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Fred Knight and the Chessmen

Grand Rapids

Fred Tusch – vocals, Larry Nozzel – Guitar, Tom Lynch – bass,  and Keith Mullins on drums

From Keith Mullins: The song, Laurie, was originally called Sherry, but because of the 4 seasons release that year, the name was changed to the name of our bass player’s girlfriend (at that time). Sherry was actually a girl that went to Creston (’64) – you know who you are.
The other members were Fred Tusch – vocals, Larry Nozzel – Guitar, Tom Lynch – bass and myself on drums.

I wrote the “A” side of our only recording and Bob Reinhardt (Bob and the Bandits) wrote the “B” side (Most of All) and produced it on his label – Loki. The record only had local coverage and was not really promoted. We disbanded about 6 months later.

Here’s an audio file of “Laurie” by Fred and the Chessmen:

[audio:http://www.westmichmusichystericalsociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/09-Fred-Knight-Chessmen-_-Laurie1.mp3|titles=09 Fred Knight & Chessmen _ Laurie]

09 Fred Knight & Chessmen _ Laurie

This recording was located on the Top 50 charts for WGRD in March of 1963.

4 Responses to Fred Knight and the Chessmen

  1. admin says:

    You can now listen to Fred Knight and the Chessmen’s single called Laurie on their web page!

  2. Keith Mullins says:

    Actually, Fred’s little sister’s name is Carleen – and I hear that she’s still a cutie.

  3. Keith Mullins says:

    The band was actually called Fred Knight and the Chessmen. The song, Laurie, was originally called Sherry, but because of the 4 seasons release that year, the name was changed to the name of our bass player’s girlfriend (at that time). Sherry was actually a gir that went to Creston (’64) – you know who you are.
    The othe members were Fred Tusch – vocals, Larry Nozzel – Guitar, Tom Lynch – bass and myself on drums.
    I wrote the “A” side of our only recording and Bob Reinhardt wrote the “B” side (Most of All) and produced it on his label – Loki. The record only had local coverage and was not really promoted. We disbanded about 6 months later.

  4. dennis gillissen says:

    they did a real smooth song called “lorrie” freds little sisters name , she was a cute one. West side ruled for a while.

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