Gone But Not Forgotten

David John Steinick 

Dave Steinick passed away at age 73 on November 27, 2018. Dave joined the Galaxies (students from Harding High School in St. Paul) on drums in 1962 after their original drummer left the band. Dave was from Hill High School. In 1963 the band changed names to the Mystics (also known as Michael’s Mystics) as they discovered another local band was called Johnny and the Galaxies.

In 1965, the Mystics released a 45 with “You Ran Away” and “Hi Bird” on the local Bear label. The band packed the local teen clubs and ballrooms and became one of the most popular local dance bands in the Twin Cities.

Dave left the band in 1966 and later was a member of Seraphic Street Sounds. This group gained fame for their unique and varied song selections and their vocal harmonies. One of their songs (“Without Love”) was included on the Money Music album produced by Peter Huntington May.

The Mystics were inducted into Rock Country Hall on May 27, 2006 at the Medina Ballroom.

Dave was living in Cottage Grove at the time of his passing.

Tom Campbell

 

JIM JOHNSON – August 27, 1943 – September 26, 2019

Jim Johnson passed away today at age 76.

Jim was an original member of and leader of the Underbeats who formed in 1962 as a four-piece rock band that played a lot of Chuck Berry songs and some of the more obscure R & B songs.  Jim insisted on long and frequent practice sessions before they played live in public. The group would record nine 45’s from 1964 to 1968, many of which received airplay on the Twin Cities Top 40 AM stations including their first 45 in 1964 “Foot Stompin’” (a cover song by an obscure Los Angeles group called The Flares) which resulted in the group being called The Stompin’ Underbeats.

Jim wrote a song “Sweet Words of Love.” The group played the song at a job at the Kato Ballroom in Mankato when they opened up for the Everly Brothers who heard the song and asked Jim if they could record it. He turned them down as the band was going to release the song on their second 45.

The band’s final 45 featured a song written by Enrico Rosenabum with James Walsh on lead vocals called “It’s Gonna Rain Today” which was very different compared to earlier songs by the group. This song was a foreshadowing of the songwriting and music style that was ahead for the band.

Jim left the band for two years while he served in the military and fought in Vietnam from September, 1966 to September, 1968. Back in Minnesota after serving his country, Jim informed the band that is was time to move to Los Angeles, as they had become the top dance band in town and had to move to Los Angeles in order to become a national band.

The Underbeats left town in their orange school bus – converted to a band vehicle and arrived in Los Angeles in late 1968 and moved into a house in Sun Valley.  Thanks to their manager Steve Freeman, they obtained jobs at Gazzarri’s and then the Whiskey A Go Go, both were popular music venues on the Sunset Strip.  Thousands of young people would fill the sidewalks on the Strip in the late 1960’s checking out rock bands at the numerous Hollywood clubs.

By the spring of 1969 the band had changed names to Gypsy, based on a comment made by bass player Doni Larson: “Look at us – we are living like gypsies.” The band quickly landed a record deal with Metromedia and released their first album (a double album) in August, 1970. The songs were in the progressive rock style. The album contained songs that charted on the Billboard Hot 100: “Gypsy Queen” and “Dead and Gone.” After some changes in the lineup, a second album on Metromedia called “In the Garden” was released in 1971.

Gypsy played national venues on the west coast and east coast and were on the bill for the Atlanta Pop Festival in August, 1970, one of the largest concerts ever in the United States. A number of bands that played at Woodstock in 1969 played at the Atlanta concert, including Jimi Hendricks.

Gypsy released two more albums, this time on the RCA label: “Antithesis” in 1972” and “Unlock the Gates” in 1973. The RCA albums had limited commercial success.

By 1975 Gypsy was struggling to survive amid personal issues and lead singer and main songwriter Enrico Rosenbaum exited the band. A new version emerged with Jim Johnson as the lead singer.  This version of the band released a 45 with two songs written by Jim: “Magic in My Life” and “Don’t Stop for Nothin’.” Both songs were covered by The Fifth Dimension that year and included on their ABC album “Earthbound” produced and arranged by Jimmy Webb.

In that time period, another album was recorded in North Hollywood and exists only as a test pressing.

With Gypsy basically over by the late 1970’s, Jim Johnson started a new band called The Steamers with Stan Kipper on drums and vocals and Brad Palmer on bass guitar. The band performed around the Los Angeles area and wrote songs for Universal Movies that were included in some films.

