LITTLE JOE AND THE RAMRODS

Little Joe and the Ramrods was formed by guitarist and

 pianist, Joe Hupp. His early groups included Dino

 Reeves, Doug Speidel, Mike Sund, Leland Grieves,

 Terry Zobel, Larry Young, John Schrad and Gene

 Hammerlun. Taking the cue from his early heroes,

 Hupp took the group to Oklahoma City and recorded

 B.B. Limbo and Yogi Twist, two excellent rock records

 that appeared on the Soma label.

Little Joe and the Ramrods continued recording,

 cutting Somebody Touched Me, Oop Poo Pa Doo, and

 We Belong Together for Studio City Records out

 of Minneapolis.

This success came to a sudden halt, when after

 a disagreement, Hupp found himself without a band.

 At the same time, The Strollers were losing

 their drummer, and after some discussion, both

 bands decided to join. Within two months, the

 band had expanded, adding former Stroller, Chuck

 Asmus on vocals, Nick Hupp on bass, John Schrad

 on sax, and moving Jerry Benjamin to drums. This

 seven piece band would some day become The Smoke Ring.


 

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