The Wisconsin Songs Scene 1968-1975 From My Eyes
I came back to inform you about the tunes scene in Wisconsin from my eyes, it was an thrilling time. It can be tricky to know exactly where to get started. The Beatles came in ’64, I saw the Doorways at the arena ’67, Product, Hendrix, and the Allman Brothers played the Scene, which was run by Benadetta Balistrieri in the late 60’s. The Midwest Rock Competition was coming to State Truthful park in ’69 with Blind Religion, Joe Cocker & the Grease Band, Jethro Tull, together with my most loved nearby teams Soup and Ox. This was an period of outstanding tunes feeding the souls of the younger…!
Foremost to ’68 there ended up CYO dances exactly where bands experienced a chance to participate in together with the Strobe, and other clubs. We experienced the Messengers, the Locations, the Company, the Baroques, the Sidewalk Skipper Band, the Skunks, Tony’s Tygers, the Robbs, and will not overlook about the Goodwill Marketplace setting up on N. 92nd, it held 1200 folks and we normally loaded it. There ended up other excellent bands that would shortly get there on the scene. The initially Summerfest that I can recall ’68 was on the hill with the stage at the base of the Art Centre on Lake Dr, New Colony 6, and quite a few basic Rock teams. This is what I experienced scene leading to ’69, people ended up the greatest times of my existence (name that track?)! The tunes leading up to ’68/’69 was just incredible. You experienced the Byrd’s Mr. Tambourine Male, Eight Miles Higher, the Temptations, the Jefferson Plane,Paul Revere & the Raiders with Kicks and Great Point, the Young Rascals-they experienced a ton of hits,Wilson Pickett, Smokey, the Supremes. You have to recall back in people times tunes was the most essential matter in our lives and we could hear to Pop, Challenging Rock, R&B, Soul, Blues, Jazz, and Nation. We could hear to all of it and be cool…! We essentially need to have to bring tunes back, but not this processed rubbish. Back to the serious stuff… I are unable to record all the excellent music for there are to quite a few, I’ll get a handful of in even though. The Lovin Spoonful, the Yardbirds- Shapes of Matters WOW, Donovan, the Stones, the Kinks-Who’ll Be the Following in Line,You Definitely Got Me, Committed Follower of Vogue, basic, the Animals-Really don’t Convey me Down Household of the Risin Sun, the British Invasion in basic. Do you recognize they acquired American blues records off the ships, put their twist on it and offered it back to us. How quite a few of you knew that? Songs feeds the soul….in any case it arrives! These ended up all my influences far too, together with Muddy Waters, Buddy Male, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, Howlin Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson.
I experienced been taking part in drums now 6 several years, large training. I joined my 1st group “the Epilogue” with Dale Peterson from the Chessman, they rehearsed a few blocks away from me. They ended up excellent, we played rock, blues, pop (British Invasion pop). I started to understand how to perform my music, not just participate in it, I was hooked, no turning back now! I ongoing to participate in out and exercise. I was available a position with a group referred to as “Prism”, I was thrilled. We experienced a woman singer so we played a large vary of material from the Jefferson Plane to Billie Holiday getaway with Jim Appleby on guitar. Later that yr Rick Cier a person of the greatest keyboard players in town joined us. Sooner or later matters fell apart as comes about in rock bands, medicine, liquor, and just simple personalities. I experienced achieved a guitarist who was starting a band Jeff Dagenhardt, the band “Comus”. He played with all the blues greats Sam Lay, Muddy, every person, I was honored. That lasted a yr, I was available a gig with a group referred to as “Short Stuff” they ended up the greatest blues band in town and I was sixteen. Junior, the keyboard player applied to fall me off at superior college, searching back what a time. My family was quite supportive as very long as I acquired the grades. They did maintain that around my head, No Grades-No Songs…! I learned so significantly from Junior and Kenny Berdall. Jimmy Liban only did a handful of shows when I was in the group and he moved to Nashville. Jimmy is a excellent talent. I hear Junior does a Little Richard impersonation in Vegas. He does glimpse just like him. Junior Luv ya Bud. Exact same to you Jimmy and Kenny! I was receiving far more into Zeppelin and large blues. A band referred to as “Tongue” was searching for a drummer. They played large blues. I was the 54th drummer they auditioned and I acquired the gig.
