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#659525 - 10/13/08 01:43 PM New book on Chicago music scene  
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Not sure how much activity there is on this board right now, but I'm going to post the e-mail message that I've been sending out to Chicago musicians in case anyone here can help with this project.


Dean Milano

Hello fellow musicians and music fans-

Some of you may have already heard that I’m writing a book on the history of Chicago music. The working title is: The Chicago Music Scene of the 1960s and ‘70s. It will be published by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series.


The book will cover Chicago as well as its suburbs probably within a 30 mile radius. As of now, it will include an Introduction and five chapters:

Rock and Roll
Blues and R&B
Country and Bluegrass

This is where all of you come in. The editor wants the book to be heavy on photographs, as all the books in their series are. I am going to need as many photos from that two decade era as I can find.
I need original publicity photos of performers from that time (some of you fit that bill), I need photos of the popular clubs and I need photos of advertisements, posters and handbills.
The focus of the book will be on the local performers, some of whom made it big, some who made their mark and disappeared and some who are still performing. I would like to include all those performers in the book in some way and of course, anyone who sends me information I can use will be credited.

I also need contacts in all the various genres. If any of you know people who were involved in the music scene from that era, be it jazz, country or any of the different types of music, please help me contact them. I want to get their stories in the book.

I need to find the old jazz and blues players who are still with us. I need to contact bands like the Buckinghams, Cryan Shames, etc., even the radio DJ’s from that period.

I’m including a sketchy idea of the book’s Introduction and a rough list of performers and clubs I’ve put together to give you an idea of what I already have and what I need. I know many are missing and please don’t be offended if your name is not on the list. I’ll get it on there, but I need your help. I know I’ve left out some obvious ones, so assume that this list is just a start.

And once the book is finished, an exciting event may follow, so stay tuned for that.

Thanks in advance for all your help as I know many of you will be as excited as I am about documenting this important period of Chicago musical history.


Dean Milano

(The Introduction)

Chicago Music Scene
1960s – 1970s

This is the story of the Chicago music scene of two decades- the 1960s and ‘70s, an incredibly vibrant period in urban and suburban music scenes across the country and throughout the world.
Enough has been written about the national and international acts of that time, but little is written regarding local music scenes.
This story will focus on the Chicago club scene and the homegrown performers who made it one of the most electrifying and memorable periods in music history. Some of them went all the way to “the big time” while others made their mark and disappeared. But they all made a difference in their own way and for those who were there, it’s a time they will never forget.

Some of the earliest clubs of the ‘60s and ‘70s Chicago scene (Mr.Kelly’s, the RR Ranch, the Gate of Horn) were holdovers of an earlier era when nightclubbing was a more formal event which involved dressing up and heading downtown for a special evening.
By the mid 1960s, the scene had begun to radically change and so did the atmosphere of the clubs. No longer were patrons seated by a host or hostess and led to a cozy table in a smoke filled room for an evening show. The smoke still remained, but an informal atmosphere of wandering in and out and socializing during the show became more common, particularly in the rock and roll clubs, which were evolving along with the much more laid back attitude that was permeating the younger generation.

Most of the clubs are gone now, but a few are still hanging on preserving what remains of a once great music scene.

THE LIST (The proverbial tip of the iceberg)



Conti Milano
Judy Roberts
Jimmy Atlas
Bill Porter
Ira Sullivan
Ezra Quantine Ragtime Memorial Band
Airflow Deluxe
Ghalib Ghallab
Dave Roberts Swingtet
Wacker Drive
Denise Osso Ensemble
Faith Pillow
Roger Pemberton Big Band
Anthony Braxton
Johnny Frigo
Jethro Burms


Mr. Kelly’s
The Jazz Showcase
Playboy club
Green Mill
London House
Happy Medium
The Cloister

Blues, R & B


Baby Huey and the Babysitters
Buddy Guy
Eddie Clearwater
Koko Taylor
Big Twist
Paul Butterfield
Mike Bloomfield
Outspoken Blues
Lonnie Brooks
Junior Wells
Otis Rush
Freddie King
The Chi-Lites
Siegal Schwall


Checkerboard Lounge
Regal Theatre
Buddy Guy’s
Queen Bee Lounge
Kingston Mines

Country & Bluegrass


The Sundowners
Greater Chicago Bluegrass Band
Special Consensus
Farah Coleman Country Soul Review
Scuttlebucket Band
Buck’s Stove and Range
Ron Crick
Jump ‘n the Saddle
Dave Gibson & Hackinbush
Jimmy Nichols
Western Echoes
Bob Atcher
Robbie Fulks
Flagg Williams
Muriel Anderson & The Wildwood Pickers


Ringside Ranch
A & J Lounge
Nashville North
Country Music Inn
Mr. Kileys
The Big Banjo
Clearwater Saloon
Carol’s Pub (Pam’s Playhouse)



