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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 – 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 VanAntweerp
Rick Voglesang
Bill Conti
Cynthia Young
Vicky Myers
Mike MacCormack
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 vocals

Listen here:

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

 

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5 Responses to Common People

  1. Tommy Johnson says:

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

  2. admin says:

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

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  4. 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

  5. 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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