West Michigan Mid-Sixties Bands

Me and Dem Guys

Jackson, GR
Black Cloud

From an email message from Keith Seccombe

Between 1964-1972 Michigan enjoyed probably the most talented/entertaining band ever to come out of the state: Me and Dem Guys.

The group was born in Jackson during 1964 and comprised of 5 players: jan porter (keyboards-vocals), bobby stiles (bass-vocals), frank eimer (guitar-vocals), john jennings(horns-vocals), and lynn riggs (drums). as the band became popular playing club dates throughout michigan they decided they wanted to make records and in 1966 travelled to nashville to cut their first records: "black cloud" (their first hit ), "donít bug me," "little sweetheart" and "gone gone gone."

in 1967 they decided to expand the group and hired doug cassens, one of the finest sax players in michigan, wanting to broaden their strong sound and added keith seccombe, an englishman who had been playing with a band out of new york (the dead end kids ). now, not only had the the band grown to having 3 front line horn players (keith also played) but now had six vocalists!

this lineup was not to last long though unfortunateley. john decided he'd had enough of playing on the road and quit to return to jackson for a 9-5 lifestyle.

In 1969 it was time to go back to the recording studio where the hits "smiling phases," "simple thoughts of love" and "she cried" came to fruition, and to add a stronger vocal/guitar sound terry kay from kalamazoo was added to lineup. as with most bands there was some internal strife, with frank leaving and being replaced by donny rogers who brought with him a strong r&b/jazz background.

the band's popularity continued to grow expanding further across the country letting the band not only continue to be a very successful club act but became an opening act for such national artists as the box tops, bobby sherman and the ides of march. still the guys wanted their own national success and started recording original material ("da man," "the end is coming," "return to reality," "holes in soles") on their own record Pyrenees label, but without national success.

in 1971 things changed drastically. lead singer keith lost his voice and returned to england, terry decided he'd had enough and returned to kalamazoo, and founding member jan felt he too wanted a break after 7 years on the road.

what now? the band continued! They hired keyboard/vocalist george voss and cut their last record as a five piece: "mr elevator/ seperation" (probably the best thing they ever recorded). but all good things come to an end and in 1972 me and dem guys hung up their well worn rock and roll shoes with keith (who had returned from england)booking their last gig (east grand rapids high school prom).

where are they now? jan lives in california and drives truck for a living. john continues to live and work in jackson as does bobby. frank continues to earn a living playing and singing and lives in manistee. terry lives in kalamazoo still. george the last we heard was playing cruise ships in japan. donny moved to florida to be close to his daughter and works in the automobile leasing business. keith still lives in grand rapids and has been in car sales for 30 years also doing photo, video and voice over work on the side. lynn is also living in g.r. having made his niche in the car business (after some scary health problems he's okay now ). finally, doug lives in southfield and after a long career with amway now has his business but still keeps his chops up playing weekend gigs.

Last updated on May 17, 2004.
Comments

Hey,

This is cool, I had no idea I would find this on the web. But it's majic, the web I mean.

I worked with Me and Dem Guys in the early 70's as the sound guy. I still have Jans business card.
If any of you are still around who remember me drop me an e-mail.

I am Stan from the Detroit area, now living near
Santa Cruz, California

Posted by: Stan at July 7, 2004 11:48 PM

I actually just found a 45 of their "Smiling Phases/mercy, mercy". It was in a stack of other records.

Small world.

Posted by: Jan at August 26, 2004 12:14 AM

i remember me and dem guys the english guy keith seccombe rocked he was the man that gave the group presence, great site
thank you
bobby

Posted by: bobby meijer at November 2, 2004 05:40 PM

still watch dad at seyfee's hope you are all doing good. remember the little girl in the red dress with a tanborine at russo's write back

Posted by: darcy eimer at November 21, 2004 02:21 AM

e-mail me for info or recordings

Posted by: darcy eimer at December 22, 2004 06:57 AM

Me and Dem Guys were the best! I saw them open for Dr Hook and when I snuck into the Westgate.... I played with Jan in a band called "Rock Island" in '76-78. He is a great musician and person...anyone have his email??
I get to CA once a month on business and would love to get in touch...

Posted by: sb9825 at December 25, 2004 12:17 AM

I STILL REMEMBER SEEING "ME AND DEM GUYS AT
WESTGATE IN THE SUMMER OF 1968. THEY WERE SO
POLISHED AND PROFESSIONAL. REMEMBER THEM SINGING
"BLACK CLOUD" AND "SMILING PHASES" AMONG OTHERS.
I WAS WONDERING WHICH RECORD WAS OUT FIRST-
THE "BLACK CLOUD" ON CORAL GABLES OR DEARBORN.
I THINK I'VE EVEN SEEN IT ON PALMER TOO.

Posted by: JOHN at January 15, 2005 08:54 PM

Where can I locate or obtain a complete singles and albums discography on the group ME AND DEM GUYS, in particular the DEARBORN label releases including un-released material? Require "ZTSC" matrix number information on their singles output.

Posted by: Reg Bartlette at January 22, 2005 10:02 PM

Is there somewhere I can still get Me and Dem Guys albums, used or new?

Posted by: C. Deleze at March 8, 2005 06:43 PM

I was the bassman with The Pasels in the 60's
and every time we would get a night off we would
go to Lansing (corel gables) to see the band.
I got to know most of them, and when Doug Castens
Donny Rogers joined the group,I did some recording
I also was given tapes done in the mid 60's.
The group had a reunion in G.R. in 1991. I'm not
sure if anything was recorded at that time.
Four members of the Pastels were there, and did
some songs we haden't done in a long time.
Carl Parker, Don Rogers, John Anglin, and myself.
Carl and Don left The Pastels in 1964.

Posted by: Carl Chapman at March 10, 2005 12:13 AM

anybody looking for me and dem guys music keith from the band has compiled a great cd of their music i believe it has 18 tracks including black cloud and smiling phases you can have one of these professionaly made cds for $20.00 plus shipping and handling by contacting me at.
1manutd@comcast.net

Posted by: sean shinners at April 29, 2005 02:18 PM

Me and my two friends used to follow you guys all around. I remember when you sang at the Elbow Room, and at the "Old Crow" in Saugatuck. I remember that place being packed. Everywhere you went, you really packed them in. Everyone just loved you guys, and just couldn't get enough of that good sound! I used to brag to everyone about you. Those were great memories. About a couple of years ago, I saw Frank Eimer at Sayfee's. He's still doing great!

Posted by: Carol VanderWoude at July 28, 2005 01:51 PM

I KNEW KEITH AND ALMA BACK WHEN AND WOULD LIKE TO GET IN TOUCH...............ANYONE KNOW KEITH'S E-MAIL?

Posted by: ROSE DOLEZAL at August 31, 2005 12:07 PM

Hey Rose--try almaseccombe58@msn.com

Posted by: John at September 1, 2005 11:09 PM

What a great band to come from my home town in Jackson! I met Frank Eimer thru my best friends then and still is, his brother Tom. What few times I "remember" seeing "and" hearing them (at the same time) they were one of the best! (I guess it's true, if you remember the 60's...you really weren't there???) Seems like at one time there must have been "50" of "dem", maybe 12. I realy don't "remember".

