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Club Ponytail

Harbor Springs

Club Ponytail Stage


James Osterberg (Iggy Pop) Connection to Club Ponytail.

The Iguanas was a garage rock band formed during 1963 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was one the first bands of James Osterberg, now better known as Iggy Pop. Osterberg was the drummer of the band while in high school, and got his nickname “Iggy” from the name of this band. Also, an exhaustive compilation in several volumes (both LPs and CDs) by Greg Shaw of recordings by the Stooges was also named for this band and called The Iguana Chronicles.

The line-up was:

soon augmented by

They originally performed in high school dances, fraternity houses and later clubs in Ann Arbor.

In 1965 they were an opening act for bands such as Four Tops, the Shangri-Las and the Kingsmen at Club Ponytail in Harbor Springs, a local resort area. Osterberg left the group soon afterward, and with another drummer (Tom Rolston) they sought but did not get a recording contract.

Who has a list of bands acts that appeared at the Club Ponytail in Harbor Springs MI during the 1960s?

Larry Messmore, 239 537-0677
I remember Paul and Paula, Conway twitty, Brian Highland, Beach Boys, Dawn.
At that time the Dugless’s own the Pony Tail. Their daughter dated a friend of mine, Packey Warner.
I hope you can use this.
The name is actually Douglas’s and I did not date him I just knew Paxton Lee Warner the III. Linda
Michael Corpe: These bands also played there; The Animals, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (one of the best concerts I ever attended), Chad and Jeremy, Jan & Dean, Them (with lead singer Van Morrison) who actually played a song they sold as a jingle for a toothpaste: McCleans. Fun place with an interesting history. The Douglas’s son was my age. The owned two large Saint Bernard dogs, one of which ate one of my mittens. The Douglases were kind enough to return the glove when the dog passed it a few days later. Didn’t keep it. Will post more bands as I remember.
Directions to Club Ponytail:
This is the best information I can give you on how to go to where the Club Ponytail use to be. When you start down Highway M-119, going to Harbor Springs, you will pass a small airport. Just after the airport, by a red light, you will see a Best Western Hotel. If you continue past the Best Western to the 1st road that goes north (I don’t know the name of it), and take a right (the only way it goes), and go approximately 1/4 of a mile, you will see another road, which goes south off of the road you are on. You must hang a sharp left and go down that road, south. That road use to run directly into M-119, but they made a new entry road and closed the old “Ponytail Road” off. It is now a dead end. I believe the last house on the West side of the street, is the new owners of the Ponytail property. If you look carefully through the trees, you will see the wall still standing.



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