West Michigan Mid-Sixties Bands


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Last updated on May 17, 2004.

Looking for music, any CD, for the Michigan 60's band thyme.

Posted by: Tom Hurren at May 12, 2005 03:50 PM

I am looking for albums, CD, or 45's from this Michigan Band - The Thyme.

Let me know!


Posted by: Tom Hurren at September 15, 2005 03:11 PM


Posted by: BOB REILLY at March 6, 2006 10:46 PM

I remember Ralph Cole from his Thyme days. He lived in Kalamazoo and played lead and sitar, which back in those days was a rare thing. He used to play with another local band before the thyme. The name escapes me but saw them play at a local girls graduation party. Any clue who they were?

Posted by: Ned Daniels at August 2, 2006 06:40 AM

Tom, I used to play with a group called the Monuments with Steve Schwan and Al Wilmot. When the band broke up I played for a short time with a group in Detroit called the Passing Light. Havn't played since. I stay in touch with Steve and he lives in Centerline and is retired from TRW. He plays in several Church groups. He has recently spoke to Ed Linenthaul (spell) drummer for Thyme. Ed is a Dean at the University of Indiana. (No Hair) I also heard that Al Wilmot passed away a few months ago. He has been living in Travis City for the last decade. I believe his wife still lives there. She may be able to get you the 45's you requested. Hope this helps. By the way, Thyme was my favorite Michigan Band. Saw them play several times at the Grande Ball Room. Ah the memories.

Posted by: PAUL WALRAD at September 9, 2006 05:12 PM

Hi Paul

I can't believe I saw your name. Great memories with the Passing Light . email me.

mike ryan

Posted by: mike ryan at October 7, 2006 11:32 PM

I played with Al Wilmot for years up until his death in the fall of 2005. The last gig he played was a week before his death. Great bass player,great person and a wonderfull friend. I was blessed to have been able to share a stage with him for years.

Posted by: don strzynski at October 15, 2006 02:31 AM

Al wilmot was my dad. i have records.(Thyme, lighthouse and scott richard case) if you want copies You need to leave your e-mail address.

Posted by: Garthe at October 26, 2006 05:47 PM

You are right Don. Al was the best musician I ever knew. Those bass runs, even while he was singing, were so smooth. He actually taught our lead guitar how to play some runs. Most of all is that he was a great person. I lost contact with him in 1970 but I did get the chance to hear him in one of his in between bands called the TWANG BROTHERS.

Paul Walrad

Posted by: Paul Walrad at February 27, 2007 10:49 PM

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of AL Wilmot. Al was indeed a great guy and musician. I played with Al in the sixties in a band called the "LOVE SUM" with Doug Wagner, Mark White and Randy Underwood. I filled in on drums at the "Blue Pooh"(?)when he was with the Monuments. Great memories and always alot of laughs. I'm sure he will be missed by many.

Posted by: Ron Stiltner at March 17, 2007 02:59 AM

hey everyone! remember me??? steve vandenberg's daughter!!! i remember u guys! hi ralph cole! hi randy underwood! whatup jerry brown! wish i cud see u all! fire an emailback if y'all want! much luv!


Posted by: vicki vandenberg at November 6, 2007 05:13 PM

p.s. Hi Dad! Luv ya!

Posted by: vicki vandenberg at November 6, 2007 05:16 PM

Hi Vicki. I used to play bass with your dad in Jerry Brown's band "Beyond ",with Mike Rousch on drums. We had a good time. I havent seen Steve since I moved to Nashville 10 years ago. Tell him Bob Reilly say's hey.

Posted by: bob reilly at November 7, 2007 11:46 AM

I played with Al Wilmot from 1974 until early 1980's in a band called Road Runner and another The Zooouts to mention a few. To all of you who have had the pleasure of playing with Al in the past. There is a SRC webpage that has a tribute page to him and is looking for photos of his other bands - Love Sum, Monuments, Twang Brothers, Groove Monsters, Thyme, Lighthouse, etc. You can also click on the Other Members section and ad comments and stories of your experiences with AL. If anyone needs more info. please contact me, you'll find my address on that same SRC webpage.

God Bless Al we miss you!!! Kim Fox

Posted by: Kim Fox at January 1, 2008 01:31 PM

I believe the Kalamazoo band that Ralph Cole played with in the mid sixties was the "Hitchhikers" not sure.

Posted by: Paul Walrad at January 18, 2008 12:40 PM



• Hugh ‘Jeep’ Holland was in many ways a major catalyst within the Detroit rock
revolution of the late 1960s. This enigmatic individual graduated from running hip
record store Discount Records in Ann Arbor to his operating his own label and management
stable, as well as booking every major Michigan act that played during that heady
era. Many musicians in the state still single him out as the true steward of 60s
Detroit rock.