Posted by: Vince Dragonetti at October 4, 2005 01:42 PM

I am amazed at what a person can "google" these days. I was a MAJOR groupie (as was my roomie, Patty) of "Me and Dem Guys" back in 69' and 70', first meeting them when they played the Colony Room in Kalamazoo. Madly in love with Dougie C. Spent some time with him and some of his friends at Pleasant Lake in those days. Ahhhhhh, the good ole days.

Posted by: Diane at October 14, 2005 01:49 PM

Funny thing I was just discussing with a friend last night about "me and dem guys" as I was in Santa Barbara listening to a group called Govít Mule, reminded me of this great group, at Coral Gables in Kalamazoo

Posted by: Dennis Rainey at October 24, 2005 03:40 PM

Just surfing around and spotted a name and band from the past. My brother Ned Daniels used to play with George Voss back in the late 60's. The band name was Noah out of Kalamazoo. I don't actually think George played with this band, Chris Moberly was on Organ (recent web surf reveals a gig in Michigan in 2000 with Chris) Ned on bass and Steve Kosminiski lead guitar. Can't remember the other members. Played Babes Lounge in Benton Harbor, Finnelmans in South Haven plus all the local Kalamazoo gigs. Broke up in the early 1970's. Anybody remembering this band email me.

Posted by: Bruce Daniels at October 28, 2005 12:28 PM

As I recall, the band was orginally known as Arrowsmith, before another band of the same name became famous? Bobby's nickname was "Jesus". They had a Hammond B3 with a Leslie and did a great Uriah Heep cover with Doug jumping up and down to a strobe light. I saw them a few times at the "Stardust" in Grand Rapids on West Fulton. They had a C-series Ford tilt-cab tractor that pulled about a 35' trailer with all their equiptment. Bobby drove it.

Posted by: Dale Zalaoras at January 6, 2006 01:43 AM

After the guys broke up in 1972,Jan (the keyboard player) and I had a band for a short while called Merge,then Doug and I started Aerosmythe with Pat Cooper( keyboards) and Dan Ohlman ( drums) and the group was very popular around town for a couple of years till we went our seperate ways.I still stay in touch with most of the Guys, Jan lives in California ,spoke with him last week, Doug lives on the other side of the state ,spoke with him Monday and donny(guitar) lives in Florida ,spoke with him last night!Drop me a line if you would like any more info,Keith

Posted by: keith at January 6, 2006 08:58 AM

Anyone have current contact for George Voss? I know George from way back in the music biz days and would like to contact him.

Posted by: Ray at January 18, 2006 07:37 AM

I played in a garage band called THE GOOD LYVES from Lansing.(Our calling card said " We will play anything but funerals.") We won a battle of the bands contest at The Spot on Duck Lake and after we won the contest, we thanked the crowd and lauched into "Black Cloud". Great song. Great night. Great memory. Thank You and you guys.

Posted by: Eugene Burd at February 17, 2006 01:41 PM

HEY GUYS, BOB REILLY HERE FROM COMMON PEOPLE. JUST HEARD ABOUT THIS SIGHT. I'M IN NASHVILLE TN. NOW AND I COULDN'T RESIST SAYING HEY TO ALL THE GUYS. HEY!!! BOB

Posted by: BOB REILLY at February 26, 2006 09:44 PM

Hi Bob,I don,t know if you got my e.mail or not so I thought I,d write you on the sight.I stay in touch with most of the Guys,Jan in California( he will be here in G.R this summer),Donnie in Florida,Doug in Southfield,Lynn and Pat Cooper(we played together in the 70,s in a band called Aerosmythe)here in G.R.I see Lin already got with you,she,s my bud!Unfortunately Bob went mia a few years back he,s had some major problems!I also reconnected with the Westbrook sisters and Charlie Winkler recently so this is like old home week!Glad you,re doing well,hopefully see you if you make it up to G.R,God bless,Keith

Posted by: keith at March 3, 2006 08:55 AM

....i played in george voss first band.he lived next door to my aunt in parkview area kalamazoo.my aunt called and said the nieghbor kid might fit in my band he didnt have an organ but had an upright piano...i played house of the rising sun on record.he listened about 2 minutes and played it in 3 minutes.he was classically trained and took to rock instantly.i suggested he get an organ and he did[farfizza]...we giged frat partys for a couple of years.the guy never played anything but great from the start.he was best friends with dan watson who later played keyboards for bob seeger.my best guess is that he was a better overall player than dan was,tho he wasnt the showman dan was.

Posted by: guy at March 19, 2006 07:45 AM

I remember most of you guys,Dem guys! I'm Terry Kay's sister. TK was about Dead and went through Hell!! He sucessfully went through a liver transplant!! He now has a womens Liver and hopefully it will help with those high notes!He plans to sing again!! I'm so happy we didn't loose him!
Chears
Deb Kay-Rife

Posted by: Deb Kay-Rife at May 1, 2006 12:33 AM

You never know what you'll find. I was just rambling on the internet while visiting my granddaughter in Atlanta . . . and on a lark I entered "me and dem guys" into YAHOO. I,m originally from Lansing, Michigan . . . now retired in Wisconsin. I gratuated from MSU in 1966. That's when Me and Dem Guys were performing at the Coral Gables in East Lansing. Somewhere tucked away, I have an autographed copy of the Black Cloud 45. Finding this site was a real hoot!

Posted by: Roland Tonn at May 4, 2006 04:58 PM

I played in a band with George Voss back in late 60's to 1970 in a band called, Headband. Myself on bass, Skeets Chappell guitar, Dale Wills on lead, Wayne Moorman drums, George keys and Marianne Sorry vocals. Played all the local bars. The band was slated to open for the Moody Blues first US tour in 71 but due to internal strife broke up briefly and reformed to tour with Leonard Skynard instead. George Voss and Dale Wills were the standout in this band. I do remember Danny Watson from highschool. He was a fine keyboardist and showman. Quite a bit of talent came out of Kalamazoo in those days. Anyone who hung out at the "Sound Factory" back then would remember much of this talent.

Posted by: Ned Daniels at August 2, 2006 06:29 AM

I graduated from East Grand Rapids HS in 1972. Yes, attended the senior Prom. Unfortunately, don't remember much of anything but do recall one dance, great song. You can bet a few pics in the 1972 yearbook might be worth conjuring up. Hard to imagine now that this was the band that played at our Senior Prom?!

