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60sgaragebands.com has some great interviews with the Intruders, the Jades, the Pastels, and the Pedestrians.

Last updated on January 4, 2005.

need to have info asap re/ the penetrators from traverse city. they recorded " cross the river of love" #992 on fenton label. band member names, recording date and any thing else you can provide. thanx john wicksall

Posted by: john wicksall at December 18, 2005 08:05 AM

I did a google search on myself, and my name came up with Wayne Moorman, Maryann Sawrey and George Voss, Fred Rehmert, as playing with me and dem guys, This line up is for the Headband from 1969 to about 1971 some of these players my have played with me and dem guys but most including myself never did

Posted by: Skeets Chappell at September 27, 2008 02:00 PM

Hi Skeets,
George Voss was the only one to play with Me and Dem Guys,he joined in 1971 replacing Jan Porter for the final year the band was together.
Have a good one,Keith

Posted by: keith at September 29, 2008 12:53 PM

Now thats a band I haven't heard of in a long time. Me and Dem Guys. Hell, it wasn't a band, it was a small orchestra. I was head bartender in the "Alpine Saloon" at Westgate Bowl way back in the 60's when they played there. They was a band of all bands. Keith, Jan, Frank Eimer. The place was always packed, with a long line outside. It was a real honor to have heard those guys play. Doug Taylor

Posted by: Doug Taylor at October 31, 2008 10:58 PM

Hi Doug,
Thanks for the fond memories!
I still stay in touch with all the guys even though they're scattered across the country.
Some are still playing,my sons band Front Row/Dunn Deal plays in town regularly try and catch them they're pretty good.
I've got a bunch of pictures from our time in the Alpine Saloon in the 60's if you're interested get with me and I'll get some to you!
Keith (limey58@hotmail.com)

Posted by: keith at November 1, 2008 04:19 PM

Keith, Those were great memories. Do you have any pictures of the crowd in the Alpine Saloon. I would probably know a bunch of people. I worked their (Westgate Bowl) for 5 years. But also worked many many bars in GR. Also worked for Coral Gables in Saugatuck.(Old Crow) I had a fun life. You'd remember me. I was always giving you drinks. lol. That room (Alpine Saloon) held 450 people and you guys always had a waiting line at the door clear out to the bowling counter. Send any pictures to ( thelineman16@comcast.net ) and I'll try to find one of myself from that bygone era. This room sure is a lot more fun than the campaign coverage. I use to see Frank Eimer a lot back in the late 70's. I'll keep in touch. Doug Taylor

Posted by: Doug Taylor at November 1, 2008 11:53 PM

Saw a posting from Skeets Chappell, hey Skeets, we worked togther for my father in kazoo in the 60s. I'm still playing with some guys, how bout you? tim

Posted by: Tim Knapper at February 26, 2009 02:56 PM

Hey, I was married to Skeets from 1980-1986. I know he is in Allegan, MI last I heard, hope he and his family are doing well.

Posted by: Deborah at June 20, 2009 10:31 PM

I was the lead singer of the Penetrators and we recorded at Fenton records in 1965. An Questions call 360-377-0863 or w.soappman@comcast.net Thanks for the memories

Posted by: William Soappman at August 30, 2009 04:12 AM

Skeets - drop me a line either at bobashman@cox.net, or on Facebook --

Bob Ashman: East Lansing 1967-1973; Kalamazoo 1974-1990; Las Vegas 1990-2009

Posted by: Bob Ashman at August 31, 2009 03:56 AM

I just wanted to inform everyone who doesn't know that The Chentelles from Fennville, Michigan who recorded at Fenton Records on 1/19/67, came in second in the voiting and were just inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends H.O.F. as of 6/1/14. It is just totally amazing to me that after 47-1/2 years that we are still making history and still rocking!!! For my friends in Allegan county or anyone else who might be interested, there will be an article done in the Allegan County News on The Chentelles making the HOF sometime the week of 6/9.

Posted by: Mark A. Adams at June 10, 2014 10:50 AM

Looking for info on a band called The Frogs out of GR late 60's early 70's looking for band member Ted Jones's Les Paul. Any info appreciated.

Posted by: James at January 6, 2015 12:37 PM

Hello everyone!!!

Fenton Records is making a revival AND opening a cultural community center for the arts!!! WE NEED YOU!!! If you are a former band member, technician, engineer, songwriter, or employee of Fenton Records (or the affiliated labels), PLEASE send us an email with your contact info! Time is of the essence and we want to include YOU in our ribbon-cutting ceremony! Cheers! :o)

Posted by: Debbie C at June 3, 2015 09:43 PM

Debbie, you left no contact info?

Posted by: Keith Seccombe at July 25, 2015 03:03 PM

Keith I first met you at a converted roller rink to dance club in Richland Michigan in the mid 60's.Geno and his lovely Bride own and ran the place.We where the house band Kathy and the Unknowns! We where setup to do a gig with you guys at the old Elbow Room in GR. on a Saturday afternoon ,but we were not allow to play because our Lead Player was only 14 Remember you guys were so piss't! Run into you a few times later on the road nice to see your still up and running! P.S. Skeets haven't seen you in 50 years ,used to dated your sister Cookie when you guys lived in Parchment on the Hill by the Park! Wow long time ago! If you see Cookie tell Her Mike Powell said hello!

Posted by: Mike Powell at January 28, 2016 12:37 PM
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