Gibson and Camp
Bonnie Koloc
Steve Goodman
John Prine
Michael Johnson
Michael Smith
Laketown Buskers
Care of the Cow
Betsy Redhead
Famous Potatoes
Chris Farrell
Marty Peifer
Al Day
Harry Waller
Claudia Schmidt
Mick Scott
Jeff Jones
Byron Roche
Jim & Vivian Craig
Tricia Alexander
Rosehip String Band
Ed and Fred Holstein
Art Theime
Ray Tate
Dooley Brothers
Peter Madcat Ruth
Larry Rand
Dave Samuelson
Jim Post
Anne & Jan Hills-Burda
Fred Campeau
Ginni Clemmons
John Benishek
Andrew Calhoun
Cindy Mangsen
Peggy Ford
Sally Fingerette
Jeff Freelander
Ed Hall
Tom Dundee
Wally Frederichs
Howard Levy
Dennis Gordon & Loren Comitor
Dave Lazer
Megan McDonough
Jo Mapes
Louise Dimicelli
Jodi Allis
Rich Markow & The Living Cartoon Orchestra
Thom Bishop
Jim Hirsch


Gate of Horn
Earl of Old Town
Quiet Knight
Somebody Else’s Troubles
It’s Here
The Saddle Club
The Bulls
The Fifth Peg
Harry Hopes
Amazing Grace
His ‘N Hers
No Exit
Poor Richards
The Spot
Heartland Café
2 Way Street



Little Boy Blues
Cyran’ Shames
New Colony Six
H.P. Lovecraft
Deadly Nightshades
Bangor Flying Circus
The Other Half
The Mauds
Aliota, Haynes & Jeremiah
Saturdays Children
The Escavels
The Shadows of Knight
Ides of March
The Flock
The Riddles
Four Days and a Night
Fire/ Hang Five
Huge Hart
Rokko and the Hat
The Jamestown Massacre
The Maze
Illinois Speedpress
Mike Jordan and the Rockamatics
Famous Potatoes
Spanky and Our Gang
The Chase
Chicago (CTA)


Mother Blues
The Jaguar
Harry Hopes
The Mother Duck
The Cellar
The Dark Spot
The Wild Goose
The Coffee Break
The Blue Village
DuPage fairgrounds
Electric Theater/Kinetic Playground
Avalon Ballroom
The Cheetah/Aragon ballroom
Wise Fools Pub
Abbey Pub
Biddy Mulligans
Barnaby’s (where Chicago got their start in ’67 and 68.)

Dean Milano
#687816 - 02/01/09 04:51 AM Re: New book on Chicago music scene [Re: Dean Milano]  
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#732496 - 06/24/09 03:57 PM Re: New book on Chicago music scene [Re: Dean Milano]  
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The materials have now been submitted to the publisher and the waiting begins until the book comes out, hopefully before Christmas. (and no, that's not me on the cover - it's actually Lonnie Brooks).
Now it’s on to Phase II. I had mentioned early on that I had an idea for a special event once the book was finished. Instead of a standard book signing, I’d like to do a concert, involving as many of the players from the 1960s and ‘70s Chicago music scene as possible.
This would be a live music concert covering all the styles of Chicago music as covered in the book, with a house band provided if needed. All you need to bring is your axe and your voice.
It would also be a visual presentation with images of all the Chicago artists projected on screens. There would also be a special visual presentation for those artists who have passed on.
The event would be a benefit for the charity of my choosing and the actual venue would depend on exactly how many artists sign up. Some top Chicago names have already expressed an interest, and if a lot of big names continue to get on board, I will need a large room.
I would like to hold the event on a Sunday, either in the evening, or possibly starting in the afternoon and going through the evening. The exact date would obviously depend on when the physical book is ready to ship.
Each act would be limited to one or two songs or 10 minutes. Some single acts might be asked to possibly combine with other singles and form small groups. If a large number of artists sign up, concessions would have to be made in order to accommodate everyone.
Merchandising tables will be set up so folks can sell their CDs.
Rich Warren of the WFMT Midnight Special has already asked to MC the event and Lilli Kuzma (WDCB) and Kathy Kelly (WNUR) will also be on hand. I will be looking for other help in the areas of sound, visuals, stage crew, organizational people, etc..
This could be a big event, and it will take a lot of talented people to help me pull it off.
If you’re interested in being a part of this, please get back to me ASAP at Deanguy@ameritech.net or call me at 630-832-9024.


Dean Milano
#732531 - 06/24/09 07:36 PM Re: New book on Chicago music scene [Re: Dean Milano]  
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I think it sounds great Dean, I am excited about it, and excited for you, I hope you do well with it ! I would be happy to help you out in whatever you need, performing OR behind the scenes, just let me know ! !

JPF Chicago Chapter Coordinator

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