Posted by: Bradley J Davis at August 13, 2006 06:15 PM

Frank Eimer and John Jennings are playing together again. Also in the group is Rob Volkers and Fred Ploughman. You can enjoy the Frank Eimer band at the charlevoix club 3030 charlevoix s.e. grand rapids, mi friday and saturday 8 to midnight. yes, they are singing black cloud again. they are probably the best band in town. going east on 28th street turn right on charlevoix. about 3 blocks down on the left. they are renaming the club cinnabar, but new signs are not up yet. it is also a fitness club on one side of the building. if you like to dance or just enjoy listening to a great band this is the place to be.

hope to see old and new fans.

mrs. frank eimer

Posted by: marge eimer at September 12, 2006 10:33 PM

Frank Eimer and John Jennings are playing together again. Also in the group is Rob Volkers and Fred Ploughman. You can enjoy the Frank Eimer band at the charlevoix club 3030 charlevoix s.e. grand rapids, mi friday and saturday 8 to midnight. yes, they are singing black cloud again. they are probably the best band in town. going east on 28th street turn right on charlevoix. about 3 blocks down on the left. they are renaming the club cinnabar, but new signs are not up yet. it is also a fitness club on one side of the building. if you like to dance or just enjoy listening to a great band this is the place to be.

hope to see old and new fans.

mrs. frank eimer

Posted by: marge eimer at September 12, 2006 10:33 PM

To Mrs Frank Eimer,

Please E-mail me ASAP !

Chet Baker

Chet@oldies1015.com

Posted by: Chet Baker at September 17, 2006 09:26 PM

To Mrs Frank Eimer,
Please let Frank now that I have just recently found all of my uncle Allen's reel to reel, about 8 in all, of Me and Dem Guys in my garage and am in the process of copying them and all of my record collection (including "Frankie and the Teen Tones and the Frank Eimer band") over to digital. If he wants a copy have him let my sister Darcy know and I will send him one. He probably has the records but most of the reels are live recordings from all diffrent locations.

Posted by: John Frank at November 12, 2006 06:43 PM

Hi Margie!
Just happened to find this site when I was looking to see if the band was still playing at the Charlevoix Club. Glad to hear that they are still there! Weather down here in Florida is great!! Playing golf at least 4 days a week and going out to dance quite often too. Miss the Eimer band!! Some down here are pretty good too. Well just wanted to say hi!! Tell the guys Jerry and I send our best. Later, Sally

Posted by: Sally Russell at November 26, 2006 09:17 PM

hey

is that it is that all there is, they back around or at least two of the old ones frank and john and sound better than ever. playing all over grand rapids,

check out the local scene and find this one, theyre worth it

rich

Posted by: rich d at January 10, 2007 09:57 AM

hey Kieth thought id let you know thre are 2 Eimers fightin for the "cool new bars around here.Dads been at the e3 BistroI had to do my best to show dad up(not that any of those
Russo boyswould notice HaHa. drop me a line some time

Posted by: Darcy Eimer at February 3, 2007 04:57 AM

Hi there Keith and Alma

Me and Dem Guys.............Well I was a bit to young for the clubs in the late sixties, but wow I can remember that voice and how crystal clear it sounds yelling acrossed the show room floor when it was time for our "Lunch" break and departing in a Z or what ever hot thing was his driver that month. It looked like the scene from Fast times at Ridgemont High when Spicoli and the boys get out of the van.

Hanks busted me once. He left Keith alone, wonder why. I thin it was forty a month against 12 if I was lucky.

Their version of Knights in White is fantastic.

Posted by: Timothy Lockwood at April 7, 2007 02:07 PM

Hey Keith - I hope all is well. I put the Me and Dem Guys tape you gave me years ago into my player last week............still sounds great! You know, we should get "Fenton Alums" together for a charity show, say, for cancer research. Get the GR Press and LAV ( Ed Buchannan) in line to back us with promo and see how it flies.(?) say hello to Alma. Take care.

Pat Dawdy

Posted by: Patrick Dawdy at April 12, 2007 07:55 AM

Hi Pat,
Nice to hear from you,are you still gigging with The Jonnies?
Last week my son's band First Row Live was playing in town and it was like old home week,John Mcdonald(Dead End Kids),Lynn Riggs(Me and Dem Guys)Heime(Sing Sing Studio)were all there,lot of fun.
I've been involved with the Music and Creative Arts Ministry at Resurrection Live Church here in town for 8 years,it's an awesome praise and worship mega church and we just released our 7th recording,you would be amazed at how good the c.d is!
Let me know if you would like a copy ,if so let me know your address,also I'll send you a c.d of the Guy's recordings.
God bless,Keith

Posted by: keith seccombe at April 12, 2007 02:59 PM

Me and Dem Guys...Civic's Black and Silver Room...Dollar Dances...a little bottle of vodka smuggled in to add to my orange soda...ahhhhh, those were the days!

Posted by: Carolyn at April 15, 2007 10:52 PM

I hope frank is still at Charlevoix. I remember when he was at the town house and later owned froggies on Leonard

Posted by: bob at April 18, 2007 02:36 PM

Bob, Frank is back at Sayfees!
Keith

Posted by: keith seccombe at April 18, 2007 04:55 PM

would like someone from band to email me have a very important question and would like some informaion please thanks.

Posted by: lisa at April 30, 2007 10:04 AM

Hi Lisa,
I was singer /horn player in the band and continue to promote and maintain the history of the band.
What can I do to help you and what info do you need regards the band ?

Posted by: keith at April 30, 2007 05:55 PM

Its kind of apersonal nature type question I would rather not post out here if at all possible not to.( bjccecalc@yahoo.com ) I can be contacted at either email address thanks

Posted by: Lisa at May 1, 2007 07:43 AM

Anyone needing information on Me and Dem Guys can reach me at limey58@hotmail.com
Keith

Posted by: keith at May 3, 2007 04:38 PM

hi me and dem guys fans:

the frank eimer band with john jennings (also an original) will start at sayfees restaurant on lake eastbrook dr. grand rapids mi on friday sept 7th 2007. 7:30 to 11:30 on friday and saturday. also appearing will be rob volkers(drum/vocal) fred ploughman(keyboard/vocal) and geri bek (vocals). great music, great dancing, great food at sayfees. please join us there.

mrs. frank (marge) emier

Posted by: marge eimer at September 2, 2007 11:40 PM

Hi. Unfortunately, I never got to see you guys perform. I was the front man with the Bobby Charles Quartet and I guess we worked the same nights. From what I heard about your group, I really missed something.

Posted by: Johnnie McCoy at September 5, 2007 12:50 AM

Hi Alma and Keith....it's me, Kim Thielke...Bonnie's daughter. You have been on my mind for 2 yrs and I decided today to google you. Bonnie and I both still live in Florida. Kirk has a sporting goods store in Sand Lake, MI (and 4 kids. hahahaha) My two kids are 25 and 22 now. Bonnie looks and feels great and still works in Tampa. I hope all is well with all of you. Kisses to Scottie and Renee (sp?) xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Love you always - KT

Posted by: Kim thielke at November 7, 2007 04:50 PM

Hi Kim,
Nice to hear from you,we're doing great,so are both the kids and the 5 grandkids,we are still all living here in G.R.
I still stay in touch with all the guys from the band and some of their kids!
Let me know your e.mail address or send me a note to mine,limey58@hotmail.com.
Talk to you soon,Keith

Posted by: keith seccombe at November 8, 2007 03:03 PM

Anyone know where Danny Watson from Kalamazoo is? He played keyboards for the 5th Avenue Caste and later was with Bob Seeger for a bit.

