Jennifer Hudson "No One Gonna Love You"

Eminem "Space Bound"

My friend Jack just sent me this very cool website featuring new videos from some of our favorite music stars.... Check out the site Music Evolution Revolution Vevo

Alicia Keys, Coldplay, and many more...

Thanks Jack! XXOOK



Here are some new soul videos that are Scott's favorite picks for this week. Sorry we didn't get them posted yesterday... still recovering from the big SRC show and after party... Here are Scott Morgan's soul tunes for the last week of June 2011... Thanks Scott XXOOK

From Scott:

This is still my fave. it's surreal...

hey this isn't j geils...

oh there's more. a lot more. this can't really be work can it?

check out the scream at the end...

Chuck did the original I Need You...


Where is Charlie Six will be on sale in early August 2011. You can get it now for the Kindle... Click the link at the bottom of the page. This book really looks exciting and I can't wait to get a copy! Might have to break down and go get a Kindle... heard they are pretty low priced now. Anyway Check out the trailer! It is so well produced!



Chris Isaak

How cool is this? My dear friend Keith from San Fran asked his friend to do a piece for me on my favorite heart throb and singer Chris Isaak.... YES... So Author Brixton Key wrote this story for Retrokimmer.com. Thanks guys so much!!!! XXOOK

From Keith:

Random notes on Chris Isaak:

Chris was both class president and head cheerleader at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Stockton, California.

Drummer Kenny Dale Johnson is noted for his brush work, backing vocals and great sense of humor.

Bassist Rowland Salley wrote the great song "Killing The Blues" featured on "Raising Sand" by Robert Plant and Allison Krauss.

The "new guy" in the band, guitarist Hershel Yatovitz, joined in 1995!

He was a voice singing from a fourth generation cassette the first time I heard him. The tape was playing in the kitchen during a party in Berkeley, California, 1980. I’d walked into the proto-punk room to grab a beer from the sink.

The voice was singing a haunting country song. The immense soul and clarity of his voice grabbed me. The twist in the lyrics was delightful. A boy was brushing his suit and combing his hair. A typical Sunday morning before church in the Appalachians, until the song progressed, yes, he was preparing for his mother’s funeral. The vocals grabbed my heartstrings. An ordinary voice would’ve rendered the song naff. This vocal on the cassette was magic. Electrifying! My spine tingled. I asked, “Who is singing.” The girl dancing didn’t know.

Chris Isaak

I listened six more times. I would’ve played it a seventh, but at a punk party, I was pissing people off. Country music was still tainted. It wasn’t fast. It wasn’t new. It wasn’t the Dead Kennedys. All I discovered was the singer came from Stockton. I wish I still owned the copy of the home recording that the young lady gave me.

I was managing No Alternative at the time. Outside the Mabuhay Gardens later that night where they were playing, I mentioned “the tape” to one of their fans. Blimey, if she didn’t know who he was, Chris Isaak. She even had the phone number of his tiny apartment where she said he lived in a space smaller than a cell in Attica. Three square yards jam packed with thrift shop clothes, guitars, amps and boxes full of dented canned goods on which he lived.

Later I rang Chris in the early hours of the morning. I can’t help but be amused now. Our first conversation sounded like one of those Cliff Richard films screened in 1950’s London.“What can you do for me,” were the first words I heard Chris say. Taken aback I ludicrously said: “I can make you a star.”

It was an audacious statement. Chris dislikes bullshit. He’s a man who cuts to the quick fast.“How?” “Who do you want in your band?”“John Silvers,” he said. I knew John. He was hard to handle. He was beautifully handsome. He’d played drums for the Dills. He was now playing with the Soul Rebels. I’d heard he was about to be sacked.

“Why don’t you come over for dinner tomorrow at my apartment,” I said. “I’ll invite John.” Chris rang the bell with his guitar in hand. When John showed, his drumsticks were in his back pocket. I was on the telephone. It was a strange meeting. I’m not sure any of us even liked each other.

