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Windfall Jac

Inducted:2015
Hometown:Fayette
Members:Dave Albert, Kent Moore, Mark and Tom Stahr, Marc Albert, Kevin Samek, Rex Mulvaney, Jesse Bryan
Category:Band

Popular Northeast Iowa rock band Windfall Jac was formed in 1975 by Dave Albert, Kent Moore, Mark and Tom Stahr. Other members included Marc Albert, Kevin Samek, Rex Mulvaney and Jesse Bryan.

While playing the Top 40 hits of the day, the band also focused on Mott the Hoople, AC/DC, and Montrose. They performed updated version of classic rock and roll songs by Elvis, Fats Domino, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry.

After several local gigs, the band signed with booking agent Allan Enyart. itching to play and travel more, they eventually signed on with Fred T. Fenchell Agency in Mason City, Tom Tatman’s Performers Agency in Waterloo, Gary Van Zeeland Talent in Little Chute, Wisconsin and Omaha-based Maurey Drea and Associates. They began performing in ballrooms, schools and clubs across Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

After the Stahr brothers left the band in 1977-78, the band continued as a three piece with new drummer Rex Mulvaney while searching for a lead singer. They soon added Kevin Samek from Cedar Rapids. The band found a Bon Scott sound-alike singer in Dave’s younger brother Mark Albert. The band’s popularity continued to flourish. Rex Mulvaney left in 1979 and was replaced by Jesse Bryan.

Windfall Jac went to Catamount Studios in Cedar Falls and recorded their first six-song release”Windfall Jac.” This included two original songs “Looking For You” and “Found Girl.” Although not on the release, they also started performing Kent’s new song “Backstage Blues” at live appearances.

Drummer Mark Stahr returned to the band in 1981. This final line-up continued until the band called it quits in 1984. For a successful career in music, Windfall Jac joins the IRRMA Hall of Fame Class of 2015.