The Steamers released one album (self – titled) in 1982 on an independent label.

In 1988, Ray Charles recorded a song written by Jim Johnson called “Too Hard to Love You” which was included on one of Ray’s albums. Jim Johnson was present at the recording session.

In 1993, Jim Johnson left Los Angeles and returned to Minneapolis and a new version of The Underbeats formed and played around town.  Jim also played with the James Walsh led version of Gypsy for a number of jobs.

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, Jim started a new group called Calvin James and Bad Influence, a blues band.

In 2003 Jim released a new CD by Calvin James called “It Ain’t Over” that featured eleven songs recorded by Jim and various local and national musicians.

Jim continued to perform for various reunion shows up until the last several years when health issues arose and he retired from playing.

For many years, he celebrated his birthday at Shaw’s Bar and Grill on University Ave. NE in Minneapolis. Many musicians, friends, and fans turned out for these parties every August.

In July, 2019 Jim was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and was hospitalized on Tuesday, August 20th with pneumonia and an infection and elected to check out of the hospital the next day and return home, forgoing any further treatments.  Jim was in hospice care at Saint Therese of New Hope at the time of his passing.

Tom Campbell

 

Peter Huntington May – June 5, 1939 – November 18, 2019

Peter May passed away at age 80 on November 18, 2019. He was at his home in Eden Prairie at the time of his passing.

His career covered a wide number of jobs in the music business including: on air radio personality; newscaster; program director; radio station owner; booking agent; band manager; record producer; record promoter; and record company owner.

Peter’s first job in the radio business was as a DJ at a station in St. Peter, Minnesota. Eventually, he wound up in the Twin Cities and worked at KDWB and WDGY.

In 1966, Peter teamed up with Bill Roslanski and started a booking agency called Stagefinders.  When The Stillroven showed up at Magoo’s one day for an audition and passed, Peter took an interest in the band and began to manage the group. The band members played their first live job at The Cave in Stillwater and their first out of town job at the Interlaken Ballroom in Fairmont, Minnesota.

Peter got the band into the studio in the basement of Nic’o’Lake Records and the session resulted in The Stillroven’s first 45 being released on Peter’s Falcon label, “She’s My Woman” and “(I am Not Your) Stepping Stone.”  Peter mailed out 1,000 copies of the 45 to radio stations and took out an ad in Connie’s Insider, a local music magazine, but the record did not get any local airplay.

In 1967, Peter took the band into Dove Recording Studio in Bloomington and the result was a 45 he produced with a cover of “Hey Joe” on the A-side and “Sunny Day” (an original song on the B-side).  The market areas just outside of Minneapolis and St. Paul picked up the 45. Peter was driving around town with boxes of records in his car to get to the record stores.  Finally, listeners started to call in to WDGY requesting to hear “Hey Joe” by The Stillroven.  One day, WDGY DJ Johnny Canton called Peter and told him about the phone calls.  Soon, WDGY and KDWB were playing the song on a regular rotation and the song covered live by pretty much every garage band in the country was on the local radio charts and climbing.  Other markets that played the record were Lincoln, Nebraska and Tucson, Arizona.  Roulette Records contacted Peter and wanted to release the songs on their label.  Peter sold the record to Roulette for $1,000.

Following “Hey Joe” Peter produced another session at Dove with The Stillroven that resulted in a 45 with “Little Picture Playhouse” (Simon Dupree and the Big Sound) on the A-side and an original song on the flipside called “Cast They Burden Upon the Stone.”  Although not as big as the prior 45, Peter had his second local and regional hit, this one released on his August label.

Peter also became involved with the local band CA Quintet and their first two 45’s, recorded at Dove, came out on the Falcon label.  Dale Menten was the producer of their first 45, “Mickey’s Monkey” (a Motown song) and “I Want You to Love Me” an original song on the B-side.  Peter produced the second 45 for the band with two original songs written by local songwriter, David Stuart Sandler, “Blow to My Soul” and “She’s Got to Be True.”   The band had local and regional success with both of the records.

In 1967, Peter put a call for any local bands who were interested in submitting one of their songs to be considered for inclusion in a compilation album.  Quite a few bands responded and as a result Peter released the “Money Music” album on his August label.  By the time the album was released, Peter had purchased a radio station in Duluth which became very successful with their “oldies” programming.

