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Name: Larry Peck <lpeck28@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-07-10
How I found this page searching Chicagoland garage bands
Favorite style of music blues/rock
Favorite song lots of 'em
Born and raised in Waukegan. I was a fan of the Outspoken Blues and The Bryds back in the 60's . Was friendly with some of the band members back then. Became good friends with Jim Walkaenoff later and we used to talk about the Bryds from time to time.

Name: Dan Bilka <Bilka408@comcast.net>
Date: 2013-01-28
How I found this page browsing family hx kostoff
Favorite style of music all
Favorite song all of it
Hey nice website.. jack kostoff was my cousin..i used to listen to outspoken blues practice at jacks house on butler ave way back in 67... i was only eleven.. moved to cal only to come back at his farewell 76

Name: jim o'malley <no1old97sfan@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-11-13
How I found this page heard the band name...looked it up
Favorite style of music psyche, garage, power pop
Favorite song turn on the news...husker du
i was able to get most of the back to the grave comp...i thought the nuggets comp was killer...this is the shit, a lot of those band had money backing them..this is some real stuff...what a period of music...65-68. some of my favorite music ever...

Name: Gary U.S. Turk <daddio53@gmail.com>
Date: 2012-08-02
How I found this page Looking for a video or other file of "Take Me Back".
Favorite style of music Classic Rock -oldies- and then everything else
Favorite song "Red House" Jimi Hendrix
Like so many others I grew up at just the right time to enjoy great little local music venues like the Hangout, Sound Museum, and Wild Goose. What a great time in the lifeline of music. I have so many memories both fond and insane that took place at these places, and I loved every minute of it. On top of the music there was the visions brought about through blacklights and dayglo, overhead projectors with oil and colored water, the smells via incense and patchouli oil, and even touch was included aswe bumped into each other while we danced or high fived at the end of the dance lines, and oh, one big touch thing was a tall speaker column falling from the corner of the stage platform that rang my bell. The Wild Goose gave me a free "lifetime" pass, ostensibly trying to keep me from suing them I'm sure. As my luck would have it, they closed down about three weeks later. Anyway, the Stanley brothers were a huge part of that music scene, and after hearing their newest album a couple days ago, there is still some Stanley music shaping someone's life out there. Thank you Bob and Jim for good times and good music. And now I'm ready for you to, "Take Me Back".

Name: Aleata Evans <aleata.evans@gmail.com>
Date: 2012-04-10
How I found this page Google
I have so many memories of the Bryds when they played in the 1960's in Libertyville. I think the place was call either the Shady Banana (maybe that was in Deerfield)...or it was called the Bat Attic. Anyway it was in the American Legion Hall. Me and my girlfriends were "groupies" and had crushes on most of the band. It's a good flash back to see the old pics.

Name: Teri Wagner Mullins <teri.mull@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2011-10-17
How I found this page my dad told me about it
Favorite style of music any and all music. depends on the mood
Hey Igrew up calling one of those guys dad and the other was my "uncle" tom. Cool reading!

Name: George Scott <spiritofmarktwain@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-07-23
How I found this page Lookin for "The Flock."
Favorite style of music Rockin Roll
Favorite song "What's the Difference"
Members of "The Flock" were friends and customers of Sage Band Instruments in Libertyville. Frank Posa gave me a couple albums that I treasure. Thanks for keeping the memories of Waukegan and Lake County musicians alive....

Name: dave smith <davidsmithds39@gmail.com>
Date: 2011-06-26
How I found this page jim stanley
Favorite style of music classic rock,blues
Favorite song too many to decide on one.
Love the site Jim,honored to be mentioned in it. Played with Steve Wypych in "American Can". Am friends with past members of "Hot Mama Silver" including Tom Rutledge,Billy Bobrowski,and Randy Masses. Played with Billy. Also played with Tom when I first moved into Waukegan area(I was a freshman in H.S.).

Name: Terri Fleischman Durden <hpangel2@comcast.net>
Date: 2011-05-24
How I found this page by accident
Favorite song Mister you're a better man than I
I was best friends with Jean Biersdorf and I remember Jim Stanley and I was wondering if Monty Sigurdsson was still alive. I am now 61 yrs old and living in South Florida for the past 40yrs. Please feel free to contact me, my e-mail is hpangel2@comcast.net, I would love to reconnect. Terri Fleischman.

Name: Vinny <vinnyandthejets@charter.net>
Date: 2011-02-21
My cousin has a copy or 2 of Brydes 45's.

