Myron Lee & The Caddies
2001 - Band
Members: Myron Lee (Wachendorf), Jerry Haacke, Barry Andrews, Dick Davie, and Randy Charles
Myron Wachendorf grew up in Sioux Falls, S.D. learning to play the piano from his father. As a Junior at Washington High School, he formed a band with a string bass player and drummer.
Myron entered a talent contest in 1958 on a program called "Tomorrow's Stars" on KELO-TV in Sioux Falls. They won and were asked to be on each Saturday; also to back up other contestants when needed.
Rock and Roll became the hot ticket, so Myron bought himself a harmony guitar and amp; making the switch to the new music format when the television show ended "Myron Lee and the Caddies" was born with the name coming from Myron's job as a caddie at a local golf course.
The band consisted of 5 members. Joining Myron were Jerry Haacke, Barry Andrews, Dick Davie and Randy Charles.
The First Record was cut in 1959 while Myron was a high school senior, and the second the following fall on the Hep label out of Minneapolis. The Song "Rona Baby", written by Myron, got a lot of airplay in the Midwest. "Because of that we were able to branch out to places like Fargo, Omaha, and Minneapolis, " he explained.
January of 1960 the band was hired to back up Buddy Knox who was a major rock star. Myron Lee and the Caddies was the first American band to do a trans-Canadian tour with Knox. It lasted over three months and took them from one coast to the other.
During that time, the band met Bobby Vee on his way up to recording star status. By 1962 Vee had hired the band to do all of his tours throughout North America.
When the star was asked to headline the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars Tour in 1963 and 1964, Clark hired the band to do all the backup work. Some of the major acts they worked with were: the Rolling Stones, Brian Highland, Freddie Cannon, Conway Twitty, Jerry Lee Lewis and Dion. Myron credits Bobby Vee with the success the Caddies enjoyed.
The Band was retired in 1992 after 34 years in the business. "I consider myself a lucky guy for having the chance to grow up in a wonderful time with wonderful music and I was able to make a living from having all that fun," Myron said.
Today, he goes out on weekends in the Sioux Falls area occasionally to DJ dances, still entertaining people.