Mustang Band started in Houston in the late 1970's, as an offshoot
of the social organization,
The Mustang Club. They played all of the club's functions and then
started working at other clubs
and bars in Texas. From that point they began shows outside of the
state, including playing the
Mardi Gras for six years, and a regular route of bars in San Antonio,
Austin, Dallas, Oklahoma City,
Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. They played the
Reno Gay Rodeo (3 years), and
even got as far as Cincinnati and Boston.
told, they played together for about seven years...by that time
the AIDS epidemic decimated the
band and their audiences, and they stopped playing in the early
1980's. I took this information from
emails sent to me by founding member Larry Hodge, who said he believes
he is the only surviving
member. He now lives in central Illinois.
lot of bar bands they played mostly cover songs, and while they
did no professional recording,
Larry was able to send me a CD made from a cassette tape recorded
at a show. I am pleased to share
with you some lost history. From the recording I picked two with
the best sound...
Don't Wanna Cry" and "Drivin' My Life Away"
Over Mind" and "Rose-Colored Glasses"
Larry Hodge is
second from the right. Below is a scan of the large
patches Mustang Club members wore on the back of their jackets.
I don't have all the names of
the members, but I could gleen from articles the following:
(of course, there were the usual personnel changes, and remember
years people were more careful getting their full names in public)
Joseph Siegler, fiddler
Robin Le Normand, drummer
Tom Groves, manager
Robert Badalato, vocals
Terry LeMont, bass
Russ Lewindowski, keyboard