Name: Jim Stanley <JAMKSTAN@JUNO.COM>
Date: 2010-08-20
How I found this page Created It
Favorite style of music Rock
Favorite song Many
Steve Wypych was a fellow band member of the Outspoken Blues, and a dear friend. His passing was a shock to me. I enjoyed seeing and talking with him at our reunion in 2008, and was looking forward to seeing him at our next reunion, hopefully in 2011. He'll be missed.

Name: Nancy McDermott/Baker <breeze48@hotmail.com>
Date: 2010-07-27
How I found this page Denise Trudeau/
Favorite style of music All except rap and Heavy Metal
Favorite song I have to many
I used to hang with you in the late 60's. I was good friends with Dave Loma's wife Yvonne and her sister Denise.
I used to take care of Dave daughter while he was playing late nights and Yvonne was working. I have fond memories of the band and the members in it.


Name: Teri Moore Fitzpatrick <terifitzp@gmail.com>
Date: 2010-06-27
How I found this page Google
Favorite style of music Blues Rock
Favorite song All of early Bob Dylan
Born and raised in Waukegan. Knew & remember most all these band members. Class of 1968. Grew up in the nieghborhood of Washington & Butrick.

Name: Termite JOhnny <jderbas@insight.rr.com>
Date: 2010-05-16
How I found this page right clicked
Favorite style of music anything but rap
Favorite song I Feel Fine
Any plans for audio or video recording of the second picnic.
Sure would be great for those "out of towners" like me.


Name: Debbie Niemi Christensen <djcaz@cox.net>
Date: 2009-11-21
How I found this page Denise Petrie
Favorite style of music 60's
Please put me on your list for the next picnic.

I'm in Arizona now, but will fly back.



Name: Karen <knauskaren@hotmail.com>
Date: 2009-11-18
What a small world!! Heard you at Night Gallery many times.
Wish I had known then, that we're cousins through the Swanson side of the family. Those were some good days. Brings back loads of memories!


Name: Guy Arnston <guyarnston@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2009-11-12
How I found this page Phone call from Jim
Favorite style of music All
Favorite song Little Girl
Hey Jim, nice talking to you. Nice web site. Talk to you again soon.



Name: Naida <naida13@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-05-21
How I found this page surfin outta bordom
Favorite style of music anything but rap crap
Favorite song depends on my mood
Hey Bob (YardDog} Stanley! Hello Hello, from 30 years ago! Holy smokes! How the heck are ya? You still look the same only your hair is shorter! What great memories! Waukegan, Chicago, Night Gallery, PJ's! When's the next reunion? Would have loved to have made the first one but we didn't know about it.
Take care!


Name: Rich Denikas <rdenikas@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-05-12
How I found this page With my computer
Favorite style of music stuff with drums
Favorite song I will always think about you
I played in many bands in the Waukegan / Zion area. from 65- present. The Lances, The Blue Condition [45rpm "Lost Love"], The Sounds Of silence, Solomon, Riland Fitchet,[Fitchet] Local 284 [Jass band ,marching band], Waukegan concert band, 85th div.u.s.Army Band,Zion Jr.Band,Zion H.S.Bands,Toonz blues band, Spike Ivory Band [CD],Hood Wink, A.C.Blues,As You Like It, Rex,Studio Drummer Opus Recording , {played drums on side 2 of ]To The Kings/"I'm A Man" {Bobby Rodriguez} and Freelance work Local# 284 , BULLSEYE COUNTRY BAND many more.

Name: bishop <mbdesign1@cox.net>
Date: 2009-05-04
How I found this page cant remember
Favorite style of music guitar
Favorite song the adventure
bob, have been listening to take me back by flock. the way the bryds performed it was way more magic. would be tickled as shit if you with all your machines could rcreate this timeless song with the same spirit you orginally had withot horns

Name: Steve Jaronik <sjaronik@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-05-03
How I found this page BigBishop1 from Youtube
Favorite style of music 60's garage rock, Cheap Trick
Favorite song Need Your Love (by CT)
Bill Kirchmeyer (my next door neighbor) gave me a 45 of "Mister You're A Better Man Than I" It hooked me into this genre. I remember seeing Leaves of Autumn at a dance at the YMCA, and Hot Mama Silver (with Bill Brobowski) at Night Gallery. I miss the old Waukegan days, but the music is what keeps the memories on going. Would love to buy your cd... (couldn't get it off the Swiss site).

Name: Termite Johnny <jmderbas@comcast.net>
Date: 2009-01-31
How I found this page Turned left at Greenland
Favorite style of music That with notes
Favorite song My dingaling

Hot new Lake County band


Name: Termite Johnny <jmderbas@comcast.net>
Date: 2008-10-12
How I found this page Looking for info on Bryds
Favorite style of music Anything but Rap
Favorite song In My Life
Is there a live recording of the picnic.
Also are there any other Bryds recordings than the 45 rpm release a long, long, long, long time ago in another galaxy?


