine FallisVery cool Blaine! Loved reading this!!
  • scott on Jay SielemanI, as your younger brother, is as always very proud of you! Very nice informative article, but I don't remember delivering any catalogs! Christmas items maybe. But anyway - nice article!!
  • Tom Kringlen on Jay SielemanElvin Bishop and John Mayall. Envious.
  • Ann Suffern Anglin on Jay SielemanJay, so very proud of you for what you have done with your life and what you are now doing for the Blues Foundation. Oelwein was a great place to start for all of us!
  • Roger Wetlaufer on Jay SielemanGreat article, Jay! If you have a passion for the blues, why not help out your old home town and let's put together a blues festival. It could become an annual event.
  • indianakelly on Country MusicJay - If you want to hear some authentic Oelwein music, be sure the check out the Andy Doll page. It is as country as can be, but it really captures the sound of country music that was playing around town in the 60's and 70"s. All the country bands were trying to sound like Andy but few, if any, were able. Unfortunately, since I was a rocker at heart,...
  • indianakelly on Country MusicJay - Good call! Johnny was playing Rockabilly in Oelwein before the phrase was even invented. I used to stand outside Berger's tap and listen through the window and when the door would open I could hear full fidelity.The only reason he is in the country category is because he only played the downtown country bars, did not play any teen dances that I know of. But, if there was...
  • James Grob on Rock MusicHello! Wondering why there was no reply to my earlier post about 80s Oelwein bands Scavenger's Daughter and Reaper? The Oelwein Rock and Roll Tree is incomplete without this branch!
  • Mary Ryan on Jay SielemanYou look just like your Dad!
  • Jay Sieleman on Country MusicI may be mistaken but I never thought of Johnny Clendenen as country. Maybe that reflects how time has changed perceptions. I thought of him as early rock 'n' roll and rockabilly. I thought of him as Oelwein's Elvis!!
  • Jay Sieleman on NotablesFunny that Louie Chase would be the first to comment. I only went to the Armory once and I am sure I was young enough that I was not suppose to be there then either. What I remember from that one night after all these years was watching Louie Chase dancing to Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour." Some years later we became friends, but at that time, I was...

 

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