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Friday, May 1, 2015

NKY Music Scene: The Denems, 'Greater Cincinnati's own Beatles'

By Nick Stegner

In February 1964 over 73 million people watched as the British invaded America. The invading force did not wear red coats and carry guns. They had long hair and were armed with guitars and a drum kit. On Sunday, February 9th, The Beatles performed on the Ed Sullivan Show and lit a fuse that would trigger an explosion called the British Invasion. The floodgates were open and the music world would forever be changed. The Beatles paved the way for bands such as The Who, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and The Animals to cross the Atlantic and join the invasion. It was The Beatles that were the main inspiration for a wave of young men to clear a spot in their parents garage and form their own band with dreams of stardom and rock-n-roll.

Adrian Belew, Dave Behle, Terry Dalhover and Robbie Workman were high school friends with such a dream and The Denems were born. 'Greater Cincinnati's Own Beatles' performed wherever and whenever they could to crowds that were infected by Beatlemania and became a local sensation.

In 1966 the boys entered Cincinnati's King Studio and recorded 3 Beatles songs and 3 originals. The songs were put on acetate. Acetates were only for a reference and not intended to be played more than a few times, The acetate comes before making the master, and allows the sound to be checked without great expense.

Eventually the music scene shifted and rock-n-roll would expand into other forms. Belew, the bands drummer, would eventually master the guitar and have a successful solo recording career and work with artists such as David Bowie, Paul Simon, King Crimson and many others. He was inducted into the Northern Kentucky Music Legends Hall of Fame in 2013.

On June 4th The Denems will have the honor of being inducted into the Northern Kentucky Music Legends and perform for the first time since 1997 when they reunited to perform at the former Peel's Palace Concert Hall that was located in Erlanger, Kentucky. The induction ceremony and concert will be held at Tower Park starting at 6 p.m.

Other inductees are Gale Watson, Landon Williams, Rick Fox, Mary Ellen Tanner, Larry Goshorn and Tim Goshorn.

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