West Michigan Mid-Sixties Bands

Days Light

Grand Rapids

From Bill Von Ess (June 2004)

I had a band in 1967 but we never made it out of the basement. However, I still have a recording of us doing 5 songs. My band was called "The Days Light" but I'm sure that nobody would have heard of us as we never played out anywhere. The songs that I have a recording of are "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night", "Little Black Egg", "Steppin' Stone", "Louie, Louie" and "Wipeout". My band consisted of Pete Rayto on lead guitar, Mickey Fowler on Rhythm guitar and me Bill Van Ess on drums. We didn't have a bass player while I was in the group.

Last updated on June 3, 2004.

Hi Bill,
Read about your band on the Grandrapidsrocks site. If you still have recordings, I would LOVE to hear them. Please write back with more info.

Posted by: jim at September 7, 2004 06:23 PM

Hi Jim,

Yes I have a tape of us doing 5 songs recorded September 1967. I transferred it to cassette about 25 years ago and hope to transfer the original tape to CD here shortly. Write me if interested.

Posted by: Bill Van Ess at December 16, 2004 06:58 PM

Hi, Dick!

Posted by: Mike Raphone at February 17, 2005 08:01 AM


Maybe you are no longer monitoring this thread, but if you are, I would very much like to get a copy of your recording of Louie Louie, preferably in mp3 format. Would this be possible?

Whidbey Island, WA

Posted by: Drake at December 11, 2007 11:43 PM


In my previous request to obtain an mp3 of your version on Louie Louie, I omitted my email address. If you are still checking this message board, please contact me at:


Thanks so much,


Posted by: Drake at December 12, 2007 12:46 AM

Hi Drake, I guess that I should moniter this more often as I just read your letter. I'll contact you via e-mail about my recordings. Bill

Posted by: Bill Van Ess at February 10, 2008 03:40 PM
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