Rock and Roll Halls of Fame

I am fortunate to be in two Rock and Roll Halls of Fame. Iowa and South Dakota.

When I attended Morningside College in the mid 60’s was an original member of a group called The 7 Sons.

While we based in Sioux City, the group quickly began playing all over the region, Omaha, Lincoln, Des Moines, Fargo, Sioux Falls, Duluth, and the Twin Cities. We played in ballrooms large and small. One of our favorite places was the Roof Garden at Okoboji.

Our instrumentation was an organ, trumpet, tenor sax, drums, lead guitar, bass guitar(my instrument). Our vocalist was from Chicago, where I was from. He was black, and he could sing and dance with the best of the Motown folks at the time. We were a show band with great choreography, and our instrumentation allowed us to play a wide variety of music genre’s.

We were fortunate to play with many of the national groups at the time: The Animals; Paul Revere and the Raiders; Gary Lewis and the Playboys; Bobby Vee, Tommy James and the Shondells, the Mamas and Papas, and many more.

We cut a couple of records. One made the Billboard 100 for a week or two. I think we made it to 94?

After college the group went split. One member carried on for a few more years.

In 2002 we were Inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We hadn’t been together in 0ver 35 years!   What a hoot!!!!  Our set that night was short, but we made the most of it. Our best tunes from the 60’s. 

We were invited to play at venues in Sioux City a few times after that.

In 2013 we were inducted in the South Dakota version of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Another great night of music and brotherhood for us. The crowd liked us, too.

Our last performance was August of 2019 at the Roof Garden at Okoboji.  Another fantastic night!!!!  Standing ovation when we were done.

How sweet it was!

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