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Common People

Grand Rapids – Fergie Frederiksen (Lead vocals) (TOTO) Bob Reilly (Bass) Fred Munch (Keyboards) Larry Cook (Guitar) Lynn Nowicki (Vocals) Danny Kantner (Vocals) George Pawloski (Drums) (RIP)

c. 1974-1975 Common People pictured below: bottom row, left to right are Fergie Fredrickson, Larry Cook and Fred Munch. Top row, left to right are Bob Reilly, and George Pawloski

 

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Common People at Ideal Park #1
Common People at Ideal Park #1
Common People at Ideal Park #2
Common People at Ideal Park #2
Common People at Ideal Park #3
Common People at Ideal Park #3
Common People at Ideal Park #4
Common People at Ideal Park #4
Common People at Ideal Park #5
Common People at Ideal Park #5
Bob Reilly and Larry Cook at The Abbey, Traverse City, MI  6-74
Bob Reilly and Larry Cook at The Abbey, Traverse City, MI 6-74
 Common People (L-R)  Bob Reilly, George Pawloski, Larry Cook, Danny Kantner
Common People (L-R) Bob Reilly, George Pawloski, Larry Cook, Danny Kantner
Common People on 6th St. Bridge
Common People on 6th St. Bridge
Lin and Common People at westgate
Lin and Common People at westgate
Lin with Common People
Lin with Common People
Common People
Common People

 

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Fire flash from can with Fergie singing, 6-74 #1
Fire flash from can with Fergie singing, 6-74 #1
Larry in water looking at canoe #2
Larry in water looking at canoe #2
Larry Cook sitting on chair in creek, Traverse City, MI, June 1974 #3
Larry Cook sitting on chair in creek, Traverse City, MI, June 1974 #3
Larry sitting in creek 6-74 #4
Larry sitting in creek 6-74 #4
Larry sitting in creek again 6-74 #5
Larry sitting in creek again 6-74 #5
L-R, Bob Reilly, Fergie Frederiksen and Larry Cook, The Abbey, Traverse City, MI 6-74 #6
L-R, Bob Reilly, Fergie Frederiksen and Larry Cook, The Abbey, Traverse City, MI 6-74 #6
Bob Reilly & Larry #7
Bob Reilly & Larry #7
Bob Reilly and Larry Cook at The Abbey, Traverse City, MI 6-74 #8
Bob Reilly and Larry Cook at The Abbey, Traverse City, MI 6-74 #8
Bob Reilly & Larry Cook sitting in creek, 6-74 #9
Bob Reilly & Larry Cook sitting in creek, 6-74 #9
Common People at The Abbey, Traverse City, MI, 6-74 #10
Common People at The Abbey, Traverse City, MI, 6-74 #10
Dancing to the Common People at The Abbey, See Larry Cook on guitar, 6-74 #11
Dancing to the Common People at The Abbey, See Larry Cook on guitar, 6-74 #11
Fergie looking out from deck onto water, Traverse City, MI 6-74 #12
Fergie looking out from deck onto water, Traverse City, MI 6-74 #12
 Common People (L-R)  Bob Reilly, George Pawloski, Larry Cook, Danny Kantner
Common People (L-R) Bob Reilly, George Pawloski, Larry Cook, Danny Kantner
Common People #14
Common People #14
Lin and Common People at Cabin in Mt. Pleasant
Lin and Common People at Cabin in Mt. Pleasant
Lin and Common People at Shamrock Ad
Lin and Common People at Shamrock Ad

 

The Common People c. 1970s (L-R) Larry, Bob, Fred, George, Danny, Snapper, and Go. Courtesy Mary DeGennaro

The Common People c. 1970s (L-R) Larry, Bob, Fred, George, Danny, Snapper, and Go. Courtesy Mary DeGennaro

Common People – Approximate Timeline
written Nov. 29, 2011 – FM/BR
 
1968 – Band formed.
Lead Singer – Lin Nowicki
Guitar – Larry Cook
Lead Guitar – Jim Wilson*
Bass – Doug Pollock*/Bob Reilly
Drums -Rick Sutherland*/Guy Gross
Keyboards – Fred Munch
 
*First few months only
 
 
 
1969
Lead Singer – Lin Nowicki
Guitar – Larry Cook
Bass – Bob Reilly
Drums – Guy Gross/George Pawloski
Keyboards – Fred Munch
 
 
 
1970
Lead Singer – Lin Nowicki
Guitar – Larry Cook
Bass – Bob Reilly
Drums – George Pawloski
Keyboards – Fred Munch
 
 
 
1971
Lead Singer – Lin Nowicki
Guitar – Larry Cook
Bass – Bob Reilly
Drums – George Pawloski
Keyboards – Fred Munch
 
 
1972
Lead Singer – Lin/Danny Kantner/Ula Hedwig*
Guitar – Larry Cook
Bass – Bob Reilly
Drums – George Pawloski
Keyboards – Fred Munch
*Briefly with Danny
 
1973
Lead Singer – Danny Kantner
Guitar – Larry Cook
Bass – Bob Reilly
Drums – George Pawloski
Keyboards – Fred Munch
 
 
1974
Lead Singer – Danny Kantner/Fergie*
Guitar – Larry Cook
Bass – Bob Reilly
Drums – George Pawloski
Keyboards – Fred Munch
 
