Freeport, Illinois — If you dig down deep in Freeport the stories and lives and rich history of a city come alive in ways hard to believe such a famed Freeport story could ever get lost along the way. One prime example of that Freeport story, is when you look back to the famed 1960’s teen band, The Nomadds.
Comprised of members Lee Garner (lead guitar), Tony Cannova (drums), Greg Johnson (rhythm guitar, vocals), Denny Kuhl (bass), and Dean Kuehl “Stick” (vocals, harmonica) the famed and legendary local teen (garage band) group played from 1963 to 1965.
Their only album, self titled The Nomadds, was originally released by another famed Freeport landmark, Radex Studios in 1965. The album was recorded in 1964.
All five original, and only, members of The Nomadds came together again for a one-time only concert on Friday October 1, 2010, in Freeport, Illinois. They had not all played together previously since 1965. Mayor George Gaulrapp of Freeport officially declared Oct 1, 2010 as THE NOMADDS DAY.
Described by one as closer in spirit to early British Invasion records like Meet The Beatles or Gerry and the Pacemakers, here is The Nomadds entire album of music from that 1964 recording of “The Nomadds”. This is the kind of stuff that was happening in the USA just before Britain invaded.
Listen to “The Nomadds” album
The dance location for many area teens when The Nomadds came to town.
Single Don’t Cheat On Me
Original Vinyl | 1965 | Radex
Vinyl Reissue | 2009 | Way Back
CD Reissue | 2009 | Way Back
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