Kansas Music Hall of Fame News











Congratulations to the
2010 KMHOF Inductees
 


Oleta Adams,
Kansas City     website     "Get Here" video

This popular singer was a regular performer on the Kansas City club scene before being discovered by the British band Tears For Fears . Her platinum debut album Circle of One produced her biggest hit, the Grammy nominated "Get Here," which was the unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War .
 

The Commancheros, Lawrence - 2010 Bob Hapgood Award

This year's Bob Hapgood Award inductees are Lawrence early-rockers The Commancheros. Two members went on to play in The Red Dogs, while another was a member of Wellington 's Fantabulous Jags.

 
Conny & The Bellhops, Pittsburg     web info

Beginning in 1958, this group spread their brand of rockabilly over the region in live shows and on record. Many of their old recordings continue to find fans on European compilations. Lead guitarist Gene Woods died recently in Arma, leaving only one original member, Russell Pryer.
 

Gary "Igor" Crawford, Kansas City - 2010 Directors Award

The late Gary ?Igor? Crawford was a long-time road manager for Mid-Continent Entertainment, and eventually became the owner of that booking agency. He later founded AME Entertainment, an agency in Kansas City.

 
Green River Ordinance, Emporia

The Green River Ordinance began in Emporia , Kansas as a four-piece and played mostly British pop originally.  The Green River Ordinance was the opening act for The Outsiders when they toured through the area in 1966.  When the band grew to six members the style was focused on West Coast rock and roll including the San Francisco sound.  The band toured extensively throughout the Midwest playing in eight states over the years while advertising gigs on KOMA out of Oklahoma City including a series of performances in Grand Teton National Park .  They were frequent performers at The Red Dog Inn in Lawrence and Wichita, the Store in Emporia, The Fireside Inn in Hutchinson, The Dark Horse Inn in Hays, The Lampliter in Salina, Me and Ed's in Manhattan, The Hilltop Club in Atchison, as well as many other clubs, VFW Halls, And armories throughout the Midwest. The band had a reunion recently and is looking forward to another opportunity to perform live for their many fans.

 
Bill Lee, Lawrence

Kansas Music Hall of Fame founder and president, Bill Lee, was surprised at this year's induction show when his fellow board members joined him onstage and announced that he was being inducted into the Hall of Fame for all of his efforts on behalf of Kansas music over the years. 

Lee spent 25 years as a radio disc jockey and program director; wrote a book about Kansas music in 1999 called Kansas Rockers...the First Generation ; moderates a Yahoo group devoted to discussing old  Kansas and Kansas City music ; and for all he has done with the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. 

 
Moanin' Glories, Wichita     website    bio

They played a British flavored r&b similar to the Stones and Rascals from 1965 to 1971. Too good to be confined to Wichita , they toured as far away as Boston and Tokyo before breaking up. Recent reunions have drawn large, appreciative crowds.

 
Morning Dew, Topeka    website

The Dew led the Topeka music scene in the late 60s with cover versions of the latest hits and original songs. Their fuzz and feedback were featured on an album released by Roulette Records , which has been reissued several times over the years. Copies of the original vinyl sell for big bucks on eBay .  Cicadelic Records of Tucson has two Morning Dew CDs out currently.

 
Plain Jane, Manhattan

Beginning in 1971, this party band went through personnel and style changes, but were always one of the hottest bands around. Based in Topeka , Manhattan and Kansas City over about a decade, they were led by Jimmy Bond and appeared on the soundtrack to the movie "Zapped." Bond was later a part of KC's Liverpool , a Beatles tribute band , until his health forced him to drop out a couple of years ago.

 
Pott County Pork & Bean Band, St. Mary's

Favorites in Manhattan , Topeka and Lawrence back in the mid-70s, they were a hard drivin' country/bluegrass/rock band. Even with a mandolin and fiddle in the band, they never forgot to rock with a sound that owed a lot to the Dirt Band and the Grateful Dead .

 
Vernon Sandusky, Edna

This sensational guitarist began his career with Bobby Poe & the Poe Kats in Coffeyville back in the mid-50s. A decade later, Vernon was leading the Chartbusters in Washington , DC , with whom he had a top 40 national hit called "She's The One." He later joined Rodney Lay's band the Wild West and spent many years playing behind Roy Clark , both on TV's " Hee Haw " and in Branson , MO.

 
Tree Frog, Lawrence     website    "Hopping back in time"    "Resonates in any language"

This 70s country rock band had large followings in Lawrence and Wichita . They were equally at home playing originals or covers, as they prove every couple of years when they reunite for big crowds. The harmonies on some of the songs they cover are better than the original versions. Their show in Lawrence this past summer was sold out.