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Lanny Roenicke (Bass Guitar, Vocals, Trumpet)

The Bossmen - Saginaw's Number one Garage Band
Lanny Roenicke (Bass Guitar, Vocals, Trumpet)

The Bossmen - Saginaw's Garage Band 1964 - 1967

The Bossmen - Saginaw's Garage Band 1964 - 1967

A special thanks to DJ Host Gary Major for the introduction sound byte. Gary was at Daniel's Den from late 1965 to early 67, WSAM from Nov 1967- to April 1970, and WKNX April 1970 until Aug 1972.

Starting Out as the Playboys

Started out in Saginaw (Bridgeport) as the Playboys, they quickly changed their name to the Bossmen when their guitar player quit the group. At that time - Lanny met Dick Wagner, who was living in Waterford, Michigan at the time, and convince him to join their group. The Bossmen was Daniels Den's number one psychedelic rock-n-roll group from 1964 - 1967. The Bossmen included:

The Bossmen

  • Dick Wagner (Lead Guitar, Vocals); later went on to the Frost, Lou Reed and Alice Cooper
  • Lanny Roenicke (Bass Guitar, Vocals, Trumpet)
  • Warren Keith (Piano, Vocals); later played with Hank Williams junior
  • Pete Woodman (Drums); later went on to Popcorn Blizzard a.k.a. Meatloaf
  • Mark Farner (Guitar, Vocals); went on to Grand Funk Railroad

Rest In Peace - Dick Wagner

December 14, 1942 – July 30, 2014

The Bossmen - Michigan Beatles

The Bossmen accerated into the number one Garage Band in the Saginaw area, becoming the number one house band at Daniels Den, and getting paid top dollar - $400.00 per show at the Golden Glow Ball Room in Swan Creek Township in 1964. With their fast gaining popularity and string of regional hits - the local media referred to them as the "Michigan Beatles."

Featured Song

"Thanks to You," written by Lanny Roenicke; recorded by M & L - Filtered Fidelity - Records.

A special thanks to Flat, Black and Circular Music in East Lansing for lending their Michigan Garage Group expertise to the website.