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The voting for the 2019 KMHoF is currently underway.

The voting deadline for potential 2019 inductees is midnight, Dec. 1st. Ballots of potential 2019 inductees have already been emailed to members in good standing of the KMHoF, and previous inductees that we have in our database. You may vote for up to ten, or as few as one. Write-in votes are allowed (up to three). You must be a member or previous inductee to vote.

If you haven't received a ballot, and feel you should, please email us at ksmhof@gmail.com with your contact info, the year you were inducted, with what act (if applicable), or when you joined, and a ballot will be promptly dispatched.

All votes must be received by midnight, Dec 1st. The 2019 induction and concert will be held Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS. 

Allen Blasco
President - Kansas Music Hall of Fame

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Kansas Music Hall of Fame
2019 Ballot
Voting Instructions

You may vote for a total of up to ten acts, or as few as one. They may be chosen from those listed below, or you may “write in” up to three others. Either mail or email your choices to the Hall of Fame by midnight on Saturday, December 1st, 2018.  Please include your name, phone number and email address in case there are any questions about your votes.

Email your votes to ksmhof@gmail.com or mail them to:

Kansas Music Hall of Fame,
P.O. Box 189, Beloit,
KS 67420 

The 2019 inductees will be announced shortly after the above deadline on the Kansas Music Hall of Fame facebook page, and on the website ksmusichalloffame.org. They will be inducted at Liberty Hall in Lawrence on Saturday, April 13th, 2019.  
 

Additional information about the nominees listed below can usually be found with an online search.

Nominees


Alferd Packer Memorial String Band - Lawrence

In 1978, a sculptor and washboard player named Jim Brothers got a postcard with a drawing of Alferd Packer. The drawing of the infamous 1870's “Colorado Cannibal” looked just like Jim.  The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band has now been on the road in middle America for 38 years, playing in at least 130 Kansas towns, underwritten by The Kansas Arts Commission (from 1982 until their demise) and by The Mid-America Arts Alliance. The band performs a lively, engaging stage show with audience involvement that joyously evokes their own musical traditions. 1870's costuming and raucous humor compliment their performance of an eclectic mix of traditional and original songs. The 5 piece multi-instrumentalist band is known for establishing one of the first “tax night” parties in America in 1987. The annual celebration, barn dance, and tax filing gauntlet at the Lawrence Post Office has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg.com, Readers Digest, and the CBS Sunday Morning Show. Their website is www.alferdpackerband.com  “Dorothy could have stayed in Kansas!  OZ was never as strange as this band” – Bill Geist, CBS Sunday Morning Show.

 
Ted  Anderson - Kansas City
  
Part of the Good Karma stable of acts (Brewer & Shipley, Danny Cox, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, etc.) Ted Anderson plied his trade as a singer/songwriter out of Kansas City for over 30 years. Anderson move to KC in 1969 from Los Angeles, where he'd already cut a single for Capitol Records, and been a member of folk groups such as The Hammer Singers and The Back Porch Majority. He was a perennial opening act for The Ozark Mountain Daredevils during their heyday, and played many famous local venues such as The Cowtown Ballroom with regularity.  As a songwriter, Anderson's most famous composition is “Seems Like A Long Time”, recorded by both Rod Stewart and Brewer & Shipley. Other songs were recorded by acts including The New Society, Maffit & Davis, and The Hagers. Ted Anderson now lives in Nashville, where he continues to write and record. His latest CD is “Digressions Of A Dogface Cowboy” (2017).


Ric Averill - Lawrence

Ric Averill is the Emeritus Artistic Director of Performing Arts at the Lawrence Arts Center.  Averill is a director, playwright, screenwriter, composer, director, conductor, actor and educator.  Averill has composed a youth opera based on The Emperor’s New Clothes for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  The body of Ric’s Youth Theater work may be found at Dramatic Publishing and includes musicals and plays with music.  Ric’s Seem-To-Be Songbook features children’s song heard across Kansas such as Ghostly Hall and The Pirate Song.  Ric’s opera with modern dance, rock instrumentation and digital scenery, Midnight Visit to the Grave of Poe; A Grotesque Arabesque, premiered at the Lawrence Arts Center in October of 2015.  Ric is currently working on a commission from the Rebel Playhouse to write a new musical, The Fantastical Dangerous Journey of Q, funded in part through an Aurand Harris Grant from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.  Q will premiere in New York at the 14th Street Y on December 1st, 2018.  Ric’s largest musical work was a drama/ballet based on The Snow Queen by H.C. Andersen, which opened in 2006 at the Lawrence Arts Center featuring a 12 piece orchestra.  In addition to composing children’s songs, operas and ballets, Ric is often found as a professional performer and/or music director.  Ric played keyboard for Theatre Lawrence’s Ring of Fire; The Johnny Cash Musical, and frequently plays incidental music on the mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass or pretty much anything with strings.  Ric’s primary instrument is the piano, which he can play backwards, with his nose and with his butt - rather John Cageian.  Ric loves jamming with friends and looks for opportunities to hire fellow musicians for work in theatre as often as possible.
  

