The famous voice immortalized in the "Smokey & the Bandit" movies, the subject of the Wayne's World exhibit in the Surf Ballroom, and that rowdy band with a catchy name will be among the 2009 inductees into the Iowa RockNRoll Music Association Hall of Fame, according to a release from the Iowa Rock and Roll Museum Association.
Audubon native Bill Fries is known throughout the world as the fictional truck driver C.W. McCall. Fries created the character to sing on commercials for Old Home Bread. His lyrics, combined with music by Chip Davis, creator of Mannheim Steamroller, made "Convoy" a musical giant and C.W. a folk hero nationally.
Mary Arnold Miller is a talented musician and singer. She toured internationally as a member of Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, and later married and is now the widow of Country Music Hall of Famer Roger Miller. Mary is also from Audubon, and the "Women Who Rocked" inductee now resides in Nashville, TN.
All who enter the lounge area of the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake find themselves in " Wayne 's World." The walls are lined with pictures of Hall of Fame inductee Wayne Christgau with many famous musicians. Christgau will be inducted in the Support Staff category, an honor richly deserved after years behind the scenes at the famous ballroom.
The Out of State inductee for 2009 is Minnesota 's Crow, the band that made "Evil Woman" a national hit.
The Deputy Dawg Band had its origins in Mason City . The band toured the Midwest and extensively, opening for 24 national acts along the way. Among "Dawg's" recordings were "Skylab" and the Billboard charted "Feelin' Good."
Inductees joining Deputy Dawg from Northeast Iowa are the Melody Mill Ballroom of Dubuque, disc jockey Darrel Winkie of Decorah and KWWL Radio in Waterloo .
Southeast Iowa is represented by these bands: The XL's from Iowa City , Morning After, and Uncle and the Anteaters.
From Southwest Iowa, in addition to Fries and Arnold-Miller, honorees include The Impacts and Lou & Red Berry & the Bel-Raves from Council Bluffs .
Central Iowa inductees are outstanding musician Paul Wilson, Con Brio and Genuine John's in Ames .
The West River Region is represented by The Charades, from Marcus, Natural Color, and Sioux City 's Larry Means.
The Charades formed in 1961 in Marcus with brohers Chuck (drums) and Richard Nielsen (rhythm guitar), lead guitarist Mike Hoover and bass player Mark Baumgardner, all Marcus residents. After Baumgardner went off to college, the band re-formed, with Denny Delaney stepping in on the bass. The group played many dances around the area throughout the Sixties, but disbanded after Hoover suffered injuries in a vehicular accident in 1966. They did stage a Reunion in 1989, and in recent years have also played reunion gigs at the Marcus fair and Cherokee Street Dance.
Other inductees this year will include The Surfinks from Jewell, Lyle Steece of Spencer, and the Lakewood Ballroom at Lakeview.
Many successful decades of dedication to the music industry in Iowa are bringing IRRMA Dan Matousek Lifetime Achievement Awards to: Ralph Gatton of What Cheer, Dale Black of Fort Dodge and Dick Matousek of Sioux City .
These 24 multi-talented and dedicated honorees will be honored at the 2009 Hall of Fame Induction Spectacular, slated to take place on Sept. 5-6 in Arnolds Park .