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WISCONSIN'S FIRST "TEEN
From Appleton, Wisconsin. Denny Noie took guitar lessons for a few years,
starting when he was 14-years old. In 1957, the 17-year old Noie joined the
"White Caps" who, along with the "Black Knights", were the earliest rock & roll
groupd in the Fox cities. after a few months, the "White Caps" drummer, Jerry
Williams, had an altercation iwth one of the other members and quit only to form
his own band, the "Rockets". Williams invited Denny to join him in the
"Rockets", which he did.
Denny played rhythm guitar with the "Rockets", who developed a good following
around the Valley, doing a lot of park and school dances. They backed up Fabian
when he came to twon and also opened fro Danny & The Juniors. A year or so after
becoming a Rocket, Denny was drafted. (The Rockets stayed together into the
'70's). In 1959-60, while stationed in Okinawa, Denny formed a combo called the
"Teen Tones", a rock & roll group with bongos. And also a group called the "4
Cracked Bells", a comedy/skit group that played on the military bases on
After his Army stint was up, he returned to the Valley and became a member of
the recently formed Gary Scott and the "Eccos". Gary Scott was the stage name
for Gary Van Zeeland and as a frontman/lead singer, he left alot to be desired.
His real skill lay in the promotion/booking end and realizing this, Gary quit
performing music to begin a booking agency, Ecco Enterprises.
Next up for Denny was the "In Crowd", in 1962. The first lineup included Darryl
Yaeger (drums) and two players from Clintonville, Wisconsin, who just didn't
cut it and were canned after three to four months. Their replacements ere Ricky
Leigh (lead guitar) and Dave Hermsen (bass), and this quartet clicked musically.
They gigged around the Fox Cities and in Green Bay, doing mostly top 40. With
Van Zeeland handling their bookings, the "In Crowd" decided to go out on the
road. Daryl Yeager was unable to leave the are though, and he was replaced on
drums by Dave Yokeum. Due to the national band that had the rights to the Crowd
name, the foursome changed their name to the "4th Of Never".
For the first time they were full-time musicians and they traversed to
Minnesota, Illinois and Ohio, playing mostly clubs for one to two week stints.
In late '64 they returned to Wisconsin for a short hiatus and Noie teamed up
with the "Catalinas" briefly. While with them he wrote two songs, "Dee Dee" and
"It Ain't A Big Thing", which were recorded and released on 45 (credited to
Denny Noie & the Catalinas on the label). When Al Posniak came back, Denny
returned to the "4th of Never" and they resumed gigging in and around the
Valley. They were a tight band with good vocal harmonies and their repertoire
included plenty of Beatles and DC5, with Denny handling most of the lead vocals.
Ricky Leigh had started writing songs too, so the group began working originals
into their sets.
Denny was married during this time, but he and his wife were separated and she
moved to Florida with their children. In the winter of 1965, Denny went to
visit his family in Orlando. While there he was introduced to the owner of
Tener Records, a local label, through a musical connedtion. Denny interviewed
with the Tener president and played a few of his songs. The executive took a
liking to "Dee Dee" and offered to release it as a 45. Denny agreed and when he
returned to Wisconsin, he and fellow "4th of Never" band-mates went to Cuca
Studios in Sauk City. They cut "Dee Dee" and a Ricky Leigh original, "Don't
Follow Me," took the tapes to Florida, and in June 1966, the record was relesed.
"Dee Dee" received airplay in Florida, New York and on WAPL in Appleton, but
Denny and band never heard from Tener records again after that. (Incidentally,
for reasons unknown, there were two pressings of the 45, one crediting "Denny
Noie & the 4th of Never" on the label and the other "Denny Noie & the In
Dave Yokeum, Dave Hermsen, Denny, Rick
After bringin their master tapes to Orlando, the band returned to the Fox Valley (Wisconsin),
minus Denny, who quit playing for a couple of years. Around Winter, 1968, he
began doing a single folk thing in Orlando. Two years later Denny moved back to
Wisconsin, got back with the Rockets for a few months, then joined the "Rockin'
50s", a '50s rock and roll revival band. They gigged locally for about a year
until Denny returned to the coffeehouses with his solo folk and Christian music.
He retired from live music completely, from 1975 to 1987, when he became a
member of "Rescue", a rockin' Blues group, which lasted six months. In 1991
Denny became a member of the "Full Moon Blues Band". The trio played until 1998
when Randy Bolling and Denny formed the "New Moon Duo". Oliver Garcia, the lead
guitarist left the group. Denny is featured on the Rockabilly Hall of Fame Vol
#1 CD with a tune he wrote, "Blues Train".
With the "New Moon Duo", Denny plays rhythm guitar, the stand-up bass and the
electric bas guitar. He has recorded a bluesy Christian CD with Randy Bolling
under the name of the "New Moon Duo" called "Take Shelter From the
In 2007, Denny released his 2nd CD called "Denny's Songs of Life", 50 years of
original songs written and recorded by Denny. Also his story and articles of
all the different bands he was with over his musical life.
CDs are available now. $15 USA (includes S&H), $20 outside USA (includes
S&H). Contact: Denny Noie, N1700 East Rd., Waupaca, WI 54981.