Don Sohl came from a musical family. His father Frank had a band with Don's uncle, "Ham", during the 30's. Don's late brother, Duane, was the singer in the family, and Don grew up playing piano and ukulele.

After a girlfriend bought him an electric guitar, Don found himself in a small group, playing country and rock dances in Western Nebraska. It wasn't long before Don was playing with a group of his own, and later with Ron Thompson and the Broughams.  Their recording trips to Kansas City produced several singles for Don. Many of these sessions were a combination of talents, putting together Don Sohl, Ron Thompson, Dick Allison, The Berry Brothers, The Isom Brothers, and Denny Volk. During the early sixties, Don re-formed the band as one of his hottest, with Monte and Butch Isom on guitar and bass. Other area musicians working with Don during this period included Terry Witkowski, Doug Speidel, Roger Volk, Gary King and Glen Stone. A move to New York City produced one of the hottest acts in the city. Gary King, who played sax with Don Sohl in the early 1960's, is also a 2002 inductee in The Iowa Music Hall of Fame as a member of "The Bands of Gold".