The Four Taus, a hot band from Southern Illinois University in the 60's,
Celebrate 45 years together.
On February 9, 1964, in the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, Mr. Sullivan said to 73 million TV viewers, “and now… here they are… the Beeeeatles!” And the four rising-star rock’n rollers in a live performance for their first time on national TV played “I Want to Hold Your Hand”. And the country went wild.
On that same night, at the Rumpus Room in Carbondale, IL, four Phi Kappa Tau fraternity brothers in a live performance before a crowd of maybe 150 party-ready SIU students took the stage and opened with their theme song, “One Eyebrow”. As the drummer began a familiar cymbal riff, the vocalist with the microphone said, “Hello everybody! We are the Four Taus. On base guitar is Harvey Grandstaff and on lead guitar is Kirby Lindsey. On drums is the incomparable Dirty Dan Donnelly. And I am the vocalist, Ray Thomeczek. Hit it guys!” And the band did just that as the paying customers ready to dance put down their beers and streamed to the dance floor. The Four Taus had begun another night of rock ‘n roll at the popular SIU nightclub in Carbondale.
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