Posted by: Stephen McNutt at March 15, 2008 08:24 PM

HI! For anyone reading this--I saw the post by Kim Thielke from November 7th. I am trying to reconnect with Kim and can't seem to locate her. I was a high school friend and we hung out a lot senior year. I would love to see her again. My family and I are heading to FL near Tampa and would like to look her up. Kim--please email me @ marleep@comcast.net
Hope to see ya soon--so many good memories!

Posted by: Mari Johnson at March 22, 2008 01:35 PM

Anyone interested in catching a good live band in town tonight or tomorrow,stop by The Radisson on Ann St by the 131 exit and see Dunn Deal ,you'll have a good time!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: keith seccombe at April 11, 2008 10:40 AM

I was extremely close friends with the guys, especially Jan & Mary Porter, in 1966/67 at MSU.
I remember borrowing their trailer to move my mother into her new house in 1967. If anyone knows or talks to Jan please forward this comment or at least give him my best. Thanks

Posted by: Pat Parker at May 14, 2008 01:42 AM

Hi Pat,
i stay in touch with Jan who lives in California drop me an e.mail (limey58@hotmail.com) and I'll give you his number,Keith

Posted by: keith seccombe at May 15, 2008 05:52 PM

Sad News,
Don Hankey,popular local singer and musician of the 60's and 70's passed away Saturday after suffering a brain aneurysm the previous Sunday,
you leave behind a lot of fond memories.
Our prayers are with your family at this time.
God Bless!
Keith

Posted by: Keith Seccombe at July 8, 2008 10:30 PM

Sorry to here about don.

Posted by: carl at July 11, 2008 08:35 PM

I caught my old band mates Frank Eimer and John Jennings at Sayfees last night! It was fun hearing Black Cloud live again !!!
Sounding good Guys.
Keith

Posted by: Keith Seccombe at July 12, 2008 10:26 AM

I wasn't old enough to go to the clubs, but, I remember my Dad coming home with a big blue monstrosity of a Dodge pickup. He bought it from Me and Dem Guys. I have been looking for the song "Smiling Phases" for quite some time. I have the Fenton Collection, but, I was disappointed that it wasn't on there.

Susan

Posted by: Susan at July 25, 2008 05:17 PM

Hi Susan,
I sang the lead on Smiling Phases and I have a 17 track c.d available of all the Guys recordings including Smiling !Drop me a line at limey58@hotmail.com or ring me at 957-0214 and I'll get you a copy to you.
God bless,Keith

Posted by: Keith Seccombe at July 26, 2008 04:03 PM

Hi Keith sorry it has taken a few months to get back to you. If you can get me Jan's e-mail or phone number I would greatly appreciate it. If you talk to him - let him know that I still remember the guys after 40 years.

Posted by: Pat Parker at August 14, 2008 06:51 PM

Hi Pat,
Jan's phone number is 661-714-4944
His e.mail is tisijp@dslextreme.com.
If you're in G.R give me a ring I'll give the lowdown on whats happening with the guys!

Posted by: Keith Seccombe at August 18, 2008 05:31 PM

HELLO TO BOB. HE THINKS HE COULD PLAY WELL LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING THING IS IF HE HAD DONE WHAT WAS RIGHT BY ME HE COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER AT WHAT HE DOES. NOT AS MANY NIGHTS ON THE ROAD ANY MORE. PLEASE POST I BET YOU WON'T
TED

Posted by: Ted at August 22, 2008 07:20 PM

I Played trumpet with the Caste and Danny in the summer of 1969. I have been trying to find Danny also. He sacrificed a lot to play with the Caste, a college football scolarship and more. If you can belive it the caste threw him out of the band. I was so disturbed I quit the band and moved back to Florida. There was jeliousy over his showmanship and talent. Danny was a very good person.

Bob

Posted by: Bob Nethery at September 20, 2008 09:56 PM

My friend was married to Frank (I think). She asked me to look around and see if I can find a 'me and dem guys' song: Black Cloud. She loved it back in the 60's. If anyone can post a link to that song, or anything else by them, that would be fabulous!
Thank you!
~Judy

Posted by: Judy at September 22, 2008 04:40 PM

Judy ring me I have Black Cloud,
Keith (957-0214)

Posted by: Keith Seccombe at September 26, 2008 05:59 PM

Frank is a class act.

Posted by: Ray at November 6, 2008 12:10 PM

A nice surprise to see Fred Ploughman's name mentioned here. I played bass with Fred, going back to his first endeavors on the keyboards. He originally played drums for a ridiculous band we were in in the late 60's called "The Inquisition". Fred and I evolved into "The Blues Machine". That was about as far as I went with it all, but Fred was fantastic on keyboards. Glad to hear he is still in the game. I continue to write and play acoustic Americana music posted at www.myspace.com/davidrbantasingersongwriter.

Peace,
David R Banta

Posted by: David R Banta at December 28, 2008 07:37 PM

Hi Everyone,
Just wanted to let you know that Me and Dem Guys is on the ballot for induction into The Michigan Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Would be great if you would vote,get up and google,Michigan Rock and Roll Legends.
Another talented west michigan musician is also on the ballot,Our Generation (Pat Dawdy's old band).
Tell your friends and family and get these two great old bands voted in!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: keith at January 17, 2009 07:29 PM

Keith, a vote for Me & Dem Guys is the least I can do for everything you and your group has done. All the best with the memories,

Rick

San Diego, CA

Posted by: Rick Bosscher at January 20, 2009 11:04 PM

To help with the voting you can just log on below and vote.......ME AND DEM GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!www.michiganrockandrolllegends.com/Default.aspx?name=Ballot

Posted by: keith at January 21, 2009 01:26 PM

Keith - Thanks for the "Our Generation" plug!! Life is Good...........

Posted by: Patrick at January 23, 2009 03:29 PM

Hi Everybody,
The clock is ticking!!!!!!!!
As you know two of your favorite bands from days gone by,Me and Dem Guys and Our Generation are on the ballot for induction into the Michigan Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and voting is done as of June 1st.
So do please log on to the link below and cast a vote ,tell your friends and family to do likewise,the bands made a lot of fond memories over the years and need your help,
Rock On!!!!!!!!

www.michiganrockandrolllegends.com/Default.aspx?name=Ballot

Posted by: keith at May 5, 2009 05:22 PM

The clock is ticking!!!! Only 1 week left to vote for 2 of your favorite 60's bands into the Michigan Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ME AND DEM GUYS and OUR GENERATION,just hit the link below and vote ,please!!!!!

www.michiganrockandrolllegends.com/Default
aspx?name=Ballot


Posted by: keith at May 23, 2009 11:59 AM

unless I misread the information, it looks as if your band was elected into the Michigan Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Posted by: Patrick at June 1, 2009 12:53 PM

Thanks Pat,
Isn't that cool,we made it along with Al Green,Glenn Frey,Mitch Ryder,Commander Cody,The JuJus and Barry Gordy.
Thanks to everyone who voted for us!!!!
Keith

Posted by: Keith at June 1, 2009 03:37 PM

Boy, the Internet is a weird thing. Memory is even weirder. In 1971 I was the gf of the lead guitarist of, and also roadie-ing for, an Indianapolis band called Mourning Glory. We once were on the way to a gig out of town, and for awhile we were following someone with a bumper sticker that said, "Me and Dem Guys." Can even remember what it looked like. "What is that?" I wondered, mile after mile. Now, from everything I've read here, I wish I'd made the effort to find out!

