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In 2010 the MISSISSIPPI BAND was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Charlie Troy was the band's drummer. Troy started playing drums when he was 10 years old. His favorite drummer as a teenager was Ringo Starr. “I finally got to meet Ringo and his son Zach, in Las Vegas. That was pretty cool for me.”
Troy turned professional right after high school. He toured with a band called Shiloh that opened for Babette Bardot, an entertainer in the 60s and 70s, and guested on TV shows like the "Steve Allen Show" and the "Phil Donahue Show."
The Mississippi Band was formed in 1972 in Dubuque. Dwayne Fudge and Bill “Cricket” Davis were the two original members of the band. Fred Larsen and Dave Hummel joined in late 1973, left in 1975, then returned in 1977. Troy and Mark Oberfell joined the band in 1974.
After winning the Sundown Music Festival in 1977, the band spent six years touring. During those years they opened for bands like The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Hank Williams Jr., Jimmy Buffet, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show and REO Speedwagon. The band is described as country/blues/rock.
In 1980 the Mississippi Band played the role of the “Mooney River Boys” in the movie Take This Job And Shove It. In 1981 the band’s album “Take Your Chances” won an award for its cover artwork, designed by Guy Green.
The band was reunited in Dubuque for the ROCK 'N' ROLL REWIND weekend, hosted by the Courtside Sports Bar and Grill, Aug. 6-7, 2010. The Saturday performances were dedicated to bands that played in Dubuque in the 60s-70s. The Mississippi Band was a featured Saturday night band. The second annual Rock 'n' Roll Rewind was a non-profit event, intended to raise significant contribution for Albrecht Acres, an organization that works with special needs children.
Troy went on to become the owner of Troy Construction, Toledo, Iowa. He was a certified lead abatement contractor and did roofing, siding, doors, windows and renovations throughout Tama County.
Townsley, Charlie. "Toledo Man to be Inducted into Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." The Tama News Herald/The Toledo Chronicle. August 21, 2010. Online: http://www.tamatoledonews.com/page/content.detail/id/503479/Toledo-man-to-be-inducted-into-Iowa-Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Fame.html?nav=5006