Margeret Morris column, Star Tribune , 1976
Dick Clark days, "Date With Dino", Bill Carlson, "This Must Be the Place", Nancy Nelson and Warren, Channel 11, KSTP, Channel 5, Dave Moore, and days of other television shows
Danny's look when he performed with Chubby Checkers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Del Shannon, Joey Dee and the Starlighters, Fabian, etc.
Lifetime friend, and owner of the Uptown Bar. Later Kenny sold the Uptown Bar to Big Reggie of "Danceland" fame
Youngest kite flyer in the world-
World champion water skier, boys division, ski antics- Danny Stevens age 8
Tommy Bartlet show, kite flying, ski antics, and member of Cyprus Garden travel show. Danny Stevens age 7
Featured in article- July/August 1960 edition of 'The Water Skier'
Danny won the 'Silver Skates' for speed skating each year from 1956-'60
Taken at a concert with L.A.-based band, The Doors
Danny Stevens is the singer/front man for the Minneapolis-based rock n' roll band, "Danny's Reasons". Formed in 1964, the band has toured the entire United States, and in 2007 was inducted into the Minnesota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has been called "Minnesota's original teen idol" and The King of MN Rock and Roll.
Born into a family with eight siblings, Danny has always been an accomplished athlete and performer. Danny is an award-winning water skier and was published in multiple magazines throughout his childhood and teenage years. Danny started boxing in tournaments at an early age, winning Junior Golden Glove Awards from age 10 until he was 15. In high school, Danny lettered in track and was one of the stars of his school's football team. After finishing high school, Danny went to study biomedicine at the University of Minnesota where he switched the focus of his free time from athletics to music- and the rest as they say, is history!
The following are photos of Danny's journey to become a Golden Gloves Champion!
Danny at the age 10 learning the "ropes of the ring"
In 1961 a 147 pound Danny (shown here weighing in before the fight) earned the Glove Bantam Welterweight title by a 2nd round "TKO"
In 1964 he and his band (Danny and the Night Sounds) entered into a battle of the bands contest at Minnesota's Teen State Fair. Competeing against 400 other groups, Danny and the Night Sounds took first place in the massive contest.
Later that year, Danny started a new band, this time calling it "Danny's Reasons".
After juggling music, athletics, and a heavy college class load, Danny reluctantly decided to forgo school in favor of furthering his music career. Having played throughout the Midwest colleges, both the east and west coast, and received Connie awards nearly every year from 1967 to 1972, Danny shifted gears again; in 1970, he leased the former Greyhound bus station and transformed it into a popular nightclub. Simply called "The Depot", the club was the creative result of Danny, his brother Mickey, and Skip Goucher.
Danny and the legendary winners of the Connie Awards. Danny Stevens won best showman for 6 years and best male rock and rolll vocalist, and the band Danny's Reasons won best show group for 4 years.
The original founder of the Depot/First Avenue bldg.,
Danny acquired a Class-A liqour license from the Hotel Hastings, a necessity if the club was going to be able to sell alcohol at their shows. When original financial partner Elizabeth Heffelfinger backed out due to illness, Danny was forced to bring in a second choice, Allan Fingerhut. Having no previous knowledge of public entertainment, nightclubs, or the music business, Fingerhut was strictly a financial partner, brought in after the project was already in motion.
When the club was completed in the spring of 1970, Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen was to be the club's grand opening weekend act after a scheduling conflict prevented the club's first choice; Carlos Santana to perform.
Original The Depot announcement
Danny Stevens with Dick Clarl
Following two years of steady business, The Depot was faced with a reality: the public music scene was changing. Pyschedelic rock was out and disco was in. In order to stay on top of this new trend, the club needed to change its image.
After a short remodel, The Depot evolved into "Uncle Sam's".
Sunday, March 4, 1973, Star Tribune
In the early 1970's, Danny became the promotion director for Aeriloa, Mercury, and then Polygram Records after the company reformed it's business plan to have all their signed artists under one umbrella- as well as one promotion director overseeing those artists. These labels were; Casablanca, Mercury, London, Polydor, RSO, and several more.
Pursuing a renewed passion for boxing, Danny was involved with promoting the 1988 Spinks V. Tyson fight in Minnesota with Randy Levee and Don King. He was approached by Jim Rice for Governer Perpich to be one of the state's boxing commisioners.
After the Tyson V. Spinks fight, Danny was forced to file a lawsuit against Rose Productions (the company from which he bought the rights to show the fight) because they had operated outside the terms of the contract both parties agreed on. These were that the rights to show the fight was not to be sold to cable companies in the area and Danny would be allowed to display the fight on closed-circut television at International Market Square in North Minneapolis.
In 1999 Danny Stevens became a member of the voting board for the Grammy Awards. Danny has been an active member every year since he received this honor and he will be making his annual trip to Los Angeles in February.
In late spring 2007, Danny's Reasons, 43 years after its inception in 1964, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This was truly one of the greatest accomplishments of Danny's life long music career.
(C) D. Radford Mason