James K. Radke

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Jim Wunderle has left this earthbound stage, may he sing for us in heaven.

Jim Wunderle has left this earthbound stage, may he sing for us in heaven.

Jim Wunderle has left this earthbound stage, may he sing for us in heaven.

The Dog People  Ooh La La

The Fabulous Unexpected, Comes a Time

Distant Relative, My Head is My Only House (Unless It Rains)

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Springfield rock ‘n’ roll front man Jim Wunderle dies

Ed Peaco, News-Leader

Springfield rock ’n’ roll icon Jim Wunderle, celebrated for his passionate singing and humorous antics onstage, died late Thursday after a long illness, said Joe Terry, a longtime friend who is close to the family.

Wunderle was known not only known as a dynamic singer and the “consummate front man” for a long series of bands, as his longtime friend Dale McCoy dubbed him, but also for the thick network of loyal friendships he sustained throughout his life.

He began his career at Parkview High School (class of 1971) with Bubble, a band he started in 1969 with McCoy, Jimmy Frink, David Evans and David March.

Around 1980, he formed the Dog People, perhaps Wunderle’s signature band, with Terry Wilson, Michael “Supe” Granda and Tom Whitlock. The band stopped playing regularly in 1983 when Wilson and Whitlock departed to pursue music careers in Los Angeles but had been reuniting faithfully at least once a year.

“He was not just a great singer; he was a great comedian and entertainer,” Wilson said. “He made more people laugh with his patter and all that. That’s a rare combination.”

Wunderle was instrumental in forming the annual Imagine Concert and serving as MC for the event commemorating John Lennon and raising money for Springfield nonprofits.

In addition to performing, Wunderle did production work for studio owner Lou Whitney and for many years at Associated Video Producers. He also wrote film reviews for the Springfield Business Journal.

 

 

October 19, 2012 Posted by | Portraits | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Distant Relative plays the Rock House in Reed Springs, Saturday September 1st.

Distant Relative plays the Rock House in Reed Springs, Saturday September 1st.

If you missed Bob McCroskey’s Ice Cream Social this year you have another chance to catch Distant Relative, they will be at the Rock House in Reed Springs on Sept 1st. If you haven’t heard this fabulous jazz influenced group you missed the boat.

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August 24, 2012 Posted by | Jazz | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Last night Distant Relative played the Rock House in Reeds Spring

The outdoor stage of the Rock House in Reeds Spring

The outdoor stage of the Rock House in Reeds Spring

Ray Castrey, Richard Kittle and Phil Croix of Distant Relative

Ray Castrey, Richard Kittle and Phil Croix of Distant Relative played for their friends last night at the Rock House in Reeds Spring.

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September 4, 2011 Posted by | Music | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Colin an Phiil Croix jammed at the Rock House

Colin his joined onstage dad, Phil of Distant Relative at the Rock House in Reed Springs.

Colin Croix joined his dad Phil onstage at the Rock House in Reed Springs.

Phil's wife Jane and his mother, proudly watched their son's jam to an Almond Brothers song.

Phil's wife Jane and his mother, proudly watched their son's jam to an Almond Brothers song.

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September 6, 2009 Posted by | Resturaunts and Bars | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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