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LAVENDAR HILL. Named after a 1951 motion picture, "Lavender Hill Mob" and spelled with an "a" for a creative touch, the band was founded in the mid-1960s by John Walachy, a graduate of WAHLERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL and LORAS COLLEGE. To avoid legal issues, "Mob" was later dropped. (1) The group often played songs by Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Neil Young. Performing until 1979, the group was remembered for a "heavy and loud" sound. (2)

More than twenty members joined and left the group during its fifteen years with Walachy playing lead guitar throughout. Another of the band's favorite musicians was drummer, Peter S. FINGER. (3) The band performed throughout the Tri-State area and reunited one last time in 2011 at the Rock 'n' Roll Rewind. Walachy died later that year. (4)

In 2018 the band was inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music Association Hall of Fame.



1. "Lavendar Hill," Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, Online: https://www.iowarocknroll.com/lavendar-hill

2. Montgomery, Jeff, "Local Residents to be Inducted in Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame," Telegraph Herald, January 10, 2018, Online: http://www.telegraphherald.com/news/article_32136e8e-6650-57c5-93c9-56f0195fcd55.html

3. Gloss, Megan, "He was a Kind and Dependable Guy," Telegraph Herald, February 28, 2019, p. 5A

4. Montgomery