“Clubbing in the Northland” – the story of Club Manitou & Club Ponytail
James Osterberg (Iggy Pop) Connection to Club Ponytail.
The Iguanas was a garage rock band formed during 1963 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was one the first bands of James Osterberg, now better known as Iggy Pop. Osterberg was the drummer of the band while in high school, and got his nickname “Iggy” from the name of this band. Also, an exhaustive compilation in several volumes (both LPs and CDs) by Greg Shaw of recordings by the Stooges was also named for this band and called The Iguana Chronicles.
The line-up was:
soon augmented by
They originally performed in high school dances, fraternity houses and later clubs in Ann Arbor.
In 1965 they were an opening act for bands such as Four Tops, the Shangri-Las and the Kingsmen at Club Ponytail in Harbor Springs, a local resort area. Osterberg left the group soon afterward, and with another drummer (Tom Rolston) they sought but did not get a recording contract.
Who has a list of bands acts that appeared at the Club Ponytail in Harbor Springs MI during the 1960s?
I remember Paul and Paula, Conway twitty, Brian Highland, Beach Boys, Dawn.
At that time the Dugless’s own the Pony Tail. Their daughter dated a friend of mine, Packey Warner.
The name is actually Douglas’s and I did not date him I just knew Paxton Lee Warner the III. Linda
Geoff Guillaume from an e-mail of March 16, 2013
The place was special to all of us. I started going there in 1962 or 3 (if it was open then) Met my first real love there, unfortunately did not follow through with that relationship as I should have – probably would have been the best thing I could have done, but everything has its time and place I suppose. If Cindy is reading this, I truly mean that. She knows it too I would guess. I have great memories of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas and their great looking daughter Linda. The service the Douglas’s offered to the youth of the area by keeping us off the street and not driving under the influence was huge. I am sure many of us are alive today as a result of their kindness and strength. I know my parents were friends of them and greatly appreciated what they did for all of us.
Tunnels? Club Ponytail
Tidbit story by Doug Taylor
Hi all, I’m Scott Douglas and my parents Stan and Anna Jean Douglas opened and ran Club Ponytail as well as The Golden Horseshoe just up the road. My surviving brother and sisters may chime in on this story as I was quite young during the Ponytail days.
I will start by saying Stan and Anna Jean came from Ohio to Petosky where they owned The Northern Lodge from circa 57-62 Then they bought the old club Manatou on Pleasant view road and old rt 131and moved our family into the adjoining house. That old club was a front for a casino during prohibition and was riddled with tunnels, secret passages and hidden rooms. My parents started spinning records on Saturday nights in the main ballroom to help pay for groceries and it caught on pretty fast. Improvements and expansions like the outside stages and the large patio were added and the artists were extended family style treatment, some even staying in our home while in town to perform there. The Ponytail became an icon in Northern Michigan and many of you came great distances to catch live shows from famous artists as the surviving posters prove. The Club burned down in 69 and my family moved to Arizona in 71. Anna Jean died 10years later from cancer and Stanley died 2001. I have many great memories of that time. I was. A spy, a gangster and a rock star any time I got to play. And if you were ever a drummer at the Ponytail and you came in to find your kit was moved or broken, I apologize, it was probably me.