PHOTOS: '66 to PRESENT
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Six recorded Scream Loud. Above from left to right: Jim Nixon, Neil Turmell, Bob Dengate, Joe Suchocki, Bob Fritzen, Lyle Hotchkiss.
Reaching #2 put Scream Loud in the jukeboxes. Hard to believe, but the flip-side, Psychic (a surf instrumental originally written for Lyle's The Stingrays) also briefly made the local Top 40.
No one wants to claim responsiblity for the errant apostrophe "s" printed on Neil's drum head and our first business cards. The apostrophe is sometimes needed when searching our name on a website. This card has Freddie Cannon's autograph on the back, signed when we backed him at "The Place."
We were asked to back Freddie Cannon, Neil Diamond and The Supremes when they performed in Grand Rapids.
The band reduced to five members shortly after recording Scream Loud. Above, left to right: Bob Fritzen, Neil Turmell, Joe Suchocki, Bob Dengate, Lyle Hotchkiss.
The Place was definitely THE place. Many recording stars, both local and national, performed concerts in this popular auditorium. It began as "McKay's Place," named after the host, WLAV DJ Dick McKay, but the name was shortened after critisizm of McKay's involvement.
We were sad to see Joey leave (middle in photo), but he stayed upbeat, even though drafted by Uncle Sam.
Clean-cut like the Beach Boys, and suited like the Beatles. We played tons of Beatles, but, interestingly, never covered a Beach Boys song.
What Can I Do climbed the fastest (that is, until !!#*!@!!) In just three weeks it surged into the top 25, when we then pulled the record from stores under the advice of DJ, Dick McKay, who said he was contacted by a Detroit record exec who was interested in distributing the record regionally, providing we immediately cease local sales. Unfortunately, the exec was not heard from again, and the song died an untimely death.
The Quests were a "West Side" (GR) Story. Everyone in the band was from West Catholic High School, except Lyle (far right in photo), who was the outsider from Belding, MI.
Bob gets 'em screaming in concert
Lyle rocks his new '66 Mosrite
What red light? The photographer wanted a candid shot, but stopping traffic in the middle of Monroe Ave, the busiest street in GR, was a bit scarry.
The Quests at the '07, forty-year reunion that inspired us to agree, "Let's do it again!"
Ron helped us become #1 in GR. Stealing him from "The Screaming Babies" made all the difference in our sound, and helped us win the Battle of The Bands.
Fritz rests his throbbing fingers
Our Secret Weapon
Derrick is new to The Quests, but associated with Ron and Lyle through other bands for almost 20 years.
Older, but still rockin'
(left to right: Bob Dengate, Derrick Pearson, Bob Fritzen, Neil Turmell, Ron Sieracki, Lyle Hotchkiss)
The Quests play at The Guest House in Grand Rapids for West Catholic High Class of '64 in September, 2009
As the music gets hotter, the jackets come off and Joe joins us on "Scream Loud."
Dengate is never this serious!
At the end of our first gig in over 40 years. We may be older, but we still rock!
Cheer up, Ron...it's only take seven.
Engineer Roy Wallace playing his "keys"
Almost as comfortable as on his Gold Wing.
Our founding fathers
(Bob F., Bob D., Neil)
Songwriting team, Bob and Lyle
"You said you'd nail it on the first take."
Quests?...I thought we were Wyze Gyze!
A smile as great as his drumming
"Next Great American Band" video set