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Well I was born in a small town
And I live in a small town....
- John Mellencamp
The lyrics to John Mellencamp’s 1985 hit, “Small Town”, would almost seem to have been written for the teenagers who came together almost two decades earlier to form The Chentelles in tiny Fennville, Michigan. Located in the southwest part of the state, roughly eight miles from Lake Michigan, the city is located in what is known as the state’s ‘fruit belt’. Back in the 1960’s the majority of jobs, including part-time work for Fennville’s teens in the summer, were centered in some way around the cherries, apples, blueberries, and peaches grown on local farms.
The Chentelles were the first rock and roll band formed at Fennville High School which, in the 1960’s, drew students from the surrounding small communities and rural areas of Allegan County. The band’s lone single was recorded at Dave Kalmbach’s Great Lakes Recording Studio in Sparta, Michigan, in early 1967, and issued on his legendary Fenton label. Over the years, one of those sides, “Be My Queen” has appeared on several garage band compilations and copies of the rare 45 rpm have fetched over $1,200 in online auctions.
By Cole Waterman
BAY CITY, MI — Nearly five decades since a group of first generation Americans recorded one of the best known and most influential songs of the 1960s in a humble, homespun studio in Bay City, the ditty is garnering recognition in its hometown.
Equal parts protopunk and garage rock anthem, Question Mark and the Mysterians' "96 Tears" is to be declared Bay City's official rock 'n' roll song by Mayor Christopher Shannon at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, at Old City Hall, 814 Saginaw St. Following the dedication, the band is expected to perform at the downtown Bay City eatery.
Shannon said he has been in discussions with local music historian Gary Johnson for some time regarding how to properly give the song some recognition.
By Kory Grow
Dick Wagner, who played guitar withAlice Cooper,Lou Reedand on records byKiss and Aerosmith at various points in his career, died on July 30th after being hospitalized in Scottsdale, Arizona for respiratory failure. Two weeks earlier, he had undergone a cardiac procedure, according toDetroit Free Press. He was 71.
In his lifetime, Wagner played guitar with a number of notable names in pop and rock, including Rod Stewart, Hall and Oates and Meatloaf, among others. He also made a name for himself as a songwriter for his mid-Seventies work with Cooper.