Name: Bill Morstadt <william.morstadt@gmail.com>
Date: 2008-10-03
How I found this page internet search
Favorite style of music rock
Favorite song since I don't have you (REALLY)
went to many dances with the Empires, Bryds, Outspoken Blues, X-Men. Favorites were at hangout (YMCA) and the Waukegan beach...(I was a lifeguard there). Once had a copy of Not Right Now given to me by Bill Kirchmeyer's brother (John). Sadly got talked out of it by my college roomate 3-4 years later. Looked for this record many times at record shows/shops across the country and now I know why I didn't connect, it being so rare.
If anyone knows John Kirchmeyer's email , I would appreciate it.
Wish I knew about this get-together 'happening'. Maybe I'll be on your mailing list next time ?


Name: dave berg <davejberg@aol.com>
Date: 2008-09-25
How I found this page google
Favorite style of music 60's
Favorite song Gloria
used to frequent the Shady Banana, the Cellar, the Cave, Pink Panther, etc back in Lake County, Moved to Virginia in 1990 and ironically work with Tom Nelson.

Name: Denise Petrie <danduscol@yahoo.com>
Date: 2008-09-08
How I found this page Friends
Favorite style of music All
Favorite song Forever Young
Again next year sounds great. Too far for me to come by the time I heard, sorry I missed it, heard it was good times. If it was anything like the ole times, it had to be great! Would have loved to see all the old faces, no pun intended! I was the one that booked you at Holy Child for all the dances. I dated John Pencak for awhile, went to the 1969 Holy Child Prom with him! I am sure I have some pics from back then, will dig in boxes and let you know. Have had a great time looking at all the info on your sites. Friend Cathy Peklay (Sloan) sent me the new CD, awesome!!!! Can't wait to hear yours! Maybe add the Belvidere Mall to the site, that sure brings back memories!Thanks for putting everything together, appreciate it!!
PS: Congrats Mr. Lawyer!!


Name: Juan <zermenoj@yahoo.com>
Date: 2008-08-14
How I found this page James emailed me
Favorite style of music Classic Rock
Favorite song Sugar Sugar by the Archies
Hi, Stanley. I'm glad I found your email. Hope to hear from ya!

Name: Gerald Lambert <gwlambert@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2008-08-12
How I found this page Was told about it by one one of my friends, Charlie Alden.
Favorite style of music All types, motown, clasic, blues
Favorite song Caren Carpenter, Chad & Jermany, Simon & Garfunkle, Bread, Chicago, Zombies, etc. To many.
I love the web sight and think it is great way to see all the groups and photos of them. Brings a lot of memories back, and lets us see how we have change over the years.

Gerald lambert


Name: Robert Archdale <archmanor@earthlink.net>
Date: 2008-08-02
How I found this page from Steve Wypych
Favorite style of music rock/blues
Favorite song wandering
Went to picnic and enjoyed myself. Saw many people that I had not seen in a long time! Hope that you repeat the experience next year. It was a great idea.
Bob & Sandy Archdale


Name: John Canelakes <jcanelakes@hotmail.com>
Date: 2008-07-31
How I found this page Google
Favorite style of music Rock
Favorite song Not Right Now
The reunion was great. The music was great. Everything was just perfect. Thank you!

Name: James Stanley <jamkstan@juno.com>
Date: 2008-07-30
How I found this page I created it
Favorite style of music Rock
Favorite song Many
The reunion was FUN! A nice secluded area, with a lot of green space. Good music! Seeing so many good friends from the past!
It was totally GREAT!


Name: Marcia Zuicarelli <reikissage@aol.com>
Date: 2008-04-04
How I found this page while looking for my cousins obituary
Favorite style of music jazz
Bill Levak is my cousin and I went to hear the bands when I was in high school. Bill was a sweetheart with a beautiful spirit and a huge heart. Oh and did I say funny!! To know him was to Love him. We will all miss him.

Name: Herb Eimerman <Emanbmi@aol.com>
Date: 2008-04-02
God Bless Bill...I'll miss his calls...emails...and his voice...he was a great friend and always made me laugh...