But we were all dressed to the hilt. Chris looked like a god who’d just jumped off the midnight train from Memphis; John was wearing a shot silk red jacket, drainpipe trousers, pointy shoes, and a sneer. I was wearing a shirt from Sex, with straps and slogans, and motorcycle boots. I rolled John joints to go along with vodka and sniffed libations.

Chris drank water without ice. He didn’t want to hurt his voice. Freezing his vocal chords was right out of order. He was very odd for a rock’n’roller. He turned down a cup of tea. He was real without the obligatory trimmings. Chris was straight up. He took his guitar from its case, tuned it up, and started singing like there were a thousand people in the room.

John polished his 2Bs with a dinner napkin and started his rhythms. My girlfriend, called out, “Dinner is ready.” Hours later we ate cold pasta and arranged rehearsals for the next day. I got on the phone and started booking gigs. We didn’t have a bass player. But everything works out. Don’t it. We’d find one. We had two weeks. Mabuhay Gardens on Broadway offered a dead spot on a dead night.

At the first Silvertone gig, fifty people turned up. It was a Monday night. The take at the door paid for more rehearsals at a Tenderloin dive. We ate hamburgers at an all nite joint on Columbus Avenue and planned.

At the next gig the first fifty people brought along fifty more. Now the gig had a hundred girls screaming. Surprisingly, to all the punk bands in San Francisco, Silvertone was creating a buzz. They were gathering momentum. The rockabilly guy with the quiff was seriously pissing other bands off.

The bees and honey that Silvertone was making was invested back into the business of making music. Chris is a friendly guy. He was a great interview; anyone with a camera and access to a fanzine was treated by him like they worked for Newsweek. Chris understood exposure.

It’s crucial. It lays the groundwork that can’t be beat. It establishes grassroots’ fans. The band was gathering its own momentum faster than ever. Every penny made went back into his art. But there was a gnawing chink in the armour. All the songs Silvertone played on stage were covers. Cover bands never make any money in the long run I told Chris. Why don’t you write some songs? It’ll pan out gold.

Gone Riding

Always a quick study, it wasn’t but two days later that he called me at two in the morning. What was I doing? He had the beginnings of a song to play for me. By sunrise he’d finished “Gone Riding.” A few days later he added “Blue Hotel.” Once he’d caught the bug, it was a disease and the songs kept coming. The audiences were growing and Silvertone was changing. We hired a new bass player, found him an electric upright, Jimmy Wilsey from the Avengers had become his lead guitarist.

Jimmy and Chris were always an odd pair. Jimmy was an art school boy, brought up in a military family; he was always alone with his thoughts. Chris was a working class guy who was at home with himself. We loved to talk concepts together and take calculated risks. Jimmy wanted to get rid of me and find a manager who had an “in” with a major record company.

Blue Hotel

Chris was more of a gambler with honor and an eye for the unusual. We spent hours together, planning and thinking. My idea was always to go for maximum exposure. We both realized we were working within a tiny fishbowl. In the scheme of things being a major act in San Francisco wasn’t enough. No one would know who were in London, no one would care about you in Paris. But, they had to keep working. Honing their craft was everything. When they did get to Paris, they blew their socks off.

People outside our inner circle were always talking of over-exposure. Chris and I didn’t understand that. I used to play this game where we would argue for top-billing at a local venue. I’d pretend to reconsider on the day of the show then I’d back down. It’s the classic move. Demand, demand, demand.

Get backs up and then step down. Take the middle spot and play a show that takes no prisoners. It worked over and over again. The underdog in full flight will always strip off the emperor’s rags. And then in 1981 at the Art Institute in San Francisco all Chris’ work paid off.

The venue was packed to capacity. The hall, hot and sweaty, was unbearable. Snare drum skin was stretched and guitars unable to stay in tune.The amps were buzzing in and out. Chris was drenched in sweat; the band played its heart out. In the audience was Erik Jacobsen. He’d scored a load of hit records. He was a brilliant producer. He was apparently old school. He’d demand a pint of blood to sign an agreement. People warned the band off. He’ll take every penny you’ve got. It became a tired refrain.