Posted by: Lisa in Indiana at June 4, 2009 08:31 AM

Hi Lisa,
What a memory!
In the early 70's we used to play The Circus(around the corner from the speedway) quite a lot and of cause used to give out bumper stickers to the bar patrons.
Thats why they used to show up around your town.
Thanks for the memories,Keith

Posted by: keith at June 4, 2009 04:57 PM

Sad news everyone!
Bobby Stiles,bass player/vocalist for all 8 years the band was together passed away at noon today,June 11th,after suffering a severe brain injury.
Will keep you posted on memorial information.
Rock on,bob!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Keith at June 11, 2009 02:05 PM

I heard about Bobby a couple of days ago. Iíve known him through my brother Frank Eimer since I was a kid and am sorry to hear this tragedy. I also played bass so he and I never performed together, but did play at a lot of jam sessions, though itís been a long time. To all his friends, fans and family, he had a lot of wonderful times and now is in the hall of fame.
GROG

Posted by: George at June 12, 2009 10:36 PM

best friend of bobby's wife dottie and aunt to danny, justin and cassie i remember when they first came to g.r and played at the cozy lounge. i went to a runion at froggys in 91' lots of good times R.I.P Bobby we will miss you

with love, Sherry, Pete and Kelly

Posted by: Sherry at June 13, 2009 01:25 PM

Every time we lose someone of the calibur of Bobby Stiles we are diminished. I met Bobby back in the 70's. I found him to be very tolerent of the young guns who were at that time attempting to rise in the local ranks. I recall that, back then, I felt honored to be fortunate enough to actually not only to meet but to have a chance to get to know an accomplished fellow musician. Especially one that I had looked up to when I was just entering the local arena. He was a solid musician. A very cool person. He made an impact here that is not forgotten. Rock on Bobby. That's one hell of a jam session going on.

Posted by: david pratt at June 14, 2009 12:29 PM

On Saturday June 13,2009 I had a graduation party for my Grandson. Along with others In attendance were Bruce Snoap, Phil Roberts, George Campbell & myself Jim Lewis. We all talked about Bobby Stiles with fond memories as Bobby played with Us,The Kingtones back in the early 80's. Phil said Bobby was such a nice fit and an Honor to play with as Bobby added an atmosphere of Cool to the Band. We recalled Bobby singing Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs hit Woolly Bully as Bobby had a resemblance to Sam. He did a wonderful job on that song and for Us. We all hated to See Bobby leave but He went to play more nights a week at that time with his Friend and former band mate Frank Eimer. Bobby was a great guy and a pleasure to share the stage with. We will Miss Him deeply! So on behalf of The Kingtones Keep Rockin' & God Bless Ya Bobby!

Posted by: Jim Lewis at June 15, 2009 01:05 AM

Thanks for the kind words in these posts.
We had a wonderful celebration memorial for Bobby yesterday,great turnout,a lot of laughs and fond memories.
Ah the good old days!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: keith at June 15, 2009 02:57 PM

Hi, This is Cassie Stiles, Bobby Stiles (daughter)
Would like to say thanks to all who attended the memorial and those who have expressed sympathies. He will be greatly missed for sure. Keith has info to contact me if anyone would like to. I would love copies of pics anyone may have of my dad. Keith has been a huge help.Thank God for him.
Thanks again for all your kind words.
Cassie

Posted by: Cassie Stiles at June 16, 2009 09:12 PM

I just learned today, that the obit. in the Press was for the "Bobby" from Me & Dem Guys. I'm sorry to learn of his passing. I knew of him from playing in the bands he was in, and also from him driving the bands tilt-cab truck he would get serviced at the Ford dealer I worked at.

He was always a gentleman, and a pleasure to talk to. I'm sorry I missed the memorial service.

Dale

Posted by: Dale Zalaoras at June 19, 2009 04:00 PM

just wanted to say hello... and to let everyone know the great bass player Bobby styles past away less than 1 week ago.. he was a great bass player this was before tablatures when you actually had to hear the music to... may bobby rest in peace... my dad actually snagged him up to play in his ban in the late 70's and early 80's... R.I.P. bobby


luke treece

Posted by: luke treece at June 25, 2009 04:51 PM

Does anyone remember a band from Holland that also played the Stardust called "The Galaxies"? I'm trying to find info about when they played there. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by: Dave Hill at July 21, 2009 01:51 AM

This is really far out.Came across this site and it almost blew my mind. The things that changed my mind and life started in the era of M%DG. I have read all the info from above and they really bring back memories. Keith, Frank, Doug, George V., Jan, Charles C.?, RD, Lynn, Donnie,R,. The old times forgotten, wow. Keith, do you remember a big tall hippie that helped out at times, and looked after the wives when you were on the road? I'm not sure if all the memories were good, but I do remember the good ones. RE-tired now, I have only my memories left. My life changed as much as summer to winter. Now its spring and autumn. Would really like to hear from anyone interested in some conversation. Time is not on our side. Take care and God Bless you all guys. Can contact me at wschuman@triad.rr.com -- later

Posted by: big wal at December 14, 2009 04:47 PM

big wal.........dude relax. Eternity! Time IS on your side.

Posted by: Patrick at December 14, 2009 04:56 PM

I remember Bobby Stiles. We used to haul the equilment from gig to gig. His Nomad, and the best of all, Bobby was a good friend. Cassie, I to will miss him. My heart goes out to you and the family. God bless you all. If you would to hear about old times, my e-mail wschuman@triad.rr.com Later.

Posted by: Walter {big-wal} at December 15, 2009 02:23 PM

To Dave Hill - you must be a son of the "Galaxies"
two leaders, Eve & Viv Hill - I think they were the opening band at the Stardust when it was first opened as a night spot, about 65 or 66 (not sure of the date. Knew them well. Good people

Posted by: jagers at January 2, 2010 10:46 AM

Hi Jagers,
I think you hit the wrong link?

Posted by: keith at January 2, 2010 10:51 AM

My other post was in answer to the one 5 above from Dave Hill.
I came across this site looking for anything on the Bobby Charles Quartet (Charlie Winkler)
I see Johnnie McCoy made an entry earlier. Does anyone have information on this group ?
If I am in the wrong site, Sorry. Postís here brought back some great memories. Thanks.

