2009 - Band
Morning After got its start playing in every tiny bar room in Southeast Iowa. It wasn’t long before they were setting attendance records in nightclubs and ballrooms throughout the state. They are still setting attendance records today.
Formed in 1975, they quickly emerged as one of the top musical groups in Iowa. In 1976, their first single, “From Fool to Fool”, played throughout the Midwest on local radio stations. In the mid-’80s, the band competed and won the title of “The Best Band in Iowa: in the nationally sponsored Dodge Truck Star Search. That same year they recorded their second single, “Saturday Night” which aired throughout Iowa and surrounding states.
Morning After continued to perform in Iowa and the Midwest from The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake to small clubs in Southern Iowa . In 1994, they finished recording the self-titled album, Morning After.” It was distributed in the Midwest by Musicland stores and at live performances.
In 2001, dissatisfied with the direction that modern music was taking, the group decided to revert to the music that inspired them to become musicians in the early 60’s when they were teens.
Throughout the years, some of the players have changed but founding members Steve Ellis and Tom Stokes, along with Mike Smith have been with the group since its origin. Topping off the Morning After lineup is veteran bassist, John Eggenberg. On lead and harmony vocals is accomplished guitarist Randy Harker.
For the band’s long record of success and the vast amount of pleasure its music has brought to Iowans everywhere, Morning After joins the IRRMA Hall of Fame Class of 2009.