I recently received a
nice message from Jack Davis of Champaign. He was bass player for
Lothar and the Handpeople and
Ice Blue Secret bands from 1967. The bands, as
I mentioned earlier, performed for the Nowhere more than once, and
became very popular in Central Illinois. Jack is a graphic
designer, and designed the popular and famous Illini Symbol, that we
do not see anymore.
Jack told me a funny story about his experience at the
Nowhere, I would like to share.
"I don't remember if it was the first time we played there, but I
remember walking thru the front entrance and somehow tripping, going
down on both knees and ripping them right out of my pants. I was
wearing my suit pants from my wedding suit (got married at 20 in
1966) and the wife was so mad that I ruined my suit. She later
forgave me and we'll celebrate 50 years next February."
Jack had made a recent trip to Charleston on his motorcycle
and discovered that the 4th and Van Buren Sts. Nowhere Club was
gone. He also viewed the “Charleston Stories” Nowhere Club piece
recently broadcast, including my comment about Lothar and the
He went on and told me “I
have such fond memories of the Nowhere and of your mom, Louise
Taylor. She was so good to us when we played down there. Not only
did I play there as part of Lothar, but also with a group called
The Ice Blue Secret (summer of 1967).
See below for more about this band.
You might be interested to know that the lead singer of that group
was Terry Luttrell, who later became the first lead singer for REO
Speedwagon and sang on their first album. Also, Bill Fiorio, the
lead guitar player with Lothar, later became Duke Tumatoe, of the
All-Star Frogs, and later Duke Tumatoe and the Power Trio, out of
Indianapolis. He is still playing and has many fans. Terry
Luttrell is singing and fronting a group called the Tons of Fun Band
(TOFB) out of Champaign that is very popular, kind of a horn rock
My Comment: I thought many of the Nowhere fans of
Lothar and the Handpeople and Ice Blue Secret would enjoy seeing the
old advertisements and the update by Lothar and the Handpeople
bassist, Jack Davis.
Lothar and the
Handpeople had such a good sound. They were very professional.