Posted by: jagers at January 2, 2010 01:03 PM

Jagers,It's your lucky day even though nothing to do with Me and Dem Guys, Charlie is a good friend and we are in touch pretty much daily ,if you want to connect with him drop me a line at limey58@hotmail.com and I'll hook you up!!!!!Keith

Posted by: keith at January 3, 2010 12:54 PM

What was the name of the bar on lower Division in Grand Rapids, Michigan that Me and Dem Guys played before they hit the Elbow Room?

Posted by: Dottie at March 18, 2010 08:55 PM

Hi everyone,A dear friend of mine just put two videos on youtub,The End is Coming and Simple Thoughts of Love,if you're interested just log onto youtub then search Me and Dem Guys,enjoy!!!

Posted by: keith at April 16, 2010 09:00 AM

I wish I had run across this site sooner. This brings back SOOOOO many great memories! I got to be friends with the band, "Me and Dem Guys" when they played at Westgate Bowl in the Alpine Saloon in 1968. Though I don't remember all the members induvidually, I DO remember how great they sounded and how I would rush down the concourse to try to catch a few songs on my breaks. I still have a picture of them somewhere in my collection of road memorabelia. There were three separate bars in Westgate at the time: The Alpine Saloon, The Bucket Pub and The Gate Room. I was playing drums with "The 'B' Brothers" in the Bucket Pub when they were booked into the Alpine Saloon. The 'B' Brothers was a music and comedy trio, and we did shows on the weekends and sometimes during the week as well. We came there from Aspen, Co. on Feb. 6, 1967, a road group based in Oklahoma City. We found a home in the Bucket Pub and moved our home base there that same year. In 1969, we left for most of the year to play the Nevada circuit, returning to Westgate in Dec. '69. At that time we had outgrown the Bucket Pub and the management moved us into the Alpine Saloon as the house band, where we stayed until we split up in 1973. I saw a post from Bob Reilly of the "Common People" above (from 2005). Bob and I were roommates and shared an apartment on College SW in '68 and '69. They also played the Alpine Saloon a few times. I lost track of Bob Reilly years ago, and if anyone reading this knows how to reach him, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached at: squid701@sbcglobal.net. For anyone interested in contacting Bobby Charles (Charlie Winkler), Rod Jacobs, Dan Jacobs, Chuck Jacobs, Kenny Gordon, Jerry Graham or any other member of "The Bobby Charles Band from the 'Stardust' days, feel free to contact me and I will do what I can to put you in touch with them. I hear from Charlie just about every day. I met him in '67, get to be close friends with him and all his groups (including the rock & roll group he had at the "Tiki Lounge" (with Charlie, Denis Solee on Sax,reed insturments & percussion, Bob Stenad on guitar, Randy Marsh on drums, and an incredible girl vocalist by the name of Nancy Westbrook). I left Michigan for the west coast in January of 1975, and after 2 more years of the road (including a sitdown stay in Sacramento at the El Rancho Hotel backing and opening for top name country artists, including Marty Robbins, Tammy Wynette, Dottie West, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Jerry Lee Lewis and several others). In 1977 I left to form my own group and sat down in Modesto, Ca. (where I still live) for a five year stay at "Scorpios", and after breaking up, I formed another version of the same band, moved over town to a club caled "the Lyons Den" and stayed there for five more years before I finally hung it up. In 2000 I started playing casuals with a few of the members of my last group from the '80s and played three more years. But though we did well, it was too much of a strain on my marriage and being older I was feeling the pressure to work a day job and play up to 4 nights a week, so I hung it up for good. I don't know how appropriate this post is for your site, but I can't help but want to share my Grand Rapids connections with everyone of you who also experienced thoae great times & the great Michigan bands of the '60s and the '70s. Thanks to all of you for keeping the memories alive. With any luck the memories will outlive us all, and the memories of "Me and Dem Guys" will be right up there at the top of the list, I'm sure. Thanks to all of you for caring about the music....Bob Elliott... May 15, 2010

Posted by: Bob Elliott at May 15, 2010 08:06 AM

THE ONLY FRIEND I HAVE FROM THE OLD DAYS IS BOB VOGEL

Posted by: BOB REILLY at May 25, 2010 09:44 AM

Bob,don't be such a grump!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Keith Seccombe at May 25, 2010 02:46 PM

Keith as old as I am a grump is the only way I know how to be. A Grump I am and a Grump I will be. The things that I have done and seen has made me this way. You have heard of the Grinch. Just call me the Grump. Till next Time, Bob The Grump.

Posted by: BOB REILLY at June 3, 2010 11:11 PM

Love you man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Keith Seccombe at June 4, 2010 03:47 PM

Kieth,I don't know who is posting what you just read and saying it is Bob Reilly but it's not Bob Reilly.Probably the same person posting the other things like the Bob Vogel comment takin out of contex.So there is no Bob the grump , just an imposter ( among other things ) On a brighter note just got back from the U.P. on a fishing trip with Fred M. and a bunch of other guys and had a great time.Next time you see him at L. Productions ask him and you will know it is the real me.See ya , Bob

Posted by: Bob at June 14, 2010 01:37 PM

Keith I do not know who is posting that I am not the grump ask anyone who knows me. I am not the most likable person in the world and that's why Vogel is the only one that will put up with me. I did go on a trip I do not know how he knew about it. Like the other bob the impostor ask Fred how I can be. Until next Bob "the real Grump Reilly"

Posted by: Bob at June 16, 2010 06:33 PM

I really thought this site was about West Michigan
60's bands and info. Things about stuff like that. What is all of this negative talk about between the Bobs. Instead of the battle of the bands it seems to have become the battle of the Bobs. Who cares, at this point can we just remember what the music was about. When message boards like this get off track people will lose interest. I think I am starting to get grumpy. Please post only about the music. Hope no one takes this the wrong way. Please post more about Me and Dem Guys and Our Generation.
Tom

Posted by: Tom Edmondson at June 16, 2010 11:22 PM

Good point Tom. This Bob is signing off.

Posted by: Bob at June 17, 2010 12:36 PM

I have one question, which Bob is signing off. The REAL Bob the grump or the REAL Bob the imposter it would be good to know this. This has been like a soap opera trying to keep up with it all.

Posted by: Bill Chandler at June 18, 2010 10:04 AM

Am posting some live recordings of Me & Dem Guys at a temp site for anyone who wants to hear. you will need to put this in after the "h t t p" in address bar as links seem to blocked here.

://nightwithdemguys.yolasite.com/

Posted by: Chuck at July 5, 2010 06:23 AM

Just had the remaining members of Me and Them Guys ( The Frank Elmer Vocal Band ) play for the Creston High 45th class reunion yesterday. They were tremendous. Bob Reily and Patsy Scheitema of the Common People were in the same class. Missed seeing them at the reunion. Thanks to the group for making our reunion such a great memory. I followed you guys from bar to bar back in the 60's and 70's as well as the Common People at the Stardust Lounge. P S the real Bob Reily has one blue eye and one brown eye and used to be very friendly. Hello Bob if you are reading this.