Name: Tom Nelson <tnelson145@aol.com>
Date: 2008-04-01
Godspeed, Billy!! You are truly missed, I was really looking forward to seeing you in July

Name: Tom Jansen <thhj@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2008-03-30
How I found this page searching for 60's groups
Favorite style of music 60's rock
Favorite song too many to say
Can't wait for the concert, need info on tickets. THANKS, TOM

Name: Sandy (Belzer) Adams <www.atomz04@hotmail.com>
Date: 2008-03-29
How I found this page google
Favorite style of music rock & roll
Favorite song Take me Back
I am Jim and Bob Stanley's cousin and I'm glad I found out about the reunion! I'll let the rest of the "Hellchicks"
know about it!


Name: Bob Stanley <www.theroadman@comcast.net>
Date: 2008-03-22
How I found this page My brother made me.
Favorite style of music Rockabluesic
Favorite song Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters
This has been a great site for people to reminisce.

I understand you were in a band too. :-)

Your good-looking YOUNGER brother


Name: Jim Perrine <j.perrine@nktelco.net>
Date: 2008-03-22
How I found this page told about it
Favorite style of music blues
Favorite song ??
Grew up in Waukegan. Have know Bob for a long time. I remember going to see Hot Mama many times. My brother Gary played with Steve W. in the band American Can in the early 70s.

Name: Dick Powell <biggus8@juno.com>
Date: 2008-03-22
How I found this page Bill Johnson
Favorite style of music 20th century classical
Favorite song "Moon In June" Robert Wyatt
Looking forward to the July band reunion, I'm not sure you realize what a
lovely monster you have created. Perhaps if you film the event you could
turn it into a PBS fund raiser.



Name: Larry DeHaan <larrydehaan@yahoo.com>
Date: 2008-03-21
How I found this page friend
Favorite style of music pretty much everything
Favorite song too many to name
Brings back great memories of hangin' out at the halls. would like to make the reunion.


Name: Linda Fornero(Scheske) <lindafornero@mac.com>
Date: 2008-03-19
How I found this page a friend
Favorite style of music blues and just about anything else
Favorite song I have hundreds
Wow! How fun is this??? Great website and great memories. Hope to be there for the reunion. Your myspace site is cool too, as is Roadman's Hammer.

Name: Mary Braaten Miner <jlminer@comcast.net>
Date: 2008-03-17
How I found this page Linda Scheske Fornero passed it on to me
Oh my gosh - the internet IS fun for some things! Who knew this would ever come around for another look??? Known to have been said one night on the phone... rrrrrrrrring....rrrrrrrrrrring... "Mary? You'll never guess who's playing?"

Name: Whin Oppice <whineryop@hotmail.com >
Date: 2008-03-12
How I found this page Searching The Internet
Favorite style of music Sixties
Favorite song Many
What a thrill to finds The Bryds on the internet. I always wanted to tell you guys my strongest teen memories are dancing and meeting girls (sweaty as we were) under the influence of The Bryds at the Pink Panther. Nobody else played "Baby Can I Take you Home, Better Man Than I, early Animals & Them, Bury My Body, Pretty Flamingo," you guys were the best ever. I can't remember if it was the summer of '66 or '67, probably both. I do remember Dave when he appeared one Saturday night at the Pink Panther will his hair all cut off. I think he had visited the draft board. Wasn't he going to Wright Jr. College? Then there was the time when WLS pitched all week long an upcoming performance by The Byrds at Carmel High School I think it was. I was and still and a big Byrds fan & collector. I headed all the way out there from Skokie to discover not Mr. Tambourine Man but my beloved local Bryds. I always felt Bob was a wise guy of sorts, maybe you fooled WLS for the great publicity to get folks out to see The Bryds. It worked. Then of course when the guys did the three man roll over on the stage floor. I don't know what you'd call the thing, (Note: It was the "PODO") just that we did the same thing at football practice.
A few years ago while feeling nostalgic I went to the old Legion Hall in Deerfield (Pink Panther) which had become a floral shop. I of course went inside to just relive the tingles and feelings of my teenage hot summer Saturday nights at the Pink Panther with The Bryds. It's all there. What intense memories. You guys made it for me. Thank you.


Name: bishop <mbdesign1@cox.net>
Date: 2007-11-12
How I found this page was having a flashback
Favorite style of music fuzz punk
Favorite song 7&7 is
could you put those songs on myspace or youtube you can just videotape the record playing or mixed with photos

Name: Terri Allen <ta121952@aol.com>
Date: 2007-10-31
How I found this page through Mary Carmody
Favorite style of music early rock
Favorite song any Beatles
Have many memories of dances at Lugan/Slovenik Halls! I know where Glen Halvorsen is. His wife, Sandie did my hair for 20 yrs. They're retired and living in Florida, near Mt. Dora. I will get his address for you - I know it's at home somewhere. I miss them a lot. They left Winthrop Harbor about 12 years ago.

