The TYDE

2010 - Band

The tri-state region of Southeast Iowa, Northeast Missouri and West Central Illinois has long been an isolated hotbed for teenage rock and rollers. One such band was The TYDE formed in 1967 in Burlington.

After numerous personnel changes and a switch in the band’s name from Rebel, Inc., the group was made up of Steve Brown on lead guitar, Rex Zimmerline providing lead and backup vocals, Al Nielsen at keyboards, Terrill McCall on bass, drummer Doug Buster and Tim Howe on vocals.

Their material was a combination of Top 40 and “progressive/psychedelic rock” from Steppenwolf to Vanilla Fudge to The Doors. The band played teen clubs in Southeast Iowa such as “The Club” in Mediapolis and stayed busy at least three weekends per month.

During the summer of ’68, The TYDE won a Battle of the Bands in Burlington , their prize being the opening band for the American Breed at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium.

Another memorable gig around the same time was a dance across the river in Illinois . It was at a Catholic girls’ school, known as somewhat of a reform school for “troubled girls.” One of the delinquent young ladies attempted to use the back of the band’s equipment truck as a hiding place in order to make her escape. The boys spotted her hiding behind some amps and thereby avoided a serious brush with the law if she had gotten across state lines.

In September of 1968, Steve Brown met a music student at a college he was attending in Davenport . The student had written a song and asked Brown if the group wanted to record it. Contacting Fred Mauck of the Fredlo label, the band set up studio time in January, 1969. Try as they might, the group could not make the music student’s number work so recorded McCall’s penned tune “Lost” instead. It became the new B-side with Brown’s “Psychedelic Pill” becoming the A-side song.

The TYDE spend just three hours in the studio with words to “Lost” being made up by McCall as they went along. By the end of January, the group had boxes of 45s hot off the presses at Kay Bank Studios in Minneapolis . The band distributed the single themselves to stores, teen clubs and pool halls in Burlington and surrounding areas. Burlington radio station KBUR – AM spun both sides for several weeks but the record didn’t catch on and never sold well.

Soon after the record’s release, Zimmerline’s family moved away and the group continued on as a five-piece band. In March of 1969, Howe’s wife became pregnant, he quit the band and the group broke up.

The TYDE brought much entertainment value to that tri-state region and were recognized for their talent, both playing and in composition. They enter the IRRMA Hall of Fame with the Class of 2010 for their contributions to the music scene of the late 1960’s.

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