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Music by Roger Hessling
September 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Music by Roger Hessling & Bill Lynch
Roger Hessling’s Biography.
I remember hearing tunes in the mid 1950’s from an old admiral bakelite radio in our kitchen window on St Vincent Street.
During the summer months the family took drives to the country.(Lilbourn MO). We were visiting our grandparents.In the back seat of the car my brother and I sang along with the radio.The Do wop tunes were big, so was Elvis, Chuck Berry and the Everly Brothers. By the time I turned 13 I was interested in guitar. I took lessons at the Lester Family Studio on 39th Street. In 1965 my brother Roy Hessling and Bill Lynch started a band called the Reeb-Toors. My brother wanted me to sing harmony. I wanted to play guitar, but since the lead & rhythm guitar positions were taken. I learned to play bass, after the original bass player quit.
Later in college I took courses in music theory, class piano and played coronet in band.I have a B.S. degree from the School of Education of S.I.U.E. In the late 70’s and early 80’s I worked as a recreational therapist. Music was always a part of my therapy program.
I feel blessed to have worked with some of the best singers and musicians in St Louis. Greg Guidry, Sandy Guidry and Mike McDonald who sang in the Reeb-Toors and the Youngers Brothers went on to make records.
These days I’m playing guitar with Bill and most of the settings are small and intimate. I love it! If you come out to see us stop by and say Hello. I’m the guy with the beard.