In 1968, Peter produced another Stillroven 45 with “Come in the Morning” (Moby Grape) on the A-side and “Necessary Person” (an original by Michael O’Gara) on the B-side.  Peter promoted the 45 but had no success getting the song on the radio, so he decided to re-release the 45 with a new A-side “Have You Ever Seen Me” (Faces). The new disc with a new A-side got some airplay outside of Minnesota but was not played in the Twin Cities market.

Around this time period, Peter decided it was time for The Stillroven to sign on with a national booking agent and he suggested the band sign with James Reardon based out of Kansas, which they did.  Reardon put the band on the road and they covered a lot of new territory including Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Arizona.  On some occasions, Peter would go on the road with the band.

In 1969, The Stillroven had landed a recording contract with A & M Records. Things did not go well for the band during their recording sessions in Los Angeles and the album was never released at the time.

After The Stillroven came to an end, Peter May continued working in the radio business including a number of local stations and stations outside of Minnesota.

Whether working in radio as a DJ, program director, or station owner or working as a booking agent, band manager, record company owner, or record producer, Peter Huntington May was a major player in the Twin Cities music business during the golden era of rock’n’roll music.

Tom Campbell

 

Warren Kendrick – January 11, 1936 – November 8, 2017

Warren D. Kendrick of Orlando, FL entered the Kingdom of Heaven on November 8, 2017. His final hours were peaceful and he was comforted by family. Warren was preceded in death by his wife Kathleen. Four people had the honor of knowing him as “Dad” (Jeff, Angela, Ralph, and Wesley); four people were fortunate enough to call him “Grandpa” (Ashley, Zachary, Wyatt, and Annabel); and Anna, who was lucky enough to call him “fiancée”.

Warren was born in Minneapolis, MN. He was an inspired musician who became revered in the industry for his top-notch songwriting and epic production work in the Twin Cities during the 1960s and early 1970s. Throughout his life he was a successful restaurant owner, computer programmer and college professor. Furthermore, Warren found time to faithfully served God as an active member of several churches. He will be most remembered by his family, however, as a devoted patriarch who sacrificed himself for the well being of his family.

We will miss you so much.

Love

-Ralph, Lynne, Wesley, Sasha, Ashley, Zachary, Wyatt, Annabel, Anna, Ned, Georgia, Susan, Toby, Nancy, Paul, and everyone else whose life you touched that we did not mention.

(from newspaper in Florida)

 

Keith Olsen –  May 12, 1945 – March 9, 2020

Keith Olsen, one of the most successful recording engineers and record producers of all time, passed at age 74 on March 9, 2020. We cannot claim Keith as a Minnesota native, however he moved to Minneapolis at age 12 when his family relocated from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and he attended Washburn High and the University of Minnesota.

Keith developed an interest in classical and popular music and played upright bass in a number of jazz bands around the university and that led to making contacts in the local folk scene. He also worked as an apprentice recording engineer at some of the local studios.

His first professional job as a musician came about when he was hired to play upright bass for Jimmy Rodgers, for an eight week road trip. While on tour, he met a number of national pop and folk musicians.

After that job ended, Keith signed on with Gayle Garnett, a folk singer, who soon had a national hit with “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine” in late 1964, which resulted in a two year tour.

As the tour with Gayle Garnett was winding down, the GoldeBriars, a folk – pop band from Minnesota, were staying at the same motel in Orange County, California, as Garnett and her band.

The road manager for the GoldeBriars was Sean Bonniwell, a folk singer from Charleston, South Carolina, who was eager to start a new rock band. The drummer for the GoldeBriars was Ron Edgar. Ron and Sean left the Goldebriars and started playing music with Keith and soon the trio had a new rock sound and a new name, the Ragamuffins. Eventually, the trio added two new players and became the Music Machine, scoring a national hit with “Talk Talk” in late 1966/early 1967. Unable to come up with a follow-up hit, the band soon broke up.

During that time period, Keith had met Curt Boettcher, leader of the GoldeBriars. After the GoldeBriars came to end, Curt had produced the first two albums by The Association. Keith and Curt teamed up for a new venture called Together Records and Our Productions. As co-producers, they had success with a number of artists, including The Byrds and Simon and Garfunkel.