Bureman & O'Rourke - Kansas City

Bruce Bureman and Tim O'Rourke have been bringing their special vocal blend and musical stylings to both KC area and national audiences since 1964. Performing under several band names over the years, with many great local musicians, they are once again simply Bureman & O'Rourke. Bruce and Tim were drafted into the  Army, and ended up at the same post in Ft. Mead, MD, playing gigs during nights and on weekends. They performed at an Armed Forces Music Festival, with headliner Roy Clark and master of ceremonies Ed Sullivan, before top brass and an audience of thousands. Back in KC during the 70's, Bruce and Tim formed a band with bassist Bob Schad and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Mark Higbee (2008 KMHoF inductee with The Fabulous Four) that was very successful both locally, and for notable runs in Reno and Lake Tahoe, NV.  A live album ,“Strawberry Pickins” resulted during the 70's, as did a 1976 studio LP “Somebody Give Me A Smile”. Composed mostly of original songs by Bruce and Tim, the additional session players included Lynn Pillar (steel guitar) Eric Bikales (keyboards) Peter Jacobs (drums) and Allen Blasco (guitarist, multi- instrumentalist, producer) all of whom are KMHoF inductees. A 45 single, “Pleasure to Love” b/w “Foolsgold” was released in 1979.  Bureman & O'Rourke's latest production, the 2013 CD “Shoulder To Shoulder” features 100% original songs by the duo. Along with the usual great session players, longtime friends and KMHoF inductees Brewer & Shipley are guest vocalists on the title track.


Gary Charleson- Kansas City

Kansas City, KS native Gary Charlson first came to the attention of the local music scene in the mid '70s, while fronting his hard rock cover band, Dynaflow. A chance meeting with the fledgling KC indie record label, Titan, led to the release of his first 7" 45 in 1978, "Real Life Saver," which was critically acclaimed in many national fanzines at the time. A 2nd Titan 45, "Shark," was released in '79, also to glowing reviews in the music press. By this time, Gary had formed The Gary Charlson Band, and was gigging regularly in local KC-area clubs. In March of 1979, “Just Another Pop Album”, a sampler album released by Titan in 1980 included Gary's 45 tracks and also featured a previously unreleased Charlson-penned song, "Goodbye Goodtimes”. This album was well received by the national and international music scene. The Gary Charlson Band performed a live-in-the-studio set at Chapman Studios and tracks from this recording were released on a 12" EP by Titan in 1980. It featured the first-ever recorded cover version of Big Star's "September Gurls," later covered by the Searchers, the Bangles and several other groups. In the early '80s, Gary and Guido Toledo formed the cover band the 4Sknns, who remained very popular in the Kansas City region for 2 decades. In addition, he is a founding member of the cover band, the Crayons, who continue to perform, and have a strong following in the region. On top of this, Gary does solo acoustic gigs regularly throughout the KC-metro area.


Calvin Coolidge- Kansas City

Calvin Coolidge is the fifth cousin of our 30th President,  and he's as carefully calibrated in his comedy as was his famous relative in political life.  It all started in the mid-60's when he opened a teenage club in downtown Overland Park named “Cal's Place” that featured his group Calvin Coolidge & The Presidents, along with many up and coming KC bands of the time. In the years since, Calvin has developed his own unique combination of music and comedy that's guaranteed to please pretty much everyone.  After an evening with Calvin, a room full of strangers suddenly become old friends. He's opened for such diverse acts as Doc Severinsen, The Beach Boys,  Barbara Mandrell, Connie Stevens, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Three Dog Night, Frankie Avalon, George Jones, Helen Reddy and Fabian.


Dana Cooper- Kansas City

Highly literate lyrics are set to energetic folk-rock arrangements by Nashville-based Dana Cooper. Recording with Shake Russell in the late ‘70s and with his own rock band, Dana Cooper's DC3, in the ‘80s, Cooper has returned to the intimate, acoustic guitar-backed sounds of his early performances. Dana first attracted attention when he performed in KC folk clubs City at the age of 16. Dropping out of college and moving to L.A., he caused a stir with his poetry-like songs. A self-titled album was released by Elektra Records in ’73, and Cooper moved to Nashville in ’88.