Chris and I took a liking to Erik. He was the most conducive, smart thinking, generous man we’d ever met. He arranged sessions at Hyde Street Studios, once Wally Heider’s where all sorts of magical records had been produced. Jacobsen paid for the sessions out of his own pocket. Nothing was signed, only a flimsy agreement that if a record contract were to be offered he’d reap a piece of the profits. Erik was the craftsman who helped Chris meld all his musical talents into a polished gem. The rest is history...

I stepped down from Chris’ management after two albums. I wasn’t feeling well and I’d had a lifetime of living on the road in seedy hotels, on tour buses, and in recording studios. I continue to love his work. His voice is still that of an angel floating somewhere untamable. It was a couple of years after we stopped working together that I was struck down by a brain aneurysm. When I recovered I’d become Brixton Key, an author and writer of novels.

While I work, I play Chris’ records. They still strike me with that same force of that first early cassette – powerfully moving. Now when my phone rings in the early morning, I expect to hear Chris. I miss his snippets of songs. I hear them now as completed works. They’re always special. He’s special. Happy Birthday, Man.

Brixton Key,
Charlie Six, www.WhereIsCharlieSix.com

Mr. Lucky 2009
Chris Isaak Christmas 2004
Always Got Tonight 2002
Speak of The Devil 1998
Baja Sessions 1996
Forever Blue 1995
San Francisco Days 1993
Heart Shaped World 1989
Chris Isaak 1986
Silvertone 1985


Kim's Hair by Rhonda

I began looking at the possibility of getting SRC to reunite two years ago when I had a house guest from Australia named Mark Sisto (vocalist of The Visitors). Mark is from Detroit but transplanted to OZ. He is the world's biggest SRC fan. Mark wanted to meet Gary Quackenbush.

I had just met Legendary guitarist Gary Quackenbush and so... for fun... we got Gary, Mark, Chris Box Taylor, Al King and Kimmer to film an impromptu session.

We ended up with one video of "Up All Night" and one cover of Radio Birdman's "Hand of Law" You can see them on Retrokimmer's Youtube Page if you like...

Steve Lyman

We met Steve Lyman next and began having long discussions about the history and legacy of SRC. Then a few weeks later... Patti Quatro introduces me to Scott Richardson. Through Scott I met Glenn Quackenbush keyboards and arrangements too. I purposely stood behind Glenn to film last night. I wanted to watch him play. Glenn really was fabulous.

Scott Richardson band leader/vocalist/songwriter

Scott has had a vast career since SRC broke up. He went to Hollywood, became a successful author and screenwriter. Scott married Robert Mitchum's daughter and that was a huge education for him as he will tell you! He wrote books, produced films and much much more...

Richard Blondy's Photos of SRC from last night are fabulous!

The show itself was just so much fun... Haven't heard those songs live since I was in the 8th grade. I did shoot 2 songs before the video police made me stop.... Got some great photos and we had 3 other great photographer friends of mine there as well. So check back to this story as I will add more photos this week.

Set List of SRC Gig

Set List of Concert:

Bad Az Shuffle
I'm So Glad
Who is that Girl
Get The Picture
After Your Heart
One Simple Task
Eye of the Storm
Up All Night
Midnight Fever
Black Sheep
Hall Mt King/Bolero
Gypsy Eyes

Eliza Green the Shimmie Queen

Here are a few Retrokimmer fans that I finally got to meet in person!

Kimmer and Alan Goode

Kimmer and pal Joe Ruffner

Dave Evans (thanks for the tshirt) with Kimmer

Kimmer Facebook buddy Gerald

Jerry Kimmer and Skid Marx

Kimmer Cathy Stoner Carrie Marx

Eric Rasmussen my first RK fan!

Rick Mills and Kimmer

I'll load the rest of my out-takes on Facebook later ok? Had a gas not a show to miss so grab your tickets early for the SRC Saginaw gig!



Crispin Cioe

Kim: You should check out Crispin Cioe's whole site! . This is the guy, along with Richard Dishman (now w/George Bedard) from RADIO KING & HIS COURT OF RHYTHM. I'm REALLY surprised you weren't hip to this incredibly popular band from Ann Arbor, MI in the early 70s... (By the way,Crispin Cioe's last name is pronounced See-Oh) Jon Campbell

Well folks we did check out Crispin's whole site! Wow! What an amazing career this sax man has going on... We did a lot of checking...