In 1968, Keith and Curt produced the first album recorded in the United States on a sixteen-track machine, (two eight-tracks synced up). The album (“Begin”) was by a studio group called Millennium and did not find commercial success, however it is now considered to be a creative masterpiece and is likely one of the greatest “little known” albums of all time.

By 1973, Keith and Curt had parted ways and Keith started his own company, Pogologo Productions and released his first album “Buckingham – Nicks” (Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks). Over the next twenty-five years, Keith would produce over 120 albums with thirty-nine gold albums, twenty-four platinum albums, and fourteen multi-platinum albums. Total album sales exceed 125 million units, with over 1 billion dollars in retail sales.

A partial list of albums produced by Keith includes the following artists:

Ozzy Osbourne, Fleetwood Mac, Kim Carnes, Starship, Rick Springfield, Kingdom Come, Grateful Dead, Santana, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Joe Walsh, Doctor John, the Tubes, Night Ranger, Sammy Hagar, Heart, Lynch Mob, the Babys, Whitesnake, Russell Hitchcock, the Scorpions, Sons of Champlin, Warrant, Bad Company, Alice Cooper, Geronimo Black, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, the James Gang, and Eddie Money.

He is also the producer of some of the highest selling soundtrack albums of all time including Flashdance, Footloose, and Vision Quest.

According to his website, the last musical project that is listed is a single by Alexandra in April, 2016.

A family member reports that Keith passed due to cardiac arrest. He was living in Geoa, Nevada, at the time of his passing.

You can read more about Keith on the website on pages for the GoldeBriars and the Music Machine.

Tom Campbell

 

Darrell Lee “Butch” Maness – March 5, 1943 – March 22, 2018

Darrell L. “Butch” Maness, age 75 of Rogers, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at his home.

Truly a life to celebrate. He certainly made the most of the life he was given. He rebuilt hot rods, loved custom cars, played bass guitar in a Rock ‘n Roll band since the sixties, loved outdoor sports- skiing, snowmobiling, ice-fishing, hunting, camping and boating. His talents were many, from oil painting and pinstriping to woodworking and building homes. Butch retired from the City of Anoka and built his dream home on Lake Scandi and spent many years there. In 2005 they built another dream home in Zimmerman. They had plans to downsize in 2016 and move to a townhome when his wife had a stroke…everything changed. His final project was getting the love of his life well again. He was happy with his life and all he had accomplished…”Been there, done that” rest now, you are loved by so many.

Butch is survived by his wife, Carol; son, Bill Maness; daughter, Lori (Mark) Schneider; grandchildren, Davin, Derek and Lillian Schneider, Ashley Swanson; great grandson, Jaxson Swanson; sister, Betty (Joe) Rhodes; and many other friends and family.

A Celebration of Butch’s life will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Green Haven Golf Course, 2800 Greenhaven Road, Anoka, with a time of visiting from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m., followed by a street rod procession to Forest Hill Cemetery in Anoka for the interment.  Following the interment, all are invited back to Green Haven for hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

Arrangements entrusted to Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home of Anoka (763) 421-0220.

Legacy.com

 

Frank Prout  –  March 20, 1946 – July 29, 2017 

Frank Prout passed away at age 71 on July 29, 2017. Frank had battled gastric cancer for the past two and a half years and went into hospice care on July 11, 2017. Frank joined Gregory Dee and the Avanties on bass guitar after original bass player Dave Maetzold left the band to go to college. Frank passed an audition and was with the highly popular local band in 1965 and 1966. Frank lived in Hackensack, Minnesota for the past thirty years with his wife Debbie and ran Prout’s TV. He continued to play music every Wednesday night with The Terrapin Brothers at Terrapin Station in Nevis up until his health declined to the point he could no longer play music. A Celebration of Life is planned for 2:00 pm (Visitation at 1:00 pm) on August 9, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hackensack.

Tom Campbell

 

James M. Dochniak  –  July 22, 1949  –  May 3, 2018   

Jim Dochniak (guitar, vocals, songwriter with Poison Bird Pie) passed away at age 68 on May 3, 2018.  Poison Bird Pie played in the Twin Cities from the fall of 1968 through the spring of 1969. One of the venues they played at was Dania Hall located at the University of Minnesota (West Bank). Mick Caouette (bass player and vocals with the band) stated that Jim was heavily influenced by the Doors, the Vietnam War, and the politics of the times, and these influences were reflected in his original songs. Mick remembered the title to a song Jim wrote called “The Reality Song.”

