Silver Laughter

Silver Laughter

Silver Laughter was born in the fall of 1969 in Davenport, Ia. The band would eventually play over 1,700 gigs over ten years throughout every corner of Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, as well as western Canada. The nine musicians that eventually played in Silver Laughter had all been teenage friends. The band would also record two albums of original material from which six singles were spawned.

The band was originated by Jon Ludtke (guitar/lead singer) and Steve Elliott (bass/lead singer). John Carstensen (lead guitar) and Jon’s brother Kim (Slim) Ludtke (drums) were incorporated within months to complete the original band. With the strong lead singing of Jon and Steve, Silver Laughter had an instant following in the Quad Cities, as the band played covers of some of the 60’s most illustrious rock bands, including the Beatles, the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, Cream, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. Some of the early gigs included the Hullabaloo in Moline, Ill - a left-over vintage teen club of the 1960’s complete with go-go cages, and the famous Col Ballroom in Davenport.

From its inception Silver Laughter focused on vocals and harmony, matched with the power of a driving rhythm section and lead guitar. During these early years, the band wrote and performed a few originals which became favorites of their fans.


Silver Laughter Discography


Silver Laughter Handle With Care (Album) Fanfare (7) US 1976 Sell This Version
Silver Laughter Sailing On Fantasies (Album) Fanfare (7) US 1978 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

FANFARE 4062 Silver Laughter Take My Money(7") Fanfare (7) FANFARE 4062 US 1976 Sell This Version
4072 Silver Laughter Lover(7") Fanfare (7) 4072 US 1977 Sell This Version
4076 Silver Laughter Don't Feel Bad / Turn It Down (You're Too Loud)(7", Single) Fanfare (7) 4076 US 1978 Sell This Version


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September 3, 2013
Although this is a very good song, it is not representative of the rest of the music on the "Sailing On Fantasies" album. This was the only song written and sung by drummer, Paul Staack". The rest of the tunes are Ludtke - Orton compositions with the exception of two by lead guitarist, Ken Wiles.

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