Tyler All Star Band Members

Robin Hood Brains

Robin Hood Brians

Tyler High School 1957 (one year before RE Lee opened)
Right out of high school in 1957, Robin’s parents took him to Nashville where he recorded an original song Dis-A-Itty-Bit which got a lot of airplay in Tyler and some other regional markets. He was wildly popular in Tyler as one of the first locals who made a name for himself cutting a record. Robin continued to play his Jerry Lee Lewis-style piano and put together Robin Hood & His Merry Men, who were regularly booked at many events back in the 60’s and 70s. But Robin’s passion was recording and when he opened his studio at his home in Tyler back in 1963, he put Tyler on the recording studio map with the “Robin Hood Sound”, recording hit records for others and continues to do studio work today. He has recorded hits for the Five Americans, The Uniques, David Houston, Mouse and the Traps, as well as John Fred & His Playboy Band whose big hit Judy in Disguise recorded at Robin Hood Studios bumped the Beatles #1 tune from Billboard. Even James Brown and Ike & Tina Turner laid down tracks in his studio. And then Robin struck gold – platinum- in the 1970s when he started recording Rock n Roll hall of famers ZZ Top here in Tyler contributing in large part to their unmistakable sound.

 


Ronnie Weiss

Ronnie Weiss

John Tyler High School – 1959. Leader of a popular band in the late 60s called Mouse and the Traps. Original members include another All Star performer Dave Stanley as well as Tylerite Bugs Henderson who continues to record and tour the world as a famous blues guitarist. Mouse recorded several hit records at Robin Hood studios in Tyler and many who heard him said he sounded more like Bob Dylan than Dylan himself, with a little more rock feel. A Public Execution and Maid of Sugar-Maid of Spice were two of his biggest hits. Mouse and the Traps broke up in 1969 and had a reunion in 1986 with the original members during the Texas Sesquicentennial celebration, with a performance at Flag Pole Hill in Dallas before an estimated 7000 people. The music by Mouse and the Traps has been assembled by two European record labels on retrospective albums, and their music is still available today. In addition to his unique vocal styling, Mouse is a fine guitarist who has continued to do studio work and play with other groups through the years. Mouse and the Traps continue to draw big crowds on any of the rare occasions they do reunion shows.

 


Larry Stanley

Larry Stanley

John Tyler High School 1962. Larry got his first guitar on his 12th birthday and by the time he was 15 he was playing on a regular basis. He recorded his first single as a high school senior at Robin Hood Studios. During the early days of rock n roll, Larry Stanley & the Satellites could be heard on Friday nights at Bergfeld Park introduced by the screams of the ladies in the crowd. In the mid 60's he formed his own band and began a lifetime of entertaining. The Larry Stanley Band played to audiences all over Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas appearing with such notable musicians as Mitch Miller, The Lettermen, Ray Charles, Mo Bandy, and Conway Twitty. In 1988 Larry helped form The Lone Star Ramblers, a country comedy act consisting of Larry, his brother Dave and drummer Ken "Nardo" Murray. They have entertained numerous times at the South Fork Ranch in Dallas, are still featured annually at the State Fair of Texas, and were the regular band at themepark Dollywood in Tennessee for many years opening for such acts as Lee Greenwood, Ray Stevens, Ricky Skaggs, Mel Tillis, Roy Clark, and Sawyer Brown. A Tyler icon, Larry can still be found in Tyler writing music, giving private lessons and leading his church choir. And he is still in demand as one of the most versatile entertainers to come out of this area.

