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Bob and the Rockbillies

Grand Rapids –

Most likely this is Bob Reinhardt’s first band that recorded under the name Bob and the Rockbillies:

Bob Reinhardt, Jim Braisted (RIP), Dick Wolf, Jerry Lewis RIP

Bob Reinhardt was one of West Michigan’s first rock and roll musicians.

Aka, Bobby Bond Trio, Bob and the Bandits, Bob and the Rockbillies, was probably Grand Rapids first Rock & Roll Band.

(L_R) Bobby Bond, Jim Braisted, Jerry Lewis, Dick Wolf & Lonnie Lehr.

Various musicians played with Bob Reinhardt including Bob Reinhardt (AKA Bobby Bond) (Guitar) Les Clark, Lloyd Miller (Drums) Jim Braisted (Bass) (RIP), Dick Wolf (Upright Bass), Lonnie Lehr (Bass) (RIP)  Jerry Lewis (Drums) (RIP)





Lonnie Lehr (RIP), Bob Reinhardt and Jim Braisted (RIP)

Lonnie Lehr (RIP), Bob Reinhardt and Jim Braisted (RIP)









Shamrock Ad - Bobby Bond Trio

Shamrock Ad – Bobby Bond Trio












Bob and the Bandits recordings:

Bob and the Rockbillies recordings:


Bobby Bond & The Bandits – Livin’ Doll – YouTube (1:58)

Bobby Bond – How´s Everything In Your World Today – YouTube (2:27)

Bobby Bond – Anyway – YouTube (2:31)

8 Responses to Bob and the Rockbillies

  1. bob dant says:

    i knew bobby bond very well, we had a duo, wrote songs, he even lived w/me for about a yr. this was in nashville. i haven’t been able to find him, where or how he is. i loved him like a brother. he is the same bob reinhardt y’all are talking about. please help me find him.

  2. Don Lehr says:

    Lonnie Lehr is my older brother. Unfortunately, as his son Matt says, he has Alzheimer’s and doesn’t recognize us anymore. But, he was not an incidental person with Bob Reinhardt’s musical career. He and Jerry Lewis were Bob’s best friends. They all went to Ottawa Hills High School together, and began playing their music together, in 1955-56 with a friend, Wayne Willwerth, frequently at the home of Lonnie’s first “True Love”, Sue Ward. She was always the standard that Had to meet Lonnie’s approval.More later .

  3. admin says:

    Matt, I am trying to contact you. I already wrote you an email. Please respond to kimdonaldrush@hotmail.com There are 2 people that I know that probably played with your dad on the first Bob Reinhardt single in 1958. Thank you, Kim Rush, West Mich Music Hysterical Society

  4. Matt Lehr says:

    Lonnie Lehr is my father. He is still alive but not doing well. He currently has Alzheimers and does not recognize his own family. I have some pictures and some billboards cut outs along with some 45’s. My father told us stories often of his times in the band when we were growing up. Always thought it was cool that I could say that he was a “rockstar”. Love ya dad!

  5. Richard Wolf says:

    I played bass with Bob & the Rockbillies (Blue Chip Label) and then we changed the name to Bob & the Bandits (LOKI Label). This was in 1959 thru 1961. I have the 2 cuts, one from each label. Lonnie Lehr (rhythm) & amp; Jerry Lewis (drums) have died. I haven’t found Jim Brastead who played lead. If any one has old photos of the band, please share with me.

    • Barbara Doyle says:

      Lonnie is my brother and is very much alive but is in poor health. It makes me very sad to hear these old songs. Those were the good old days! How I miss him and the good times we had. I love you Lon!!

  6. Rolf R. says:

    I believe that the band was called Bob And The Rockbillies, not Bob and The Rockabillies. Please checkout the labels.

  7. Craig Jenkins says:

    Do you know what happened to any of these guys? I would like to interview them.

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