(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/2/04)
From the performer who substituted at the last minute when that plane
went down outside of Clear Lake, to a gal who wowed the crowds while
still a child herself, and a ballroom that fell victim to fire, the 2004
Iowa RockNRoll Music Association Hall of Fame inductees have left their
mark on all those who heard them or were touched by their musical expertise.
Representing the Greater Des Moines area are Pelican Peace Band from
Grimes, Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward from Ames and Mr. State
Fair Bill Riley of Des Moines. Carrie McDowell of Des Moines is the
honoree in the Women Who Rock category.
Northeast Iowa inductees include: Milk & Honey from Cedar Falls, KOEL
Radio of Oelwein and agent/promoter Fred Fenchel from Mason City.
From Southeast Iowa, the honorees include GONN of Keokuk, Prophets/Linn
County Band from Cedar Rapids, and the Modernistic Ballroom of Clinton.
Southwest Iowa honors go to The Fortes/Forte Enterprise of Council
Bluffs, Stone Soul Picnic from Atlantic and Council Bluffs Terry Lawless.
Northwest Iowa is represented this year by the Fabulous Uniques from
Mallard, the Dentairs from Spirit Lake, Sioux City musician Daryl
Shinkunis and Tom Bedell (Bedell Guitar Company) of Spirit Lake.
The out-of-state choice for 2004 is Bobby Vee, who has been entertaining
crowds since the late 1950s. Vee is a native of Moorehead, Minn. He
received the call to appear in Fargo, N.D. when the crash in Iowa took
the lives of Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) and Richie
Valens along with pilot Roger Peterson, a Storm Lake native.
The Class of 2004 will be inducted on Sunday, Sept. 5 at the Roof
Garden in Arnolds Park during Labor Day weekend Hall of Fame Induction
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