THE BOYS IN THE BAND
Here is everything you ever wanted to know about us.
Carl Raynes - Vocals
Oklahoma State University graduate and lead singer for “Boss Tweed” in the 60’s.
Born: Seagraves, Texas, April 3,1949
Graduated: Tulsa Will Rogers 1967
Graduated: Oklahoma State University 1971
Real Job: Representative for the Ben E. Keith Company
Married to: Vicki, November 24, 1970
One daughter: Heather
Two granddaughters: Blair and Emma.
My first band was the “Road Agents”. I was in ninth grade at Cleveland Junior High. We did not own any equipment so we rented amps and a p.a. to play teen towns at Springdale, McClure and other recreation centers around town. We played Beatles, Buddy Holly, Freddy and the Dreamers, Rolling Stones, and the Beau Brummels. I think we knew about 15 songs. Most of our gigs were about an hour long. That was about all the audience could handle. The coolest thing about the Road Agents was that it was my first paying gig. There were five of us, and we charged twenty dollars to play. The downside was that the equipment rental was twenty-five dollars.
My other high school bands were basically the same personnel with different names. We did this primarily to trick people into hiring us that had heard us before. My favorite band was called “Him and the Others”. We recorded a commercial for a political campaign that actually got airplay … and the guy won the election.
My freshman year at OSU I joined a band called “Crystalline Silence”. We won a Battle of the Bands at Utica Square that year. All the band members lived in Tulsa except for me. We were lined up to play the Rajah Rock at the Cimarron Ballroom. Two weeks before the big dance the lead guitar player called me and told me the band had broken up and would not be playing the event. Imagine my surprise when I went to the event and saw all the members of Crystalline Silence on stage but me. In my place were three black guys (great singers by the way). The new band was called “Soul Section”.
Every Monday night at OSU at that time the fraternities and sororities pledge classes got together for a little ordeal called “dance hour”. We would bring the sorority pledge classes over to the fraternity house for an hour of listening to records and talking. We decided it would be cool if we had a live band to play. Thus, my sophomore year, “Boss Tweed” was formed. My good friend and fraternity brother Lindy Gardner was instrumental in the founding of Boss Tweed. He was (and is) a great singer of soul music. He could tear up some James Brown.
Boss Tweed became more and more popular. We played local venues like Spav’s, the Wet Olive, The Family Dog as well as lots of fraternity and sorority parties. With the addition of Charlie Davis on lead guitar and Mike Bohnsack on keyboard, Boss Tweed really took off. Soon, we were playing all over Oklahoma and surrounding states. Lindy came down with strep throat and decided to quit the band. I think he actually came down with the realization that rock and roll and good grades in college did not mix. Another fraternity brother, Paul Felzke, replaced him. Paul is a great singer and is married to the former Donna Williams who sang around Tulsa for many years. Their son and daughter perform as Joe and Ellen and are really great. You need to catch their act sometime so you can say; “I saw them when.”
Anyway, back to the story: The highlight of singing with Paul was our performance at the Stillwater Rock Festival in 1970. The best rock bands in Oklahoma were all there. Ravi Shankar, (the sitar player) headlined the show. There were about 10,000 people there in a field where the Mercury Marine Plant is now on Perkins road. When we played “Higher,” by Sly and the Family Stone, the entire crowd was on their feet throwing the “peace” sign. My last gig with Boss Tweed was New Years Eve of 1970. Vicki and I were now married and I had one more semester of school.
Fast forward to May of 1997. Vicki answers the phone at our house and tells me there is a guy asking for the Carl Raynes that sang with Boss Tweed in the sixties. It was Jim Stunkard, our bass player, on the phone. He told me he had run across some guys who played in different bands around town in the sixties; and that they were looking for a lead singer and frontman.
Although we didn’t know each other, I was familiar with all their bands and anxious to get together with them. We started out just getting together on Tuesday nights to play a little of the 60’s music. I convinced the “then president” of my company to hire us for our annual awards banquet at Shangri-la. Our first gig was gruesome, as most of my co-workers will be glad to tell you. However, we hung in there, practiced and began playing more and more. Pretty soon we started to sound decent. It has been a blast ever since. Who would have thought we would all be playing the music we love and having the time of our lives after a thirty-year hiatus?
