The Grandaires, Tonto and the Renegades, The Trails End (Drums) (RIP)
This photo was contributed by Tom Kirby. He wrote: “look at the size of the drums. I was 14 and this was just after T&TR formed and 2 years before we recorded “Little Boy Blue”.
“This picture was taken in the basement where I grew up and the rug was a Persian. Very pretty rug for my very pretty drums. My step dad was into music and played a standup bass in his younger days. Swing music was their bag. That’s really what they wanted me to go into, a band like my idols Gene Krupa or Buddy Rich. My mom loves music but never played an instrument. But, in either case, they were very supportive of my musical interest and my decision to go Rock and Roll. The music I first played still had the big band sound with Ray Charles, but not so much with Chuck Berry. Remember, I was 13 in my first band and it was pre-Beatles and Ray and Chuck are what we played… along with other Rockers of the late 50s and early 60s. We were called The Grandaires. We were only together for 8 months and one of the guy’s parents moved to Philly and of course he had to go. Bill was the first guy I ever played with and my first band. T&TR formed a couple of months after Bill moved to Philly.
- Tonto and the Renegades
Tonto & the Renegades – “Little Boy Blue” – (LANSING ’60s Garage Rock)
Tonto & the Renegades – “Anytime You Want Some Lovin'” – (Lansing ’60s Garage Rock)
Tonto & the Renegades – “The Easy Way Out” – (LANSING ’60s Garage Rock)
Tonto & the Renegades – Interview on WMMQ-FM
- This is a rare shot of the inside of the Sparta Great Lakes recording studio form 1966.Tonto and the Renegades with David Kalmbach, the engineer at Great Lakes.Gary is holding our first record with the yellow label. Pictured left to right: Terry, Tom Kirby, Dave Kalmbach, Gary (front), Bill Ford (back) and Jeff Keast.
- This is a logo for the band that Tom Kirby created:
- Interior of Fenton Studios during a recording of “Tonto and the Renagades”
- Tom Kirby drummer and Gary Tonto Richie bass and vocals) from the 1960s Grand Ledge rock group Tonto and the Renegades hold two of the records made by the group. Alan Miller LCN
‘Tonto and the Renegades’ among Michigan’s Rock and Roll Legends – Story in Lansing State Journal
Recollections of the Sceen courtesy of Tom Kirby of Tonto and the Renegades:
“We were fortunate, we saw or played with the Bossmen, The Ones, The Woolies and the Beaux Jens all the time. In fact we all would follow each other around the State on tour. There was a lot of great music there. Our agent would arrange the tours. Each of our tours started at The Sceen. Don Trefry was our agent and he also owned The Sceen. On occasion, all of us would play a set on the same night. The hardest part of that was there were 5 bands and The Sceen had 4 stages. But, that wasn’t that bad. Usually at least one of the bands couldn’t hang around after their set. But, what a night of music at The Sceen.”
- The Woolies Flyer
- Don Trefry’s Business Card
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