Mission:  To retain and honor
the legacy of Rock 'n Roll
and preserve the history of
music in the state of Iowa.

The Iowa RocKNRoll
Music Association Proudly Presents
their 2001 Inductees
It was standing room only at the
Gala Labor Day Event at the Roof Garden
at Arnolds Park, Sept 2, 2001



The Board of Directors originated in 1966 in Sioux City Ia. as a 5 piece band called The Boys.  Within a couple of years a horn section was added and The Board of Directors was born.
 Their popularity took them into seven states, playing all the major ballrooms and colleges.  In 1970, The BOD was recognized by the Entertainment Operators of America with an outstanding service citation for their neat appearance, wholesome entertainment and top quality danceable music.
 It was also at this time that they caught the attention of John Brown of Mid Continent Co. of Lawrence, kansas.  The band was brought into the fold of the Young Raiders.  Being asked to play as one of  Mid Continents top five bands was an honor reserved for only the best.  In 1972 after a run of bad luck on the road, including 2 bus wrecks and a hotel fire in Canada, The BOD disbanded.  Their reputation lived on. 
Inductee Members include:
Merle Pithan, Joe Pithan, Mark Martin, Randy Martin, Dennis Brunssen, Danny Cain, Mike Donovan, Joel Orthmann, Dan Harrison and Bob "Barney" Martin


The original Nikki and the No Names originated from Roosevelt - Jefferson High School(s)in Cedar Rapids.  Nikki grew up in Cedar Rapids and started in music at Keeney Guitar Studio,
where she took lessons on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar for 5 years from age 9 - 14. A school friend and her began playing guitars together about the time "Bye-Bye Love" and the Everly
Bros. started.  She  traded her double neck Fender steel for the electric Fender.   Then they began
playing Everly Bros. music in local private clubs. 
She toured with the concert choir and studied Music Appreciation the last 3 years of high schooland picked up a few tips on playing lead from local musicians in the area, and from listening to the 45's.
She taught guitar
at Hiltbrunner's music
for a short time and worked at Hiltbrunner's in sales, after high school, which was where she was working when contacted by sax man, Don Poe from
Charles City to go on the road.  He had been contacted by an agent in Minneapolis and
was putting together a road group to tour. 
Eventually Nikki Sullivan-Zimmerman
settled in 
California where she worked with Li'L Bit Country, then Nite Life for several years and finally the County Hoedowners.

The Rumbles have been one of the most popular and successful bands in the Midwest for nearly 40 years.  They continue a full appearance schedule today.  Original members of the Rumbles formed in 1963 were Steve Hough, Joe Brunnworth, Bud Phillips and Rich Clayton.
 Only Hough remains as a member today.  They made their professional debut under the Eddy Haddad Agency in 1964.  1967 brought the hit 45 "Jezebel" which reached #1 in several local markets.  Around 1970 psychedelic Music became so popular, attendance at dances declined rapidly and The Rumbles disbanded.
 In 1979, the group was asked to do a reunion concert in Omaha's Peony Park.  They played together again for the first time in eight years.  The dance was such a huge success, the band decided to reform later that year.  The lead guitarist position was filled by Lance Hancock because Joe Brunnworth had moved to California. 
Eddy Haddad returned as The Rumbles manager and booking agent.  He remained with them until he retired in 1985 and Hough took over his duties.  Hough, the Bands Drummer, also was lead vocalist and provided backround vocals for other members.  During their eight year hiatus, he had a band called "Horse".
Today, the members of the band in addition to Hough, are; Joe Buda, kris Chelf and Jim Lippincott.  The Rumbles continue to draw crowds of rock and roll music lover and have done more street dance gigs than any band in the area during their long, popular career.

Bobby Greenwood, Original Member
of the Cliches who were inducted in 2000 receives his plaque and recognition.  We did not locate Bobby and other Dubuque Members of the Cliches until after the Ceremony in 2000.  See the 2000 Inductees page for more details.

