Sandy Manuel

2012 - Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Sandy was born in Newport, Arkansas and started drumming in nightclubs at the age of 12. Back then, while playing, bands were surrounded by chicken wire and only allowed to leave the stage for bathroom breaks.

In 1958 Sandy moved to Memphis, Tennessee and started playing in some larger clubs. Some shows included Booker T & The MG's (Green Onions), Rufus Thomas (Walking the Dog), Bill Doggett (Honkey Tonk), etc. After a B-3 organ, piano, and horns were added, a new band was formed called The Marquees. The Marquees worked in recording studios including Sun, Phillips, Staxx, King, and Hi Records, making demo recordings for major record labels and now-famous artists. Sandy also had the pleasure of working with Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sonny Burgess, Percy Sledge, Aaron Neville, and many more.

Sandy toured nationally and internationally with Roy Orbison, and played on his "Greatest Hits" album. He also toured with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Neal Diamond, Jay & The Americans, The Animals, and many more.

He also worked on TV, including The Gene Williams Show, the largest syndicated country music show of the time.

Currently, Sandy plays in two bands: The Big House Band and Country Tradition Band. He moved to Maquoketa, Iowa in 1973 and married the late Kay Schwenker. They have two girls, Keeley and Mattie. Sandy has two other children, Lee and Shelly, who still live in Arkansas.

"I'm very blessed to have been a small part in the lives and careers of the above artists. There are more that I haven't mentioned but they are not forgotten! This award means a lot to me and please keep on rockin'. Thank you!"

Sandy Manuel-Still rockin' and ain't stoppin'! The Iowa Rock 'N Roll Music Association welcomes Sandy Manuel into its Class of 2012 Hall of Fame.

The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame & Museum exists to preserve the legacy of rock and roll music in Iowa by honoring achievements, educating youth and inspiring artists. Established in 1997, we are a501(c)(3) non-profit statewide organization with many areas of service.

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