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Photo courtesy: Iowa Rock 'N Roll Music Association

QUARRYMEN. High school buddies Steve Vanderah, Bob Meloy and Tom Gloden were great fans of "The Beatles" and spent hours picking out harmonies on every song. Once they had convinced themselves their harmonies were right, they formed a band with Bob Meloy's brother, Ron joining them. They called themselves the "Quarrymen," the original name of the Beatles).

In 1966, The Quarrymen released a record under the Sara label. Soon after its release, tt was voted the #1 single in the Dubuque area. From 1964 to 1968 the band played in the tri-state area of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Highlights for the band members were: opening for The Shawdows of Night: winning a "Battle of the Bands" with the popular Madison group called Lord Beverly and the Moss Men: RAMP DANCES; CLARKE COLLEGE mixers and the EVER popular Friday night dances at the KC hall in Dubuque. Drummer Steve Vanderah says, "This was a fantastic experience for us at a time when our biggest concerns were what new songs we should learn and where else can we play, it was a great ride!

In 2001 the group was inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music Association Hall of Fame.

"Don't Try Your Luck" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdni3jVNNvo

"Maggie Mae" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbFyRqFqGyY

"Why?," https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUurYlhCAfc



Iowa Rock 'N Roll Music Association, Online https://www.iowarocknroll.com/the-quarrymen