• "A-Square (Of Course)", named for Jeep’s booking agency, chronicles
the fascinating career of this lovable rogue whose reputation preceded him. It draws
principally on the vaults of his A-Square label, so beloved of 60s garage collectors,
but also includes rare recordings by some of the groups that Jeep managed and/or

• Goodies on the collection include the MC5's super-rare 1968 single ‘Looking
At You', actually issued by the band on A-Square without Jeeps knowledge; early
cuts by the Scot Richard Case (SRC) including an amazing unreleased 1967 take on
'Midnight To Six Man'; and several tracks by A-Square stalwarts the Thyme,
most of which are previously unreleased. Of great interest to Stooges freaks will
be a live 'I'm A Man' by the rarely heard Prime Movers, featuring a
snotty young Iggy on drums and lead vocals, circa 1966.

• Collectable items by the Up, Apostles, Bossmen/Frost, Rain and others round out
the set, which is profusely annotated and illustrated with items from Jeeps personal
archive. A-Square (Of Course) finally and definitively documents a major chapter
in Detroit rock history. Coming later in the year on Big Beat will be a 2-CD anthology
dedicated to the A-Square career of Ann Arbor's favourite sons, the mighty Rationals.

Posted by: Big Beat Info at March 12, 2008 07:27 AM

Where will I be able to purchase this LONG awaited release? The release of the Rational's material is long overdue as well! Do you know if this will include the Rational's first album? I know it was on Crewe Records, just wishful thinking. Thanks.

Pat Dawdy

Posted by: Patrick Dawdy at March 13, 2008 08:24 AM

The Rationals "Think Rational!" comp covers only those sessions produced by Jeep Holland 1965-1968, so stops short of the Crewe album (though it features earlier versions of tunes on the Crewe LP such as Temptation Bout To Get Me etc). Both this and "A-Square (Of Course)" will be available on Amazon and the usual outlets. We hope to get the Crewe material out at a later date.

Posted by: Big Beat Info at March 14, 2008 07:00 AM

I first met Steve, Ralph, and Doug (bass) in 1965 when they were the "Hitchhikers" in Kalamazoo. I lent Ralph my bell bottom pants that I got on Carnabee Street in London for one of the shows when they became Thyme. There was Ralph, Steve, Doug,and Eddie (Linnenthal--sorry Eddie I can't remember the spelling of your last name) who were the working band. They hooked up with Jeep at A squared productions in Ann Arbor and we were off and running--I loved music and was from Pontiac and kind of became a roadie and sometime tamborine player. I was a huge fan of the byrds, springfield, hollies, etc. which became the foundation of Thyme. My best friend from Pontiac, Michigan, Jim McCurdy, became involved with us--that is Jeep, SRC, Scotty and the Rats, Jim Osterburg, and Punch. Trips to the Hideouts, Grande Ballroom, Mt. Holly, and other places in and around the tri-state area.

Vicki, I remember when you were born. Happy to hear that you are well. Tell your Dad to shoot me an email. Al, I am so sorry to hear of his passing--one of the nicest guys I've ever met. The earlier remarks about him were right on target. If any of you remember his "Boris the Spider" routine know what a character he was.

The times I spent with the whole lot of guys from 65 to 69 was something that can never be described. British rock and roll with Michigan rock all playing the same gigs was an experience that very few people had-who, cream, paul butterfield, john mayall, etc. There are many stories and those of you who know me and were there will remember. Please drop me a note and let me know how you are doing--yes, Steve, that means you!!! Ralph, I owe you an email from two years ago.

Best to all to whom I had some of the best times of my life with....


Posted by: Skip at April 12, 2008 06:06 PM

Hi - My husbands 60th b irthday is coming up - and I would like to reunite him with some 60's band members of "The Last Word" - His name is Ron Markowicz from Centerline Michigabn - any help would be sincerely apreciated.

Posted by: GS Markowicz at July 22, 2008 11:28 PM

for those looking for local artists I just posted Jerry Brown and Beyond / Once upon a train LP on Ebay. 10 day auction starts nov 21, 2008. $9.99 no reserve. Local pickup in Kentwood is fine. Not spamming you...just looked like someone here may have interrest in this particular recording made in Kalamzoo in 1980. It was autographed by Jerry Brown and Larry Cook.

Posted by: brad at November 21, 2008 05:20 AM

Hi Thyme Fans.
I watched this gang of musicians start as kids and progress into fine musicians all. What great memories. The Hitchhikers played at our highschool dances. Ralph had a Gibson Flying V and man was that cool! I saw the Thyme perform many times in the 60's and it was always the best.
For those of you who'd like to contact them here you go.

