- The Reputations -

Hey y'all! This page features my Seattle band, The Reputations (1980 - 87) including Rich Dangel, Jeff Simmons (alias Little Bobby Sumpner/ Darvon Willis), Doug Canning (alias Don Dumont), and one of the greatest drummers of the N.W., Kurt "Koala Bear" Kolstad...plus many others! 










Photo by Saulius Pempe, taken @ Seattle waterfront/1981. 
L to R: Doug Canning, Robbie Jordan, Tim Scott, Rich Dangel, Kurt Kolstad.
Front/center: Bill Franklin, rear: Jeff Simmons.

About The Reps

Conceived by Rich Dangel and Tim Scott, The Reputations band was an R&B/Rock/Blues/Soul/Jazz group made up of the best musicians in the Northwest (a musicians' band) playing slightly more obscure but great covers by classic artists, as well as original compositions by band members. Not content to do tired arrangements of "Mustang Sally", "Knock On Wood" and "Midnight Hour", The Reps repertoire consisted of lesser known but more interesting cuts by artists ranging from Ray Charles, Albert King, James Brown and Wilson Pickett to The Crusaders, Jaco Pastorius, Miles Davis and Horace Silver. The recognition they received from their peers was reflected in their being awarded The Seattle Music Award in 1982 for Best R&B Band. Aside from the many great nationally-known artists they performed with, their audiences were always filled with admiring performers like Robert Cray and his  band, Jr. Cadillac, Diane Schuur, and many others. Their two main objectives were to make quality music and to have fun, the latter always assured due to the spontaneous "stage-side hijinks" of keyboardist/ vocalist Jeff Simmons (aka Little Bobby Sumpner
aka Darvon Willis).

Thursday, December 5, 2002, good friend and N.W. musical pioneer
Rich Dangel passed on, having just celebrated his 60th birthday.
He is dearly missed by friends, family & fans worldwide.

Rich Dangel's obituary

Go to photos of The Reputations & other N.W. artists


 The Reputations: Personnel  (1980-87)
(* denotes Founding Members)

Vocals: Guitar: Keyboards:
Tim Scott*
Jeff Simmons*
Kurt Kolstad*
Jimmy Holden
Rich Dangel*
John Morton

Jeff Simmons*
Nick Allison
Jimmy Holden
Michael Jaap
Bass: Drums: Saxophone
Tim Scott*
Vail Johnson
Rick Houle
Kurt Kolstad*
Ben Smith
Doug Gore
Dan McGee
Bill Franklin*
Robbie Jordan*
Denney Goodhew
Jon Goforth
Trumpet: Trombone: Harmonica:
Ron Soderstrom*
Doug Canning*
Jay Thomas
Julian Priester

Jeff Simmons*

Friends of The Reps:

Photos - Saulius Pempe / Press & Graphics - Dennis Eichorn, Jim Papageorge, Judy Werle, Lori Jacobson / Consulting - Michael Hugo
Sound - Tommy w/ Dynamic Logs, Eric Betten
Booking - John Belmont, Don Consola, Dean Street

Artists who performed with The Reputations:

The Reputations backed up many artists such as: Etta James, Big Joe Turner, Diane Schuur, Robert  Cray, Buddy Miles, Mark Lindsay, Merrilee Rush and The Ventures. Also, N.W. artists such as: Joe Ericson, Bernadette Bascom, Kate Hart, Gloria Weems, Sam Smith, Ron Holden, Johnny Rusk, The Wailers, The Sonics, The Fleetwoods, Don & the Goodtimes, The Kingsmen, Dave Lewis,
Tiny Tony and many more.

They opened shows for Ray Charles, Jr. Wells & Buddy Guy, Jr. Walker
& the All Stars, Johnny Winter and others.

Some venues performed by The Reputations:

Central Tavern, Rainbow Tavern, Dez's 400, Buffalo Tavern, Golden Crown, Scarlet Tree, Hibble & Hydes, Swedish Club, Larry's Greenfront, The Backstage, Parker's Ballroom, Bumbershoot '82, '83, '84 - Seattle, WA.  Evergreen State College - Olympia, WA. Detour Tavern - Renton, WA. Mr. Steak - Whidbey Is, WA. Holiday Inn - Bremerton, WA. Pete's Tavern - Bellingham, WA. Cornwall Hotel - Bellingham, WA. Nendel's Inn - Corvallis, OR. Cactus Pete's - Jackpot, NV. Stratford Inn - Vancouver, B.C.

 Partial Reps Song List:

You're Gonna Need Me - Albert King
Candido - Jimmy Hanna & the Dynamics
Givin' It Up For Your Love - Delbert McClinton
Rumpus - Jeff Simmons
Mother-in-Law - Ernie K. Doe
Come On, Come Over - Jaco Pastorius w/ Sam & Dave
Compared To What - Ray Charles
I've Got News For You - Ray Charles
Mean Old Lady - King Biscuit Boy
Walkin' By Myself - Paul Butterfield
I've Got a Bag of My Own - James Brown
Dear Dad - Little Richard

Sleepwalk - Santo & Johnny
International Playboy - Wilson Pickett
Swamp Dog - The Crusaders
Nutville - Horace Silver
Four - Miles Davis
Moment's Notice - John Coltrane
Barefootin' - Robert Parker
Flash In The Pan - Tower of Power
She's Lookin' Good - Roger Collins
Sleepwalk - Santo & Johnny
I Love You (More Than You'll Ever Know) - Donny Hathaway
Messin' With The Kid - Jr. Wells
Rumpus - Jeff Simmons

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