Myron Wachendorf
grew up in Sioux Falls, S.D.  learning to play the piano from his father.  As a Junior at Washington High School, he formed a band with a string bass player and drummer.
 Myron entered a talent contest in 1958 on a program called "Tommorrow's Stars" on KELO-TV in Sioux Falls.  They won and were asked to be on each Saturday;  also to back up other contestants when needed.
Rock and Roll became the hot ticket, so Myron bought himself a harmony guitar and amp; making the switch to the new music format when the television show ended "Myron Lee and the Caddies" was born with the name coming from Myron's job as a caddie at a local golf course.
The band consisted of 5 members. Joining Myron were Jerry Haacke, Barry Andrews, Dick Davie and Randy Charles. 
The First Record was cut in 1959 while Myron was a high school senior, and the second the following fall on the Hep label out of Minneapolis.  The Song "Rona Baby", written by Myron , got a lot of airplay in the Midwest.  "Because of that we were able to branch out to places like Fargo, Omaha, and Minneapolis, " he explained.
 January of 1960 the band was hired to back up Buddy Knox who was a major rock star.  Myron Lee and the Caddies was the first American band to do a trans-Canadian tour with Knox. It lasted over three months and took them from one coast to the other.
During that time, the band met Bobby Vee on his way up to recording star status.  By 1962 Vee had hired the band to do all of his tours throughout North America.
 When the star was asked to headline the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars Tour in 1963 and 1964, Clark hired the band to do all the back up work.  Some of the major acts they worked with were:  the Rolling Stones, Brian Highland, Freddie Cannon, Conway Twitty, Jerry Lee Lewis and Dion.  Myron credits Bobby Vee with the success the Caddies enjoyed. 
The Band was retired in 1992 after 34 years in the business.  "I consider myself a lucky guy for having the chance to grow up in a wonderful time with wonderful music and I was able to make a living from having all that fun," Myron said.
Today, he goes out on weekends in the Sioux Falls area occasionally to DJ dances, still entertaining people.

DJ ,
1977 brought 24 hour-personality rock and roll to Iowa listeners on FM radio to North Central Iowa.
Darryl Hensley's "Mad Hatter Morning Show" used a rock/talk format that featured news, weather, sports, telephone calls to people like Idi Amin, Mohrmar Kadauffi, the Russian Kremlin with Hatters voice characters (Trum, Buford Hayseed, Myrdle Morningside).
Hensley put showmanship into FM Radio and was featured as one of the outstanding radio stations by "Rab's Magazine" in 1979.
He even bought and gave away FM converters in order to reach more people on the FM waves.  Hatter is credited with starting the Buddy Holly Memorial Concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake Ia in 1979.  He has built an international event bringing in people from all over the world.  As a bonus the concert has brought in millions of dollars to the communities in that area.  It also helped bring '50s and 60s rock and roll back into the mainstream of radio.  The event has been covered by NBC, ABC, CBS, Entertainment tonight, PM magazine, PBS Special , the BBC, Associated Press UPI and over 400 radio stations throughout the United States.  The Hatter built three rock and roll FM stations:  Clear Lake/Mason City, Burlington and one in Minnesota.  To this day Darryl Hensley continues to love good old rock and roll and has helped the IRRMA by being Master of Ceremonies at several events in 2001.
Sandy Shore was born in Cedar Rapids in 1939.  He graduated from McKinley High School in 1957 and his first job was at KPIG radio in Cedar Rapids.  He worked 11pm to 7am six nights a week for 
$67.50.  He stayed there for two years .  In 1959 he was offered a job at KCRG radio to play a new thing called "rock and roll".
While working at KCRG he was invited to Philadelphia to fill in for Dick Clark on "American Bandstand" , which he considers on of the highlights of his career.
In 1964 He became a KIOA Goodguy in Des Moines.  After 3 years there he went on to WKYC in Cleveland.  After 6 months he moved on to CKLW in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  Cklw was heard in 27 states and 4 provinces.  RKO owned the station and eventually was transferred to KFRC in San Francisco, Then to the RKO flagship station KHF in Los Angeles where he worked until 1977.  Since then he has been successful in the voice over business, working for CBS-TV, The Disney Company, Lincoln Mercury, and Universal Studios.  He has hosted a weekly countdown show, and subbed for Casey Kasem on his internationally syndicated show.  Shore Says, "I started in Iowa and I am flattered and honored to return there this year for this special occasion. " "As Wayne and Garth so eloquently put it...I am not worthy...but thank you."

Flood Music has been a constant presence on 4th Street in downtown Sioux City, Ia , since the early 1950's when Ray Flood and his wife opened its doors.  It has provided professional musical equipment to the area, and touring, musicians throughout the years. 
The Floods sold the business in 1975 to Tom Kingsbury who has owned and operated Flood Music to the present day.  The store continues to serve the professional music industry with instruments and sound equipment, but has branched out into related areas such as providing sound and lighting for concerts and corporate functions.  Also related to those activities is live video services, which includes large screen projections for concerts and other events.  When asked for examples, Tom stated that Flood has provided services for many celebrities ranging from George Bush to The Allman Brothers.  Odds are good that if you attend a concert in or near Sioux City, that Flood Music is providing the sound, lights, and video.