Thyme Members Contact Information:
UPDATED! 8/14/2008

Al Wilmot’s Parents:
Wallace & Claire Wilmot
3212 Glenview Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48073-2350
Phone: 248-288-3965

Ralph Cole:
44 Heath Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M4V 1T3

Steve Vandenberg:
382 102nd Ave.
Plainwell, MI 49080
Home phone: 269-685-9328

Ed Linethal:
8225 Fleener Road,
Bloomington, IN 47408
Home phone: 812-330-9304
Office phone: 812-8550335

Randy Underwood:
626 Sugar Flat Rd.
Lebanon, TN 37087
Home phone:615-444-4306
Cell Phone: 615-772-4292

Posted by: Greg at January 11, 2009 12:04 AM

I lived in Kalamazoo in the '70s, and used to go listen to Jerry Brown and the band Home at the Whistlestop, out at Moral Fables...uh, Coral Gables, and am trying to find out if Jerry is still in the Kalamazoo area, and still playing?Anybody seen or heard from him lately?


Bill Hatfield

Posted by: Bill Hatfield at January 28, 2009 07:02 PM

Hi Bill,
Jerry has his own business,Lawrence Productions here in Grand Rapids on Ottawa and Fred Munch another fine musician from the 60's also works with him.
Hope that helps,Keith

Posted by: keith at January 29, 2009 11:49 AM

Thanks, I appreciate it. My brother lives just outside of Grand Rapids, and I drop in every year or so. Small world.

Thanks again,

Posted by: Bill Hatfield at February 2, 2009 06:38 PM

Hi there,
I too lived in Kalamazoo in the 70's and loved going to listen to Home and Jerry Brown. I had a cassette tape of Once Upon A Train but it has been overplayed and stretched beyond help. Any idea where I can get a LP, CD, download,ETC?
Thank you so much,

Posted by: Christine at March 25, 2009 11:11 AM

Hi Christine,
I can get you a c.d copy of Once Upon A Train,if you are still interested drop me an e.mail at limey58@hotmail.com and we can work it out.

Posted by: keith at April 1, 2009 11:42 AM

Wow. Thanks for all of your kind words. I am Al Wilmot's daughter. One thing I'd really like to say is he loved playing with you all. It didn't matter if he was opening up for Jimi Hendrix or at Union Street Station, he loved and needed the music you all created with him. God Bless.

Posted by: Lisa at June 23, 2009 11:54 PM

Randy Underwood is my brother of the long ago Thyme. I remember the days of the Grande Ballroom when they opened up for Janis Joplin and they did the song "Shapes" by Jeff Beck only better!!!!! Love peace & insence all around! What a great flashback of memories.

Posted by: Judy at September 25, 2009 12:56 PM

My brother Randy Underwood ( I'm the other sister) was a very cool brother in our family...we enjoyed singing The Beatles tunes with him in the back yard and and of course the infamous band rehearsals in the basement with the above mentioned Ron Stiltner being a band member at one time...was so much fun...The sixties and seventies music was the best! "It's the time of the season when love runs high" Miss those days...Joan

Posted by: Joan Dresselhouse at September 28, 2009 12:28 AM

Hooked up my turntable for the first time in probably 10 years! First vinyl that I fired up was Jerry Brown and Beyond. Timeless. Just as good today as it was back in the late 70's at CG, Whistlestop, etc. Always loved to hear them do Somewhere over the Rainbow. Best version ever!! Anyone know if they ever recorded it?

Paul Marshall

Posted by: Paul Marshall at October 4, 2009 01:22 PM

The Hitch Hikers were the early Thyme, back when they were in Kalamazoo. They recorded on Phalanx Records out of Portage, and I have a compilation cd (strictly home made) of Phalanx Records artists and other local bands (Hitch Hikers, Toronadoes, Pastels, Troyes, Deacons, Chessman, Blues, Inc., Rainmakers, Beech Resorts, Smoke, Five Empressions, December's Children, Corner Store, Shirt Tail Relation).

Posted by: Bill Krohn at October 26, 2009 12:54 PM

Hi Bill,
Care to make me a copy of your cd? I am really interested in Phalanx records, but only have a few.

