2001 - Band
Members: Rosie Stevens Argabright, Randy Larson, Wayne Cooper, Dick O’Neal, and R.J. Myers
The Suades was one of the early rock and roll bands in Iowa to become established statewide and also well known in Southern Minnesota.
Formed in the summer of 1958 by Wayne Cooper and Dick O'Neal, they enjoyed doing some rock-a-billy tunes. Cooper was originally from Alabama so his 'accent/drawl' lent well to that type of music, a month the favorites being "Pretend" and "Mona Lisa".
O'Neal was from the Havelock/Pocahontas area.
In addition to Cooper on vocals/lead guitar, and O'Neal on vocals/bass; other members of the original group were Randy Larson, piano/trumpet (from Pocahontas); R.J. Myers, drums (from Humboldt); Rosie Stevens, vocals/guitar/bass (from Emmetsburg).
The inclusion of Stevens made The Suades one of the first rock and roll bands in Iowa to feature a female musician.
Myers left the band in 1962 and was replaced on drums by Tom Schleuger.
The Star Ballroom in Dakota City was used as the band's rehearsal hall on Sunday afternoons. They were the "house band" at the Val Air Ballroom for two summers for the Thursday night teen dances.
At the Val Air, they became acquainted with KIOA DJ Frosty Mitchell, who introduced them to Vic Blackatore who allowed them to use his West Des Moines recording studio to make a demo tape. Mitchell sent the demo tape to Norman Fourge, owner of Spinning Records in Evanston, a suburb of Chicago.
The Suades were invited to a recording session where they recorded "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" featuring O'Neal on vocals and "Everybody's Trying to be My Baby" with Stevens on Vocals. Both songs received extensive airplay in the Midwest. The Group disbanded in 1963.
Cooper, a musician in Minneapolis until 1983, now lives in Conway, Mo. where he owns a cabinet/woodworking business. O'Neal was a newspaper editor in Pocahontas for 17 years and is now a construction manager in Phoenix, AZ. Larson retired as an engineer from Collins Radio and now lives in Solon. Myers was a college art professor and now substitute teaches in the Humboldt area. Rosie Stevens Argabright recently retired after 32 years as Emmetsburg City Clerk. Schleuger joined the Fort Dodge Fire Dept. in 1969 and was killed on his first call as a firefighter.