Name: Vinny <Vinnyandthejets6@aol.com>
Date: 2007-10-04
How I found this page Jamnik
Favorite style of music 60's
Favorite song Gloria
A party? Anyone can come? Have you found John Jamnik? How about Herb (Round Lake)? I can contact my cous Larry Zens (Stonehenge), or maybe you could invite some of the Syns?....They could tailgate in the parking lot on their hearse! Did Bill Martin or Demkew (Don) ever associate with you guys? ....Seriously....I hope it all goes off really well. You all lived it during a very exciting time! In Him, Vinny

Name: bill johnson <mbdesign1@cox.net>
Date: 2007-09-19
How I found this page surfin the net
Favorite style of music fuzz punk
Favorite song 7&7 is love
im an old waukegan rocker iwas on myspace today on a 60s garage site came across a 60s band from lansing mich. called cherry slush they had some regional success with usa records one of their songs was i gotta take it easy iremember the bryds doin it so i played it pretty sure its bobs song but more bubble gummy checkit out will be at vpwin08

Name: Kriss <kmm@utwsos.com>
Date: 2007-08-22
How I found this page link sent to me by Sandie Cichosz
Favorite style of music classic rock, naturally!
Favorite song Yarddog singing 'I put a spell on you'
We had some fabulous times with the Bryds, OUtspoken Blues, Barking Abbot ( Dore & I went together for 2 1/2 years), chasing around to all the local teen clubs to see, listen, and dance!!! I remember the Hahn brothers, Bill Herrin, John Jamnik (went to same grade school), Bayard, Jim Wesley (kidney shaped swimming pool) and many more. They were some fun, fun times! Jim, what's next is to arrange a huge reunion back in Waukegan/North Chicago. OH MY GAWD - that would be a total mind blast!!! Thanks for creating this website!


Name: Sandie Hiatt <shiatt@qualityflags.com>
Date: 2007-08-20
How I found this page looked on google for local bands
Favorite style of music Soft rock
Favorite song too many
Used to go to all of the Outspoken Blues and Bryds local gigs in late 60's with my sister, Kathy and best friend, Kris. Was wondering where all of you guys were now.

Name: John Boffer <blvg69@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-06-29
How I found this page googled Hot Mama Silver
Favorite style of music rock, blues reggea
Favorite song too numerous to mention!!!
Hey Jim ! I'm an old HMS fan-- Yarddog's a great player! Used to see em at the Mouse trap(night gallery?) Worked with Herb at the paint factory!! Ha!! Any how the pics are GREAT!! Brought back all kinds o memories!! They was a rockin' band!! peace love dove--Big John

Name: Pete Gardner <psgardner@wi.rr.com>
Date: 2007-03-05
How I found this page Searched on Hot Mama Silver
Favorite style of music Jam Bands and Blues
I remember seeing Hot Mama Silver 3 or 4 times back in the day in Waukegan. Once at the J-M Club in 1971. That was a smoking hot band. I think that was the first time I snuck some booze out of my old mans liquor stash and got drunk.

Name: Tom Nelson <tnelson145@aol.com>
Date: 2007-01-19
How I found this page Googled Outspoken Blues
Favorite style of music Rock, Country
Favorite song Good Feelin' to Know, by Poco
Hey Jim, great page! I'm one of the original members of The Empires, Beat, Inc. and Outspoken Blues. I wrote "Not Right Now". Still playing a little, 40 years after the Blues! That time with the bands was the best times of my life! I love looking back at those times. Bob is still one of the best guitar players and singers I have ever seen!

Name: Bernie Hahn <berniehahn@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-12-14
How I found this page Thinking about the old days looked for "Yarddog"
Favorite style of music Rock
Don't know if you remember me, but was lead guitarist of the "Syns". Jack Kostoff (drummmer), Mike Zaugra (lead singer), Ed Hall (Bass).

Name: zach luoma <kathyluoma@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-10-10
How I found this page jim stanley
Favorite style of music punk
Favorite song helana/misfits
if you could would you please put up something about my father davids passing away. it would mean alot to me and my father.he constantly talked about the times he played with you guys like it was the happiest times of his life.he was born 12-15-46 and passed away on 8-8-06 from congestive heart failure.born in waukegan moved to orlando,fl in 1984.if you have any questions you can email me or call

Name: Dennis Rojo <scubarojo@comcast.net>
Date: 2006-08-28
How I found this page Googled Bob stanley
Favorite style of music all kinds of rock
Favorite song Crying, Roy Orbison
I remember these guys from my high school days at North Chicago High. Hung with Dave Inman some and went out with Mitzi. Great memories.