Teegarden & VanWinkle – With Bruce (On Our Way) (1972)

FrontCover1Teegarden & Van Winkle were an American musical duo, composed of Skip Knape (electric organ, organ pedal bass, vocals), and David Teegarden (drums, vocals). Formed in Tulsa, they took their folksy rock to Detroit.

Their single “God, Love and Rock & Roll”, which borrowed heavily from “Amen”, peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. At times they worked with Bob Seger, appearing live at gigs and even producing an album together with Seger and guitarist Michael Bruce (Smokin’ O.P.’s, 1972). Smokin’ O.P.’s was re-released in 2005.

Teegarden later appeared as the drummer in Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band, recording four further albums with Seger.
ConcertPosterIn 1972-3, while David toured with Bob Seger, Skip put his own full band together consisting of horns & female vocals. Skip continued to kick bass pedals with his new larger band. Sheila Chambers a/k/a Shea Chambers, Shaun Murphy a/k/a Stoney Reese were vocalists singing together and separately, in Skip’s band, as well as a pre-RCA Victor recording artist Dan Schafer on guitar and vocals with Jim Langois on drums, Dave Heater on sax & Jack Muncie on trumpet.

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In the early 90s, former Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger formed a trio called the ‘Robby Krieger Organization’ featuring Skip on electric organ,organ pedal bass and Dale Alexander on drums & backing vocals.

The Teegarden & Van Winkle duo reunited for another album, Radioactive, in 1997.

And here´s their 4th album from 1972:

Possibly the best package yet from this top duo, who have engaged the aid of Mike Bruce. They flow from rock to blues to folk with ease, and remain two of the best harmony singers around today. Highlights inlude “Reuben Red” with its interesting bagpipes, “If You Live” (by Mose Allison) and “Carry On (With You)”. (Billboard, October 14, 1972)

Two more great cover versions: “Midnight Rider” (ny Greg Allman) and “Goin´ Down” (by Don Nix) and a fine gospel tune called “Stoned On The Love Of Jesus”

Another forgotten jewel in the history of Rok music … Believe me !

Very rare single form the Netherlands:

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Personnel:
Skip “Van Winkle” Knapé* (keyboards, vocals)
David Teegarden (drums, vocals)
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Mike “Monk” Bruce (guitar, slide-guitar vocals on 01. – 06.)
Ernie Fields Jr. (saxophone on 04., 05. 06. + 11.) (tracks: A4, A5, B2, B6)
Bob Seger (guitar, background vocals, cowbell on 02., 04. ,05. + 06.)
Jerry Smith (piano on 07. + 08. )
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background vocals:
Brenda Knight – Jo Ann Hill – Marlene Driscoll

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Tracklist:
01. Carry On (With You) (Shider/Knapé)
02. Midnight Rider (Allman)
03. Movin’ On Down The Highway (Knapé)
04. Going Down (Nix)
05. Ride Away (With Me) (Knapé)
06. Ain’t Love Grand (Seger/Shider/Knapé)
07. Stoned On The Love Of Jesus (Teegarden/Knapé)
08. Rueben Red (Knapé)
09. Arted Is My Last Name (Passing Gas) (Knapé)
10. If You Live (Allison)
11. I Need You (Knapé)

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BillboardReviewThe Billboard review from October 1972

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Teegarden & Van Winkle – Same (1969)

FrontCover1Teegarden & Van Winkle were an American musical duo, composed of Skip Knape (electric organ, organ pedal bass, vocals), and David Teegarden (drums, vocals). Formed in Tulsa, they took their folksy rock to Detroit.

Their single “God, Love and Rock & Roll”, which borrowed heavily from “Amen”, peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. At times they worked with Bob Seger, appearing live at gigs and even producing an album together with Seger and guitarist Michael Bruce (Smokin’ O.P.’s, 1972). Smokin’ O.P.’s was re-released in 2005.

Teegarden later appeared as the drummer in Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band, recording four further albums with Seger.
ConcertPosterIn 1972-3, while David toured with Bob Seger, Skip put his own full band together consisting of horns & female vocals. Skip continued to kick bass pedals with his new larger band. Sheila Chambers a/k/a Shea Chambers, Shaun Murphy a/k/a Stoney Reese were vocalists singing together and separately, in Skip’s band, as well as a pre-RCA Victor recording artist Dan Schafer on guitar and vocals with Jim Langois on drums, Dave Heater on sax & Jack Muncie on trumpet.

SingleIn the early 90s, former Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger formed a trio called the ‘Robby Krieger Organization’ featuring Skip on electric organ,organ pedal bass and Dale Alexander on drums & backing vocals.

The Teegarden & Van Winkle duo reunited for another album, Radioactive, in 1997.

But this is their theird album from 1970 and it´s again a very fine album, with a strong brass section and lot´s of female background vocals.

The albums not only their hit single “God, Love, And Rock & Roll” but a strong and long version from the Beatles classic “Eleanor Rigby”.

And listen to the live version of “Okie From Muskokee”, written by country star Merle Haggard … it´s fun !

