The Fabulous Flippers

Formed in Lawrence, KS.

Upcoming shows

No scheduled events.

Past shows

Genre

Soul / R&B

History

No band in the Central United States drew larger crowds, caused more excitement or had more influence on thousands of aspiring rock musicians than "The Flippers." Based out of Lawrence, Kansas, The Flippers took the Midwest by storm throughout the 60's, drawing sold out crowds from Texas to North Dakota and from Colorado to Illinois. Advertising their shows on KOMA Radio from Oklahoma City, OK they drew teens driving hundreds of miles to a "Flipper Dance."

In the early 60's, through the efforts of John Brown (Mid-Continent Entertainment), Terry & The Flippers turned into a professional, innovative and trend-setting Rhythm & Blues Show. Luring Danny Hein from Oklahoma (who had gone to Tulsa Central High School with Leon Russell) and great vocalist-instrumentalist Denny Loewen, Brown transformed "The Flippers" into "The Fabulous Flippers" - an 8-piece Rhythm & Blues show band that patterned themselves after great Southern R&B reviews like "James Brown & His Famous Flames" & "The Bobby Bland Review."

Blued-Eyed soul was introduced to white Mid-America and literally all of the bands, after seeing a Flipper show, transformed their bands from traditional rock groups (guitar-bass-drums) into 8-10 piece
R&B show bands after witnessing a "Flipper show."

Many members of the band were multi-instrumentalists and their stage show included moving from instrument to instrument, trading lead vocals, excellent backup vocals by the horn-section, and "steps" that would have found them a spot in an "Ike Turner Review". They were cool in their matching suits and Tammen's drum solos tore up the crowd.

They recorded a number of records on Fona and Quill Records but their national release on Cameo-Parkway Records ("The Harlem Shuffle") was their showpiece. They recorded a great album in 1970 on Veritas Records ("Something Tangible") which featured excerpts from their "West Side Story Medley."

A number of musicians traveled through the Flippers including Norfolk, Nebraska's Max "Carl" Gronenthal who has been inducted into the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame with his 60's band "The New Breed." Max later went on to star with California's "Jack Mack & The Heart Attack," and sang and
composed 38-Special's only #1 Hit "Second Chance." Max recently charted on Glen Frey's label with "Max Carl & Big Dance," keeping alive the soul music from the 60's that was directly influenced by The Fabulous Flippers.

The Flippers appeared onstage with numerous stars of the day, including The Rolling Stones, and appeared in several movies, filmed in New York. They reunited in the early 90's and have been touring on a limited basis. thrilling their fans that crave another "Flipper Dance." The Flippers were inducted into the Iowa Music Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2004, they entered the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.