With the support of a great many people who also enjoy 60’s music, we have gotten to do things and go places that we still have a hard time believing. The Mid Life Crisis Band will rock as long as we have the strength to climb up on a stage. Thank you for supporting us.
Steve Parkhurst - Keyboards & Vocals
Steve Parkhurst led his high school and college group “The Varmints” in the late 60’s and early 70’s.
A crane design engineer, Steve works for Equipment Technologies, LLC.
He plays keyboards, sings and arranges our music.
Born: July 25, 1948.
Graduated: East Central High School, Tulsa, 1966
Graduated: University of Oklahoma, 1971
Favorite Song to perform: ”Suite Judy Blue Eyes” by Crosby, Stills & Nash
Favorite Instrument: His Oberheim OB3 organ module (a “B3” in a box)
High School Rock Band: “The Varmints” 1964 thru 1967.
Played Beatles, Animals, Byrds, Kinks, Yardbirds and other covers of the day.
The Varmints were known for tight, Beatles sounding, 3-part harmonies. The group was organized by myself (on Lead guitar and vocals), my younger brother Tim (on drums and vocals), Rogers HS student, Charlie Fowler (on rhythm guitar and vocals) and Memorial HS student, Larry Grider (on bass). In late 1965, the band added Memorial HS student, Jim Logan (on the Farfisa organ). The group won several battles of bands including one at the historic Cain’s Ballroom, which was judged by steel guitarist, Leon McAuliffe, and members of his band.
Under the heading of “Strange Gigs”, we regularly played for fashion shows at several department stores around town and even though we got paid, we would have done it for free just to meet the models.
In Sept ’66 I went away to college while the rest of the band finished High school. We did a lot of gigs that year and I racked up a lot of air miles between Abilene, Texas where I was a freshman and Tulsa. In 1967 my guitars, amplifiers and PA system were stolen (along with my ’66 Chevelle Malibu SS 396). I took the insurance money and bought an engagement ring and a motorcycle and that spelled the end of the Varmints.
Today I work as Senior Crane Engineer at Equipment Technologies, LLC, a manufacturer of truck equipment and bodies. I am married (since 1968) to my sweet Linda, and together we raised 3 children and are spoiling 5 grandchildren. My favorite pastimes are golf, playing my organ louder than the lead guitarist on stage and playing “Let’s drown Paw Paw” with my grandchildren in our backyard pool.
John Dougherty - Guitar & Vocals
After 25 years as a pharmaceutical representative, opened All About Music in Owasso.
Also an OSU grad, John led the “Four Kings” band and “The Breakaways in college.
When I entered my teenage years, guys like Chuck Berry and Freddie King were all over the radio.
I just couldn't get enough of them. I picked up my first guitar when I was 14 and one of my classmates at Eli Whitney showed me a few licks. Mike Bruce & I attended Nathan Hale High School together and after graduation he went to work for the likes of Bob Seger and Bobby "Blue" Bland and I went away to Oklahoma State University to pursue my degree in Sociology. (BS 1972)
Many high school bands later, I joined the "Break-A-Ways" at OSU and we played together thru college.
Before long I got married and hung up my rock and roll shoes for the next thirty years I thought that was what one should do to become a 'responsible adult'!
In 1997, my late son Andrew was taking guitar lessons from my old pal Mike Bruce and I decided to learn a few new chords myself. Mike suggested that I get a few guys together and jam for the fun of it. I called former "Break-A-Ways" drummer Johnny Winters. John knew Steve Lee and had heard about Jim Stunkard. Steve Lee had heard about Steve Parkhurst because both of his daughters are former Miss Tulsa! The next thing I knew, I was sitting in Winters' living room with a bunch of guys I had never met before, playing really awful rock and roll and having the time of my life!
We became a 'garage band' a few months later and after a couple of years began calling ourselves F.O.G. ... Five Old Guys. In the meantime, we changed drummers a few times and Carl joined the group. Six Old Guys (SOG) just didn't have a ring to it so I suggested we call ourselves MID LIFE CRISIS ... and the name stuck.
I retired from the pharmaceutical business after 28 years and opened up a musical instrument store in Owasso then Collinsville. Performing with this band is a rock and roll dream come true.