Crosswind- Manhattan

Crosswind was first organized in 1978 and last performed in 2008. Several musicians can claim membership in this band. The most popular line-up was Steve Hinrichs, Max Davidson, Jim Hedman, Ronnie Noe, and Tom Wiley. Other members included Doug Boatright, Dana Brown, Mike Goodwin, Joel Cunningham, Russ Rudy, Mike McAdams, Sonny Bass, and Rick Pontallion.


Jim Dale- Burlington

Originally from Iola, Jim Dale graduated from Emporia State Teachers College, and currently lives in Burlington, Kansas. While a student in Emporia, he cut his first record, a 1959 single on Inner-Glo Records called "Guitar Pickin’ Man", on which he called himself Jimmie Dee. The song's co-writer, Chuck Cowan, sang the flipside. While working as a teacher in Madison, Kansas, Jim recorded the regionally successful “VW”, (backed by the Lawrence band The Comancheros, who's instrumental “TP” was on the flipside) which spent some sixteen weeks on the local charts in 1963. That success led to a contract with Mid Continent Entertainment and engagements throughout the Midwest. By early 1965, Dale put out another single called "Who'll Be The Fool Of  The Year” on Command Records. A move to Nashville provided Jim a chance record with likes of Ray Stevens, Jimmy Bryant, Charlie McCoy and Jerry Reed. While in Nashville, Jim co-wrote “Stampede” for a young Hank Williams Jr.  Jim eventually landed in California where he sang and wrote with some the top names in the industry. In addition to a contract with the Buck Owens group, Jim collaborated with Freddie Hart to write “Cravin’”and “Jesus Is My Kind of People”. “Cravin’“ appeared on Freddie Hart’s “Bless Your Heart” album that ended up as the number three country album of 1972. In addition to Freddie Hart, “Jesus Is My Kind Of People” has been covered by the likes of Gladys Knight and Etta James. While in California, he was handpicked by Gene Autry to take over Gene’s Melody Ranch radio-turned-television show, which Jim hosted as the New Melody Ranch. Some of Jim’s additional recording credits include “Mountain Dew” and “Little Boy Blue” (Monument Records), “Learn To Cheat And Steal” and “Goin’ Is A Long Way Home” (Shasta Records), “A Tale Of Two Cities” and “Hard Workin’ Man” (Lincoln Records), “Copper Pennies, Silver Dollars And Golden Memories” (Dore Records), and “Prayer For Peace” and “Point Of No Return” (Boone Records).


Dixie Cadillacs- Kansas City

The  Dixie Cadillacs have shared their musical skills on many stages in many countries through out the world.  Their songs have charted on the Billboard Top 100, and their music videos have received worldwide appeal.  Sharing stages with some of the best in the business over the last 30 years and more, they have garnered “best-of awards” locally, nationally, and within the music industry. From fairs to colleges to clubs, festivals and concert stages, the Dixie Cadillacs have delivered their roots-driven country based feel-good dance music to the delight of audiences from Canada to Puerto Rico, and across the Europe and the US.  Whether playing original tunes or classic audience favorites, the Cadillacs continue to be elite entertainers.   
 

Embarrassment- Wichita

This quartet is usually called a punk band, but the band describes themselves as “Blister Pop.” From 1979-1983 they were the most popular band in the state, but stopped performing when two of the members decided to move to Boston. The band has had several reunion concerts since then.


The Euphoria Stringband- Lawrence

The Euphoria Stringband has performed at contra dances, festivals, and in concert halls throughout Kansas and the mid-west since 1987. Euphoria started off as mainly as an old time  stringband, heavily influenced by Country music legends such as Charlie Poole, Uncle Dave Macon, Gid Tannder and the Skilletlickers, and The Highwoods Stringband. Euphoria merged all those influences together to create their own sound. Over the years and through personnel changes, the band has stayed true to its original sound, while allowing elements of Blues, Irish, Folk, Jug Band, Country, and Rock into the mix. The band has performed such great festivals as The Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS, and The Indiana Fiddlers Gathering in Battle Ground, IN. They have performed live on radio stations such as KANU (now KPR) and KKFI over the years. Euphoria won the Ensemble Folk Singing Award at the 2000 Kansas Fiddling and Picking Championship. Visit their website at www. euphoriastringband.com for more information.