Crispin Cioe (pronounced See-o) grew up in Chicago near legendary Maxwell Street, an outdoor mall which attracted late night impromptu jam sessions by Blues greats ranging from Muddy Waters to Willie Dixon. After a brief year in New York City, his family moved to Motor City.

 "In the early '60s, Detroit was a center of rock 'n roll. Cioe's dad worked at one of the top 'rock' stations and he would spend hours looking through their record collections and hanging out in the studio while the deejays were spinning. One of the jocks also had an 'American Bandstand' type of TV show that I would hang out at with my friends." (Robin Seymour perhaps?)

Crispin does the fabulous sax solo in Living in America with James Brown....

"I knew I always wanted to be a writer, so I studied journalism at the University of Michigan/Ann Arbor. After my third year of college I realized what I really wanted to do and quit with only one semester left. I spent my money on a sax and music studies at Wayne State and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. When I ran out of cash I moved back home and joined a soul band called Radio King & His Court of Rhythm."

During the glam rock era of the early '70s recalls Cioe. "A local producer liked the Radio Kings and kept booking us to open for wildly inappropriate rock acts such as Aerosmith, REO Speedwagon and The Stooges. We were a soul band in satin basketball uniforms playing before a rock crowd of 3000. The promoter thought offering a "sacrificial lamb" made the crowd appreciate the headliner just that much more. Being regularly booed off the stage was unbelievably brutal.

"One time we opened for the New York Dolls. David Johansen was watching us get pummeled by the audience from the side of the stage. As we abandoned the stage he said with this burning cigarette hanging from his mouth 'Tough luck, kid ….' The funny thing is, 8 years later, he walks into The Uptown Horns Party at Tramps and in that deep gravelly voice of his, shouts 'Detroit!' I couldn't believe he remembered."

And now almost 15 years later, The Uptown Horns are part of the house band and wrote the theme song for VH-1's new weekly comedy show "Buster's Happy Hour" starring Johansen as Buster Poindexter. "Life is funny that way," chuckles Cioe.

Led by saxaphonist, Crispin Cioe, The Uptown Horns have recently made major contributions to The Driver's recordings and performances, as they have for these musical greats:

James Brown / The Rolling Stones (Steel Wheels & Live To The Max) Ray Charles / Buster Poindexter / Run DMC /Ohio Players / Joe Cocker / B.B. King / Robert Palmer /Lou Reed Bonnie Raitt / J. Geils Band / Howard Tate & so many more.

Check out The 'Horns at: THE UPTOWN HORNS

Crispin's New Band is Cracked Ice....


American Actor Peter Falk

One of my favorite actors in history was Peter Falk. Peter stole every scene he was ever in. With that hair, his gravelly high pitched voice, and that squint. Peter could handle drama very adeptly and could be menacing and yet handle comedy like no one else... With his most famous part as Lt. Columbo in the TV series Columbo he was able to use drama and comedy together. Not an easy feat. We miss him so much xxooK

We are sad to have lost Mr. Falk but he has been battling Alzheimer's disease for such a long while. We send our love and prayers to his family and all his fans round the world.

Peter Michael Falk (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011) was an American actor, best known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo in the television series Columbo.

He appeared in numerous films and television guest roles, and was nominated for an Academy Award twice (for 1960's Murder, Inc. and 1961's Pocketful of Miracles), and won the Emmy Award on five occasions (four for Columbo) and the Golden Globe award once.

Director William Friedkin, when discussing Falk's role in his 1978 film The Brink's Job said that "Peter has a great range from comedy to drama. He could break your heart or he could make you laugh."

In 1968 he starred with Gene Barry in a ninety-minute TV pilot about a highly-skilled, laid-back detective. Columbo eventually became part of an anthology series entitled, The NBC Mystery Movie, along with McCloud and McMillan And Wife.