Jim Stunkard - Bass Guitar
Jim Stunkard, bassist.
The bands “E. A. Poe & The Ravens” and “Easy Street” paid his tuition.
Jim owns the Purple Glaze Studio in Tulsa and can’t sing a note!
Born: March 31, 1944 in San Antonio, Texas
Graduated: Will Rogers High School 1962
University of Tulsa 1968
Jim is single with two incredible sons and three of the most beautiful granddaughters one could ask for. Jeff is his partner in the Purple Glaze Studio (www.purpleglazestudio.com) and the father of Sophia and Isabella. Clay is a commercial painter and father to Carissa.
High School Band: "King James & His Court" with Lester Van Dyke from Rogers High and some other guys whose names completely evade me a lifetime later. No one could sing very well and our harmonies were non-existent. We didn't play many jobs but Lester could sure do that Rhythm & Blues.
College Bands: "Ronnie Morrison & the Playboys" When Bronze Dorsey didn’t continue with the band, they needed a bass playing “Playboy.” This high school group out of Tulsa Edison and Central all began their college work in Stillwater. Ronnie was the lead singer and he worked our audiences just about like Carl does, now. He liked to do ballads such as “OVER THE MOUNTAIN” and the great old Richie Valens tune “DONNA”. I'll never forget the night we were playing a sorority gig and Ronnie announced the next song “OVER THE DONNA”.
James Robert Dougherty played a Fender Stratocaster and sounded just like James Burton, Ricky Nelson's guitarist. Our record, a 45 single, was called "I'LL LOVE YOU FOREVERMORE" backed by "THE SWIM". JRD was the first gunslinger I ever worked with.
He drove a Chevy SS and his car keys had a pair of toy dice attached. Ol' Dicey played drums and sang better than Ronnie. Ronnie gave him the nickname that he would live with for the rest of his life. Duane Bryce passed away in 2000. Last I heard, Ronnie had moved to Ft. Smith, AR and became a minister. Wonder if he still sings?
Groc the Monster totally dominated the keyboard. We had to mike the piano and run it thru an amp. It would always feed back and I'm pretty sure he is responsible for me going deaf. Jimmy Blazer pounded those 88's and was responsible for bringing me into the Playboys. Now, he is the big shot leader of EASY STREET featuring Miss Cayla Butler.
Blaze, Duane and I would work together for about ten years. Dougherty moved to Kansas City and now lives in Dallas. Ronnie moved after his freshman year and the band continued with Duane doing most of the singing. Now named E.A. POE & the RAVENS, we carried a casket on top of the band trailer. We kept the casket closed and introduced the occupant as E.A. POE...we were the RAVENS. One of Blazer's fraternity brothers slept in it during the week.
Blazer and I had heard some good things about this butcher over in Bixby who was just a few years older than we were. We went to see him and, man; this guy sounded more like James Brown than James Brown. We invited Bill Davis to join the RAVENS and it wasn't too long before we renamed ourselves EASY STREET … the original EASY STREET. Bobby Villareal came in to replace Dougherty and Don Calliope added some brass. We could do some James Brown, now! I think we played Lee Gideon's 'Pickles' club on 51st for over a year.
Charley Stewart - Drums
I was born October 29, 1957 in Oklahoma City, OK. I developed a love of drumming at a very young age. A friend across the street got a drum set and I was hooked. Following private drum lessons and countless hours on the practice pad my parents gave in and got me my first set. I would practice for hours driving my parents and probably the neighbor’s nuts. Unfortunately, my school had no formal band program so I studied with Paul Bowman who was the hottest drummer in OKC at the time. He was the one who turned me to the “dark side” of music known as jazz.
During high school I was invited to jam with some friends who had a rock and roll garage band. They must have liked my playing because they chose to replace their drummer with me that first night. Man I was excited because I was in a band.
We played a few gigs throughout high school but mostly got together to just play and hang out. Then college came and I became a member of the O.S.U. marching band during my sophomore year.
It was around that time that time I met my wife Sherry. She would sit on the front steps of Old Central and watch us rehearse. To this day she says she still does not know why. Anyway, little did she know that she was destined to become my private “groupie”. She probably didn’t then realize she would earn a Ph.D. in transporting, setting up and tearing down drums; especially around 2 AM. I was becoming fairly studious but managed to hook up with another band known as “Whitewater”.
