|The Krazy Kats, 40 years and STILL rockin'|
Is it the fifties and sixties all over again? It sure seems that way when the Krazy Kats are around! Their song "Still Rockin' After All These Years" says it all! The Kats were formed in 1957, when guitarist Lee Dresser, piano man Willie Craig, and drummer Fred Fletcher, three Moberly, Missouri high-schoolers, decided they wanted to rock 'n' roll just like Elvis, Jerry Lee, Fats, and all the rest of their favorites. Ike was president, the Mickey Mouse Club was on TV and everyone was trying out their new hula hoop. Everyone except the Krazy Kats that is, they were too busy rehearsing their rock 'n' roll music. They would meet over at Willie's house, Freddy would ride over on his bike with his snare drum in the basket, and the boys got down to business!
By the time February 14th rolled around, the Krazy Kats were as ready as any fifteen-year-olds could be, and they had their first gig at the annual Sweetheart Dance in the Moberly Highschool Cafetaria. At that time they only knew six songs, so they played all six and Freddy threw in a drum solo for good measure. Well, the crowd liked it, the band loved it, and from that moment the Krazy kats knew exactly what they wanted to do! Of course there were a lot of changes since that Valentine's day way back in '57. For example, they now have better equipment - electronic keyboards, wireless guitars, and Freddy even has a bigger basket on his bike!
Now based in the Kansas City area, the talented trio has performed together over 3000 times, thrilling audiences with their unique style of classic 50's and 60's music. They have appeared in concert with Bill Cosby, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Platters, and many others. They were voted "Best Band in Kansas City" in 1991, and inducted into the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame in 1999. The crowd can always count on having a fun time with the guys, whether it is a show or dance.
They are known for their dependability, as well as their neat, uniform stage appearance. Their "Elvis" routine, performed in full costume, has become a crowd favorite. The group comes equipped with professional sound and lights. They have appeared at many major fairs, including the Missouri and Kansas State Fairs. So if you want to re-live the musical past and have a rockin' good time, let the Krazy Kats bring their authentic brand of "Yesterday's Rock 'n' Roll" to your event. You'll be glad you did!
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Information provided by Lee Dresser, 2002