Monday, January 30, 2006

Apostles Update and an Important Message...

The Apostles Greetings all. As I was going through my mail this morning, I got a message from a cat named Joe Pipitone, who just happened to be the drummer for the Apostles (who I blogged about here last week), who also sent along the pictures above. Here'sJoe's message: "Larry, I was so surprised to see you found the recording “Six Pack” of the Apostles. I was the drummer in the band. I’ve attached a couple of pics of the group at that time. As you can see we were an all white soul band. The guitar player’s name you were referring to in the recording was Rich Rudolph. Gary Scott was the keyboardist, arranger, and wrote the music. We were heavily influenced by the R&B during that era, and we thought the Meters were really funky! The band had its beginning here in St. Louis, MO back in 1967, and played mostly clubs and school dances. We had two different black male lead vocalists…Marcel Strong and Billy Elam. We recorded 2 singles at Oliver Sain’s studio. We were recruited to come to New York by a guy named Bob Yuri who worked for Universal. He was in St. Louis at the time and caught our act and was very impressed. He also was the manager of a girl singing group called the Glories and he wanted us to back them up in NY. We spent 3 months during there during the summer of 1969, just prior to Woodstock. We played the club circuit in NY and also were the back up band for Chuck Berry in concert, along with the James Cotton Blues Band, and Ten Years After at Flushing Meadow state park. The band broke up in 1970 and we all went on to play in different groups in the St. Louis and throughout the Midwest. Most of us were all pretty young. I was only 17 at the time. Thanks for the great memories! Joe " Thank you, Joe! God bless the interwebs and all that sail on here, for without the instant connections made by even a cursory Google search, a once anonymous (at least to me) band like the Apostles is suddenly brought to life by one of its members. The tune can be heard by scrolling down the page a bit. And now for a public service announcement... This Wednesday I will be going in for some surgery, that will likely have me indisposed and unable to update the Funky16Corners blog for at least a week - possibly longer. I just want those of you that stop by on a regular basis to know that I appreciate the patronage, and that I will be back as soon as physical discomfort allows. If you're new here, there's a ton of great stuff in the archives, and you can always stop by the Funky16Corners web zine and read some of the longer form articles until I crawl from my sick bed. See you soon. Larry


Blogger Billy K said...

Thanks for everything, Mr. Grogan. Here's wishing you a speedy and complete recovery.

-Billy K

1/30/2006 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger Agent45 said...

VERY cool that the Apostles drummer found and wrote to you. Proof positive that you are doing a great service through your blog. Best wishes for a fast recovery, my man. We'll all be thinking about you while you're away.

1/30/2006 01:42:00 PM  
Blogger Todd Lucas said...

Yeah, what Agent 45 said. Great update on the Apostles and here's hoping you recover quickly.

1/30/2006 01:46:00 PM  
Blogger The Stepfather of Soul said...

Godspeed for a quick and comfortable recovery!

1/30/2006 04:18:00 PM  
Blogger Red Kelly said...

hope it's nothing serious, pal!

get well soon, and we'll see ya on the rebound!

(and, yeah, the power of this whole internet thing is just amazing!)

1/30/2006 05:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Larry,

get well soon.
All the best.


1/30/2006 05:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get well soon Larry! We all love the blog and will be hoping for a fast and speedy recovery. All the best.

1/30/2006 06:38:00 PM  
Blogger J Epstein said...

Hope they're not extracting your mojo, Larry!

Get well soon.


1/30/2006 06:40:00 PM  
Anonymous drbopperthp said...

Good luck & get well soon!!!

1/30/2006 07:45:00 PM  
Blogger Walknthabass said...

Hey Larry!

Get well soon! Going to miss those soul "nuggets" you have a knack for finding. Plus love the stories behind each one!

1/30/2006 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger Repoz said...'re the best. Speedy rec. man.

1/31/2006 01:06:00 AM  
Blogger Dan Phillips said...

Mend speedily and completely, my man. We'll try not to wreck the place while you're gone. . .but you know how we get when the music gets good.

1/31/2006 02:39:00 AM  
Blogger Roger said...

Good luck Larry. Here's wishing you a quick recovery.

1/31/2006 06:59:00 AM  
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1/31/2006 07:00:00 AM  
Blogger eightfivedeluxe said...

Great post about the apostles, its cool how he sent you the photos and the story to go along with them! Keep up the good work and i hope you have a speedy recovery! Take care!


