|Doug and the Inn Truders, ca. 1964|
While not much information on Doug and the Inn Truders (or: Inn-Truders) survived, we should be glad that this band did a record so we can enjoy their style of late 1950s/early 1960s Rock'n'Roll. Their instrumental piece "What's Up" is dominated by the bands' lead guitarist, the drummer does a fine rhythm and band members are shouting the song's title from time to time. This type of instrumental pieces were common in those days because they were relatively easy to play, so every local teenage Rock'n'Roll band was able to do some songs.
Doug and the Inn Truders were a Minnesota based Rock'n'Roll band. They recorded "What's Up" in 1964 for the Wichita, Kansas, based Aircap Records. Although not nationally successful, they must have built some reputation as an enjoyable group, since they were featured in band contests in Wichita, Kansas. One time band member Rick Meyer remembers playing at the Joyland, the Seneca Lounge, and the Cotillion.
Neal McGaugh, a band member of the Outcasts, remembers the Witchita band scene:
"When the battles moved to the Cotillion, that's when all the big rivalry started--'65, '66. We always ended up battling big horn bands, The Red Dogs, Doug and the Inn-truders. We didn't get too far against them. We didn't have the kind of music that the judges liked."It seems that the Inn Truders were quite popular. Rick Meyer joined the band on sax around 1964. The only photo I have of the Inn Truders shows no saxophone player, which suggests that it was taken before 1964. It's not known to me where Doug and the Inn Truders ended up. Their "What's Up" was featured on the 1983 White Label LP "Minnesota Rock-a-Billy-Rock, Volume 3." You can listen to it on Youtube since I have some trouble uploading files at the moment.
|Picture sleeve of "What's Up" b/w "Starring My Broken Heart." Thanks to Doug of Minneapolis.|