Somethin' Blue

2007 - Band

Members: Gary Singer, Ken Singer, Denny Seel, Kal Kohler, Bob Metcalf, Terry Ellis, Craig Henderson, Lee Henderson

Hometown: Le Mars, IA

Bio: Sometime in early 1966 two sets of brothers: Kenny and Gary Singer of Le Mars; Lee and Craig Henderson of Paullina; hooked up with drummer Denny Seel of Marcus to form a band. The Singer boys handled the guitar parts while Lee played bass and Craig played keyboards.

With two sets of sibling harmonies, these young men created wonderful vocals. It was soon apparent to them that they had a little "musical magic" going. After working up enough material for a dance gig, the only thing left was the give the group a name. After kicking around a couple of ideas, Kenny suggested they come up with something "blue" in the name. Lee said, "That’s it, we’ll call the band Somethin’ Blue." Thus a new group from Northwest Iowa was performing.

The band played local gigs but it wasn’t long before their popularity began to spread. They soon played in some of the hip clubs in the Sioux City area such as The Loft in North Sioux City and the popular Saratoga Club in South Sioux. These jobs opened doors to Morningside College and Westmar College along with high school homecomings and similar jobs.

The band fondly remembers playing such venues at the Avalon Ballroom in Remsen, The Livermore Ballroom, the Woodcliff in Spencer, the Highlander Club in Estherville and the Roof Garden in Arnolds Park as well as others in Southwest Minnesota and Southeast South Dakota.

It was at the Roof Garden where Somethin’ Blue opened for such acts as The Grassroots, New Colony Six, Derek and the Dominos. In 1968, while playing at the Macamba Club in Sioux Falls, that KELO-TV celebrity Dave Dedrick (aka Captain 11) offered to sponsor them as the house band.

In early 1969, Uncle Sam called Kenny and Denny to military duty so two new members joined the band; both from Spencer. Bob Metcalf became lead guitarist and Terry Ellis the drummer. Terry Ellis was soon replaced by Butch Porter of Sioux City.

That summer "The Turtles" came to play Arnolds Park. Somethin’ Blue was the opening act for the largest crowd ever recorded in the history of the Roof Garden. The Turtles stayed over in the Lakes Area for the week. Somethin’ Blue was booked for a night at the Hi Ho Club so The Turtles cam in and opened for them, to a packed house.

1971 brought the return of Kenny and Denny just as Craig Henderson left for active duty. The decision was made to start over with the original band members but adding Kal Kohler from Le Mars to replace Craig on keyboards. The band continued to play the four-state region. They competed in a Battle of the Bands in Sioux Valley, Minn. that resulted in four hours of studio time at IGL Recording Studios in Milford.

Somethin’ Blue pressed a 45 record with the ‘a’ side song "Truck Drivin’ Man and the ‘b’ side "Sweet Lovin’ One." The songs appeared on the Cracker Jack label. Some copies show these songs by another band spawned out of Somethin’ Blue called the "Ozone Rangers."

Once a year the guys get together to play for all their relatives and friends attending the Singer reunion. Somethin’ Blue took garage band players and music to a high level of musicianship and entertainment. For these fine qualities, Somethin’ Blue is part of the Hall of Fame Class of 2007.

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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