Posted by: Dave Kennedy at July 18, 2010 05:16 PM

Hi Dave,
With the exception of Bobby we're all still alive and kicking!I'm still in touch with Bob and Patsy,if you want to get in touch let me know!

Posted by: keith secombe at July 20, 2010 04:38 PM

Hi Everyone,
If anyone is interested I still sell a 17 track c.d of Me and Dem Guys,inc.Black Cloud,Smilin Phases,She Cried ,Mr Elevator.
If you're interested drop me a line at limey58@hotmail.com !

Posted by: Keith Seccombe at July 31, 2010 11:11 AM

I have continued adding to the temporary "Me & Dem Guys" site I made, currently with about 50 tracks total on the website. Most are live covers of music of the era with a few original songs added recently. I will eventually have to start taking some off the site to continue to add others because of lack of free space given on the web server. I have also posted some of the pictures I have on the site and hope to add more soon. I am not sure if all the tracks names are correct and also am not sure about some of the original songs written by the band.

To go to the site you will need to put this in after the "h t t p" in the address bar as links seem to be blocked here.

://nightwithdemguys.yolasite.com/

Posted by: Chuck at August 7, 2010 05:50 AM

Hi everybody! I am new to this forum. Just want to greet you all :)

Posted by: NETIDEMSDOT at September 7, 2010 11:59 PM

I remember when Bob got shocked by a mic. Someone took a stick to get him free. I think he was OK.

Posted by: Tina Smith at November 2, 2010 01:26 PM

Is Bob the one with the scruffy hair and the beard that looks like birds live in it?

Posted by: Patrick at November 5, 2010 09:55 AM

To everybody with me and dem guys....yes as you can tell by the last name...that yes daddy Max Calhoon was my dad.he has since past away,but i can still remember him talking about the band and how much he missed you guys,buy the way,john if you do remember me yes im still playing just not as much since dad passed away,and yes i know i should play every day,but when u loose your guitar player/bass player its kind of hard.i wish i could have been with mom and dad when they were up there the last time you guys got together,i would have loved to sit in with you guys just one time!well now that i found you ill keep in touch. so untill next time....thanx for the ride it was one hell of a ride...Todd"lil max"Calhoon

Posted by: Todd Calhoon at November 8, 2010 08:14 PM

Hi Todd,I know you don't know me I joined the band after your Dad had left but have I've tried to keep the bands name and legacy alive.I don't know if you were aware but the band made it into the Michigan Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009,go to michiganrockandrolllegends.com,hit 2009 inductees then Me and Dem Guys,they have a real nice bio!I have all the recordings ,photos and promo stuff,if you want anymore info e.mail me at limey58@hotmail.com or facebbok me,talk to you later!Keith

Posted by: Keith Seccombe at November 10, 2010 01:46 PM

Hey Keith

Posted by: Bob Reilly at November 10, 2010 03:06 PM

Hi Bob,Hope you're well,been doing movies recently 6 in fact this year.
See Lin regularly,actually we were judges in a Kareoke contest last month and did a radio commercial last month at Jerry and Freds advertising company,Lawrence Productions last month.
Keep in touch mate,your old limey buddy,Keith

Posted by: Keith Seccombe at November 12, 2010 07:41 PM

Keith this so great to see this leagacy that not only my Dad but so many others built and seeing you continuing this such a breath of fresh air. I see where Todd my older brother wrote on the blog and i am also very interested in getting some info from you as well. Growing up Dad told us alot about those times but im sure "not all of it" we were kids... As kids though we were able to hear him sing and play and he always kept his stuff set up to play at a flip of a switch. I was at a reunion That Frank Jennings put together at his beautiful log home and it was something to really treasure, however seeing this and so many people still remembering its very special to me. Dad passed in 07 and I think of him every day. I know that Dad left the band to be with my Mom and the band that alot some remember doesnt include "Daddy Max" but i found song of an unknown night at an unknown place trak 6 Slippn and a slidin where he sat in and Mom was in the audience pregnant with my oldest brother Kevinand it put chills down me. Again this is so great to see and I really do appreciate with all my heart you keeping this alive. Thank you , Troy Calhoon

Posted by: Troy Calhoon at December 1, 2010 08:35 PM

i still remember the band from the sentry post. sparky, al and frank were great. that is a group i would like to see olay together again

Posted by: jeannie anderson at December 4, 2010 01:19 PM

I don't know if any of you saw the movie "Small Change" when it premiered last month but in the soundtrack they used 2 of Me and Dem Guys tracks, Elevator Man and Mercy Mercy,pretty cool I thought!!!!

Posted by: Keith Seccombe at December 27, 2010 07:54 PM

hello
how do i change the bit at the bottom so i can put a line like you lot have

Posted by: Arrizagsaricy at December 28, 2010 01:16 PM

See Keith Seccombe as Dean Hannigan in Small Change Movie-featuring two of Me and Dem Guys hits...see www.dogbytefilms.net

Posted by: Chris at January 18, 2011 03:58 PM

Fun to read through this stuff... Around 1969 when I was 18 I spent a fair amount of time working for Jeep Holland at A2 Productions in Ann Arbor. We had a great rolodex of musicians, and we'd get calls from many a band looking for new members. I picked up the phone one day to find Bob Seger on the other end. He needed a keyboardist. I didn't have to look in the rolodex - I just gave him the name and number for Danny Watson, a friend from Kalamazoo. I don't know if Danny ever knew it was me who got him this gig. Would love to tell him - anyone know his email or facebook?

Posted by: Fran Dwight at February 12, 2011 11:06 AM

Keith,

Thanks so much for being on the show last week. I really appreciate it. We had lots of response from that show by the way. Hope we can do it again sometime. And, I'll try to be in GR for the motorcycle rally in July. Thanks also for the cd's, got 'em in the car and they make my long commute a little nicer.

Chet Baker
Kool1015 FM
Manistee, MI.

Posted by: Chet Baker at February 23, 2011 06:17 AM

I am finally almost done with the temporary "Me & Dem Guys" Website I made, currently with about 95 tracks total on the website. I have one more live performance to add and an original studio recording including the version of Black Cloud put out on Palmer records. After I finish the last two recordings I will add to the existing photo album on the site all the pictures I have left. After that I am hoping to get some more information from band members to add to the site.

Thanks to Keith for all his help.

To go to the site you will need to put this in after the "h t t p" in the address bar as links seem to be blocked here.

://nightwithdemguys.yolasite.com/


Posted by: Chuck at March 15, 2011 05:15 AM

HEY KEITH HOW YOU DOING CALL ME SOMETIME.
BOB.

Posted by: BOB REILLY at March 16, 2011 08:54 AM

As we all know, "Black Cloud" begins with the sound of girls screaming. I always thought that it was the vocal expression of groupies. I was recently told that back in 1966, the guy's had this bad habit of walking into a crowded ladies room just as they were about to begin a song? Hence, the frantic screams recorded on Black Cloud.

