THE COACHMEN

The Coachmen, one of the most popular and successful

 rock bands in the Midwest, reunited with original

 members, Rick Bell, Jeff Travis, Craig Perkins,

 "Red" Freeman and Bruce Watson, at the August 23,

 1997 show at the Pla-Mor Ballroom in Lincoln.

 Originally from Lincoln, the Coachmen were formed in

 1964 and performed regionally at teen dances

 like 9-high, Keen Time, and Woods Park Pool

 Parties.

In January 1965, The Coachmen won the KOIL radio

 Battle of the Bands in Omaha. Shortly thereafter

 they recorded and released "Mr. Moon", written by

 Freeman, first on the local MMC record label,

 later on Bear Records out of Minneapolis. The song

 was a smash hit...reaching #1 on the local charts in

 the fall of 1965, as well as going to #1 in regional

 markets like San Francisco and Sacremento California,

 Salem Oregon, and Minneapolis.

By 1966 they had relocated to Omaha, Ne,

 toured over a 17 state area in their 44-passenger

 bus, and hosted their own TV show in Omaha, aired

 just after Dick Clark's American Bandstand...

 performing their own hits, and featuring guest

 appearances by other local rock bands.





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