The South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association has no affiliation with The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.


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 Board of Directors

  •  Mark Aspaas - Chair
  •  John Mogen - Vice Chair

  •  Ken Hoyne - Treasurer
  •  JohnFiksdal - Secretary
  •  RandyPooley - Member
  •  Mylan Ray - Member
  •  Don Lerdal - Member
  •  Mike Connor - Member
  •  Willie Bertsch - Member

  •  Don Fritz - Trustee
  •  Terry Tausz - Trustee

  Mailing address:

  PO Box 2794
  Sioux Falls SD 57101-2794


•  Ramkota Best Western Plus – Sioux Falls
•  Beal Distributing – Sioux Falls
•  Pizza Ranch East 10th St. – Sioux Falls
•  K & M Music – Sioux Falls
•  Lewis Drug – Sioux Falls
•  Something New – Salem
•  Pinnacle Wealth Management – Sioux Falls
•  Sunshine Foods – Rock Rapids, IA
•  Nick’s Hamburger Shop – Brookings
•  Architecture Incorporated – Sioux Falls
•  Grand Falls Casino Resort – Larchwood, IA
•  Sioux Falls Construction – Sioux Falls
•  Advertising Arts, Inc./Rick Burkhardt – Sioux Falls
•  Spectrum Photography – Lake Preston
•  Nordstrom’s Under the Hood Show – Garretson
•  KISD/KLOH Radio – Pipestone
•  BSM Law Firm/Arlie Brende – Sioux Falls
•  Sioux Falls Music – Sioux Falls
•  Cliff Ave. Upholstery & Restoration – Sioux Falls
•  Royal River Casino - Flandeau
•  Srstka & Srstka Lawyers – Sioux Falls
•  Mac Pros – Sioux Falls
•  Green Family Dentistry & Orthodontics – Madison
•  Lloyd Companies – Sioux Falls
•  Cornerstone Financial Solutions – Sioux Falls/Huron
•  Mogen’s Heroes – Sioux Falls
•  Kanesville Used Records – Council Bluffs, IA
•  Media One – Sioux Falls
•  MES Companies – Sioux Falls
•  Showplace Wood Products – Harrisburg
•  The Mitographers Inc. – Sioux Falls
•  Vern Eide Motorcars – Sioux Falls
•  Henry Carlson Co. – Sioux Falls
•  Kaleidoscope Video – Markham, Canada 
•  IA Rock ‘n Roll Music Association – Arnolds Park, IA
•  Mathison’s – Sioux Falls
•  Fireplace Professionals – Sioux Falls
•  Surfin Safari – Sioux Falls
•  Janklow Law Firm – Sioux Falls
•  Brown Clinic – Watertown
•  Sisson Printing, Inc. – Sioux Falls
•  Massive Brass Attack – Sioux Falls
•  Denny Sanford Premier Center – Sioux Falls
•  Sunshine Foods – Sioux Falls
•  Pipestone Performing Arts Center – Pipestone, MN
•  Hoy Trial Lawyers – Sioux Falls
•  Absolute Productions - Lennox

•  ACEI - Sioux Falls


  Please visit these great links!

  • The Mob (facebook page)
Myron Lee
  • Bobby Vee
  • Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association
  • The Kansas Music Hall of Fame
The Texas Musicians Museum
  • Travel South Dakota
  • Sioux Falls SD
  • Washington Pavilion
  • Ken Mills Blog
Lyal's Music Store (facebook page)
  • Jay Bee and the Kats (facebook page)
South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame
Gordon Bird & The Original Stingrays


Article Archives
Feature of the Month 

» Foot Soldiers of Rock and Roll
Remember the Mitchell Bands?
KOMA Radio
Dean Byrnes is "Still Rockin"
For the Band
A Lifetime Well Spent In Rock N' Roll
Burch Ray and the Walkers
Mylan Ray
Rocking the Culture
Kenny Dale and the Spokesmen
Do You Remember....Ivory  
South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association
Do you remember?
Ma's Boys
Do Your Remember the Bands?
The Velaires 
Remembering the Bands 
Island Park Ballroom 
» Jaybee & the Kats 
» Memories of the Mocamba
The Continental Co-ets
» Ken Mill's Blog
The Bleach Boys
» Talkin' Trash(men)
Teen Dances 
Flandreau Indian School
50000 Watts of AM Radio Power 
Memories of Lake Madison
De Smet Teen Town
Iowa Rock -n- Roll Music Association
Rest Haven - Lake Andes
In the 50's & 60's Do You Remember?
» The Rock n' Roll Project
» Myron Lee Discography



The South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association (Hall of Fame) is proud and excited to announce the following 2016 inductees  
(click on inductees names)

Nine bands will become new members of our association. The first two groups to be announced were rival bands in south-central South Dakota for many years. Tripp, SD, was hometown for The Postmen. Bob Maag’s crew played from 1964-1968. SD Football Coach of the Year, Jim Uttecht, was also a member of The Postmen.