1/31/2006 07:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get well soon, Larry. I'm a newcomer to your site but now it's a top bookmark.

- JD

1/31/2006 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

WTF is going on here, I have to go for surgery too on thursday !!!
Good luck Larry !

1/31/2006 04:02:00 PM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

it's surgery time in the blogospheric superhighway, i guess. they're cutting yours truly open on monday. be strong and i'll try to do the same!

1/31/2006 08:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

get well soon!

1/31/2006 09:19:00 PM  
Blogger Lord Thorne said...

Given your love of the Nawlins thang will the surgeon be Dr John? All the best for a speedy recovery dude.

2/01/2006 05:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best wishes for your recovery! You post great music here...

2/01/2006 01:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get well soon, Larry. I've learned a hell of a lot from this blog, and that's more than I can say about graduate work.

2/01/2006 09:23:00 PM  
Blogger guapo said...

see you soon larry.

2/01/2006 09:48:00 PM  
Blogger LondonLee said...

Hope you get back on the good foot soon, Larry.

2/02/2006 08:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Niall said...

Best of luck, Larry. Hope all goes well!

2/02/2006 06:14:00 PM  
Blogger sssnole said...

Thanks for everything and I hope your feeling better really soon. This is one of the only places I go on the interweb. So many great slabs of wax. Much love goes out to you.

Dont let them touch your funk bone.

2/03/2006 01:38:00 AM  
Blogger Billy Clismo said...

i hope everything went as planned and the record player is within reach
take your time

2/05/2006 03:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Larry,

get well -- and thanks for a great site,

Mathias from Munich, Germany

2/06/2006 05:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for such an awesome blog site. I hope you have a speedy recovery!


2/07/2006 04:26:00 PM  
Blogger Jason X said...

Hello Larry,
I love your Blog. Your information is enlightening and made me want to start my own blog in a similar fashion. You are a wealth of knowledge and I enjoy hearing the stories surrounding the tunes. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see more posts in the future.
Take Care
Jason X

2/08/2006 12:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry, I wish to set the record straight regarding the Apostles. My name is Bob Rogger from St. Louis, Missouri. I was the drummer for the Apostles on all of our recordings including Six Pack. My stage name was Bob Regan. I formed a band known as Bob Regan and the Renegades in 1964. It was a very popular band with a horn section. We worked with Buster Jones of KATZ radio, a singer and recording artist. Upon his departure from St. Louis, I and the Renegades hooked up with Chuck Cunningham also with Katz radio and he got us a show backing the "Esquires" (Get on Up). In 1967 I merged the Renegades with the then small group known as the Apostles. Bill "Bunky" Shepard promoter and manger of The Esquires, Gene Chandler, Tyrone Davis and more recorded our first single "Soulful" at the studois of Oliver Sain here in St. Louis. When Chuck Cunnigham Left St. Louis for another radio market I asked Donnie "Soulfinger" Brooks to be our new promoter. He did and he was responsible for us recording Six Pack. He owned a Night Club called The Twenty Grand in Gaslight Square where we backed such performers as Gene Chandler, Tyrone Davis, Rufus Thomas, Eddie Floyd, Barbara Mason and The Delfonics to name only a few. We were an all white band as Joe said:

Bob Rogger (Regan) Drummer & Former Renegade, Chuck Klein, Bass player and originator of The Apostles, Mike Menke, Lead Guitar who joined the Apostles one week before me, Gary Scott, Organ and Horns & former Renegade, Mark Trentmann, Tenor Sax & former Renegade, Bob Hoffarth, Trombone & former Renegade, Jim Kalbfeld, Trumpet, & former Renegade. These are the musicians performing on all our recordings.

As you can see I had a great influence on the group and would never have left it the ultimate peek of our success, I and the terrific guitar player you enjoy, were drafted into the United States Army during Viet Nam. The Apostles tour which I negociated through Bob Youri of Columbia Records and which Joe speaks of would not include Mike and myself. I was first replaced by Jerry Zehnle as the drummer and he was replaced by Joe.

I have so many memories and friends from this experience and my son John helps me keep those wonderful memories alive.

I am so thrilled that you have posted this for all the world to see and I would be happy to answer any questions about us that anyone including yourself might have.

Thank you Mr. Grogan.

2/08/2006 01:53:00 PM  
Blogger guapo said...

wishing you the speediest recovery!

2/12/2006 07:19:00 PM  

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