EZ Pieces- Topeka

After more than three decades as a band, EZ Pieces claim to fame is endless diversity, and the ability to entertain any audience at every event. Whether you prefer rock rock reggae, country or calypso, swing or salsa, ballads or the blues, EZ Pieces can deliver.


Fast Break- Lawrence

Fast Break formed out of the ashes of KMHoF 2010 inductee Tree Frog, which had officially dissolved by the winter of 1978. Drummer and bandleader Gary Durrett, bassist Jim Fey and guitarist/pedal steel player Lynn Piller wanted to continue playing together, but singer/songwriter Eric Elder and guitarist/fiddle player Scott Piper had had enough after seven years on the road. 

For the previous seven years or so, the conversations with agent/managers Scott Winters and Mark Swanson of Great Plains Entertainment revolved around hours of small talk, Durrett’s seemingly endless supply of energetic anecdotes and the status, work schedule and strategy of his band, Tree Frog. Great Plains had worked tirelessly – not only to keep them working enough to avoid “day jobs,” but also to “break” them as a national recording act. Tree Frog had compiled an impressive catalog of original material both Winters and Swanson believed could attract record label interest. 

The conversation between Winters and Durrett turned in an unexpected direction. Winters suggested approaching Bill Lynch (KMHoF 2017 inductee with Together) – another Lawrence mainstay the Tree Frog boys had known for years through his tenure with Tide (2007 KMHoF inductee) and the Nairobi Trio among others. Lynch had a well deserved reputation as an A list guitarist, a smoky voiced singer who could shout like Mike Finnigan or croon like Tony Bennett and had the poster boy rock star looks of Bad Company’s Paul Rogers. 

But, would the marriage of a country-rock rhythm section and jazz-rock blues shouter gel? Only one way to find out. A summit was arranged and goals outlined. The band would be a dynamic showcase of musicianship that would be ready-made for shared billing with mid-level touring acts at quality venues – like Liberty Hall. Great Plains primary directive was that the band had to “perform and deliver”. Band names were put into a hat. Fast Break was drawn out, and rehearsals began in the loft of what  became Quantrill’s Flea Market on New Hampshire in Lawrence.

Initially, things did not go smoothly. Frustrated, the band members shared their frustration and confusion with Winters and Swanson. “What are we? Some sort of cross between the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Jerry Hahn Brotherhood?” “Why not?” was the answer. More growing pains followed. Songs that didn’t work were jettisoned, other songs on the margins were heavily re-worked to the degree that they almost passed as originals, and Lynch began bring his own tunes to the table. The band began working on their “show”.  Great Plains began putting Fast Break on diverse bills such as Poco, Elvin Bishop, Pablo Cruise, Spyro Gyro, the Nighthawks & George Thorogood as well as rotating them regularly in upper level showcase rooms like Mississippi Nights in St. Louis, Howard Street Tavern in Omaha and, of course, the band’s home field – Liberty Hall. A demo production deal was struck with Jim Guercio – who managed and produced Chicago, and owned the renowned Caribou Ranch in Colorado. The band recorded there. 2013 KMHoF inductee, the late Steve Werner, heard the band at Liberty Hall and declared it was one of the best shows he’d ever seen. High praise from a musician of his pedigree.

But inevitably, time sped up, inertia slowed down and the members of Fast Break found themselves back at square one – roughly a year after the band’s inception. They threw one last farewell performance at Liberty Hall, shook hands and embarked on the next chapters in their lives. It brought the curtain down on a very good band that made a very big noise in a very short period of time.


Get Smart- Lawrence/Chicago

Get Smart was a three piece band formed in Lawrence in 1980 consisting of Marc Koch, Lisa Wertman Crowe and Frank Loose. The band formed while at KU and, along with bands like the Embarrassment and the Mortal Micronotz, they were prominent in the local alternative music scene. They released their first record in ‘81, which was a flexi disc released with Talk Talk magazine. This was followed by self-released 4-track EP. Next was a four band split cassette. In ‘82 they relocated to Chicago.


Bill Glenn- Wichita

Bill Glenn started his professional career in the late 60's, playing in various rock and show bands throughout the mid-west (Last Free Exit, Spider & The Crabs, etc.) . Joining the Army Band program in 1971, Bill was a top honor graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music. After a tour in the military came college at Wichita State University, where he graduated with a percussion performance degree. Following college, Bill toured nationally with multiple lounge and show bands (The Jesse Lopez Show). In 1981, an audition landed him a touring position with international recording artists The Lettermen, which lasted until 2012. As a freelance artist, Bill has performed with The Wichita Jazz Orchestra, Music Theater of Wichita, Dan Hearle, Don Lanphere, Hank Mobley, Mose Allison, Martha Loren, Eddie Daniels, Alan Wise, George Graham, Glenn Holmes, Craig Owens, Rich Matteson, Jerry Hahn, Mike Steinel, Dawayne Bailey, The Four Lads, The Ink Spots, and Wayne Newton. Bill has been teaching at Friends University since 2011.