Posted by: jim at November 1, 2009 05:05 PM

I lived in GR and loved the band HOME. They were often found at the Intersection and a couple times at Russo's. Russo's is where I recorded the drummer Michael Roush's incredible solo. Michael was an excellent technician,yet loads of fun. I met Mike when he was playing with Cain, memories kindof foggy but I remember them as a power rock trio. Mike was also in Common People. What I remember best of HOME is they were all ambidextrous and everybody could play every instrument, personally they were open and friendly and I often got invited to Yesterdog after the gig to hang with the band and talk drums with Mike. I got a kick out of Benji who was running sound and the Giant plastic bat he was assigned to man for defending the band from women!

Posted by: Tim Burt at December 15, 2009 08:43 AM

I went to WMU in the late 70's and used to go listen to Jerry Brown and Home too. I had one of their albums on vinyl but I'm sure it's buried in my mother's basement somewhere. Does anyone know where I can get a copy of their music on cd? If you do, please email me at Z3chick46@aol.com. I'm living in California now but would love to hear music from HOME.


Posted by: Robin VanEvery at January 9, 2010 02:27 AM

I named and started the Monuments with Ed, Steve, Dick and Al (who was my roommate) in Kalamazoo. I see Ron Stiltner's name in this thread too whom I played with in high school in the Fugitives. And Paul Wahlrad, I remember your name but don't ever remember you playing in the Monuments. Maybe you can refresh my memory. Of course Eddie eventually played in Thyme and Al SRC and then Lighthouse. If anyone wants to see some pics of our group - The Monuments, who were the house band for a few years at the Blue Pooh in Kalamazoo they are in the blast from the past album on my myspace page, which is myspace.com/starstreams I am also on facebook as "just Forest" as I go by just my last name now. Back in the 60's it was Frank Forest.

Posted by: forest at March 5, 2010 06:15 PM

Haha, guess my memory cells experienced too many recreational substances back in the day, apparently Paul replaced me (and I even sold him my guitar - how could I not remember this stuff?) when I left the band and thought we were breaking up, though they did change their from The Monuments not long after that. Thanks to Steve Schwan for filling in the blanks!

Posted by: forest at March 7, 2010 01:24 PM

I attended WMU, graduating in 1981. We loved seeing Jerry Brown and his band. He was great and his voice was magic. I have a cassette tape of his in my basement (somewhere).

Posted by: Ken Pallante at June 19, 2010 02:39 PM

A great site! I lived in Kalamazoo during the 60's and value my memories. I played in a few local bands that never did much - Cosmic Trolley, 8 1/2 x 11. I worked for awhile at Massey Music. I think Keith Longjohn was the name of a bass player I worked with. I have a memory of one of the guys in The Hitchikers baby-sitting me and my sisters in either Kazoo or Portage - maybe the Rose Hill neighborhood. We would listen to them rehearse and it inspired me to start playing. They came out with a 45 I recall as "I Know You" but I might have the title wrong. Is there a chance anyone might have a digital copy of that song? I'm also looking for the cover of Hendrix's "Fire" done by 5 by 5 on Cameo.

I remember seeing The Thyme at the Crazy Horse (we played there a few times as well) and I think they did "Time of the Season", saying they recorded it before the Zombies - or is that a dream of some kind? :) 8 1/2 x 11 played some Hullabaloo clubs around the Great Lakes - that was fun. We played places like The Platters in Cadillac, the Armory at Sturgis. We opened for Brown Paper Bag, Bob Seger & the Last Herd, Frost, Shirt Tail Relations, The Troll (from Chicago, I believe) and others/ I'm getting at the point where it's important to go back to those memories so if anyone can validate these few things and/or point me toward some music sources, I'd be very grateful.

Posted by: Danny Wright at July 15, 2010 03:54 AM

Check with Mike at 60sgaragebands.com

Posted by: tom kirby at July 15, 2010 06:49 AM

Oh the Crazy Horse. Once upon a time we played warm up for Grand Funk Railroad there, before their first albume was even released.

Posted by: Mike Talbot at August 18, 2010 05:08 PM

Wow! How nice to find this site. I am Al Wilmot's brother. I have to admit my memory of all the details of his musical past is foggy but yes, Al was in the Thyme, SRC and Lighthouse and many other bands before and after. WAY BACK, when we were growing up in Royal Oak (the house my father still lives in) we would play 45's of Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and many others, over and over. I built his first bass guitar amplifier - it was an Eico kit (even before dynaco). He got me and my younger brother Jeff each an autographed album from the Cream when they played at the Grande Ballroom. Russ Gibb wanted to kick us out cause we were under age but we had no place to go except front row, center seats! Al was a great guy. From day one he was always a kind and happy person. Unfortunately, we lost him in September of 2005. My last conversation with him was via the telephone. He talked about the time he spent with Jimi Hendrix in his dressing room and the time he bought Chuck Berry breakfast. Such great memories.