 The Suades were one of the early rock and roll bands in Iowa to become established statewide and also well known in Southern Minnesota.
 Formed in the summer of 1958 by Wayne Cooper and Dick O'Neal, they enjoyed doing some rock-a-billy tunes.  Cooper was originally from Alabama so his 'accent/drawl' lent well to that type of music, amonth the favorites being "Pretend" and "Mona Lisa".
O'Neal was from the Havelock/Pochantas area.
 In addition to Cooper on vocals/lead guitar, and O'Neal on vocals/bass; other members of the original group were Randy Larson, piano/trumpet (from Pocahantas); R.J. Myers, drums (from Humboldt); Rosie Stevens, vocals/guitar/bass (from Emmetsburg).
The inclusion of Stevens made The Suades one of the first rock and roll bands in Iowa to feature a female musician.
 Myers left the band in 1962 and was replaced on drums by Tom  Schleuger. 
The Star Ballroom in Dakota City was used as the band's rehearsal hall on Sunday afternoons.  They were the "house band" at the Val Air Ballroom for two summers for he Thursday night teen dances.
At the Val Air, they became acquainted with KIOA DJ Frosty Mitchell, who introduced them to Vic Blackatore who allowed them to use his West Des Moines recording studio to make a demo tape.
 Mitchell sent the demo tape to Norman Fourge, owner of Spinning Records in Evanston, a suburb of Chicago.
The Suades were invited to a recording session where they recorded "Thats When Your Heartaches Begin" featuring O'Neal on vocals and "Everybody's Trying to be My Baby" with Stevens on Vocals.  Both songs received extensive airplay in the Midwest.  The Group disbanded in 1963.
Cooper, a musician in Minneapolis until 1983, now lives in Conway, Mo. Where he owns a cabinet/woodworking business.  O'Neal was newspaper editor in Pochahontas for 17 years and is now a construction manager in Phoenix, AZ.  Larson retired as an engineer from Collins Radio and now lives in Solon. 
Myers was a college art professor and now substitute teaches in the Humboldt area.  Rosie Stevens Argabright recently retired after 32 years as Emmetsburg City Clerk.  Schleuger joined the fort Dodge Fire Dept. in 1969 and was killed on his first call as a firefighter.
Fort Dodge radio station KWMT was one fo the first radio stations in Iowa to make the bold move into the rock and roll format.  It made that giant "leap of faith" in the mid 1950's.
Under owner/manager Jim Mauer, 540 KWMT became a powerhouse for Iowa's initial foray into, and eventual love affair with, rock and roll music.  Many talented DJ's sat behind the microphone at the radio station and appeared at sock hops throughout the area promoting the format embraced by Mauer.  Some of those well-known personalities were; Roy Chase; Phil Robbins: Paul Brown, who coined the phrase "54, that's easy to remember"; don rose, who went on to become a leading morning personality in both Philadelphia and San Francisco; and Peter "Peter Rabbit" McClain, who is an inducted member of the IRRHOF.
KWMT's strong signal had DJ's doing sock hops all over the state and one as far away as Wisconsin.  Not only did the staff keep busy with sock hops; they were also active as emcees for various live acts.
In  1959 KWMT was involved in sponsoring the Winter Dance Party at Fort Dodge's Laramar Ballroom featuring Buddy Holly just two days before his final appearance in Clear Lake.
KWMT rocked from the mid '50s until the mid '60s.
Fredlo Records, based in Davenport, earned a place of honor in this states musical history when the company recorded and released what is thought to be the first Rock and Roll record to originate in Iowa.  "Janet" , recorded in 1957  by IRRHOF inductee Layton Zbornik. 
Fredlo was owned and operated by Fred and Lois Mauck out of their Davenport home.  The Maucks lived upstairs while the ground level was occupied by the business and studio.  The company functioned both as a recording studio for hire and a record label.  Mr. Mauck acted as both label head and recording engineer.  Aspiring musicians would pay to have themselves recorded and records made up.  If Mr. Mauck sensed some commercial potential he might record and artist at no charge and release the recording as a Fredlo record on "spec" , hoping for that big national "Hit" record that all independent labels of the day dreamed of releasing. 
Details of the Fredlo operation remain sketchy as both the Maucks have since passed away, but it is thought that the label operated at least from the late 50s to the late 60s.  Fredlo recorded and released many different recordings and although none is known to have made the national charts many were sold in the Quad City area.  Fredlo Records should be remembered not just as the source of Iowa's first Rock and Roll record, although that would be enough, but also as a place where many of eastern Iowa's Rock and Roll Pioneers could go and record their music under the careful and sincere guidance of Fred and Lois Mauck.  It is because of this that it is fitting to add the Fredlo Record Company to those honored by the Iowa Rock and Roll Associations Hall of Fame.


