Carolyn Matousek

2000 - Women Who Rock

Carolyn grew up on a farm outside of Iowa City and began her musical career singing with her father’s dance band, The Drifters. At 16 she signed with Bettco Records of Rock Island and went to Nashville to record a single, "Keep em for a Hobby", which was backed by the Jordanaires, Elvis Presley's backup group.

Carolyn began singing with the Velaires in 1966 and married lead singer Danny Matousek in 1967. The Matouseks moved to Nashville in 1974 and held a five-year engagement at the Opryland Hotel. They left Nashville in 1983 and moved to Naples, Florida where they held a gig at the Port of the Island Resort. They moved back to Iowa City in 1992.

Carolyn lost Danny to a heart attack in 1998. She continues to be involved in music performing in area restaurants as a single, where she carries Danny in her heart and songs.

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