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Grand Rapids (02/04/1967 to 10/10/1967) (aka Joint Effort)

Feb. to July, our band was called “Joint Effort.”  From July until we ended in October, we were “Ramrods.”

Band Members:

  • Ty Remington (Lead guitar, vocals)
  • Denny Prusinowski (Rhythm guitar, vocals) Ty & Denny met and began practicing together in mid-January 1967
  • Alan DeBoer (Drums, bass guitar, vocals) Alan joined Ty and Denny in early February 1967
  • Rick Bursley (Bass guitar, drums, no vocals) Rick joined Ty, Denny, and Alan in mid February 1967
  • John Anderson (Keyboard – piano & organ, no vocals) John joined Ty, Denny, Alan, and Rick in mid April 1967
Ramrods license plate printed many years ago, though I added our names much more recently. It likely would have become the band's bass drum insignia.

Ramrods license plate printed many years ago, though I added our names much more recently. It likely would have become the band’s bass drum insignia.

Our band (Joint Effort), later (Ramrods) recorded two songs in the out of business movie theater in Sparta during July-August 1967.  One of the two owners who recorded us was Dave Kalmbach.

The two songs we recorded in Sparta during July/August ’67 were, “There’s a Girl I Love” on one side, and “Firewater” on the other.  To us, “There’s a Girl I Love” was the A-side, “Firewater” the B-side.  However, when Ray Hosier played them on WLAV 1340 AM, he said “Firewater” should be your A-side, and after giving it some thought, he was absolutely correct.

‘After the Ramrods parted ways, Alan joined the U.S. Air Force, Rick enlisted in the Army, and the Army chose Denny.’
Unfortunately, there are no photos of the band.  There were a handful of them taken in ’67 both practicing and at gigs, but don’t know where they ended up, and believe them likely to be lost.  
We never missed a Saturday evening during the entire band’s history (Feb. ’67 – Oct. ’67).  If we did not have a Saturday night Gig, we practiced, and no member ever missed a Saturday.
We rehearsed in the lower level of a church (cannot recall the name), on the South side of Lake Dr. near Carlton Ave. in E.G.R.  Quite often, people would show up to hear us practice (mostly groups of girls), who ‘somehow’ learned where we practiced?  Emoji
Our repertoire were songs by Beatles, DC Five, Paul Revere (Raiders), Monkees, Kinks, Byrds, Ricky Nelson, Gerry (Pacemakers), and others, plus much of our own material.
Venues played:  
High School dances, “Sock Hops” –  Lowell H.S., Kelloggsville H.S., Kenowa Hills H.S., Forest Hills H.S., Grand Haven H.S., Rockford H.S.
Wedding Receptions – Ramona Terrace (North off West River Dr., Belmont, MI.), The Barn Scene (West side of Ivanrest Ave.), one – two miles South of 28th St. SW)
Grand Openings – Rosie’s Restaurant – Proprietor Rosie Smith, (South side of M-21 in downtown Lowell, MI.), and the Ada Village Mall – contact Daniel Reynolds (??), (Ada Dr. in downtown Ada) 

One Response to Ramrods

  1. Rick Bursley says:

    It was Rick Bursley not Beasley, And he went into the Army.

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