Driving around the streets of Dubuque into the wee hours of the night/morning singing Beatles songs was the favorite pastime of the Quarrymen.  High School Buddies Steve Vanderah, Bob Meloy and Tom Gloden just could not seem to get enough of the "fabulous four".  They spent hours picking out harmonies on every song; the harder and higher the better. 
Once they had convinced themselves their harmonies were tight, they decided it was time to form a band with Bob Meloy's brother, Ron joining them.  They called themselves the Quarrymen (original name of the Beatles).
In 1966, The Quarrymen released a record under the Sara label, it was voted the number one single in the Dubuque area soon after its release.  From 1964 to 1968 the band played in the tri-state area of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin including gigs at Danceland in Cedar Rapids and others in Madison Wisconsin.
Highlights for the band members were: opening for The Shawdows of Night:  winning a "Battle of the Bands" with the popular Madison group called Lord Beverly and the Moss Men:  ramp dances; Clarke College mixers and the extremely popular  Friday night dances at the KC hall in Dubuque.  Drummer Steve Vanderah says, "This was a fantastic experience for us at a time when our biggest concerns were what new shongs we should learn and where else can we play, It was a great ride!"


The Cavaliers had their humble beginnings when two Des Moines East High School students, a preacher's son and the student council president started them in 1961.  Gary Grimes on Sax and drummer Steve Gleason
were equipped with one small amp, an old set of school band drums, and a vintage sax.  Within three years they were joined by Dominic Guidichessi (of Dominic and the Dominos fame).  Marvin Spencer, a well known soul singer from Waterloo and 15 year-old bass guitar sensation Joe Hernandez.  They soon cut a 45 RPM record that rose to #21 on the charts followed by an Album.  On the road they traveled throughout the country but remained  a popular soul act primarily in the upper Midwest.  As one of the few fully integrated groups in Iowa in the '60s, they faced many challenges.
 For example; there were incidents of being chased out of town by angry locals.
Today, Grimes is a highly successful business owner in Des Moines.  Gleason is a physician who served the nation in the White House and is now the Iowa Commissioner of Health.  Hernandez and Guidichessi are restaurateurs. 
Spencer still an avid singer, has watched his daughter, Tracy Spencer, rise to stardom with a gold and platinum album in the United States and three Platinum albums in Europe.  Today she continues to be a hot soul and hip-hop sensation.  The Cavaliers feel they owe their success to friendship, persistence, and the Cavalier extended family that has included over 50 musicians since 1961.


The Fabulous Traidmarx band was formed in the fall of 1967 in the small Northwest Iowa town of Dickens.  The band performed together until the fall of 1971.
The Traidmarx was a popular "horn band" and made public appearances in the five state region of Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri and sometimes journeyed as far away from its roots as Montana.
An appearance at the Roof Garden Ballroom in Arnolds Park in 1968 launched a busy career.
 Although they did not win the "Battle of the Bands" that night, owner Darlowe Olsen was so impressed, he hired them back several times.  He also helped The Traidmarx to break into the entertainment lineup at other venues such as The Macombo Club in Sioux Falls, S.D.,
The Dancemore in Swisher; The Surf in Clear Lake; and the Starlight Ballroom in Carroll.
Late in 1968, the band won a KIOA Battle of the Bands at the Starlight.  although some members changed over the years members of the core group were:  Tom Culver of Dickens on Bass, Jim Rusk of Dickens on drums, Bob Rusk of Dickens on trumpet, Scott Pederson of Terril on sax/vocals, Wally Morris of Linn Grove on organ/vocals, David Lady of  Havelock on lead guitar, Tim Horseman of Lauren's on lead vocals.
By 1969 all but Horseman were out of high school, attending college in the Ames and Des Moines area so this became their new base of operations.  Other Band members through the band's career were Dennis Johnson of Dickens, Murky Langfit of Laurens,
Mike Joyce of Des Moines, Greg Hokstra of Terril, Rick McFarland of Des Moines, Roger Fletcher of Stuart, and Rick Herman of Milwaukee Wi. 
Late inb 1969 the group recorded their only 45 on the Universal Audio Label in Sioux Falls.  It was a make of the Jackie Wilson classic "Higher and Higher".
Horsman continues to perform.  He has been the headliner at Ruebin's Theater on West Broadway St in Arnolds Park for the past 11 years.  He performed in various clubs throughout the Iowa Great Lakes Region over the years after The Traidmarx disbanded, butTim has found a real entertainment home at Ruebin's. 
He sings and plays a wide range of music. 