Mick had known Jim since high school and recalled the following:

“I will surely miss him. We were young and enthusiastic and we made some memories in a time of much conflict. Jim’s musical taste would evolve in to a love of Brazilian Jazz and he became an important writer and author – and for me, an honest and caring lifelong friend. I will miss him!”

Mike Barich also knew Jim since high school and stated: “Jim was a good friend, and always fun to be with. Even though he was a year ahead of me at school, we connected right away. At a Hollies concert at the Prom Ballroom he introduced me to Mick Caouette.  Later, after Poison Bird Pie, I still spent a great deal of time with Jim, both because of his writing activities and because I was able to get him a great deal of work for his typesetting business. Although our joint activities slowed down after that, he always found some reason to stay in touch or get together. I even photographed his wedding, where he was the happiest I had ever seen him.”

Tom Campbell

 

James “Jim” Matthew Ekse  –  August 11, 1942  –  October 16, 2018

Jim Ekse, member of the Marvelous Marauders (keyboards and bass guitar) passed away at age 76 on October 16, 2018. The band from Marshall, Minnesota started out in 1962 with just three members.  Jim joined in 1963 and played with the band for two years.  In 1965 they recorded a 45 released on the Studio City label.  David Anthony Productions signed the band to a booking contract and helped the band purchase a bus which became their band vehicle. By 1966 the band was a 7 – piece R & B show bands with horns, dance steps, matching stage outfits, and a light show and played throughout the upper 5 state Midwest area.  In July, 1967, the group recorded a song at Iowa Great Lakes Recording Company in Milford, Iowa that was included on an album (IGL Roof Garden 2nd Annual Jamboree).  The band struggled as members were drafted to serve in the military and they played their final job on March 1, 1968 at Someplace Else in Robbinsdale. Jim became a dentist and lived and worked in Blue Earth, Minnesota for many years. Jim performed with the band when they were inducted into the Minnesota Rock Country Hall of Fame in 2005.

Tom Campbell

 

Linda (Fritz) King

Linda (Fritz) King, member of the local 1960’s singing group The Luv’s, passed away on January 10, 2013 at the age of 65.  Linda, along with Kathy Svendsen and Marjorie Nugent, performed from 1965 to 1968, backed up by three popular bands booked by David Anthony Productions: The Marauders; The More-Tishans; and The Rave On’s.  The singers traveled throughout Minnesota and the bordering states and opened up shows for The Yardbirds, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Billy Joe Royal, and Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon.  The booking company promoted the female singers as an “Added Extra Attraction” on their flyers and concert posters.  The trio performed popular cover songs from the time period including songs by The Beatles, Sonny and Cher, and The Animals.  In the summer of 1966, the group recorded a number of demo songs in New York City, with members of The McCoys (of “Hang on Sloopy” fame) providing the instrumentation, under the supervision of the successful production team of Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, and Richard Gottehrer.  When it came time to sign a contract, the band refused, based on advice from their booking agency.  On a job at The Interlaken Ballroom in Fairmont, The Luvs’s drove in one car and The Rave On’s drove in another car, each group thought the other group had picked up drummer Harry Nehls.  Arriving in Fairmont, it was discovered Harry had not been picked up by either group and Linda, a native of Fairmont, was able to track down a local rock’n’roll drummer at the last minute to fill in for the concert.  In Fairmont, Linda sang in the church choir and played violin in school.  In the 1960’s the family moved to St. Paul and Linda graduated from Johnson High School in 1965.  At the time of her passing, Linda was a resident of Maplewood.

Tom Campbell, January 20, 2013

 

