IRRMA Hall of Fame Inductees

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  • Bonesteel

    Category:Band
    Inducted:2003
    From 1973 on, Bonesteel has entertained thousands of music fans and their reunion shows continue to draw sellout crowds. This 2003 Hall of Fame inductee’s history begins in ’73 with founding members Merle Pithan, Mick Petersen and Donny Petersen. A short time later Randy Peters joined and the four would go on to become the nucleus...
  • Brenda Lee

    Category:Women Who Rock
    Inducted:2003
    Little Miss Dynamite is the nickname given Brenda Lee. It is a most appropriate pseudonym because she may be short in stature but she can really belt out a song. The most honored female performer of the past half-century, She was born Brenda Mae Tarpley in Atlanta, Georgia Dec. 11, 1944. Her first appearance before an audience came at the age...
  • Doug Mackinnon

    Category:Deejay
    Inducted:2003
    A colorful and talented personality, Doug MacKinnon made the radio waves entertaining and fun for many years. Born in Battle Creek, Michigan, he traveled with his family and eventually attended the same high school as the internationally famous Dick Clark in Mt. Vernon, New York. MacKinnon moved to Des Moines in 1948. He entered the United...
  • Gary King

    Category:Matousek Family Lifetime Achievement Award
    Inducted:2003
    Danny Matousek was involved in Music in one way or another most of his life. He was a member of the Velaires who were inducted into the Iowa RockNRoll Hall of Fame in 1997. Danny passed away in the Spring of 1998 just prior to a scheduled performance with other IRRHOF Bands at Swisher Iowa. The loss of Danny has left a big void in Rock...
  • Keith Knudsen

    Category:Artist
    Inducted:2003
    Keith Knudsen rose to international fame from roots in his hometown of LeMars. Knudsen was born in that community in February of 1948. As a youngster he loved to listen to Elvis, Johnny Burnette and the Everly Brothers. He began drumming in the eighth grade and joined the junior high marching band. His musical progress led to playing with...
  • Micheal Lehmann Boddicker

    Category:Composer
    Inducted:2003
    Grammy award winning composer Michael Lehmann Boddicker grew up in Cedar Rapids; part of a very musical family. His parents owned music stores in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Iowa City. His mother was a nationally recognized accordion teacher and player. Boddicker played in a band on weekends in the late 1960s and early 70s called the Highlads....
  • Ron Jordan & the Volcanoes

    Category:Band
    Inducted:2003
    It was the summer of 1957 when lead guitarist Ron Jordan, drummer Bob Story, bassist Jerry Jordan and guitarist Bill Flikkema decided to form a band they first called the “Rock-Its.” The Clinton based band’s sound was greatly influenced by Chuck Berry and other black artists of the era, largely due to the lead guitarist’s...
  • The Cobblestone Ballroom

    Category:Ballroom
    Inducted:2003
    Laura and Willard Lawrence, along with her brother Jake Figi formed a partnership in December of 1928 to operate a bathhouse and store on the shores of Storm Lake. There wasn’t much for the young people of the area to do in those days so the little store soon became the favorite gathering place for young couples. It was this situation...
  • The Dark Knights

    Category:Band
    Inducted:2003
    In the mid 1960’s, the music of the Dark Knights could be heard all around the upper Midwest, including the states of Iowa, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota. The band performed many “gigs” including some with the Rumbles and the Flippers. They signed with Dino Enterprises of Indianapolis, Ind. and...
  • The Everly Brothers

    Category:Band
    Inducted:2003
    Isaac Donald and Phillip Everly were raised in a Kentucky-rooted musical family. Don was born in Kentucky and Phil in Chicago, Ill., the sons of Ike and Margaret Everly who were folk and country singers from the central part of Kentucky. Ike was one of the few “authentic” (thumb-picking) guitarists in American music. Soon after Don...