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1969 – 1970
May, 1969: Local musicians Tom Nystrom (The Accents/The Underbeats) and Greg Maland (Gregory Dee and The Avanties) put together a new band called Jumbo. The original lineup is: Tom Nystrom (drums and vocals); Greg Maland (Hammond B-3 organ and vocals); Bob Jones (bass guitar and vocals); and Kent Saunders (guitar). Tom Nystrom is credited with the name, Jumbo.
The band gets a steady job at a downtown Minneapolis club called More Downstairs, located in the basement of The Roaring Twenties, at the Southeast intersection of 5th and Hennepin. Another venue the band plays on a regular basis is His and Hers, in the basement of the Foshay Tower, formerly known as King Solomon’s Mines, a popular Rhythm and Blues club. In addition, the band plays at the Tom Tom Room at the Minnehaha Lanes (a bowling alley) in St. Paul. The band also plays numerous private parties, including cruise parties on Lake Minnetonka. Greg Maland books the jobs for the band.
Fall, 1969: Kent Saunders leaves the band and is replaced by Lauren “Wally” Walstad on guitar. This is Wally’s second band with Tom Nystrom, as Wally had filled in for Jim Johnson on guitar when Jim left The Underbeats for two years to servie in the military.
Local musician Dennis Libby records Jumbo playing live at More Downstairs. The recording consists of 16 songs.
Late, 1969: The band books studio time at Sound 80 in Minneapolis and over a couple of days record five songs including an original song called “Lebanon”. The recording engineer is Tom Jung and the recording equipment is an Ampex 8-track machine. The band receives two reel to reel tapes of the finished songs, none of which are ever pressed up as records.
New Years Eve, 1969: Jumbo plays live at a Holiday Inn located near downtown St. Paul.
March, 1970: Wally Walstad leaves Jumbo to go on the road with The Entertainers, a band led by drummer John Stafford. Ken Sand takes over on guitar. Like Wally, Ken Sand had also played in a band with Tom Nystrom before…The Accents.
September, 1970. Jumbo breaks up.
2010: A CD is made available of the bands live performance recorded by Dennis Libby at More Downstairs in the fall of 1969. The CD contains the following songs:
1. “Spoonful” (Muddy Waters)
2. “Rest Cure” (Arthur Brown)
3. “Lebanon” (Tom Nystom)
4. “Spinning Wheel” (Blood, Sweat and Tears)
5. “Water Woman” (Spirit)
6. “One” (Three Dog Night)
7. “The Girl’s Song” (The Fifth Dimension)
8. “Fresh Garbage” (Spirit)
9. “Mojo Hand” (Lightnin’ Hopkins)
10. “More and More” (Blood, Sweat and Tears)
11. “I’m a Man” (The Yardbirds)
12. “Topanga Windows” (Spirit)
13. “Smiling Phases” (Blood, Sweat and Tears)
14. “Sometimes in Winter” (Blood, Sweat and Tears)
15. “I’m Hers and I’m Yours” (Johnny Winters)
16. “Roll With It” (Stevie Winwood)
Wally Walstad reports the location of the two tapes of the bands studio recording from late 1969 are unknown.
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JUMBO BAND TREE
Jumbo 1969 – 1970
Tom Nystrom The Accents
Drums / Vocals The Underbeats
1969 to 1970 Jumbo
The Hi Tops
Greg Maland Gregory Dee and The Avanties
Keyboards / Vocals Jumbo
1969 – 1970 Blackwood Apology
Bob Jones The Hot Half Dozen
Bass Guitar / Vocals Jumbo
1969 – 1970 The Accents
Free and Easy
James Walsh Gypsy Band
Loren “Wally” Walstad The Defiants
Lead Guitar The Underbeats
1969 to 1970 The Chicagoans
John Stafford & The Entertainers
Los Tres Bossmen
Five O Nine Zoo
Norm Stratton ‘Stormin’ Norman”
Ron Lee and The Expressions
Dom and the Domino’s
JUMBO Where Are They Now ?
1969 to 1970
Tom Nystrom Active in Music
Drums / Vocals No
Doing What ?………………………………………… Passed away in 2004
Greg Maland Active in Music
Rhythm Guitar / Vocals No
Doing What ?…………………………….. Living in Seattle, Washington
Bob Jones Active in Music
Bass Guitar Yes
Doing What ?………………………………………………. Playing in Gypsy
Loren “Wally” Walstad Active in Music
Guitar / Vocals Yes
Doing What ?…………………………………… Jobbing in Various Bands