A long time member of The Red Dogs, Kent (or Leo as we
called him), represented the heart and soul of the group. A
talented and versatile keyboard and sax player, he was on all
The Red Dog recordings in the 60's. Leo always had an
engaging smile, a warm heart, and was a great friend. He is
sorely missed by all of us.
Leo's father, Dwight, was a major Red Dog supporter,
occasionally flying band members in his private plane from
school (after exams) to a gig several states away.
The Leopold family is still an important part of The Red Dog
Jack grew up in Coffeyville, KS, joining The Limits, which
became The Red Dogs, with Butch Neese. He played
with the group from 1963 and into 1966 and, with Doug,
was an original creator of the swinging saxes. He was
known for his creative sax playing and excellent on-stage
dancing. Jack later played with The Flippers and other
bands in the Kansas and Missouri area. Much later, he
was a regular and toured with the Blue Riddim Band, a
world class reggae band nominated for a Grammy award
in the early 90's. Jack continues playing and writing music
in the Kansas City area.
John was the original Red Dog drummer. From
Bartlesville, OK, he played several years with The Limits
prior to them becoming The Red Dogs and was on the
1965 Red Dog summer tour. A crowd favorite, he was
known for his showy drumming and on stage acrobatics.
He often had his own group of fans at the side of the
stage with their eyes on him. After The Red Dogs he
played with several smaller groups for dances and clubs
in and around Oklahoma. John lived in Stigler, OK and
drums and acrobatics
Bob was the youngest member of The Red Dogs in the
60's. His vocal talent and on-stage showmanship got
everyone's attention.. Not only was he a great singer
but he also played a very good trombone. A natural
vocals and horns
Last but hardly least, is our agent from the 60's, John
Brown. John, also an inductee into the Kansas, Iowa and
South Dakota Music Halls of Fame, was the
owner/operator of Mid-Continent Entertainment, the agency
that booked The Red Dogs and several other premier
show bands of the time. John was just a college student
himself at the time, but it didn't stop him from becoming
the mid-west's premier music agent. He had an
immeasurable impact on the making The Red Dogs a
household name in the mid-west. He was, and still is,
quite the entrepreneur. John is still a big supporter of The
Red Dogs and we consider him a good friend.
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Prior Band Members
The Red Dogs want to acknowledge those who have helped
make our band what it was in the past and what it is today.
Those include our spouses, music teachers, other artists, fans,
friends and last but not least, the musicians who have played
with us. To each of you, a sincere thank you.
vocals, bass guitar
Butch grew up in Coffeyville, KS. He joined The Limits from
Bartlesville OK who later became The Red Dogs. An original
Red Dog, Butch was the band's long time lead vocalist and
bass player. After The Red Dogs Butch played with Southern
Comfort and with The Rising Suns.
To fans Butch was the guy with the vibrant, soulful voice who
always had a smile. To us, he was our dear band mate and
best friend for over four decades. Butch was a gentle man who
approached life with his "let's get her done" attitude. His last
gig was at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas in March, 2011. We
will miss him always.
(deceased Sep, 2015)
|Rich started with the Rising Sons In the summer of 1969 just after high school and played
on weekends for a couple years of college and then full time until 1973. He then moved to
Michigan and went to school in electronics and played in clubs for two years. When his
wife, Sandee, and he were married, he quit the club scene and thought that was the end of
his playing career. Three weeks later, a 23 piece band asked him to join them and he
played with them for nearly six years until he moved back to Kansas. Rich didn't play for
two years because he was recovering from a serious car accident. He then played with a
big band from southeast Kansas until 1996. Rich has played periodically with the
Bartlesville Symphony and with quartets and small ensembles. Butch Neese asked him
to play with The Red Dogs for the induction in Iowa and the Kansas Fair gig in Hutch. Rich
and Sandee have been married since 1974 years and have 3 sons, Todd, Ryan and
Jason. They also have 6 grandchildren. Rich worked for John Deere in the Coffeyville, KS
research lab as the Instrumentation Technician.
We were shocked and very sad when Rich died. He had become a loved member of the
band. Always ready to dedicate his time and efforts, he was a good hearted, easy going
guy whom we all liked. His positive attitude was addictive. He is missed and not forgotten.