MOVE OVER Rolling Stones and make way for the Fabulous Four Taus, who, like the Stones are one of the few early 60's rock bands whose original members are still alive and together!
The year 2007 marks 45 years together and the band has received inquires about a celebration tour to capitalize on the wave of revival shows of previously hot groups. It is a rarity to find a 60s band that can still put together original members and original music. Falling into this category, the Fabulous Four Taus are one of those rare 60s rock bands that still get together and still record new CDs.
The FOUR TAUS were all Phi Kappa Tau fraternity brothers at Southern Illinois University. To help put themselves through college and because they each had a love for music, the four men formed a fraternity band and called themselves "THE FOUR TAUS".
During the course of their three year stint, they had three different drummers. The first drummer to play with the band when it was first formed was Bill MacKaben. Bill played with the band from the inception of the band until the Spring of 1962. The second drummer was Jim Hansen. Jim played with the band from the Fall of 1962 to the Spring of 1963. The third drummer was Dirty Dan Donnelly. Dan played with the band from the Fall of 1963 to the Spring of 1964. The drummer pictured above is Dirty Dan. Dan remained with the band until it was forced to disband due to the band members graduating in June of 1964.
The bass player, Harvey Grandstaff, the lead guitar player, Kirby Lindsey, and the singer, Ray Thomeczek, were members of the band from the formation of the band until they all graduated in 1964.
An indepth article about "The Four Taus" band which appeared in the December issue of the SIU Alumni Magazine can now be seen at the NowPublic.com web site.
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