Is this shocking revelation true?

Posted by: Red Wienie at April 9, 2011 01:46 AM

Is it rue that all the screaming at the beginning of "Black Cloud" is because the guys walked into the girl's bathroom just as they started recording the song? And not due to the happy expressions of groupies?

Posted by: Red Wienie at April 9, 2011 01:50 AM

One of the best around.

Posted by: Dick Beatty at April 9, 2011 08:15 AM

I have finally got more additions to the website.

To go to the site you will need to put this in after the "h t t p" in the address bar as links seem to be blocked here.

://nightwithdemguys.yolasite.com/

The Original Black cloud recording that was put out on Palmer Records in 1966. This recording does not have the screaming fans that was added later when released on Vinyl. Also included is the never released studio recording of "Why don't they understand." An original song written by Frank Eimer of the band. I also included a studio recording of "Don't Bug Me" an original written by band member Jan Porter. The song was released on Vinyl in 1970. I think this is the record version but have not verified that yet. Another studio recording of "Gone Gone Gone" which was also released on Vinyl in 1970. The fifth song sounds like a studio recording as their is no Vinyl record sounds and no live audience sounds but I think it is a cover song. I am not actually sure of the title yet either. Finally with help from people that have visited the site I have been able to fill in many of the unknown song names on the site. I still have 3 more studio recorded songs to add and a final night at the Wayside live performance and all the music from reels will be done.

I hope you enjoy the music.

Posted by: John at July 10, 2011 11:40 PM

Don't ask me how I stumbled on this site. Please give my regards to Bobby, Kenny, Danny Jacobs, Denis Solee, Jimmy Alsop, Greg Hopkins. They were in the Sound Gathering when I worked with them as a drummer in the early 70s -- I think! God, am I old!

Posted by: John Connell at August 7, 2011 09:56 PM

HEY GUYS, BOB REILLY HERE FROM COMMON PEOPLE.I COULDN'T RESIST SAYING HEY TO ALL THE GUYS. HEY!!!
THERE NOW I SAID IT. BOB

Posted by: Bob Reilly at September 29, 2011 04:31 PM

HELLO TO BOB. HE THINKS HE COULD PLAY WELL LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING THING IS IF HE HAD DONE WHAT WAS RIGHT BY ME HE COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER AT WHAT HE DOES. NOT AS MANY NIGHTS ON THE ROAD ANY MORE. PLEASE POST I BET YOU WON'T
TED

Posted by: TED at December 5, 2011 03:49 PM

Hi Ted, are you speaking of Bob Reilly or Bob Stiles?

Posted by: Keith Seccombe at December 30, 2011 03:29 PM

I am referring to Bob Reilly He knows what I am talking about but he won't post. Maybe someday I will tell everyone what was done.

Posted by: Ted at January 12, 2012 02:31 PM

TED I DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT I THINK YOU HAVE ME CONFUSED WITH SOMEONE WHO'S FAR LESS AWESOME. BOB

Posted by: BOB REILLY at January 31, 2012 01:50 PM

Trina to locate one of the band member's sister who I think went to MSU and Jackson Lumen H.S. When we were friend at MSU her name was Linda Williams. Can anyone help?

Posted by: mike at February 6, 2012 10:37 AM

Mike,I was singer/horn player in the band and there was never anyone in the band with the last name of Williams?

Posted by: keith at February 6, 2012 12:24 PM

So great to read thru your comments! Many happy hours spent at The Colony Room in Kalamazoo sipping on Singapore Slings and dancing to Me And Dem Guys while attending WMU. Also remember The Basooties and their Moody Blues Renditions. Thank You For The Great Memories! Larry B.

Posted by: Larry Bagans at February 8, 2012 12:40 AM

Larry,thanks for the kind words it's nice to know you still have such great memories of the band.
K/zoo was always one of our favorite gigs!Would you believe I have one grandson who already graduated from Western and another who's going there right now.I do have c.d's of the band available if you're interested,drop me a line at limey58@hotmail.com,the Limey.

Posted by: keith at February 8, 2012 09:33 AM

Bob Reilly---Well there's a name I have not heard of in quite a while. I can remember when he & Bob Vogel ran around together. Those were the real good
old days. Good music, good times and lots of fun.

Posted by: John Hawkins at February 9, 2012 01:55 PM

Is there a complete discography anywhere available? I've been trying to piece one together, tried emailing the above mentioned website and all I have been able to do is make a list based on what I can find on ebay and vague references in various interviews...

Posted by: Alan at April 6, 2012 03:26 PM

Alan,I was singer/horn player in the band drop me a line at kseccombe@bergerchevy.com and I'll try to be of help,Keith

Posted by: keith at April 10, 2012 01:10 PM

BOB REILLY HERE TO SAY HI. I'M IN NASHVILLE NOW , GET UP NORTH AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR. I'LL TRY AND LOOK UP SOME PEOPLE NEXT TIME I AM IN TOWN. IF YOU SEE THE MUFFIN MAN TELL HIM I SAID HEY. BOB R.

Posted by: Bob Reilly at April 10, 2012 01:59 PM

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Had to put a space in the link, but it's a Westgate ad from May 2, 1969.

Posted by: Salad Army at April 13, 2012 03:51 AM

Hello I'm Erik,Lynns grandson
this is AMAZING simply put,anybody with the recordings let me know, I want them all. I play music too guitar(mainly) and very simple drums(nowhere as good as gpop and dad for that matter) but i hold my own I really want to cover some of his music someday if the rest of the guys are ok with it.
I grew up with my dad and gdad busting beats out of his pearl set they(especially gdad) instilled a fiery love of music in me and hope to one day at least rock out a prom. Thank you for this site my email is airbending@live.com I will try to respond ASAP

Posted by: Erikriggs88 at May 13, 2012 12:51 AM

BOB REILLY HERE TO SAY HI. I'M IN NASHVILLE NOW , GET UP NORTH AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR. I'LL TRY AND LOOK UP SOME PEOPLE NEXT TIME I AM IN TOWN. IF YOU SEE THE MUFFIN MAN TELL HIM I SAID HEY. BOB R.

Posted by: Bob Reilly at July 25, 2012 01:26 PM

Can you clean up all the crap that people have put on this link???????????????????

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Posted by: BOB REILLY at October 17, 2012 04:50 PM

Bob Reilly???
Who is Bob Reilly???

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May 5th,the West Michigan Hysterical Society Music Extravaganza from noon till 8.30 ,free admission!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by: Staggipampese at June 2, 2013 11:44 PM

WOW!! Just as others here have remarked, YES! I sure remember you and dem guys!! LOL! WE saw and enjoyed your music at a renovated train depot here in Grand Rapids, MI. It was on West Fulton, or Bridge st. or somewheres! It was a dinner club, and MAN OH MAN! Did we enjoy you and dance our fool heads off after a great Mexican meal. IT WAS LIKE ACTUALLY BEING AT A DOOBIE BROS. CONCERT!! You guys hit their music spot on! Such memories!

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