Natural Color

2009 - Band

Natural Color was formed in 1971 to compete in the KMNS Rhythm Festival in Sioux City . It was a three-piece, soul vocal group that included Barbara Sims, Maryann Creswell and Shirley Clifton. The girls were childhood friends who all enjoyed singing but had never been a band or group.

They asked bass guitarist Paul Johnson and keyboardist Jerry Smith to form a backup band for them. Paul and Jerry had played in several bands together in high school, including Requiem. The Rhythm Festival included many of the area’s most popular bands and, to everyone’s surprise, Natural Color received the third place award in their first public appearance.

After the contest, the girls and guys decided to merge into one group and gained huge popularity playing dances and clubs in the Siouxland area. During that time EvaDean Sims (vocals), Rick Linduski (guitar) and Jack Seaton (drums) were added to the band.

By 1973 the band caught the attention of Mid-Continent Booking and Management Agency of Lawrence, KS. Mid-Continent signed the group to take over the name Spider & the Crabs and tour the United States and Canada. Because of their soulful sound and unique makeup of four vocalists and a four-piece rhythm section, the band was billed as Spider & the Crabs Rhythm & Blues Soul Review.

For the next two years, they traveled on their band bus and performed at concerts, clubs and dances as far away as Ontario and Quebec in Canada; from New Mexico to Alabama in the states and many, many places in between. During that time they played many showcases with other Mid-Continent bands: the Flippers, Red Dogs, Young Raiders and Festival Family. The band was well known for audience participation, great vocals, dance music, and visual entertainment that included flashy outfits and dance routines.

In 1975 the band moved back to Sioux City where they performed for another year. Since that time some of the members have continued with music individually. Seaton continued on the road for another 10 years with several acts including recording artist/song writer Orville Couch. Linduski played locally and has done a lot of songwriting. EvaDean Sims recorded original songs and was a backup singer for Eddie Money. She and Creswell also sang with Hall of Fame band Spectacle. Johnson has played with many of the top area bands and since 1995 had been a member of the band Roadhouse. Barbara Sims passed away in 2000.

Most of the band members live in the Sioux City area now and a reunion is planned for sometime in their Hall of Fame induction year of 2009. Their many fans welcome them to the IRRMA Hall of Fame!

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