Rick Lober

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Rick Lober
Rick Lober on November 8th, 2013 2013-11-08 19-56.jpg
November 8, 2013 with Detroit Music Award
Background information
Born1941
OriginDetroit, Michigan United States
Genres Acid rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, blues rock, garage rock, hard rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsKeyboards
Labels Mainstream, Saint Thomas
Associated acts The Amboy Dukes

Rick Lober is the original keyboardist of the 1960s Detroit rock band The Amboy Dukes. [1] His bandmates were Ted Nugent, Steve Farmer, John Drake, Dave Palmer and Bill White.

The Amboy Dukes were an American rock band formed in 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, and later based in Detroit, Michigan. They are known for their one hit single "Journey to the Center of the Mind". The band's name comes from the title of a novel by Irving Shulman. In the UK the group's records were released under the name of The American Amboy Dukes because of the existence of a British group with the same name.

Ted Nugent American rock musician

Theodore Anthony Nugent is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and political activist. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock and hard rock. After playing with the Amboy Dukes, he embarked on a solo career.

Steve Farmer is an American guitarist, composer and lyricist best known for his composition with Ted Nugent in 1968 titled "Journey to the Center of the Mind". It was performed by their group The Amboy Dukes. Farmer wrote the lyrics to this iconic hit song, which peaked at #16 in the charts. He also co-wrote with Nugent or self composed, twenty two compositions to help complete the first three albums created by The Amboy Dukes.

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The Amboy Dukes

The Amboy Dukes were local favorites in the metro Detroit area long before Nugent established himself as the 'Motor City Madman'. Their first single that achieved national success outside of the Detroit area was "Baby, Please Don't Go" a cover of a Big Joe Williams song. It was often played live and on the local Detroit television show "Robin Seymour's Swingin Time". The song highlighted the early style of Nugent's guitar virtuosity and was also known for the wild and exciting keyboard antics of Lober. It featured one of the most stellar keyboard solos of the psychedelic rock era. Lober helped to create the group's first album The Amboy Dukes which charted.

Baby, Please Dont Go Traditional blues standard

"Baby, Please Don't Go" is a traditional blues song that was popularized by Delta blues musician Big Joe Williams in 1935. Many cover versions followed, and the song been described by French music historian Gérard Herzhaft as "one of the most played, arranged, and rearranged pieces in blues history".

Big Joe Williams American Delta blues guitarist, recording artist, singer and songwriter

Joseph Lee "Big Joe" Williams was an American Delta blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, notable for the distinctive sound of his nine-string guitar. Performing over four decades, he recorded the songs "Baby Please Don't Go", "Crawlin' King Snake" and "Peach Orchard Mama", among many others, for various record labels, including Bluebird, Delmark, Okeh, Prestige and Vocalion. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame on October 4, 1992.

Psychedelic rock Style of rock music

Psychedelic rock is a diverse style of rock music inspired, influenced, or representative of psychedelic culture, which is centred around perception-altering hallucinogenic drugs. The music is intended to replicate and enhance the mind-altering experiences of psychedelic drugs, most notably LSD. Many psychedelic groups differ in style, and the label is often applied spuriously.

Post Dukes

Since his time with The Amboy Dukes, Lober has performed continuously throughout the Detroit area with local favorites such as 'Benny and the Jets'. His songwriting and studio work resurfaced in 2000 on Farmer's Journey to the Darkside of the Mind an album on Saint Thomas Records. Four of the album tracks are credited to Lober on this release. It was recorded at Victor Peraino's studio of Arthur Brown fame.

Arthur Brown (musician) British musician

Arthur Wilton Brown is an English rock singer and songwriter best known for his flamboyant theatrical performances, eclectic work and his powerful, wide-ranging operatic voice.

Lober remains an iconic staple of the Detroit music scene, still dazzling crowds with his unique keyboard stylizations. He has been performing with legendary Detroit guitarist Jeffrey Faust, "The Woodsman", in and around the Michigan area. Both Faust and Lober are currently signed to Saint Thomas Records and have been working with Farmer to create new recordings.

Music of Detroit

Detroit, Michigan is a major center in the United States for the creation and performance of music, and is the birthplace of the musical subgenres known as “The Motown Sound" and Techno.

At the 18th annual Detroit Music Awards on April 17, 2009, the original lineup of The Amboy Dukes performed on stage for the first time in thirty years. On stage at The Fillmore Detroit were Nugent on lead guitar, Farmer on guitar, Drake on vocals, Lober on keyboards, Andy Solomon on keyboards and White on bass. In recognition of the band's contribution to rock music history, they received a Distinguished Achievement award. [2]

Detroit Music Awards

The Detroit Music Awards (DMA) was initially proposed in 1988. Presented by the Motor City Music Foundation, the multi-genre awards ceremony was established to bring recognition to Detroit area musicians. The first award show was held in 1992 at Detroit's Music Hall, and moved to the State Theatre in 1993. In 1998, the organization merged with the Metro Times-sponsored Detroit Music Awards. It has now held at The Fillmore Detroit theatre annually in April. Since its inception, the DMA has featured some of Detroit's most notable musical artists; including Bob Seger, The Clark Sisters, Eminem, George Clinton and Parliament, Glenn Frey, Grand Funk Railroad, Kid Rock, Martha Reeves, The Miracles, Insane Clown Posse, Smokey Robinson, Ted Nugent, The Hummingbirds, and Was Not Was.

The Fillmore Detroit United States national historic site

The Fillmore Detroit is a multi-use entertainment venue operated by Live Nation. Built in 1925, the Fillmore Detroit was known for most of its history as the State Theatre. It is located near the larger Fox Theatre in the Detroit Theatre District along Woodward Avenue across from Comerica Park and Grand Circus Park. The Fillmore Detroit features a theatre with a Grand Lobby and three levels of seating, as well as the State Bar & Grill which has a separate entrance and is open when the theatre is not hosting events. The Detroit Music Awards are held annually at The Fillmore Detroit in April. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

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References

  1. Carson, David A. (July 2006). Grit, Noise, and Revolution: The Birth of Detroit Rock 'n' Roll. University of Michigan Press. pp. 144–. ISBN   978-0-472-03190-0 . Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  2. "Nugent's Amboy Dukes Reunite After 30 Years" . Retrieved July 18, 2009.