More Teegarden & Van Winkle albums will come in 2016

Booklet1Personnel:
Skip “V.W.” Knapé (keyboards, vocals)
David “Tee” Teegarden (drums, percussion, vocals)
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Buddy Emmons (steel-guitar on 07.)
Jerry Paul (percussion on 01.)
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background vocals
Brenda Knight – Merlene Driskell – Jo Ann Hill – Shawna Robins – Lyn Harrter – Kathy Sullivan – Midge Sullivan
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unknown brass section conducted by Jay Peni

InletFront+BackCoverTracklist:
01. God, Love, And Rock & Roll (Teegarden/Knapé) 3.02
02. Mona Sweet Mona (Teegarden/Knapé) 2.58
03. Ruth Colleen (Teegarden/Knapé) 4.16
04. Everythjing Is Going To Be Alright (Moss) 3.40
05. Going Back Home (Teegarden/Knapé) 4.15
06. Eleanor Rigby (Lennon/McCartney) 7.02
07. You Do (Teegarden/Knapé) 2:46
08. Homegrown (Teegarden/Knapé) 3.47
09. Okie From Muskokee (Haggard/Burris) 8.21

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Teegarden & Van Winkle – But Anyhow (1969)

FrontCover1Teegarden & Van Winkle were an American musical duo, composed of Skip Knape (electric organ, organ pedal bass, vocals), and David Teegarden (drums, vocals). Formed in Tulsa, they took their folksy rock to Detroit.

Their single “God, Love and Rock & Roll”, which borrowed heavily from “Amen”, peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. At times they worked with Bob Seger, appearing live at gigs and even producing an album together with Seger and guitarist Michael Bruce (Smokin’ O.P.’s, 1972). Smokin’ O.P.’s was re-released in 2005.

Teegarden later appeared as the drummer in Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band, recording four further albums with Seger.
ConcertPosterIn 1972-3, while David toured with Bob Seger, Skip put his own full band together consisting of horns & female vocals. Skip continued to kick bass pedals with his new larger band. Sheila Chambers a/k/a Shea Chambers, Shaun Murphy a/k/a Stoney Reese were vocalists singing together and separately, in Skip’s band, as well as a pre-RCA Victor recording artist Dan Schafer on guitar and vocals with Jim Langois on drums, Dave Heater on sax & Jack Muncie on trumpet.

In the early 90s, former Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger formed a trio called the ‘Robby Krieger Organization’ featuring Skip on electric organ,organ pedal bass and Dale Alexander on drums & backing vocals.

The Teegarden & Van Winkle duo reunited for another album, Radioactive, in 1997.

2012 Skip is currently working and recording with the “Stronghold Rockin Blues Quest” in Southern California. He can be seen in the “Big Girl by Stronghold” video featuring Chuck Strong on drums and vocals. (by wikipedia)
Drummer David Teegarden and organist Skip “VanWinkle” Knape brought a little Tulsa soul-jazz to the rock world in the late 1960s and early ’70s, but unfortunately, save for the 1970 hit “God, Love and Rock & Roll,” they didn’t generate a whole lot of commercial success. Part of the problem was the world then just didn’t know quite what to make of a rock act that didn’t feature flashy electric guitar, which is a shame, because these guys worked from an interesting template. But, Anyhow,, the duo’s second album, originally issued on LP in 1970, is probably their best, and at its finest moments it mixes rootsy rock with a soul-jazz center and the result is pretty intriguing. The real gem here is the opening track, “Annie Had a Baby,” which sounds nothing so much as a long lost track by the Band, and it is Americana in the best sense. Nothing else rises quite that high, although the duo’s deliberately slow, bluesy take on Jimmy Reed’s “Bright Lights, Big City” comes close, and their take on Donovan’s somewhat dated “Season of the Witch” has a refreshing and jazzy lounge feel to it that surprises maybe more than it actually works. Still, this is a consistently pleasant album, and Teegarden & VanWinkle’s vocal work is often wonderfully perfect for their unique instrumental style. For anyone curious about this somewhat unusual duo, this album is probably the place to start.( by Steve Leggett)

Another great organ/drums duo like Hardin & York and Lee Michaels !

TeegardenVanWinklePersonnel:
Skip “V.W.” Knapé (keyboards, vocals)
David “Tee” Teegarden (drums, percussion, vocals)

BackCoverTracklist:
01. Annie Had A Baby (Glover/Mann) 4.01
02. Season Of The Witch (Leitch() 3.56
03. Cloud Castle Gate (Teegarden/Knapé) 5.10
04. Red Haired Woman (Teegarden/Knapé) 3.14
05. Autumn Flowers (Teegarden/Knapé) 2.10
06. Short One (Teegarden/Knapé) 2.02
07. She Caught The Katie And Left Me A Mule To Ride (Mahal) 3.47
08. Run Woman Run (Teegarden/Knapé) 2.32
09. Bright Lights Big City (Reed) 7.33
10. All About My Ole Bitch – Rendered From All About My Girl (McGriff) 5.49

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