        The summer of 1966 was to be the beginning of what was to later be described by "Entertainment Bits" (a Minnesota publication) as "The best 50's & 60's band in Iowa and probably the midwest."

        CoupeDeVille was the brain child of Jim Clark and Bob Coon While just sophomores at Clinton High School they knew what the future was to bring.   After several personnel changes they finally settled on a quintet that consisted of Jim Clark, Bob Coon, Jon Crook, Julie Goldstein and Steve Mckinney. They traveled throughout the midwest as "The Jon Crook Band" for about four years.  While working for Hoffman Talent Agency from the twin cities, it was recommended that they change to a more 50's sounding name.  Hence the birth of,
"The Cadillac of Rock & Roll".

        Soon after the release of their first album in 1984 Julie decided to leave the band to devote more time to her family.  She was quickly replaced on keyboard/vocals by Kevin Cox.  Jim Clark moved from drummer to out front on lead vocals/percushion and was replace on drums by Kevin Oppendike.  This was to be the start of a run that would last for the next 12 years and the release of two more albums. They quickly developed a large following and all through the 80's and 90's they were to appear at all the major rock-n-roll shows in eastern Iowa and western Illinois, sharing the stage with such legends as Del Shannon, Bobby Vee, The Crickets, Gary Lewis, The Shirelles, Buddy Knox and Johnny Rivers just to name a few.  Playing such legendary ballrooms as the Col, Surf, Laramar, Val Aire, Lakeside, Fairyland and Hollyhock in Minnesota.  They were regulars at River Boat Days in Clinton, Pufferbilly Days in Boone, The Worlds Largest Beach Party in Williamsburg and at the Easter Seals shows throughout the state.  The band still reunites for special fund raisers and private gatherings.

Being inducted into The Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame solidifies their efforts to keep the oldies from fading away. 



Paul Evans Performing at
our 2001 Labor Day Event!



Sandy Larvick of Sioux City was
the Winner of the 2000 Victory Motorcycle raffle!

A Musical family with the need for a place for their children to enjoy and share their talent brought about the building of Lakeside ballroom at Guttenberg in 1927.  William Hubert "Bill" Kann and his wife Josephine, decided there needed to be a place for their children and local citizens to congregate, play music and have fun.  The cost of construction was $27,000.
Kann knew that his dance floor needed to be special.  He enlisted the help of his friend Louis Bahls.  The two would lean back in their arm chairs with feet braced against the pot belly stove in Kann's general merchandise store, discussing a good "floor plan".  They wanted something so comfortable the dancers wouldn't get tired.  The floor should give spring to their movements.  They also took into consideration sound effects and lighting.  A local carpenter, Louis Schroeder, did the actual construction on the lakeside. 
A visionary, Kann knew his children, May, Edmund(sonny), Carl and Lee, had talent so he had their family band play at the intermission when the big bands were on break.  he also knew the people would travel some distance to have fun. 
No lock and dam system existed in Guttenberg at that time so his market area included Glen Haven and Cassville, Wisconsin.  Kann purchased a river launch, traversed the river to the Wisconsin Towns, picked up the guests and delivered them to the Guttenberg side of the river behind his warehouse.  There they were met by a driver with a Studebaker Limo to transport them to the Lakeside.  All of this was free or included in the price of a night's ticket to the ballroom. 
The extravagant floor Kann and Bahls spent so many nights discussing was a tremendous success.  People loved to dance and never seemed to get tired. 
Because of Sonny's enterprising methods, the Lakeside became a landmark.  Sonny was in charge of food, beverage and maintenance at the Lakeside.  His father purchased a surplus Hispana Suresa plane from the U.S. Navy so he could keep up with the demand for supplies.
Sonny would land in the field north of the ballroom.  They painted Lakeside in large letters on the roof of the building to use for aerial navigation.  Pilots only had their sight to depend on for navigation in the early days of Lakeside.
Lindbergh and other pioneer aviators used Lakeside as a checkpoint flying from Minneapolis to Chicago and St. Louis.  It was many, many years later before the letters were removed when a new roof was constructed on the Lakeside.
The big bands kept the sound of music filling the Lakeside until the '60s when rock and roll music impacted Iowa's entertainment scene.  The ballroom with its wonderful dance floor and sterling reputation, provided a perfect venue for the music that would rock the nation for generations to come.
Recipient of the 2001
Danny Matousek Lifetime Achievement Award is John Senn

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