2019 INDUCTEES >> THE JACKS
Members: Dan Bird, Bob Figueroa, Tom Kenney, Dan Plensky.
In 1979 The Jacks began their musical journey. Called initially Happy Jack, the name change came around 1982 when the band was signed to Full Tilt Management in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. For the next several years, Dan Bird (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Bob Figueroa (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Tom Kenney (drums, vocals) and Dan Palensky (bass, vocals) hit the road
playing throughout the Midwest. In Omaha in 1986, The Jacks received The People’s Choice Award for Best Band. They continued to improve their musical skills on the road and in November 1986 released an album of all original songs, The Jacks - In Danger. The album is still available from Retrospect Records online.
The Jacks were called upon as the opening act for many famous bands throughout their career including The Edgar Winter Band, The Greg Kihn Band, The Guess Who, Head East, and Jim Dandy of Black Oak Arkansas. On a supposed day off, the band quickly traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska to fill in for The Call (illness) opening for The Psychedelic Furs at the University of Nebraska. Twice, The Jacks played at the old Roof Garden in Arnolds Park, opening for The Romantics and stealing the show. The Romantics’ agents extended an offer to travel with them to open up their shows throughout the U.S., though due to scheduling and management conflicts they could not accept.
The Jacks disbanded after a New Year’s Eve show in West Point, Nebraska as the calendar turned to 1991, but have reunited several times for shows since. All four members have continued to play live music in Iowa and Nebraska as solo performers, in duos, bands and more, but the unique style and vocal blend of The Jacks—along with their strong, brotherly bond—frequently brings them back together.
The Jacks would like to thank their wonderful families for the years of support and their fans who made it all so worthwhile. Also, a special thank you to the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame for the honor.