The detective series stayed on NBC from 1971 to 1978, took a respite, and returned occasionally on ABC from 1989 to 2003. He was "everyone's favorite rumpled television detective", writes historian David Fantle. Describing his role, Variety columnist Howard Prouty writes, "The joy of all this is watching Columbo dissemble the fiendishly clever cover stories of the loathsome rats who consider themselves his better."

A family statement said he "died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home" on Thursday, June 23, 2011. He had been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease, according to his daughter, Catherine Falk


Whitey Bulger, inspiration for the Jack Nicholson character in the movie "The Departed" Has been on the lam since the 1990's has finally run out of time... Finally caught in Santa Monica, CA.


Bulger brother may pay bail, legal fees

James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger, Jr. (born September 3, 1929) is an alleged former crime boss who led the Winter Hill Gang based in Somerville, Massachusetts in the United States. He also served as an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a controversial arrangement that allowed him to continue his criminal activities. The disclosure in 1997 by The Boston Globe of the involvement of federal agents with Bulger was a major embarrassment for the agency.

On August 19, 1998, Bulger became the 458th person added to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He was wanted for racketeering (under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)), 19 counts of murder, extortion, money laundering, conspiracy and narcotics distribution. On June 22, 2011, he was arrested at the apartment he had lived in for fifteen years in Santa Monica, California, along with his girlfriend Catherine Greig. He was 81 years old at the time of his arrest...

Bulger is the older brother of William "Billy" Bulger, former President of the Massachusetts State Senate and a former President of the University of Massachusetts.

FBI informant

Whitey Bulger's alleged hit list...

What does Whitey Know About 1990 Gardner Museum Art Heist?



Todd Rundgren

You know... I have to say that the coolest thing about creating Retrokimmer.com is the amazing musical education I began receiving and it continues everyday. How lucky I am to meet all these historic musical legends and they feel comfortable sharing their stories with me. From all over the globe I am receiving lessons on rock, classical, jazz, and soul music from fans and musicians alike.

It began when I started working with Dennis "Machinegun" Thompson the legendary drummer of the MC5. Working with Dennis on Machinegun's Blog he began choosing music that influenced him. One of the songs he chose was Todd Rundgren's "Bang the Drum All Day". I knew the song but I had no idea it was Todd's song!! How did I miss that?

My favorite album of Todd's is Something/Anything? My pal Teri and I would play this record over and over driving her parents out of their house!

But my all time favorite Todd Rundgren song is "Can We Still Be Friends" One of the themes of my entire life I suppose.. A lot of people have covered this song. Robert Palmer had a big hit with his cover. Still the original with Todd on vocals is best...

I just love this video with Darryl Hall and Todd together on vocals...

Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948) is an American musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. Hailed in the early stage of his career as a new pop-wunderkind, supported by the certified gold solo double LP Something/Anything? in 1972, Todd Rundgren's career has produced a diverse range of recordings as solo artist, and during the seventies and eighties with the band Utopia. He has also been prolific as a producer and engineer on the recorded work of other musicians.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Rundgren engineered and/or produced many notable albums for other acts, including Straight Up by Badfinger, Stage Fright by The Band, We're an American Band by Grand Funk Railroad, Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf (now ranked as the fifth biggest-selling album of all time), and Skylarking by XTC. In the 1980s and 1990s his interest in video and computers led to Rundgren's "Time Heals" being the eighth video played on MTV, and "Change Myself" was generated on commercially available Amiga Computers.

His best-known songs include "Hello It's Me" and "I Saw the Light" which have heavy rotation on classic rock radio stations, and "Bang the Drum All Day" featured in many sports arenas, commercials, and movie trailers.


Received a note from a fan of my video that I made with The Rationals cover of "Hold on Baby" The comment was an opinion regarding the original "Hold on Baby" done by Sam Hawkins...