Lonnie Knight – May 7, 2017

Knight, Lonnie age 68, passed away May 7, 2017 after a courageous fight against cancer. Born in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, Lonnie moved to Minneapolis at age 5. He began playing guitar at age 12 and never stopped until his death. As an integral member of Minnesota’s music community, he was known not only for his unique talent as a musician and producer, but also for his support and mentorship of other musicians and songwriters. A prolific songwriter, Lonnie’s repertoire includes well over 100 compositions. He garnered international acclaim as a member of such bands as The Rave-ons, Jokers Wild, The Knight-Henley Band, and the Hoopsnakes as well as for his acoustic albums. For the past seven years, he split his time between performing on electric guitar – most notably with “Smokin’ Section” – and acoustic guitar alongside longtime friend and bassist Reid Papke, with whom he recorded and performed throughout most of his career. Lonnie was not only a legendary musician and recipient of several Minnesota music awards, but also a loving brother, accomplished photographer, graphic artist and Web designer. He possessed a brilliant and curious mind. He was an exceptional conversationalist with a clever wit and gentle smile. He enjoyed the Minnesota Twins, was an avid Vikings fan, and loved relaxing on his front porch. He passed away peacefully on his front porch surrounded by loving family, friends, and beloved partner, Patti Patton. Throughout their time together, Patti was his gracious, steadfast, and loving companion. Together, Lonnie and Patti emanated true love and light. Lonnie is preceded in death by parents, Lowell and Betty Knight and his brother Rick Knight. He is survived by his partner, Patti Patton, his sisters Kathy Simmelink (John) and Sally Jo Donahue (Kenny), many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews. Memorial service will be June 10, 12:00 PM with a visitation one hour prior at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 13000 St. David Road, Minnetonka. A drop-in time of music and remembering will be held at Creek House from 3:00 to 7:30 PM, contact glenn@elvig.com for directions. Memorials preferred to Guitars for Vets, American Cancer Society or 30 Days Foundation.

Published on May 16, 2017

Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

Mark Gallagher

Gallagher, Mark To a great friend, legendary musician, hard worker, determined person, the best dad a guy could ever ask for. You were the most dependable man I knew and a rock in the lives of everyone who was close to you. You deserved so much more for all the sacrifices you made. No wonder they say the good die young, you were as good as it gets. We all love and miss you so much and you will never be forgotten. RIP Mark.

Published on March 11, 2009

Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

Patrick J. Devine – December 5, 2019

Devine, Patrick J. Age 70 of St. Louis Park passed peacefully on December 5. The self-proclaimed “Kid from the Park” played Little League at Skippy Field, performed in musicals at St. Louis Park Senior High, and raised his own sons about a 5 iron’s distance from the house he grew up in. He was grateful to his parents, James and Mary, for initiating a lifelong love of the arts and language, as well as a sense of social justice. In his early career, Patrick played Donny Brook in the original production of the rock musical “The House of Leather” and worked as a booking agent and record promoter in the Minneapolis music scene; later he worked in advertising and public relations. He volunteered with the SLP Human Rights Commission and co-chaired the 1993 Human Rights Expo which drew over 2,500 attendees for a day of multicultural arts performances and workshops focused on celebrating diversity and combating prejudice. Patrick proposed to the love of his life, Shirley, at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem in 1980, and together they raised two sons whom he often called his life’s greatest work and joy. Quick with a Brando impression or an Irish brogue, ready to quote literature from Hamlet to Hamilton, Patrick was joyful, loving, and kind. He loved to bring people together, always deflected from himself to ask about you. Illness was part of his story, yet he held an attitude of enduring gratitude. Patrick is survived by his wife, Shirley, and sons Aaron (Jackey) and Max; grandson Oliver; his siblings Jimmy (Terry), Michael, and Mary; and many beloved family and friends. A celebration of Patrick’s life will be held Sunday, December 15 starting at 3pm at the Cremation Society of Minnesota in Edina. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center.

Published on December 8, 2019

Minneapolis Tribune

 

Rick O’Dell – July 14, 2001

There is a sad footnote to this interview-Rick O’Dell, the saxophone player with the Lamont Cranston Blues Band, died unexpectedly early Saturday morning, July 14, 2001. Rick’s last performance was the night before in Mankato where he was doing what he loved to do, play music. Please see the links following this interview for some pictures from Rick’s last show.

From Pat Hayes: As you know by now, we just lost a very important part of our little Cranston family, our sax player Rick O’Dell, who died of a heart attack on the morning of July 14th. Those of you who saw us play that night at Whiskey Junction might have noticed all the black outfits on stage and the sort of dazed and shocked band. Rick was in my band on and off for 22 years. He was not only a great sax player, but he was a great person. He always knew how to cheer us up with his great sense of humor and wild antics on stage. He never joked at the expense of others, usually it was him at the brunt of the jokes. I loved this man and so did the other members of the band. Although it is very hard to get used to the fact he’s not around anymore, we consider ourselves lucky that we were able to play music with him and to know him as a friend. May he live on in his music.

