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Dee Jay And The Runaways




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When you think of Iowa 60’s Rock and Roll, the name of Dee Jay & The Runaways is a constant with that process.

This Spirit Lake, Iowa based group is responsible for putting Iowa on the mid 60’s rock and roll map with their hit recording of “Peter Rabbit”. It charted on Billboard’s Top 40 in 1965 and remained on the national charts for fourteen weeks in late 1965 and early 1966.

All told the record about that famous little rabbit sold over 400,000 copies and charted number #1 in Baltimore, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, & Seattle. It was also a big seller in countries such as Canada, Italy and Brazil.

The Dee Jay & The Runaways story starts in 1964 when Denny Storey and John Senn brought together Gary Lind, Bob Godfredsen, Tom Vallie, and Chuck Colgrove and soon thereafter Denny Kintzi to form the original Dee Jay& the Runaways.

It was soon after the formation of the group, that the famed IGL Recording Studios was opened with Senn and Milford Iowa residents Cliff Plagman and Roger Blunt being its founders. It’s from this studio that ” Peter Rabbit” hopped out of to national fame.

Even though the core of the Runaways was to hold in the years to come, other musicians made their way through the group. They included: Rusty Davis, Terry Klein, Sam French, Grant Gilmore, Jim Johan, Jim Groth, Roger Whitmore, Roger Hughes, Jim Weiner and Curt Powell.

The Runaways officially broke up in 1968, but many of the musicians from the Runaways have been an active part of the Iowa music scene up to this day.

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