Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Teegarden & Van Winkle: God, Love and Rock & Roll

Just by their name, I always thought Teegarden & Van Winkle were Dutch. Mistake one – they were transplanted Oklahomans who made it in the Detroit music scene. I also thought that they were a much larger band – but they were a two piece augmented by studio musicians. While there was a Teegarden (David ) who played drums and sang, there was no Van Winkle per se. On the album that features today's selection: “Teegarden & Van Winkle with Bruce,” they were augmented by guitarist Mike Bruce.

Skip Knape performed the Van Winkle persona and played organ, bass pedals, and sang. Our one-hit-wonder from 1970, “God, Love, and Rock & Roll” peaked on the Top 40 charts at #22. Teegarden and Knape were also involved in a number of projects related to Bob Seger, with Teegarden joining the Silver Bullet band for four albums. This short lived one-hit-wonder band returned to the studio in 1997 and recorded their “Radioactive” LP.

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