Original of course by Sam Hawkins on the Blue Cat label, May 1965. The Rationals covered it for Cameo in 1967. I wouldn't be without either version! This remake isn't bad, either. MikeBlitzMag

Scott and The Rationals reunited in the 1990s to record this song again. Drummer Bill Figg was absent so the lineup was:

Scott Morgan
Terry Trabandt
Steve Correll
Johnny Arizona

I really really like the Sam Hawkins version of Hold on Baby as it is perfect 60's soul. But for my money Scott Morgan's voice adds grit and intensity to the songs he covers. Scott told me yesterday that what the Rationals would do is find a song they wanted to cover. Then strip it down to it's basic form and then rebuild the tune to their taste. Works for me! xxooK

Hold On Baby
Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich
First release Hold On Baby audio single 1965



Kimmer just got some really nice news today.... Jack Ashton sent me the link on ALLACCESS,COM for the interview I did with him last week. It is really a boost for me to be featured on AllAccess.com, the web's largest radio and music industry community...

Thanks JACK!!! xxook



Got a note this am from the lovely Laura Grimshaw wife of our favorite artist Gary Grimshaw. They are having a 2 day art/music event in Detroit this weekend... Pun Plamondon will be there reading from his fantastic book "Lost From the Ottawa" which I absolutely loved reading.. Would make a great movie! So we are going to try to make it down there.

From Laura:

I hope you have seen our poster and info about show this weekend; your facebook page would not allow me to send an invite...but we have been posting on fb and have a page with the schedule at SOMA Society of Detroit group page. We have Susan Whitall reading from her Little Willie John book. LEG

More info HERE



Written by guitarist/friend: Robert Gillespie

The passing of a friend and great Guitarist, Terry Kelly.. I will miss Terry Kelly like a brother and will cherish the times we've had together jamming and just hanging out, he is finally at peace. I'll be posting some pix soon. A lot of people never heard of him I'm sure, but he was one of THE best guitarists from the Detroit area EVER.

Terry was the original guitarist in CACTUS and wrote many of the songs on the first album and just got a thank you, he also played with the Detroit Wheels after Mitch left in the late 60's and many other projects that never really happened.

One funny story about Terry; way back in the day he was at the in-famous Massimino Music store on 7 mile and Van Dyke and was trying out a guitar and played a Bone-Shattering lick......Ted Nugent was there with jaw dropped and drooling saying; "let's jam man-show me that?" and Terry said; "Naw I'm tired man" and left. He had it all the taste, the feel, the look and all the chops.

Just ask Jim McCarty......Terry did have some Demons as well like so many artists do and that may have been holding him back from success, regardless a chosen few of us that knew him are the ones that know just how talented the man was. I'm sure he'll be fronting the band in the after-life with many more like himself, and it will be one hell of a band!! God Bless Terry Kelly...................RKG

There will be a memorial service June 23 Thursday Evening at 7:00 at Memorial Church on Jefferson in Grosse Pointe(right next to The War Memorial)

See Robert Gillespie play with Detroit Daggers Saturday July 1st at Marios of Troy



Peter Max is a multi-dimensional creative artist. He has worked with oils, acrylics, water colors, finger paints, dyes, pastels, charcoal, pen, multi-colored pencils, etchings, engravings, animation cells, lithographs, serigraphs, silk screens, ceramics, sculpture, collage, video and computer graphics. 

He loves all media, including mass media as a "canvas" for his creative expression.
As in his prolific creative output, Max is as passionate in his creative input. He loves to hear amazing facts about the universe and is as fascinated with numbers and mathematics as he is with visual phenomena.

 "If I didn't choose art, I would have become an astronomer," states Max, who became fascinated with astronomy while living in Israel, following a ten-year upbringing in Shanghai, China.

"I became fascinated with the vast distances in space as well as the vast world within the atom," says Max.

Peter's early childhood impressions had a profound influence on his psyche, weaving the fabric that was to become the tapestry of his full creative expression.

Here is a very fun video with the charming Randy Newman sings the background theme.
Enjoy it HERE



Niagara Detroit Featured Artist



OR www.artattheedge.com
Metro Detroit Art - The Love Affair: Showing the love for over 30 years River’s Edge Gallery in downtown Wyandotte has been connecting Metro Detroit artists with patrons for almost 30 years. “I believe this is close to a record in this industry” stated owner, Patt Slack. “My late husband, artist Jim Slack, and I began the gallery to give artists a place to show and patrons a place to support the creative community.”