* Dennis Frederiksen
 
 
1975
Lead Singer – Fergie/none
Guitar – Larry Cook
Bass – Bob Reilly
Drums – George Pawloski/Mike Roush
Keyboards – Fred Munch
 
 
1976 (Band ended in July)
Lead Singer – Danny Kantner
Guitar – Larry Cook
Bass – Bob Reilly
Drums – Mike Roush
Keyboards – Fred Munch
 
 
 
1968 – 1976 (various times)
Road Crew/Sound, Lights, Special Effects (usually 3 people at a time)
Bob Rollins
Ilmars Donnins
Rick David
Pete Morgan
Rick VanAntwerp
Rick Voglesang
Bill Conti
Cynthia Young
Vicky Myers
Mike McCormick
 
Other Drummers (brief periods of time):  Dan Ohlman, Dave McClellan
Opened For:
Steve Miller
Blue Oyster Cult/38 Special
Bob Seger System
Wayne Cochran & the C.C. Riders
 
 
Partial Listing of Venues:
Grand Rapids:
Star Dust
Shamrock
Ideal Park
Thunderchicken
Grand Valley State University
 
Kalamazoo:
Back Door
Coral Cables
 
Chicago:
Mother’s
Rush Up
Baby Huey’s
Grannie’s
 
Lake Geneva, WI
Black Knight
Playboy Club
 
Big Rapids:
Winter’s Creek
 
Grand Haven:
Harbor Inn
 
Pontiac:
Mr. C’s
300 Bowl
 
Ann Arbor Blues Festival
 
Seaside Heights, NJ:
Fat City
 
Woodbridge & Atlantic City, NJ:
Colonel’s Garter
 
Asbury Park, NJ:
Rocky’s
 
Orange, NJ:
Dodd’s
 
 
States worked in:
Michigan
Ohio
Indiana
Illinois
Missouri
Georgia
Florida
South Carolina
Wisconsin
New Jersey
Massachusetts
Pennsylvania
Iowa
Nebraska
Oklahoma
 
Int:
Canada
 
 
 
Local Influences and friends:
Ronnie Fray (and the Capers- with Allan & Clay)
Me & Dem Guys
MS Funk
Plain Brown WrapperSpot and the Blotters
This recording was made at Phil Robert’s Midwestern Studios. This is a Common People version of the Beatle’s “Here, There and Everywhere,” featuring Lin Nowicki on vocalsListen here:

[audio:http://www.westmichmusichystericalsociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/commonpeople_herethereandeverywhere3.mp3|titles=commonpeople_herethereandeverywhere]

 

 

13 Responses to Common People

  1. Laura Kuzyk Tripp says:

    Would like to find Larry Cook

  2. Jon Gay says:

    I remember my Brother and I sitting on stage and playing around as of stepdad played the drums (George Pawloski). I think my brother has a CD with a lot of the songs.

  3. I saw the Common People perform at Studio 28, the big screen theater, before th midnight movie. One of the concerts I’ll never forget.

  4. Dick Beatty says:

    GREAT BAND

  5. bob decocq says:

    what a great band back in the day ! they heavily influenced me to pick up the bass and give it a whirl. thought bob reilly was great and was happy in later years to become his friend. he even let me use his old jazz bass for an extended period of time when i got into a pinch. truely one of the greatest bands to come out of g.r.

  6. Jerry Brown says:

    Funny but these guys are anything but common people. I have had the pleasure of working with Fred, Bob and Larry and Mike many, many times over the years, and they are exceptionally unique musicians and individuals. Thanks so much for honoring this great band and these very Uncommon People.

  7. Tony Johnson says:

    I would like to know is there a way to get any recordings of some of the songs from the Common People. I am trying to put together a group of songs from them and this time period. Any help would be appreciated.

  8. Tommy Johnson says:

    I remember Bob Reilly and Larry Cook. Bob was grumpy and Larry was a hoot.

  9. admin says:

    Just posted an audio file sung by Lin Nowicki with the
    Common People for your listening pleasure

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  11. admin says:

    Madeleine, Please send your pictures and I will Post them on the Common People’s Page. Send to: WMMusicHystericalSociety@yahoo.com Please Label captions with (L – R) names of band members where it applies.

    That picture with Lin’ in it, I’m told was at Westgate Bowl. Doug

  12. Madeleine (Mad/Maddy) Beitmann says:

    What a nice surprise to see this website and to see the same picture that I have in a photo album up in PA. When I go up there, I will see if I have any others and will somehow get them to you if I am told how. What a joy! I am wondering if this was a picture that I had taken in one of the clubs they played at, or if it was given to me. I can’t remember. It was so long ago. Brings back wonderful memories! George (RIP) was such a powerhouse drummer. I can still hear him drumming after all these years. I can still see the smoke on the stage from the dry ice and the fire shooting out of the cans on stage. What a band that was!! I used to ask when they would be recording, and would be answered with, “We’re not ready yet.” Ula and I used to talk about that when I would go to NYC sometimes. Seems like yesterday but that was 1972-1974.

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