Do you recognize these handsome musicians? It’s not the Beatles. They played street dances, school dances and their record was on the jukebox at Knight’s Dairy Bar. It’s DJ and the Minors, later known as the Beethoven Four.
While they were in high school in the mid-1960s Mayor Cecil Phillips blocked off Second Street on Wednesdays for street dances and DJ and the Minors played there often. They also played the Riviera Club in Flint, the roller rink in Bay City and they’d play battle of the bands anywhere they could.
Jeff Kinne and Don Morton were the songwriters. Kinne was the leader singer and drummer. Henry was rhythm guitar, Anderson played bass guitar and Morton played lead guitar and all three sang back up harmony.
They made a record of two of their songs “Oh Pretty Baby” and “I’m Leaving Today” and sold 250 copies locally.
Henry was killed in Binh Duong, Vietnam on September 19, 1969 when he was just 20. Anderson has also passed away. Morton and Kinne live in Harrison today so stop them and grab their autograph if you see them!
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