We played mostly in Stillwater in clubs on the “Strip” when a pitcher of beer could be had at age 18. Whitewater played almost every weekend and had some great original music. Then I had to really get with the books and graduated with a degree in microbiology from O.S.U. Once I started medical school I had to “hang up” the sticks for a while but was always burning to play. I practiced with records (you old timers remember these) whenever I had a chance.
I graduated from the O.U. College of Medicine in 1986, completed a surgical internship at O.U. and then moved to Tucson, Arizona for my residency in anesthesiology at the University of Arizona..
Following those three years I moved to Tulsa to settle in to private practice. It was during this time that I met some guys through my work at the hospital and finally got back into the music scene playing with a jazz group called “Smooth and Saxy”. Then, through my association with Saxy, I started to get calls for other gigs around Tulsa and my name started to get around.
One day I was recommended to audition for one of the hottest groups in town, The Fabulous Mid Life Crisis Band.
I was humbled when I was invited to join the group and have loved it ever since. Sherry and my three daughters Katy, Elly and Nikky support me and my “drum habit” without question and come to quite a few of the gigs. I imagine they might be growing tired of it by now because we play a lot of gigs! But each gig is fun and like Carl says, it is like going to 80 parties a year!
So that is about it. I continue to be an anesthesiologist by day and sometimes night, however, my true passion is playing those skins as much as I can. Anesthesiology can be pretty exciting at times but it is hard to top making music with people who love to play it as much as I do. Thanks to the MLC Band and to all the people who come to hear us for allowing that passion to stay very much alive in me.
Hayden Burlingame - Guitar & Vocals
Hayden Burlingame – Guitar
I was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma and grew up in Tulsa surrounded by musicians and music lovers.
For my 15th birthday my parents gave me a guitar.
Chicks dig guitar players.
Luckily my wife is hot.
Still playing guitar.
Scott McGhee - Percussion & Vocals
Shhhhh. Don’t tell the guys, but I wasn’t born in Oklahoma. I didn’t even graduate from high school in Oklahoma. It will be our little secret.
I was interested in drums from a very young age. You know, the kid who is always banging on things. My parents decided they’d better get me a drums set before things started to break. In 1971 they bought me a Ludwig Ringo Starr copy set. It was the only set I owned until about 3 years ago when I bought a Yamaha. I learned to play drums by listening to my dad’s Dixieland and Big Band records. Buddy Rich was my favorite. Then I discovered Led Zeppelin and it was rock and roll all the way! Fortunately, our house in New York had a basement where I would put on the headphone and play along with my records. Since I never took drum lessons, this is where I did my learning.
I went to the University of Tulsa and heard about a campus band named The Spud Boys who needed a drummer. This was the first band I ever played in. I’ve never been so nervous in my life as I was on that first gig! My time at TU was great fun and the Spud Boys had a lot to do with it.
Shortly after I graduated I joined The Ushers. This is where I first met current MLCB guitarist Hayden Burlingame and formed a musical partnership that lasts to this day. In 1984 we all quit our jobs and hit the road. It was the rock and roll education of a lifetime! Over the next 5 years we grew to be one of the most popular bands in the 5-state area.
When the Ushers didn’t become famous (not for lack of trying!) we eventually disbanded.
Since that time I’ve been in and out of various local bands including The Werx, The Cactus Slayers, The LocoNuts,and The London Squares, always playing drums and taking on more vocal responsibilities with each band.
Of course life went on during this time and I got my Masters Degree from TU, met and married my lovely wife Tamra, built my career in training and organizational development and spent time in my other passions; golf, tennis, fitness and travel. A year ago my stepson gave us a beautiful granddaughter.
My last band broke up when Hayden joined the MLCB (who can blame him!) so I focused my attention on my other passions. Then I got the call form the MLCB and, as you might imagine, jumped at the opportunity. So now I’m singing backup vocals and playing percussion with a great band and a great group of guys. And I have to admit it’s nice not to be sitting down hunched over a drum set 3 hours a night!
See you at the gigs!
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