Freedy Johnston- Kinsley

A New York City-based singer-songwriter originally from Kinsley, Freedy has scored several minor hits since the early ‘90s. Johnston's songs are often about troubled loners, and cover topics like heartbreak, alienation and disappointment. Known for the craftsmanship of his songs, he has been described as a "songwriter's songwriter."


Julia Lee- Kansas City

Julia Lee was raised in Kansas City and began her musical career around 1920, singing and playing in her brother’s band. She first recorded on the Merritt label in 1927 with KMHoF inductee Jesse Stone, and launched a solo career in 1935. 1n 1944 she joined Capitol Records for a string of R&B hits, including “Snatch and Grab It” and “King Size Papa.” She became known for her trademark double entendre songs. Although her hits dried up after 1949, she continued as one of the most popular performers in KC until her 1958 death in California from a heart attack at the age of 56.


Magic Kitchen- Pittsburg

Little is known about this late 60’s horn band, except that at least some members went to Pittsburg State University, and the lead guitarist was Steve Gains, who with his sister Cassie, went on to join Lynard Skynard. Lasting for about a year, people who saw them perform live called them legendary. Additional known members were Rob Withrow (guitar), Mark Marcono (keys), Ronnie Brooks (drums) and two brothers with the last name of Poole.


Kevin Mahogany- Kansas City

Jazz singer Kevin Mahogany gained prominence in the 90s, but he’d been performing with KC bands since he was in high school. After graduating from Baker University in 1981 he returned to Kansas City and fronted The Apollos and Mahogany.  His first solo album, “Double Rainbow” was released in 1993, and prompted Newsweek to call him “the standout Jazz vocalist of his generation.” He became well known for his “scat” singing style, which was favorably compared with Jazz icons such as Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams and Johnny Hartman. Mahogany made his home in Europe for many years.  Moving back to Kansas City, and while working on his 12th album, he sadly passed away on December 17, 2017 due to heart failure. He was 59.


Ida McBeth- Kansas City

Ida's musical style is so unique that it's hard to classify. Over the years her repertoire has included Pop style ballads, Jazz and Blues, Show Tunes, Funk, R&B,gospel, and well known Standards. By the age of five, Ida McBeth knew she wanted to be a singer. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Ida was provided early exposure to a variety of talented vocalists by her mother. Today, some 30 years and five albums later, the critics still laud the talents of Ida McBeth. The New York Times applauded her “technique, taste and sass... her precise intuition, guts and raw confidence.” And Ida’s lithesome vocals continue to embrace the subtleties of jazz, pop, blues and soul, both in her home base of Kansas City and on the road.


Midnight Flyer- Salina

Formed in 1979 and lasting until 1983, Midnight Flyer featured musician/singer/songwriters at the top of their craft. Bandleader, lead vocalist, guitarist and chief songwriter Jack Trice brought his talents and signature style to both of the band's albums, “First Flight” (1980), and “A Quart Short And Three Bricks Shy” (1981). The group was rounded out by bassist/composer Leon Holl, drummer/percussionist Dean Kranzler, and organist/keyboardist Paul Draper. Their instrumental expertise was such that they all served as session players at Sunset Recording Studios in Hays KS. Given their exceptional prowess in the studio, nothing could compare with seeing Midnight Flyer live. Weather they were playing private parties, clubs, festivals, motorcycle rallies, etc., the band delivered energy, enthusiasm, improvisation, and artistry to every show as they toured Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.  Except for the late Leon Holl, who passed in 2011, all the members of Midnight Flyer continue to make music together and separately, as they have for the past 30-plus years.


