Music History Index -
Index to Menomonee Falls High School Bands
Steve L. Daigle
Added by Michael R. Reilly, June 11, 2016
Steve L Daigle - Hello Mike! Thanks for Friending me! It's been so very many
years since we were back at M.F.N.H.S. I see you like Music and History, two
very important things to me also. I moved to Colorado in May of 71. Then back to
Milwaukee in 75 to 77, then back to Colorado. So I have not seen very many old
friends in decades. I still play Drums in a band, "Fishtank Piranhas"
here in Colorado Springs. We're playing in two weeks. If anything is filmed I'll
send it to you. (we're just a cover band) I'm retired now with five Grandkids,
three who play music, that's nice. I think it's great you're the President of
the Sussex-Lisbon Historical Society, very cool! You'll have to tell me what you
have been doing all these years. I look forward to any messages you send me!
Steve L Daigle - I'm always the hidden Drummer!
5/26, 10:26am: Mike Reilly - Early last year I began assembling the history of
local music, mostly in our immediate area, but I know some Falls and Germantown,
Hartland boys played as well. Here's the index page to our website
Steve L Daigle
In my Sophomore year I joined the
"Sounds Of Society" with Larry Jones,
Vocals and Bass, and Rocky Dunst, Keyboards, who
were two years older than me. That band changed into
"The Kyds" from 68 to 70, with Michael
W. White, Guitar and vocals, from Brown Deer We
recorded two records in 69. Larry and Rocky left
to do other things. Michael and I took the band,
changed the name to the "American Express",
with Charlie Radtke, Wauwatosa, Lead Vocals and
Keyboard and Ed Jakober on Bass. Charlie still plays
in Milwaukee as does Michael. Ed became a Film
Director of Photography. Michael W. White has had a
terrific career playing music in Nashville and
Milwaukee and has recorded many records over the
June 15, 2016, Mike Reilly - Gary did
not have it in his book that The Kyds
formed from the Sounds of Society.
Steve L Daigle - Really, I don't
remember exactly. We recorded the 45 as The
Kyds but released it as the American
Express. I'll message you more information
Steve L Daigle - Mike Reilly
Yeah, Sounds of Society broke up when
the other guys graduated in 68, I was the youngest
member in that band. Then Larry Jones, and Rocky
Dunst and I decided to reform a band with Michael
White. The name, The Kyds, was a joke
on the Young Rascals name when they became
just the Rascals. For a very short time we
were Captain Kyd and the Merry Kyds Klub Band,
another joke on Sgt Pepper and the Lonely Hearts
Mike Reilly - I suppose CKMKKB came
before The Kyds?
Steve L Daigle - No, we were the Kyds
first even though it was 68 and Pepper came out in
67, we were just goofing around, and remember the
Falls was about a year behind the rest of the world!
The person who would remember best is Michael W.
White, (Mike White) he kept everything, Booking
dates and places, were we ate on the road, what
motels we stayed at, until we bought an old school
bus, fixed it up like a camper. This was the
Express, with Mike and I, Charlie Radtke and Ed
Jakober. I'll message Michael and ask him if he
remembers what the name was.
Gary Myers - Thx for the bk mention,
Mike Reilly. Since my bks cover recorded acts, I
seldom mention any of the earlier, unrecorded bands
in which members played. It's a safe bet that
members of the vast majority of recorded bands had
previously played in other bands, perhaps even
several of them, before having a record release.
Mike Reilly - Gary, I'll bet you have tons of
information on unrecorded bands/musicians that
people would love to read/hear about! Didn't you say
some time ago you were considering releasing said
info in a non-book format? It would be priceless!
Gary Myers -
What I said is
that I've combined all the info from both bks, along
with what I've continued to learn, and I hope to
make that available in some form while I'm still on
the planet. Generally, I think the only significant
interest in unrecorded bands would be from the
people who were in them, or knew them personally, or
remembered them for whatever reason. That audience
would not include the record collectors as my bks
do. IMO that would be a much more difficult audience
to find/reach. It would also be way more difficult
to find the info (without records, songs, artists,
songwriters, etc as starting points). I haven't
tried to save info on any unrecorded bands/artists.
Steve L Daigle - The photo above is
when we were still The Kyds. We
changed the name to the American Express
because we thought The Kyds was a
pretty lame name to be on a record, but towards the
end we were just called the Express.
The name American Express came from a
painting of an old steam train I had. The credit
card company threatened to sue us for copy right
Steve, I would like to add your
information to our website under a Meno Falls music
section. Would you agree to this and maybe be able
to provide any early pictures, perhaps a copy of the
records you made? could you contact any of your
former MFHS band players for info? How about others
from the HS, were there other
Steve L Daigle
Sure thing Mike, might take a few
days to get stuff ready. Larry A. Jones is on FB,
Rocky (Gary) Dunst` son also Rocky Dunst is on FB.
Michael W. White is on FB. I'd need an address to
send the record to.
Steve L Daigle
Hello Mike, I must admit way back
in H.S. I didn't know you very well. Now at our
"old" age, meeting you here on F.B. I'm sorry about
that. I've enjoyed your posts very much. It seems we
share a certain point of view that some of the
"kids" from H.S. and I do not. To get to know you
now is better than never knowing you. Again, I need
an address to send you the record Larry, Rocky,
Michael and I did in 69.
Steve L Daigle
Some more photos of the Kids in
Lime Kiln Park and some of the American Express.