Jokers Wild

Jokers Wild

Minnesota garage rock band with a progressive rock sound. Formed in the mid 1960's by Dave Wagner and Gene Balabon who were both former members of The Aardvarks. They underwent several line up changes over the years before getting down to a trio of Lon Knight, Denny Johnson and Pete Huber, then finally ending in 1969. They released 3 singles on Metrobeat and Peak records.

Original members:
Dave Wagner – Vocals
Gene Balabon – Lead guitar
Pete Huber – Drums
Denny Johnson – Bass
Dave Middlemist – Keyboards

In 1967 their manager, David Anthony, organized a change of personnel between Jokers Wild and The Rave-Ons to form a new group called South 40.

Post 1967 Members:
Lonnie Knight – Vocals and Lead Guitar
Bill Jordan – Guitar (replaced by Dale Strength, then Danny Kane)
Denny Johnson – Bass
Pete Huber – Drums
Greg Springer – Keyboards

Lonnie Knight was a member of The Castaways and the Rave-Ons before joining Jokers Wild.


Jokers Wild Discography Tracks


Jokers Wild Liquid Giraffe Shadoks Music Germany 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Jokers Wild All I See Is You / I Just Can't Explain It Metrobeat (2) US 1967 Sell This Version
P-4456 Jokers Wild Because I'm Free / Sunshine(7", Single, Mono) Peak Records (14) P-4456 US 1968 Sell This Version
Jokers Wild Peace Man / Tomorrow (Single) Peak Records (14) US 1969 Sell This Version

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