 


Dave Stanley

Dave Stanley

John Tyler High School 1964. According to the San Francisco Examiner and Texas' Buddy Magazine, "David Stanley is a concertmaster and is probably the best bass player Texas has to offer" Dave started playing string bass and guitar at the age of 13. In 1965 after attending TJC, he helped form Mouse and the Traps and between 1965 and 1970 recorded 16 singles as part of that group and toured extensively, doing concerts with such artists as B J Thomas, the Mamas and Papas, and Joe Stampley. Also working as part of the rhythm section at Robin Hood Studios, he recorded for many famous acts including Joe Stampley, John Fred & the Playboys, Tony Douglas, Five Americans, and the In Crowd. In 1973 he moved to Dallas and worked regularly doing commercials for major corporations and album projects for well known artists as well as playing on a couple of movie scores. While in and out of Texas he has played and toured with Gladstone (2 albums), Calico (2 albums) and Delbert McClinton just to name a few. He has appeared on TV shows Midnight Special, That's Incredible, Nashville Networks Video Country and a special produced for British Broadcasting Company. He has played in concert and toured with Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Buffet, Steely Dan and John Beluishi. David and his brother Larry formed the Lone Star Ramblers and played at Dollywood over 10 years and appeared on Dolly Parton's TNN special Sunset Music Fest with Dolly.

 


Ronnie Anderson

Ronny Anderson

Robert E Lee HS 1966. Ronny got his start playing drums at a very young age, even taking the stage in East Texas honky tonks with his parents in attendance so he wouldn't be thrown out! One of his first "gigs" was with Larry & David Stanley 50 years ago during their early years, playing everything from rock to supper club standards. Ronny recorded a couple of singles with Larry Stanley in the 70s. While attending Robert E. Lee, he was the drummer in teen band Billy McKnight and the Impalas and did proms, sock hops and other teen venues. He met his wife when she and her singing partner used the band as back-up. Later, Ronny was Larry's fulltime drummer when the band featured vocalist Vicki Britton and continued to play with Larry off and on during the 60s and 70s. In 1971 he and his wife Terry formed their own group and played regularly all over Texas for about 6 years with various musicians but primarily Gary Peacock, Mike Hendley,and Mike Hogue. Later Ronny recorded a couple of Gospel albums with the Trinity Quartet. Today Ronny is the drummer for Texas Express and is delighted to play drums for cover shows with daughter and son-in-law The Magills. Most recently they played the East Texas State Fair and do a monthly show at Moores Store in Ben Wheeler. As a 21 year Committee Member of the East Texas Crisis Center, Ronny has been very involved in the production of the annual Auto and Cycle Show and five years ago he told the Committee he would contact some legendary Tyler musicians for the next show and the Tyler All Star Band was born! They will play their 5th concert at the ETCC auto show February 19-20, 2011.



AnneTerry

Anne Johns McKnight and
Terry Sides Anderson

Terry Sides Anderson – John Tyler High – 1964 and Anne Johns McKnight – Robert E. Lee - 1964. Terry got her start harmonizing at a young age in the church choir and then at Hogg Jr High she and Anne discovered in choir they both loved to sing and naturally harmonize so their introduction to the public was the school's annual talent show, singing with a 45 accompanying them since they didn't have trax and certainly not a band!. Terry and Anne (Teri & An) began a duet that continues to this day! After the talent show, they contacted Robin Hood Brians (Tyler's most famous musician!) and he started using them as vocal back-up at his new recording studio in 1963 where they recorded on many records, including The Uniques first hit Not So Long Ago. During their Tyler career, they performed many times at the Friday night Bergfeld Park show, as well as being featured with local bands, including Robin Hood and His Merry Men. Teri & An were signed by Motown in the early 60's as the only white artists of that famous Detroit record label and they produced a couple of records for the girls, one of which won the high score for American Bandstand's Rate-A-Record segment. They went on promotional tours and appeared on regional teen dance shows. As 16 year olds, their moms vetoed allowing them to relocate to Motown headquarters, so Jack Rhodes (writer of Silver Threads & Golden Needles) a local producer signed them. Anne is the only member of the All Star Band who does not live or work in Tyler. Anne married and relocated to Nashville Tennessee back in 1969 and that is still her home today. She raised two sons and enjoys 3 grandchildren while being involved in the church choir as a featured soloist. Terry is married to All Star drummer Ronny Anderson and over the years they have had their own bands (Brand New Day, Quicksilver) and Terry still enjoys adding the harmony anytime she has an opportunity. She especially likes vocalizing with The Magills and you will find her close to a microphone anytime they perform a cover show. Today she is active in her church choir and praise teams, and sings with ladies trio One Heart .

 


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