Just a few miles to the SE of Tripp was the town of Tyndall, SD. The Tensions played from 1966-1972, covering South Dakota and several surrounding states. They won a 14-entrant Battle of the Bands held in front of Penney’s in downtown Sioux Falls (their prize? A gig at the Mocamba).

The Rapid City progressive art rock band called WhiteWing played much of the western part of the state from 1968-76. One of their compositions called “Hansa” made the Billboard List of Singles, and several members later formed Asia.

A Brookings-based rock band booked by renowned agent, Jimmy Thomas, played throughout the region from 1967-1970. Horatio’s was home base for our next band, Military Pickle. Drummer Jim Wright and guitarist Greg Shelden were the backbone of this great group.

The Motown sound was all around South Dakota in 1966 and 1967. Sioux Falls was home to the Handy Brothers Chessman Show. This band featured three Handy brothers dancing and singing the Temptations-like music.

From Watertown came the American Music Band. Playing from 1968-1971 throughout South Dakota, this horn-driven sound featured former members of the Reactions and Excentrics. Many members moved onto form groups of their own.

The Spectacle Rhythm and Blues Soul Revue came from NW Iowa. They were always looking for new ways to attract attention, once playing part of a set on play instruments. Originally named Cellophane Spectacle, the Spectacle part of the name stuck. They still play reunion shows.

They have been referred to as “South Dakota’s true supergroup.” Formed in the Black Hills in 1975, Ivory swept the state with their dynamic sound played through the finest equipment. Ivory had several configurations in their thirteen-year reign, and have recently re-formed to make even more great rock and roll music.

Our final band to be inducted had many songs on the national charts. Based out of Minneapolis, they appeared many times in South Dakota. Remember “Evil Woman?” How about “Cottage Cheese?” Originating in 1967 and playing through 1972, we are excited to induct Crow into our association. This April’s induction concert should be an awesome musical experience.

Two venues to be inducted are the Broadway Ballroom in Centerville and Teen Town in De Smet.

The Spirit of the Music Award goes to three fine musicians who have passed on: Christy Anderson (Black Hills), John Loken (Watertown), and Danny Thomas (Flandreau).

DJs to be inducted are Mike Goodroad (Sioux Falls and Rapid City) and Jack Daniels (born Jack Morris in Rapid City).

The radio station to be honored is KFYR in Bismarck, ND.

The two booking agents inducted are Gary Crawford (better known as Igor from MidContinent Productions) and Chris Van Buren from Full Tilt Management in Sioux Falls.

We are proud to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to life-long musician Rod Jerke.


All of these musicians and others who helped promote rock and roll music in South Dakota will be inducted April 16, 2016 at the Ramkota Exhibit Hall in Sioux Falls. Tickets will be available January 1st.


SDPB television will be running highlights from the 2015 Hall of Fame induction Ceremony as part of the No Cover No Minimum series at 10pm central time on December 26th. You can also ring in the New Year with the Hall of Fame as we are running the program again on New Year’s Eve at midnight. 






My Music Matters Radio Show
Interviews by Kelly Casey Spavin

• click on "My Music Matters Radio Show"
• scroll down to "Show 26"
• click on "Listen to Show #26"






Welcome to the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association. We are very excited about this project, which became official in October 2008. We had some great input to help us get started, thanks to many different individuals. 

Our goal is to promote and recognize those folks from South Dakota and surrounding areas that have made the music scene in our state what it is. There are a number of musical artists, dance halls, recording studios, DJ’s and others from this area that have made a local contribution to the music scene and some who have gone on, nationally to continue their careers. 

We encourage you to check our website as it grows. We have included a message board that allows you to share comments, and memories
- click here

If you have memorabilia that you would like to donate, make a financial donation, or would like more information about our Music Association - click here

Thank you,
The South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association Board of Directors





WOW!!!! THANKS 2015 inductees for giving us another rocking, great time on April 18th.  Congratulations to all of you.  We were glad to give you recognition for being a part of the history of rock & roll music in South Dakota.  Because of you, we were able to relive those many great memories by walking down memory lane one more time.  




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Created by Willie Bertsch
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Thank you Willie for the video!!]





We have received a lot of very nice comments from people who played in bands around our area. 

If you are a fan or played in a band around the South Dakota area  we want to hear from you! 
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We are fortunate that the Washington Pavilion in down town Sioux Falls has offered us some space to display our Hall of Fame memorabilia.  

Click on photos to enlarge


On August 2nd, 2009 the South Dakota Public Broadcasting televised the Induction Ceremony that was previously taped on May 24th.                                                 »  Click here to visit the SDPB website








South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association 2015
The South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association has no affiliation with The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.