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Tom Kirby

The Grandaires, Tonto and the Renegades, The Trails End (Drums) (RIP)

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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)

http://youtu.be/LvVkyZ8o-I8

Tonto & the Renegades – Interview on WMMQ-FM

 
 
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(Bottom - Top) Gary "Tonto" Richey (Bass, vocals) Tom Kirby (Drums) Terry Slocum (Lead, vocals) Bill Ford (Rhythm, vocals)
(Bottom - Top) Gary "Tonto" Richey (Bass, vocals) Tom Kirby (Drums) Terry Slocum (Lead, vocals) Bill Ford (Rhythm, vocals)
(L - R) Gary "Tonto" Richey (Bass, vocals) Tom Kirby (Drums) Terry Slocum (Lead, vocals) Bill Ford (Rhythm, vocals)
(L - R) Gary "Tonto" Richey (Bass, vocals) Tom Kirby (Drums) Terry Slocum (Lead, vocals) Bill Ford (Rhythm, vocals)
(L - R) Gary "Tonto" Richey (Bass, vocals) Tom Kirby (Drums) Terry Slocum (Lead, vocals) (Back) Bill Ford (Rhythm, vocals)
(L - R) Gary "Tonto" Richey (Bass, vocals) Tom Kirby (Drums) Terry Slocum (Lead, vocals) (Back) Bill Ford (Rhythm, vocals)
far left on hood - Bill standing on left - Gary in car - Tom standing on right - Terry on top - Jeff Keast (Keyboard, vocals)
far left on hood - Bill standing on left - Gary in car - Tom standing on right - Terry on top - Jeff Keast (Keyboard, vocals)
(L - R) Jeff Least (Keyboards, vocals) Terry Slocum (Lead, vocals) Tom Kirby (Drums) Gary "Tonto" Richey (Bass, vocals) Bill Ford (Rhythm, vocals)
(L - R) Jeff Least (Keyboards, vocals) Terry Slocum (Lead, vocals) Tom Kirby (Drums) Gary "Tonto" Richey (Bass, vocals) Bill Ford (Rhythm, vocals)
out window left - Gary, first standing - Jeff, center out window - Bill, far right standing - Terry, on top - Tom Kirby
out window left - Gary, first standing - Jeff, center out window - Bill, far right standing - Terry, on top - Tom Kirby
(L - R) Jeff Keast (Keyboard, vocals) Tom Kirby (Drums) Gary "Tonto" Richey (Bass, vocals) Bill Ford (Rhythm, vocals) Terry Slocum (Lead, vocals)
(L - R) Jeff Keast (Keyboard, vocals) Tom Kirby (Drums) Gary "Tonto" Richey (Bass, vocals) Bill Ford (Rhythm, vocals) Terry Slocum (Lead, vocals)
Bill Ford (Rhythm, vocals) Terry Slocum (Lead, vocals) Tom Kirby (Drums) Gary "Tonto" Richey (Bass, vocals)
Bill Ford (Rhythm, vocals) Terry Slocum (Lead, vocals) Tom Kirby (Drums) Gary "Tonto" Richey (Bass, vocals)
Club Ponytail in Tunnel September 1967
Club Ponytail in Tunnel September 1967
At Club Ponytail
At Club Ponytail

 

 
 
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In Studio Sparta
In Studio Sparta
Band Packing Van
Band Packing Van
Teen Chalet Gaylord
Teen Chalet Gaylord
Teen Chalet Gaylord
Teen Chalet Gaylord

 

 
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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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From: “tomkat1950@comcast.net” <tomkat1950@comcast.net>
To: Doug Taylor <wmmusichystericalsociety@yahoo.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 3, 2011 6:58 AM
Subject: Re: Teen Clubs

Doug,

 
Well, we did play the Ponytail, the Sceen, Daniels Den, The Spot, The Sweet Note and probably several more. They were all Teen Dlubs. But, in addition to Teen Clubs, the same thing happened at Armory’s, Masonic Temples and VFW Halls on a regular basis. And, can’t forget all the Frat Parties, School Dances, Weddings and private parties, Fair’s and open air concerts and some times large tents in parking lot’s. Then, when legal, the Bar’s.ere were so many more venues back then. There still are places who hold Teen Dances, but nothing like back in the 60’s. Oh yeah, almost forgot Roller Rinks.
 
Unfortunate part of all that is back when we were doing it, we never took many pictures or collected other things as memoribilia. We weren’t thinking over 40 years down the road and that our music would still be playing and popular worldwide. We were kids who loved and were serious about our music, but still just kids. We didn’t plan beyond the next few minutes or days.
 
I am not surprised at your readership numbers and they will only get larger as more and more is added to your site, It will become a valuable resource once people learn of it, the info it contains and the accuracy of the information. But, you have created a HUGE, time devouring job for yourselves. That’s where the use of all sorts of automation and system development is very necessary. As I’ve told Kim many times, I will do what I can to help you guys out.
 
Yes, I still play almost every weekend. We are a 2 piece band and we call ourselves “The Trails End”. I’ve attached a song we played last Thanksgiving Eve at Myja’s Gray Wolf Inn in downtown Grand Ledge. Let me know what you think of our playing and sound.
 
Tom Kirby – Tonto and the Renegades
 
 

2 Responses to Tom Kirby

  1. Mark Taylor says:

    Greetings Tom and Terry, from your friends and fans at G45Central.
    Tonto & The Renegades are Michigan’s supreme ’60s garage legends around the world and will never be forgotten.

  2. tom kirby says:

    This is a cool, informative and easy to navigate site, loaded with information. Great job and keep the spirit alive.

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