Nation- Kansas City

In 1970 five guys from two different bands got together in a small house in Prairie Village KS. Guitarist Kevin Davis and bassist Bill Roe had been in a band called Phoenix. Not much was happening with Phoenix and Kevin knew of three guys looking to form a better band than the one they were in. Bruce Johnson was a young pro grade drummer playing in a band with Hammond B-3 organist, Craig Young, and their singer, Doug Land. The five formed a new group called Sidereal (Doug’s idea, being it was astronomy term, he thought it was cool). Bill came up with the name NATION instead. It seemed a nice short name that everyone would know how to pronounce (after all, most midwesterners would have pronounced Sidereal as "Side-real"). Their first gig was a private party. Then within weeks, they started playing high schools, colleges and bars, eventually playing some of the largest venues in Kansas City and the midwest. They were all in their late teens and early twenties, having the time of their lives. Doug was soon replaced with Chuck Boyd, a great singer and drummer from a Kansas City band called White Lead. He brought percussion to  NATION - congas, timbales, claves - and an excellent voice. They bought an old bus from their friends, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, and limped it over five states. Eventually, Chuck  got tired of the road (it’s not as much fun as people romanticize). Desperate for a new singer, they heard through friend Kerry Livgren of the band Kansas about a young keyboardist-singer with a Steve Winwood-type voice that was available. Enter Michael Murphy, just out of high school and ready to join a real band. NATION would be quite a transition for Michael. They had been road hardened for almost three years, but Michael had to run the untested gauntlet of a rock’n’roll lifestyle while still getting up on stage to sing every night. Somehow, he lived to tell the tales. In 1973 bassist Bill Roe had an epiphany and decided to quit living the sex, drugs and rock’n’roll lifestyle. He announced he was leaving the band, but guitarist Kevin Davis ended up leaving first; within a few months, they all decided to call it quits....for a while.  A few years later keyboardist Craig Young reformed the band with different members....and a few years later, yet another version. Around 2000, their old roadie Dyno ran into Bill Roe in Columbia MO, where he had ended up. Dyno had stayed in contact with the other members and they all met in Kansas City for a reunion dinner. It turned out no one had quit playing music, everyone was still playing and their chops were as good or better than ever. Someone proposed putting on a reunion concert. Chuck was living in Nashville, Bill in Columbia and their rehearsals were on the Kansas side of greater KC - so some travel was involved in the resuscitation. NATION  started playing  reunions in the KC area for a few years, until the band elected to simply reform in 2004. They played regularly until 2008, with their latest reunion in 2011. Now, in 2018, they're on the ballot for induction into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. Will wonders never cease?


Ricky Dean Sinatra- Lawrence

Out of a lot of Kansas bands in the late 1980s, Ricky Dean Sinatra is one of the most original, popular, and enduring bands from that era. Alan Murphy (aka Ricky Dean) is not only a terrific front man but a great stream-of-conciousness type of unique poet/songwriter. Mark Roseberry (aka Dewey Mantini) is an original guitar player and Rock 'n Roll poet in his own right. Shaw Wilson (aka Clovis Salvadore) is one of the most inventive drummers and went on to co-found the Country music group BR5-49. In the late 1980's into the early 90's, Ricky Dean Sinatra was the toast of Lawrence, with many newspaper articles, TV appearances, and huge crowds wherever they played. They were part of  a recent documentary by Lawrence filmmaker Chris Snipes which was broadcast on Lawrence cable TV, and also on KC Public Television station KCPT.  A 2010 CD release with 21 songs,“Galaxy of Love” documents the band's heyday.  Ricky Dean Sinatra is undoubtedly part of the great story of Kansas music.


The Rockin' Continentals- Topeka

The Rockin’ Continentals made two 45s for the Kansas-based Casino label in 1962 or 1963. The group came from Topeka, Kansas. Members included Johnny Thompson on lead guitar and vocals, Melvin Ralston on rhythm guitar, Chuck Smith on bass, and Bob Stanley on drums.  The Rockin’ Continentals’ first release was a great rockabilly song with fierce drumming and scorching guitar and piano breaks called “The ‘309’”, written by Johnny Thompson. The singer has a strong southern accent that doesn’t appear on their other songs. The original A-side was “2-3-4,” written by Melvin Ralston, which in comparison is basic riffing on blues changes. Their next and last single was “Cobra 289” written by Ralph Sandmeyer in tribute to the Ford/Shelby AC Cobra sports car first manufactured in 1962. Bob says that “Ralph Sandmeyer was a songwriter and close friend of Johnny Thompson”. “Count Dracula” is mainly instrumental with a spooky reverbed riff. Like “The ‘309’” it was written by Johnny Thompson. The Rockin' Continentals are well known to Rockabilly and Garage band collectors worldwide. Both of these records are considered highly sought after collectibles, and have appeared on multiple compilation CD's over the years.

