El Riadas

2018 - Band

Members: Larry Dowd, Ray Rabe, Howard Wahlert, Bob Fields, Larry Brown, and Larry Wood


The El Riadas from Southwest Iowa were one of the earliest pioneering rock and roll bands in the state, having played from 1960 to 1963. One of the members was the well known and revered Larry Dowd, of past inductee Larry Dowd and the RockaTones, who had a national recording, "Pink Cadillac," which sold over 500,000 copies.

The El Riadas played widely within the state of Iowa and were among the first rock and roll bands to play at venues such as the Val Air Ballroom in Des Moines. Members of the band came from all over including Atlantic, Exira, Emerson, and Des Moines. The band would practice whenever members could congregate; sometimes in a laundromat local to Atlantic or at the AIB College of Business in Des Moines where band members Ray Rabe and Howard Wahlert were enrolled.

Honoring the history and legacy of rock ‘n roll in the state of Iowa should include pioneering bands, such as the El Riadas. This group helped paved the way for many bands that followed and were later inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Some of the inducted bands that were inspired by the El Riadas include: Larry Rai & The Red Tops, The Fortes, The Impacts, The Great Imposters, The Green Giants, and more.

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