Posted by: Doug Wilmot at October 16, 2010 10:47 PM

Hi Vicki. I used to play bass with your dad in Jerry Brown's band "Beyond ",with Mike Rousch on drums. We had a good time. I havent seen Steve since I moved to Nashville 10 years ago. Tell him Bob Reilly say's hey.

Posted by: Bob Reilly at November 11, 2010 11:16 AM

Hello there,
My name is Ben I am a Jimi Hendrix collector.
I am trying to piece August the 15th 1967 together.
The day that The Jimi Hendrix Experience played at The Fifth Dimension Club", 216 West Huron Street, 48104, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The Thyme was also a part of that evening.
If anyone has any information on thisdate it be great if you drop me a email.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Yours Faithfully,

Posted by: Ben. at December 4, 2010 03:53 PM

I better tell you my email address makes things alot more easy.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Yours Faithfully,

Posted by: Ben at December 5, 2010 02:39 AM


Posted by: BOB REILLY at June 10, 2011 02:33 PM

What a great two sided cover on BANG! Neil Diamond & PP&M!
Such a great band! They did it right!!

Posted by: Gregory Hurd at November 7, 2011 06:15 PM

To all Family and Friends.....Great guys in the band knew them all along with a few of my friends from Detroit.....Paula, Joanie, and Leni....we used to have such a great time...I was with them when they opened for Hendrix & Soft Machine......Anyone. know where Ralph Jones is? You can email me at gift960@Aol.com....sorry to hear about Al I built a home in Interlochen 2005 wish I knew he was here I have had a summer place on Lake Leelanau since 1998. Thanks for all the Great times.

Posted by: Darlene Perkola at June 13, 2012 04:40 PM

Note to Mike Talbot - you might not see this but what band were you in that opened for the Pack/GFR?

Posted by: Danny Wright at December 28, 2012 03:06 AM

nice page, scotty morgan is pretty sick I understand? What about Artie fields, he was a big part with productions in Detroit,

Posted by: m.Jeep Holland at March 19, 2013 12:10 AM

I went to school with Keith Longjohn, what a beautiful soul that dude was. Does anybody have specific memories OR photos OR recorded music by the Tiers? When I lived with Larry Genoa, Joey Montante, Steve Kirelly (sp?), Chris Hudson, Carmen and a few others, Randy Underwood used to drop by now and again with his guitar and we'd all sit in the "boo room" together listening to music & sometimes he'd play and we'd have a singalong...carmen and I had bought a Creepy Crawlers maker kit and had put stars, planets and all manner of critters (glow in the dark!) all over the black ceiling of the room. I almost lived at the Horse, the Red Garter, Blue Pooh, and Ramona Palace / Summer Place! Hung out with Dick Wagner & Frost, Tiers (where's Al Birdsong?), Brownsville Station, wonderful friend Danny Watson was keyboard/backup vocal for Bob Seger System..oh my goodness, anyone have any photos they can send to me? I have totally lost touch with every single one of the Tiers...used to hit the Kalamazoo Armory to watch HitchHikers win the Battle of the Bands contests hands-down...loved Thyme as well, and Lighthouse. Ah, memories. Would so love to reconnect at least by photo or sounds, to some of these fabulous people.

Posted by: Neita at April 6, 2013 06:43 AM

Ralph Cole did play for the Hitchhikers in the mid sixties. I used to wath them practice in a garage by Westwood School.

Posted by: John at July 18, 2013 04:45 PM

Glad I found this post - big fan of the Thyme, Rationals and SRC - glad to have found this blog - lots of interesting info about everyone - RIP Al Wilmot - he was very talented and very sweet - when Lighthouse came to Detroit , he saw me and my friend Debbie in audience and came out to talk to us...not surprised that Eddie is a college professor - he was nicknamed "The Professor" I think by Ralph Jones who worked with the Thyme (the two Ralphs - Cole and Jones)...

Posted by: Cecil Rohrbacher at November 14, 2013 12:32 PM

I played in a band at the same time as Steve, & Ralph, at that time they were the "Hitch hikers", and we're great.

Our band was "The Voyagers" and included Tom Saewert drums, Steve Lance guitar, Steve Weatherbee guitar, John Krosowski guitar and sax, and I was lead singer and occasional guitar. It was a great time of life, battle of the bands, and an era when music was everything. The Beatles, Kinks, Byrds, Dave Clark Five, Sam the Sham and the Pharro's, fun time to play.

Posted by: Jim MacPhee at October 2, 2014 08:28 PM

Does anyone know if I can still get a copy of a song by the Hitchhikers called Your The One. Thanks in advance

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