Blue Flames

2016 - Band

Band Members:  William Reints, Donald Stohr,
Steven Westpfahl

The Blue Flames originally started with the name the Blue Chips Combo. They were organized in 1966 by former Andy Doll members Bill Reints (bass) Pee Wee Cherrier (guitar) and Gary Hinderberger (drums). The trio then began playing in the Oelwein area. They soon changed their name to The Blue Flames.

The group was then booked by Clayton Moon, owner of the Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah, The band played the Hotel Winneshiek Tap every Tuesday night and the Melody Lounge in West Union Iowa every Wednesday. This along with supper clubs, shows, weddings, anniversaries and firemen’s dances allowed them to average 16 to 20 nights a month for many years.

A number of drummers worked with the band in the early years: Norm Peterson, Jimmy and Terry Campbell, Warren Doll, Saki Magonical and Don Verba, but only two guitar men and one bass man. Although Randy Albers (guitar) would sub in an emergency.

The band performed throughout the northeast Iowa area playing 50s and 60s rock, old and new country, with a half dozen or so off the charts at all times. Songs ranged from old standards to Top 40, to old rock and roll. Their songlist included Pretty Woman, Cab Driver, Old Time Rock and Roll, Blue Skirt Waltz, Rock Around the Clock, and Smoking in the Boys Room.

Over the years the band worked up over 1000 songs. They always featured three part vocal harmony from day one until the end of the band in the early 1990s.

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