The Green Giants
2003 - Band
Members: Bob Biers, John Gibson, Jim Hutson, Rick Hamm, Bill Leacox, and Ted Kisgen
The band called The Green Giants was originally formed in Southwest Iowa by two musicians from Shenandoah and two from Bedford. Those four originators were Bob Biers as lead vocalist, John Gibson on bass guitar, Jim Hutson on lead guitar and drummer Bill Leacox.
Leacox left the group to attend college. Today he plays with the national group America. Spending the most time as the band’s drummer was Rick Hamm.
The Green Giants played extensively all over Southwest Iowa and later spread their music into Northwest Missouri and Southeast Nebraska. The band was known for its crisp rock sound and the entertainers’ clear vocals. They played most of the ballrooms, high school proms, 4-H dances and enjoyed playing extensively at Northwest Missouri State University.
The band opened for several national groups including Mitch Ryder, the Lemon Pipers, Strawberry Alarm Clock, the Young Rascals and others.
Traveling to Colorado Springs, Colo., they cut their first record at Round & Round Records. There they produced a record with the song “Pity Me.” The flipside was “You’re Gonna Lose That Girl.”
Joining the band later were Ted Kisgen on drums, Rick Bell at the keyboard, Rich Clayton and Steve Carsten.
The Green Giants tenure lasted from 1963 well into the early 1970s. Many of the band members, both prior to and after the Giants, played with such groups as the Thunderbolts, RoyalCoachmen, Echos V and SoundTrac. Two of the four original musicians continue performing today.
Reuniting to be honored and perform as part of the Hall of Fame Class of 2003 is a much anticipated highlight for The Green Giants.