Great Imposters

2007 - Band

The Great Imposters began as a group called Larry Rai & The Red Tops in Atlantic, Iowa playing English cover tunes.

One evening in early 1964 while sitting in a Holiday Inn with their manager, they were approached by a couple who asked if they were the Rolling Stones. Not being able to resist the temptation, their manager said yes and the band signed autographs for the couple. After the pair left their manager said that they were now The Great Imposters as they had certainly pulled this autograph session off without a hitch. Thus "The Great Imposters" were born that night as they immediately changed their name.

In 1966 the band recorded a 45 on the Dads label of "Who Do You Love" and "I Want To Be Your Driver" and experienced some local success with that record. Over the next 8 or 9 years they begin traveling to numerous states performing in nightclubs, motel lounges and bars. In addition, they had the opportunity to open shows for Ray Stevens and also The Drifters.

In 1975 the band started doing strictly 1950’s and 1960’s music wearing Elvis like jump suits and working as a show group. In addition, they recorded one album in 1975 and another in 1980. Also in 1980 they shortened the name of the band to The Imposters. By the mid 1980’s they changed the format of their music again and started doing more up to date tunes along with their 1960’s music. In the early 1990’s, they dropped the newer tunes and added country to their 1960’s tunes in order to keep working. The turn of the century brought even more changes to the band as they went back to The Great Imposters and added a female singer.

Over the years the band has traveled in 24 states playing in night clubs, casinos, wedding dances, class reunions and many other venues. In addition to the acts mentioned above, they have opened for The Coasters and also were the opening act and back up band for Tommy Cash. Although they have been on the road a lot through the years, they have always enjoyed coming home to Southwest Iowa as this was where they got their start.

The band has gone through many changes in personal over the past 40 years but they have decided to induct various members to attempt to cover all of the different periods that The Great Imposters performed. Being inducted this year are Larry Rai Brown, Bob Fields, Ray Armstrong, Doyle Debolt, Larry Rodriguez, Nick Heinshied, Harry Lyons, Ken Malone and Don Thraen. The band does occasionally play yet today, but after 40+ years of performing, they feel like they have certainly left their mark on not only Rock n Roll here in the state of Iowa, but also the entire world.

The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame & Museum exists to preserve the legacy of rock and roll music in Iowa by honoring achievements, educating youth and inspiring artists. Established in 1997, we are a501(c)(3) non-profit statewide organization with many areas of service.

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