“Tongue” was exactly where I wanted to be. They currently experienced a excellent adhering to. We played excellent shows, we would display up in Eagle River WI, there would be a stage and three,000 folks waiting around for us. We experienced a street crew Bunny, Rube, and ultimately Woody to, all we experienced to do was slam two beers and go participate in. They established up the machines and tore it down when we completed, on to the next town. We traveled in a limo, existence was the greatest! This went on for four several years. Colorado, California, Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, we played primarily, also we built quite a adhering to. We ended up in Hollywood for the 1st time keeping at the Tropicana and I overlook the name of the cafe downstairs Al’s I will not recall, but the greatest burgers. We ended up recording at Hollywood Central Studios, we would consume at Southtown, a soul food items area on Wilcox. Likely back to the studio I was with John Rhys who owned the studio and was manufacturing us, and I saw this gorgeous black woman, now I am only seventeen. I stated wow glimpse at her, John stated glimpse at her feet, I stated what…? Seem at her feet, effectively they ended up so big they ended up hanging around the sneakers. John stated Teddy glimpse and understand, that is not a woman, that is a gentleman dressed as a woman, effectively unnecessary to say when I see a woman the initially matter I do is glimpse at her feet, have sine 1972. That night we went to the Whiskey and I could’nt feel it the Who ended up there, and afterwards that night we ran into Keith Moon at Denny’s on Sunset. For a kid seventeen that was thrilling. Our album under no circumstances was produced do to legal troubles, for you younger players have attorney’s on your facet.
We played Denver on the way back dwelling and that is exactly where I achieved Bobby Barth who afterwards we would get started “AXE”. He was these types of a excellent songwriter, I beloved his material. So back to Milwaukee. The fun sites to participate in now ended up the Stone Toad, Teddy’s, the Electric Ballroom, the Saloon, the Alternate Web site at the lakefront and far more in Milwaukee. Wisconsin experienced a excellent tunes scene. “Tongue” played the same sites as Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Low-cost Trick, Clicker, and Luther Allison W/ my buddy Jimmy Solberg an incredible blues guitarist. Songs in Wisconsin was smokin’. Headliners, the Nitty Gritty in Madison, The Barr in Oshkosh and Eau Claire, the London Inn, Lord Jefferies pub Eau Claire, the Modernaire Bar in Eagle River, the Rathskellar in Fondy in addition all the festivals. I will under no circumstances overlook we ended up coming as a result of Tennessee and acquired 1/two a truckload of fireworks and on Sunday following a killer display Sat. night, we woke up loaded up a row boat and hid it right until dusk. We stated Hop who was the proprietor, examine this out, we experienced pushed the boat out shot a flair at it, it blue like Mt St. Hellens. Fireworks ended up traveling everywhere you go, I continue to are unable to feel the guys in blue under no circumstances came…? Then there was Pine Stage in Menomonie, and a ton far more. We experienced all types of sites to participate in. Once more Songs served the soul…! Lots of teams went on to big matters I would like Doug Yankus from Soup did not go away(what a talent), Jon Paris from Ox went on with Johnny Wintertime and quite a few many others. If your in NYC go see Jon on monday nights at BB Kings in Moments Square he hosts the night. Really don’t overlook the Bull Ring and Sweetbottom, Daryl joined Genesis. Tongue broke up, I moved to L.A. (see L.A. ’75-’76) We experienced fantastic tunes below and it proceeds, we’ll get into the 80’s next time, fasten your seat belts for that a person. Permit the Songs comeback….See you shortly.