Betty Everett

Scott Morgan and I play video challenge a lot on You Tube. I track down really classic soul tunes for Scott and Deniz Tek too. Scott is the master at finding the original covers of a lot of really classic tunes. Scott knows all the original vocalists and groups. It is an amzing musical education for my readers and me as well! I really am into these songs and in order....

You're No Good: Betty Everett (I Love this original better than Linda's)

Your Real Good Thing is About to End: Mabel John

Do Wah Diddy: The Exciters

I Dig You Baby: Lorraine Ellison

Super Duper Love: Joss Stone
in case anyone missed it it's on facebook and kim's blog. this is still my fave. very old school with betty wright in the producer's chair. hopefully amy winehouse doesn't destroy herself because she's also very talented. Scott M

Go Now: Bessie Banks



My friend Jon Campbell (former mgr Odyssey)

Jon Campbell: Bar manager and sit-in drummer with several bands at THE ODYSSEY; as well as drummer for GIBRALTAR and briefly for SATIVA (tried to replace Robby Stawinski--what was I, or they, thinking!?!)...

THE ODYSSEY, 208 West Huron Street, Ann Arbor was in my opinion the hottest club in the early 1970's. It didn't last long at that address of 208 Huron St. Lot's of different businesses tried to do business in that location. The Whiffletree restaurant came in after the Odyssey and it was a great place to eat. Sadly it burned to the ground as it was almost completely made from wood. RK

Bobby Craig was married to Ann Arbor scenester Mique Burnett-Craig. Mique had a hair salon directly west of the Odyssey/Whiffletree. Miq wanted to rent me the upper level for my Nail Salon. Something fell through for Miq and the owners of the building and she left. I stayed upstairs for 2 years. RK

Ya gotta remember... Kimmer, this one night in 1972. It was also after we moved the stage to the front--put the bar staff more in the mix that way! (I remember when the stage moved up front)

WALRUS was a cool band, but didn't have the out of town (Detroit, Toledo, Lansing, Flint, etc) drawing power of THE ROCKETS, GUARDIAN ANGEL/LIGHTNIN', SATIVA (with Robby Stawinski before he went with Badfinger), SRC, SKY KING/NEW HEAVENLY BLUE, MOJO BOOGIE BAND, RADIO KING, DETROIT, LUTHER ALLISON (!!!)--I could go on & on (and I really should start compiling a list), but it's getting late and, as Scott R used to sing, "You get the picture..."

These are all locals (I didn't include a few of the pics--and didn't "tag" some that I did include--and way too many are no longer with us on this planet) but these "in the trenches rockers" made THE ODYSSEY their home on a nightly basis...Hey, It's Only Rock 'n Roll!!!

BTW: I've already gotten a lot of response on this from band members (Rick Jacobi of Sky King, members of Walrus, etc.)


WALRUS: This band came down from the U.P. and were really popular with the locals at the bar. Randy Tessier (bass) is now with George Bedard & The Kingpins (along with Richard "Radio King" Dishman)

Al Goode: Was my best friend and former business partner (up into the early 80s). He's still a very good friend. His "claim to fame" was a band called OURSELVES (managed by Jack Ashton) (I am interviewing Jack Ashton for tomorrow's RK) and they opened for The Jefferson Airplane at the Grande back in the day. He was also the assistant manager of THE ODYSSEY...

DOUGH STOUGHTON: Member of Jim Tate's MOJO BOOGIE Band (along with Donnie Backus [ROCKETS], Steve MacKay [STOOGES] and Bill Lynn). Also toured with WOOLIES & CHUCK BERRY. Spent way too much time at THE ODYSSEY...

LEONARD POISSON: Was an ODYSSEY regular. He still does hair someplace in Detroit...

JOANNE SCHUMEYKO: On-Air talent (DJ) at WCBN, wait staff at THE ODYSSEY and currently with JWT Broadcasting & Talent in The Motor City. A good girl and a good friend to this day...

Enjoy, Kimmer...

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