The Scamps- Kansas City

The origins of the Scamps go back to the late 30s and a CCC camp in Parsons, KS. There, workers Earl Robinson (from Kansas City) and James Whitcomb (from Baxter Springs), along with two others, would entertain to pass the time. As time went on, the unremembered two would be replaced by brothers Wyatt and Torrence Griffin (two more KC residents). The personnel changed many times over the years, but this group continued to entertain with their enthusiastic style of jazz, a bluesy flow and swing that created great dance music regardless of the tempo. When the group lost its long-time front man “Lucky” Wesley, the group folded.


Scatband- Topeka

Scatband was a popular group out of Topeka during the 80's. Scatband was born at Theodore's, a local Topeka "speak-easy," in 1981, and was active through 1985. While often performing there, as well as other Topeka venues, the group later spent much of their time on the road, primarily in the midwest and southeast. Scatband opened for Tina Turner in 1983, doing two shows at Topeka's Grand Theater. Scatband's style was very eclectic, with 5 strong musicians who were also 5 strong vocalists. They include: guitarist/composer  Ric (“R.B.”) Barron, bassist Danl Blackwood, composer/keyboardist/vocalist Nancy Engelken, composer/keyboardist Chaz Harrison, and composer/drummer C. Jaisson H.Taylor. During their time together, the band released a self-titled EP. With the advent of MTV in the early 80s, local Topeka TV stations recognized their unique Pop/Rock/Jazz/Reggae original music, and competed to produce music videos of the band.  Many of these are currently available on youtube,  including “Old Friend- Scatband”, and “Scatband Live, Topeka Civic Theater 12/19/83”.


The Secrets*- Kansas City

The Secrets* (Brent Hoad, Steve Davis, Norm Dahlor and Pat Tomek) released a 1979 single on Kansas City's Titan Records. Only 1000 copies of "It's Your Heart Tonight" b/w "Get Your Radio", two Hoad songs, were pressed and were quickly gone. The Secrets* were a good match for the power pop record company, but the one single is all they ever did for Titan. The band had a song on KY102's "Homegrown 1980" album. A couple of years later, the Secrets* did another single and an album for Canada's Quality label. In the band's six year history, the only personnel change was when Tomek left to join Kansas City's Rainmakers and later the Bombpops. Randy Miller replaced Tomek on drums.
 

The Shyster Mountain Gang- Topeka

The Shyster Mountain Gang has been performing in Topeka and NE Kansas for more than 25 years. Their engagements have included Wheatstock, The Apple Festival, Cider Days, Elmont Opry, various Bluegrass festivals, The State Historical Museum, coffeehouses, state and local fairs, conventions, etc. In 2014, they received a Lifetime Achievement Award at Wheatstock. The group originally consisted of four attorneys, and were known as the Shyster Mountain Boys. In 1997, the name was changed to The Shyster Mountain Gang. Over the years, the group has worked with numerous notable musicians in the Bluegrass field.


Greg Skaff- Wichita

Greg Skaff plumbs the depths of creative artistry and honest emotion in his guitar playing, showing himself to be among the leading proponents of jazz music anywhere. No exaggeration. The native Kansan, whose first professional job was a five-year stay in the band of saxophone giant Stanley Turrentine, has flourished as a first-call sideman in New York City since the 1980s.

He’s played gigs and/or recorded with past masters Ruth Brown, Freddie Hubbard, and David “Fathead” Newman as well as notables Ron Carter, Ben Allison, Bruce Barth, Pat Bianchi, George Colligan, Orin Evans, Joe Farnsworth, David Hazeltine, Mike LeDonne, Victor Lewis, Gloria Lynne, Ralph Peterson, Jr., Jim Rotondi, E. J. Strickland, Bobby Watson, Matt Wilson, and others.

Fronting his acclaimed trio, Greg has commanded the attention of discriminating listeners in club and festival performances throughout the country, including gigs at Smalls Jazz Club, Mezzrow, the Bar Next Door, the 55 Bar, and the Iridium in Manhattan, at the Artists’ Quarter in St. Paul, and at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy.                                                                                                                    
Greg’s five feature albums have been well-received by jazz fans everywhere. The latest is Soulmation, his fifth overall and fourth consecutive release on the high-profile ZOHO Music label. For more information on Greg, visit his website: www.gregskaff.com


Switch- Dodge City

Formed in Dodge City, KS, Switch was a mid-80's melodic Metal band that recorded a handful of singles and a six-song EP for Big Dog Records in Wichita, KS. Several videos of the band, including “Never Go Away” are currently available on youtube. The band's 1987 EP, “Contact Point” has recently been re-issued, with a worldwide release by Retrospect Records out of Las Vegas. 

