Tommy Rempp

2007 - Support Staff

Hometown: Sioux City, IA

Bio: Thomas L. "Tommy" Rempp was born Feb. 28, 1946, in Omaha, the adopted son of William and Victoria "Belle" Rempp.  He moved to Sioux City in 1951, where he lived for the rest of his life, most of it with his mother, and attended Central High School.  It was in Sioux City that Tommy developed a strong passion for live music and, from an early age, was in attendance at most live music events in Sioux City.

Tommy worked the door at The Patio for the late Danny Malloy and became friendly with countless bands traveling through the area.   In the 1960's he worked with the late Eddie Skeets promoting shows and running the Battle of the Bands at the old Sioux City Auditorium.  In the 70's and 80's he worked with Igor from Kansas City, bringing multiple bands to Sioux City from the Kansas City area. Later he worked with Terry Drea presenting concerts.

In the early 90's Tommy became involved with the Blues Cellar, where he helped with everything from loading, to security and promotions.  He spent countless hours hanging out at Flood Music Company and Backstage with Ray, visiting with local musicians and advising Tom Kingsbury and Ray MacAvoy on business affairs.  Rempp was Sioux City's unofficial Rock n Roll historian.

Tommy was also Sioux City's "official" poster person and could be seen around town putting up posters for various events and concerts. Most recently, he was a long-standing committee member of the Saturday in the Park Festival. He was referred to as a "legend" in the regional music scene by many who knew him.  Rempp was honored with the Siouxland Music Appreciation Award for his lifelong enhancement in promoting live music in the Midwest at the Tommy Bolin Festival in 1996. Tommy died on Feb. 6, 2002 of natural causes at the age of 55.

Tommy Rempp was most noted for greeting everyone with the words, "Hi Ya." For his dedication to the promotion of rock and roll music, his enthusiasm and energy, his positive outlook on life, Tommy Rempp deservedly goes into the Hall of Fame with the Class of 2007 as the first inductee in the Support Staff category.

The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame & Museum exists to preserve the legacy of rock and roll music in Iowa by honoring achievements, educating youth and inspiring artists. Established in 1997, we are a501(c)(3) non-profit statewide organization with many areas of service.

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