"Danny Stevens, otherwise known as Danny Capri, fronted the Minneapolis band from 1965 until at least 1972 when their last record was released. But the early stuff is the best!..."
"...Little Diane is for those of us who still believe that, "The Bird is the Word!"
Freddy Cannon and Danny’s Reasons backstage at American Bandstand (1967)
Star Tribune, Oct, 1976
For over 40 years Danny's Reasons have represented the Twin Cities all over the country, and proven their longevity. Assuming you're in the right place, you can still catch a Danny's Reasons show this weekend.
State Teen Fair, winning 1st place out of 500 other bands.
American Bandstand days
In these days the band played with other acts like Bobby Vintton, Little Eva, Joey D and the Starlighters, Fabian, Dion, The Ventures, Johnny and the Hurricanes, Big D Irwin, The Dovelles, The Coasters, as well as many other American Bandstand groups
Danny Stevens with Dick Clark
Sunday, March 4th, 1973, Star Tribune
Michael Anthony; Writer
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Danny Stevens, of Danny's Reasons. Minnesota's first teen idol.
Late 1960's: Danny's Reasons performing at Magoo's/Mr. Lucky's with Cream (Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Jack Bruce) as their supporting act. From left to right: Eric Clapton, Jimmy Lawrence (Voted best R&B singer at Connie Awards), Danny Stevens (Voted Best Showman at Connnie Awards), Keith Krupp (#1 Bass Player in upper Midwest at Connie Awards), Tom Hopps (Voted best Guitar Player and Rock n' Roll singer category at Connie Awards), drummer Bill.
The group won Best Show Group of the Year.
Tom Hopps, (Guitarist, second on right of Danny) was brought into the group to compliment the Reasons' sound while they supported national acts that came through the Twin Cities and played The Depot. Tom was considered the best rock and roll vocalist and guitar player in the upper Midwest. That year, Danny's Reasons won "Best Show Group", and Danny won "Best Showman" for the Connie awards. All those picutred above are now members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2007: Mickey Stevens, Danny, Jimmy Lawrence, Chuck Edwards, Keith Krupp and Tom Hopps)
Tom Hopps, and Danny's Reasons with Cream
Keith Krupp, and Danny's Reasons with Cream
Bill, and Danny's Reasons with Cream
Picture of Danny's Reasons when they started up the Vincent Van Gaugh Go
In July 1968, Danny's Reasons appeared on Bill Carlson's WCCO CBS television show "This Must Be the Place." That year the group won four prestigious 'Connie Awards.'
Pictured from left to right is the Connie Award wining "Best Show Group" and labeled as the most influential Midwest rock and roll band during the 1960's and 1970's, Danny's Reasons: Ross Ingram, voted #1 bass player at the Connie Awards; Mick Stevens; Steve Mauer, voted #1 drummer in the upper Midwest and the first to use "double bass" drums; Chuck Edwards, voted #1 best rhythm guitar player in the Midwest; and founder Danny Stevens, voted best Showman and best Lead Vocalist.
Also pictured with television host Bill Carlson is Lynn Lawyer, a publicist and influential early supporter of Danny and the band Danny's Reasons. It is because of people like Lynn, manager David Zimmerman (Bob Dylan's brother), Beacom Associates, and their booking agent Dick Shapiro that Danny's Reasons became the undisputed most famous rock and roll band in the Midwest/TwinCities in the 1960's and 1970's.
Special thanks to Tom Cousins and the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting for supplying these amazing photos from the television show, "This Must be the Place" hosted by Bill Carlson on CBS Television.
Danny Stevens and winners of the Connie Awards.
Danny Stevens won best showman for 6 years and best male rock and rolll vocalist, and Danny's Reasons won best show group for 4 years.
The Reasons were one of the only bands at the time in the area that could cross over from teen shows to night clubs to concerts, not being pinned to one style of venue as many of their counterparts were at the time.
At the State Teen Fair (1964) This lineup was seen on WCCO 5 times
Article from the Star Tribune/Minnesota Daily (U of M newpaper)
Star Tribune, Oct 12th, 1966.
At Dayton's downtown fashion shocase.
Here is another group of musicians from the late 1960's that Danny Stevens, known as "the rock and roll musician factory maker," put together.
The Minneapolis STAR
Friday, July 19, 1968
Jimmy Lawrence, with Danny's Reasons (Voted best R&B singer, 1970)
1960's-70's Connie Award-winning band. Carl Bradley, from Danny's Reasons (voted best Male R&B singer)
1969 Connie's Insider: State Fair issue, this picture was the most talked about picture at the Minnesota State Fair. Over 200,000 people received this issue at the fair that year. The issue packed audiences in for the Danny's Reasons' shows at the fair.
Pioneer Press August 9th, 1972
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Danny Stevens with Gov. McGovern (while he was running for President of the United States) during a performance of Danny's Reasons that was held at the Minnesota Auditorium. To the left of Danny Stevens is Timothy Kehr, recognized as the nation's #1 record promoter supporting groups from the Twin Cities. Timothy was personally responsible for the success of many of the best known bands of our generation and enabled local artists to achieve national success with musical groups such as Crow, The Trashmen, The Castaways, and of course Danny's Reasons.
Sen. Edward Kennedy and Danny at the Minnesota Auditorium show
ALL STAR MEMBERS OF DANNY'S REASONS
They had their own national hits, and came together to form one powerful group...
Danny Stevens. Carl Bradley. Mick Stevens. James Cross. Richard Washington. Todd Matheson. Richard Hiebler. Steve Fischer. Ed Meddock. Merlin Brunkow.
Hunter Bradley. Colleen Hiebeler. Jimmy Rodriguez. Paul Flum. Bill Franze. Larry McDonough. David "Fuzzy" Garnett. Terry Johnson. Wally Lockhart. Steven Landry. John Northrop. Bruce Jackson. Terry Ferguson. Edward "Rockie" Robbins. Richard Fobes. Jimmy Hill. Bobby landry. Louis Trejo Jr. Bobby Mead. Jimmy Lawrence. Rick Rizzo. Dick Pernah. Joel Gerris. Steve Mauer. Rory Lee. Dan Morgan. David Rodriguez Sr. Ross Ingram. Don Hastings. Jim Granger Sr. Cecil "Ceedy" Van Dusen. Frank Marino. Bob Gonya. Chuck Edwards. Keith Hanratty. Skip Dahlin. Ed Brown. Dik Hedlund. Bradford "Sparky" Bement. Jeff Kartak. Dan Fasching. Steve Cherewan. Andy Howe. Geoff Bouchler. Ron Scott. Gary Dupre. Tom Holter. Dan Thayer. Paul Strickland. Edgar Murphy. Brian Lind. John Garden. Jesse Bradley. Susan Ryan Dupre. Neil Judkins. Jeff Hill. Keith Krupp. Tom Hopps.
Some of the groups Danny's Reasons have played with over the years:
The Rolling Stones
Three Dog Night
Country Joe & The Fish
Sly & The Family Stone
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Danny's Reasons has been respected by their peers and honored with awards by many distinguished organizations throughout their incredible five decades of making memorable music. In 1999, Danny Stevens and the Reasons were given the prestigous honor of being officially recognized by the Grammy's for their contributions to the music and entertainment industry.
We hope you see why Danny's Reasons, for the last five decades, has been the number one rock n' roll and show group from the Midwest
For future bookings and purchases of the authentic Danny's Reasons CD- contact Mickey Stevens
Take a ride back in time and listen to Danny's Reasons live at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!