Tony Teebo - Fort Scott

Tony is a 2009 KMHoF inductee as a member of the Sensational Showmen (1972-4), but he's spent most of his career in music as a solo artist with many singles and albums, in addition to extensive success with commercials, TV,  and movie soundtracks worldwide. Starting in 1963 after a stint with the USAF, he formed The Aardvarks which had a large midwest following for five years. In 1968, he formed The New Survivors, who recorded “The Pickle Protest” for the Kan-Wic label out of Wichita. The single was quickly picked up by Scepter Records (NY), and is still selling online. In 1974, Teebo graduated with a degree in K-12 teaching from Pittsburg State.  In 1974, he signed with GRT Nashville, where he recorded such hits as “Alabama Summershine”, “Something Old, Something New” and  “Rock & Roll Cowboy”, which topped the Canadian charts. In 1980, his recording of “Welcome Home” was played at the White House for the returning Iran hostages. The albums “Small Consolation” and “Earth Touch” came out in 2015. He currently lives in Branson, MO, where he continues to write, record, and release new music.


The Thingies- Topeka

Larry Miller was an Air Force brat, moving from base to base with his family. After graduating from high school in Abilene, TX. Larry joined the Air Force and went to basic training in Chicago, where he met John Rotham, a veteran of Bobby Vee's backup band. Sent to Topeka by the Air Force in late 1962, Miller put together a surf band called TR4. TR4 was a popular act, but by 1964 music was changing and so was the band. By the years end, TR4 had become the Coachmen. Another name change came the next summer when the guys were on their way to Kansas City to do some shopping. Inspired by a scene in the Beatles movie Help the band decided to become the Horrible Evil Thingies, which was soon shortened to The Thingies. The band's lineup at this point was Larry Miller (bass), John Dalton (lead guitar), Gordon Marcellus (drums), Phill Weaver (lead vocals) and Ernie Swisher (organ). The Thingies quickly became one of the top band in Topeka, and like many of the others in town began to think about recording. In early 1966 a 45 was released on the local Casino label. "It's Been A Long Way Down” b/w "Merry Go Round Of Life" got airplay on the Topeka radio station KEWI and KTOP. In 1968 the band broke up. The Thingies are available on CD today with material they recorded throughout their short existence, much of what was never released back in the day.


Upside Dawne- Lawrence

The band did an album at Audio House, Lawrence KS in 1967. Essentially playing what is now known as “garage rock” (but with horns) Upside Dawne included vocalist/trumpet player Garth Fundis, currently a major league Nashville record producer. Members of this band evolved into the group Tide, who were 2013 KMHoF inductees.


Kelly Werts- Junction City

Kelly Werts has performed traditional and popular music throughout the Midwest for nearly thirty years. Kelly’s vocal and highly-individual guitar styles stem from a broad background of musical interests ranging from old-time folk music to blues and country. He has worked regionally with singers such as Connie Dover, Ann Zimmerman and Ashley Davis, as well as The Plaid Family, The Sons of Rayon, and more recently, Tiny Flowers. He has appeared at the Walnut Valley Festival several times with the Plaid Family and in a duo with his wife, accordion player Diana Werts, and will appear solo in 2016. Kelly’s music has also been featured in movies and television, notably the theme music to the KCPT-TV syndicated series on PBS, “Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations”. He placed twice in the National Fingerpicking Championship at Winfield, after winning the Kansas State Fingerpicking Championship. Kelly grew up in Junction City, has lived in Wichita, and currently lives in Fairway, part of the Kansas City metro area.


Lee Wright- St. John

Lee Wright always sang as a child in central Kansas, but was inspired to learn an instrument after seeing Peter, Paul & Mary perform for the first time. He was a  major force in the birth of a creative and vibrant folk community in northeast Kansas in the 60's and 70's, producing benefit concerts, hootenannies, and musical get-togethers in Topeka. He also taught a class on folk music at Washburn University.  Lee's CD, “Love to Love to Love” spans 37 years of his musical journey, and includes songs about family, hardship, hopes and dreams, summer days, and Christmas.


The XL'S- Parsons

It did not take long for the XL's to be a rock band in high demand.  They had more gigs than they could handle from 1959-64.  This popular five piece group consisted of Terry Foster, vocals; Buddy Wolfe, guitar; Ronnie Babcock, bass; Nelson Hawkins, drums; and Jim Jensen, sax.  Their single, "The Mighty Mighty Goose" was issued on the Redstart label in 1962.  The XL's sparked an interest and inspired the growth of new area bands by setting a standard for Southeast Kansas.     



 

Kansas Music Hall of Fame
2019 Ballot
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