“A Picture is worth a thousand words, but a song is worth a thousand pictures.” –Rick O’Dell.

mnblues.com

 

Richard “Ricky” Colborn – May 6, 2020

Richard “Ricky” Colborn, 75, of Foxboro, WI, heard God calling Wednesday, May 6, 2020. He was in his beloved home surrounded by his family. Rick fought a heroic ten-year battle with cancer and was grateful for the dedicated teams of healthcare professionals at Essentia Health in Duluth, MN. He was born on March 22, 1945 in Superior, WI, to Harry and Irene (Cook) Colborn.

Rick married the love of his life, Janet Bischoff, on August 15, 1965, and they would have celebrated fifty-five years of marriage this summer. Rick was a lifelong musician with The Titans and various other local bands. He loved music and was a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist, recording a collection of solo work. In 2004, Rick was inducted into the Minnesota Rock/Country Hall of Fame. He was an ardent trout fisherman and loved fishing in local streams. Rick was an avid fan of nature and adored living in the country where he was able to feed his wild animals.

Rick is survived by his wife, Janet; three daughters, Angela Warn, Patzau, WI, Amy White, Duluth, MN, and Anna (Tom) Knoll, Fayetteville, NC; one son, Aaron (Megan) Colborn, Superior, WI; one surrogate son, Steve Hudson, Superior, WI; five grandchildren, Colleen (Keith), Stephany (Brian), Arin, Rylie and Murphy; two great-grandchildren, Izzy and Keith, Jr.; sister, Margaret (Fred) Bischoff and brother, Roy (Mary) Colborn; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Fern Lull and his brother Hal Colborn.

Due to CDC regulations and Governor mandates, a Celebration of Life service for Rick will be held at a later date. The family is requesting donations be made in Rick’s honor to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

The Downs-LeSage Funeral Home, 1304 Hammond Avenue, Superior, WI, is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guestbook, please visit www.downs-lesage.com.

Superior Telegram – May 17, 2020

 

Roy M. Hensley – June 8, 2005 

Hensley Roy M. Hensley, “Rockstar” 57, beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend to all, passed away in Minneapolis on June 8, 2005. This unique and talented artist was recently inducted into the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame as a member of “The Castaways” of “Liar, Liar” fame. Roy is survived by his mother, Donna Hart; two brothers, Philip & Richard Hensley, wife, Dawn Hensley, three sons, one daughter, five grandchildren, many cousins and millions of adoring fans. Services will be held at 4:00 PM Sunday, June 12, 2005 at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, MN with burial in Antrim Township Cemetery. Rocky will be deeply missed. Lakeviewfuneralhome.net.

Published on June 11, 2005

Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

Thomas J. Nystrom – May 22, 2004 

Nystrom Thomas J., age 60, of Mpls. Survived by mother, Frankie Innes; daughters, Carey (Bob) Galvin and Shelley (Sverre Gropen) Nystrom; son, Kyle Nystrom; grandchildren, Sara and Aidan Galvin; brother, Jack. Celebration of Tom’s life will be held Monday, May 24, at 3 PM at: Washburn McReavy Edina Chapel W. 50th St. & Hwy 100 952-920-3996

Published on May 23, 2004

Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

Warren “Woody” Woodrich – March 7, 2005

Woodrich Warren Brown Jr. “Woody”, age 56, of Hopkins, passed away March 7, 2005. Survived by his loving wife, Vickie; twin sons, James and John; his mother, Phyllis; his sister, Paisley (Ken) Pettine; his brother, Charles (Louise). Warren was a graduate of West High School, Mpls. In his early years, he was an accomplished electric bass guitar player. He played with The Chancellors, The Malibu’s and was an original member of White Lightning. Later, his career focused on business management. He was VP of Hopkins Ready Mix and then moved to administer several medical clinics. He had a long history of community involvement and leadership. He was Executive Director of Project Concern. He was a past president of Hopkins Raspberry Festival, the Hopkins Area Jaycees, and the Kiwanis Club of Edina. He was State Secretary of the MN Jaycees. He was a member on the following commissions for the City of Hopkins: Zoning & Planning, Human Rights and Charter. Memorial service 1 PM Saturday, with visitation one hour before at: Washburn-McReavy Strobeck Johnson Chapel 1400 Mainstreet, Hopkins 952-938-9020.

The obituary was featured in Star Tribune on March 9, 2005.