Greg Scott & the Embers
1999 - Band
Members: Tom Brown, Fred Scott, Del Caldwell, Clark Marshall, Dale "Pud" Jones, and Jerry Turnwall
Tom "Scott" Brown and Jerry "Page" Wolford both called Spencer and the Iowa Great Lakes Area home. Early in their careers, they fronted different groups but later would join forces to become one of Iowa's most dominant groups of the early '60s to mid-'70s.
Tom Brown is well known for his early work as Greg Scott & The Embers. The Embers were one of Iowa's more successful recording groups with their 1962 release of "When I Say Goodbye/Old Man River", first on the De Loss label out of Spencer (De Loss 101) in 1961 and then re-released on the legendary Soma label out of Minneapolis, Minn. (Soma 1162) 1962. Brown's version of "When I Say Goodbye" is considered by music historians as one of the most excellent rockers to come from Iowa during the decade of the '60s.
Brown and Wolford would join forces in 1963 as The Esquires and record for the Applause Label of Omaha, Neb.,"Searchin'/Baby What You Want Me To Do" (Applause 1005) 1965. The label shows it as being by Mumbles Scott & The Esquires.
As for Wolford, he staked his name to Northwest Iowa rock history as Jerry Page & The Radicals. They released one frantic rock-a-billy recording of "Battle Of Three Blind Mice" on the Big M label. (Big M 1001) This record is shown as Jerry & The Casuals.
Page would also record at the [GL Studios in Milford, Iowa. With his release on Sonic Records of "Be What You Want/Shelly's Winter Love" (Sonic 209).
In 1967, Brown and Wolford would team up to form The Gas Company.
As the Gas Company, they would travel the U.S. and be recognized as one of top club and live show acts in the business. Their live music and stage shows are still legendary. They played such markets as Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Denver, and most of the major U.S. markets.
Their only recorded effort is on IGL Records with their release in 1967 of "Meaning Of Love/Love From Your Heart" (IGL 126). They also appear on the legendary Roof Garden Jamboree LP. (IGL 103) Together they would open the famed Mocambo Club at Lake Okoboji's Arnolds Park Amusement Park and serve as the "house band" for a very successful run for numerous years. As a result of their ownership of the club, they released one LP, "The Gas Company, Live At The Mocambo Club." (UA 1523).
Today Brown owns the highly successful Marquee Club in Spirit Lake, Iowa and Wolford own a successful nightclub in San Diego, California.
Many world-class musicians went through the Embers and The Gas Company. Such artists as Randy Charles, Fred Scott, Red Williams (Platters[Paul Butterfield), Dean Clark (Steve Miller Band/CSNY), and Bob York to name a few.