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The Mussies

South Haven (The band later become The Smoke)

The Mussies – Paul Nabb, Brady Rusin, Bill Johnson, Tom Mann, Chic Erikson

Picture used with permissions from Michigan 60’s Garage Bands!








Band Members:

  • Paul Nabb (Guitar, vocals)
  • Brady Rusin
  • Bill Johnson
  • Tom Mann (Rhythm guitar, vocals)
  • Chic Erikson (Lead vocalist)

Comments below are from Grand Rapids Rocks website, used with permission:


South Haven

Last updated on May 17, 2004.


Just got a copy of ‘louie go home’/’12 o-clock july’ and it has a promo stamp. I’ve never seen a Fenton promo before. Cool.

Posted by: r.pieper at July 8, 2005 12:00 PM

Can you post a picture?

Posted by: jim at July 18, 2005 06:34 PM

I came across this thread by accident but it brought back a lot of memories so I thought I’d post something. In 1964-5ish I lived in South Haven, MI next door to I believe his name was Paul Nabb who was a guitarist for the Mussies. My brother & I even took guitar lessons from him for a few months (Beatlemania was in FULL swing). I was _very_ young at the time, around 5 or 6 and don’t remember too much. Recently I was going through some old boxes and came across a copy of their demo 45 that had “Louie Go Home” and “12 O’Clock July” that he had given to my folks. It has no date stamp on it but it’s a genuine Fenton label. It’s in pretty rough condition and as I have no turn table that plays 45s anymore, I have no way of knowing what kind of playing condition it’s in. The last time I could have played it was on my old Capehart record grinder back in the early 70s. Anyone know what ever happened to these guys???

Posted by: Slice812 at April 3, 2008 09:30 PM

My dad, Tom Mann, played rhythm guitar for the Mussies. I have a few of their old 45s with Fenton Records. I came across this post by accident really. To my complete surprise someone had posted a video on you toob with 12 o’clock July and Louie Go Home. So, I decided to just search around and see what else I could find. The lead singer is/was Chic Ericksen – he still lives in South Haven. Its really nice that people still remember them and appreciated their music.

Posted by: Matthew Mann at February 2, 2010 09:15 PM

I Grew up with Chic and Bill Johnson and the rest of the Mussies, we had the most incredible times together. In fact I just got through chatting with chic and remembering all of the good times and some not so good. Thanks to this web site we are going to get together real soon,.

Bill Morgan

Posted by: Bill Morgan at June 23, 2011 11:35 PM

4 Responses to The Mussies

  1. Bryn Zielke says:

    Paul Nabb is my dad! He’s 69 now and lives in North Carolina. He played professionally for many years and toured the world with a band called New Hope. He’s retired now and takes great joy in teaching his grandchildren guitar. He’s a swell guy, and it brings me great joy to see that people remembered him <3

  2. Karen Hoopes says:

    Paul Nabb played on a gospel album that my husband produced at Leon Russell’s church studio in Tulsa Oklahoma. The album title was “In a Maze of Grace” in 1973.

  3. Mott says:

    I was married to Bill Johnson. Wonderful man! He always loved music. His taste in music was very eclectic.

  4. Don Chance says:

    Very interesting page. I was in the 4th Grade in 1966-67, and we lived in South Haven for a year; having moved there from New Mexico that summer. My dad was the pastor of a small storefront church right on the waterfront (it was just up the way from a small factory that made electronic coils), and for a small kid who’d never seen giant ocean-going freighters, or what looked like an ocean right there at the edge of town, South Haven made for some pretty awesome experiences. Just up the street a couple doors from the “church” was what we’d now call a rehearsal pad for The Mussies. Their name was painted on the outside wall, and you could hear them all over that street when they were rehearsing. But — and I don’t know if they had the same landlord as the one who owned the church space or not, and if they did whether or not he ever told them to keep it down sometimes — they never played when my dad had services on Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. But they sure lit my imagination on fire when I’d hear them going at it on days when my dad was there cleaning up the church! In our house, back then, rock music was STRICTLY prohibited, and hearing The Mussies play was why I always tried to go along on those otherwise tedious cleaning trips. I eventually got into music myself, and it’s all I’ve done for a living since I was 20. I can’t say The Mussies had all that much influence on my personal musical style, but they sure made playing music sound like some of the most fun a bunch of guys could possibly have together!

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