Vicki Lutes

2008 - Women Who Rock

Vicki Lutes started singing at the age of 6 and made her first recording the following year. Using the stage name of Vicki Lynn, her first recording was “Tears Are Falling” which made Top 20 on the Billboard Charts in 1961. Her first big concert was in Omaha opening for the Dave Clark Five with her band Vicki Lynn and the Lynnmen which included Vicki’s brother Steve Lutes (Steve later played with the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band the “Dentairs”). Vicki Lynn and the Lynnmen performed at local bars, Little Miss Iowa and Miss Iowa Pageants, school dances, and opened for many groups at the Roof Garden in Arnolds Park.

Vicki eventually moved to Colorado Springs and joined up with the working show band “Switch”. She toured the nation and Canada with “Switch” for nine years playing cities, military bases etc. in every U.S. state except Maine and Hawaii. They were the opening act for many shows including Tommy Roe, Freddy Cannon, Bobby Lewis, The Crickets, Chubby Checker, Ricky Nelson, Sha Na Na, Bruiser, The Drifters, The Marvalettes, and others. They also toured for nine months as the backup band for Bobby Vee.

One of the most memorable performances of Vicki’s career was with Switch at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA where they opened a three night gig for Bobby Vee, Freddie Cannon, and Ricky Nelson. The three day attendance reached 80,000 people. Another memorable performance was at an air show at the Flint, MI Airfield where they opened for The Grass Roots and Ricky Nelson in front of an thundering audience that numbered close to 40,000.

Along the way, Vicki married her friend and drummer Jerry Bell. They have been married 34 years and have a daughter (Alexandria) and two grandsons (Jacob and Jerod). Vicki and Jerry returned to Spencer, IA in 2001 where they joined up with the Johnson Brothers Band (with Brad Johnson, Joe Johnson, Maury Muhm) occasionally playing at local venues and events including a performance in July 2006 at the Arnolds Park Pavilion for the Iowa Rock and Roll Music Association’s Thursday Night Rock the Roof Concert Series.

An outstanding musician and singer, Vicki is admired by her fans and fellow musicians for her dynamic heartfelt vocals and professionalism. Whether it is belting out a rock tune, crooning the blues, or singing a sultry ballad, she can do it all. She joins the Hall of Fame Class of 2008 in the Women Who Rock category.

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