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The Thyme

Kalamazoo, Portage – Steve Vandenberg (Guitar) Al Wilmot (RIP) Fall 2005 (Bass) Ralph Cole (Lead guitar, sitar) Ed Linenthal (Drums) Randy Underwood

The Thyme was a psychedelic garage rock band originating in Kalamazoo, Michigan, locally popular in the 1960s. Ralph Cole was the lead and also played sitar, Steve Vandenberg played guitar, Ed Linenthal played drums, and (now passed) Al Wilmot on bass. Thyme often opened up Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Cream, and MC5 at venues such as the Grande Ball Room and The Union Street Station.

The Thyme

The Thyme

 

Several members of The Thyme had previous or side bands that they played it. Al Wilmot had The Twang Brothers, Groove Monsters, Lighthouse, Road Runner, The Zooouts, and Love Sum (with Doug Wagner, Mark White, and Randy Underwood). Steve Vandenberg had Beyond (with Mike Rousch and Bob Reilly). Ralph Cole had The Hitch Hikers, which were the early The Thyme, back when they were in Kalamazoo. They recorded on Phalanx Records out of Portage. The band then turned Thyme and was signed to Ann Arbor based A-Square records for quite some time. Also found on A-Square are other 60s and 70s Michigan rock n roll bands such as Iggy, MC5, Scot Richard Case (SRC), and Rationals.

Love to Love by the Thyme:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhnCjkfaS6c

“Somehow” by the Thyme:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5t1jtIndTI&feature=related

“Very Last Day” by the Thyme:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz9WlXywbX4&feature=g-vrec&context=G2917585RVAAAAAAAABA

 

THYME, THE
#1 (November, 1966 – ?)

*Steve Van Den Berg (V, G)
*Ralph Cole (G)
*Doug Neujahr (B)
*Ed Linenthal (D)

Ann Arbor, MI via Kalamazoo, MI.
Was The Hitch-Hikers.

 

#2 (? – May, 1967)

*Steve Van Den Berg (V, G)
*Ralph Cole (G)
*Al Wilmot (B, V) The Monuments
*Ed Linenthal (D)

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#3 (May, 1967 – August, 1967)

*Randy Underwood (V)
*Ralph Cole (G)
*Al Wilmot (B, V)
*Ed Linenthal (D)

 

#4 (August, 1967 – November, 1968)

*Randy Underwood (V)
*Ralph Cole (G)
*Al Wilmot (B, V)
*Jim Optner (D) St. Louis Union

Singles:
“Love To Love” / “Very Last Day” (Bang) 1967
“Somehow” / “Shame Shame” (A-Square) 1967
“Time Of The Season” / “I Found A Love” (A-Square) 1968

 

4 Responses to The Thyme

  1. Dennis Nelson says:

    Steve Vandenberg plays around the Kalamazoo area with several different bands on occasion. He lives outside of Plainwell and can be found hanging with friends on Friday nights at a local bar.

  2. Susan says:

    Oops….make that late 60’s!

  3. Susan says:

    A friend and I followed The Thyme in the late 70’s From Jeep’s house on Division in Ann Arbor to Mt. Holly to Farmington and further. Just wondering what career paths Steve, Ralph, Eddie and Randy have taken over the last 50 years

    Susan

  4. Thomas. Elliott says:

    Steve vandenberg currently resides north of Kalamazoo. He still is a great guitarist singer.
    I’ve had the honor to perform with him several times this past few years.

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