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Dan Schneider

The Schneider Kids – 1958-1964 (Rhythm guitar, vocals) (RIP 8-11-2016)

The Schneider Kids

The Schneider Kids

 

The Schneider Kids

Chip played the stand-up bass, which was considerably taller then he was.
Chip actually started playing and singing with them in 1959, at the age of 6.
Their first gig was in August of 1958 at an old age home, and from there they
played all over Michigan at company parties, school affairs, and various events that wanted entertainment. They also performed on Buck Berry’s TV show a couple of times as well as on WOOD-TV’s Bop Hop, Grand Rapids’ own version of “American Bandstand.” They also were on the WMAX “Water Wonderland Caravan Of Stars” tour with The Kingtones, The Eschelons, Carl Davis, and The Sunset Boys.
In their earlier years they also played at fairs and talent contests all over this part of the state. They were exceptionally good and very professional even at their young age, and it was a rare occasion when they didn’t win any talent contest they entered.

They leaned toward country music, but did pop songs as well. I remember their playing an Everly Brothers song or two and they did one mean version of “Mule Skinner’s Blues.” But their rendition of The Coasters’ “Charlie Brown” was clearly their signature song. The crowd went wild when Chip, the young stand-up bass player, did the “Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me?” line.

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