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August 31, 2017

Bodies Flip City - History and The Bands of Bodies, Warrensburg, MO Founded Feb. 10, 1976

Bodie's Flip City
126 W Pine St
Warrensburg, Missouri
Bodies - Video Link "Tribute to a Friend" 
Bodie's Warrensburg, MO
West Pine Street

September 1987 Bodie's - Cheap Trick Joined Rampage on the Stage at Bodie's

breakfast-of-champions-warrensburg-bodies-2016 Some of the musicians and bands that performed at Bodies over the past 40 years.

Mister Smith, Bodies, Warrensburg, MO

The Nace Brothers Band

The Broadway Clique
Diamond Jim, Warrensburg, MO Bodies

Diamond Jim

Phillip Sullins, photo by Mike Bodenhamer

Memorial Concert Held
Phillip Michael "Sully" Sullins Died May 1, age 28. Warrensburg, MO

Diamond Jim stays togetherTribute to a FriendBy Tim McGawBefore Phil Sullins passed away, an outdoor concert was already planned for the middle of May to celebrate Diamond Jim’s fourth anniversary together.  They had just gained considerable exposure in the KY-102 Rock Showdown, which led to a local radio special and at least three concert dates with Cole Tuckey.

But when the tragic news spread, people showed a genuine concern, Mike Delaney, Mark Warnick, and a local disc jockey, Jerry Schwemmer, put their heads together and arranged a memorial concert May 15. (1977).
Five bands –Storm Crow, the Jones Brothers, Sweet Medicine band, Lost Canyon Drifters, and the Jolly Brothers Band—offered their services.  1500 tickets were printed, 100 kegs of beer were secured, and volunteers were recruited.
Despite low-key promotion of the event, authorities expected huge crowds to swarm Warrensburg. Officials made a failing effort to bring an injunction against the concert, and the Johnson county Memorial Hospital was fully staffed that Sunday, should the event get out of hand.
The concert went smooth, however, and the Warrensburg Daily-Star Journal carried this item on the front page the next day. 
"An estimated crowd of more than 1,000 persons gathered on a farm just west of Warrensburg yesterday for an all-day concert dedicated to Phillip M. Sullins, lead singer for the local band, Diamond Jim, who was killed earlier this month in a traffic accident.  Local authorities reported few problems associated with the event, and only two arrests. A 15 year-old was taken into custody for possession of beer and another man arrested as he directed traffic leaving the concert scene while wearing only a single tennis shoe."
About 1700 people paid admission to the concert. After two rain showers, 12 hours of fine music (Diamond Jim left the stage about three o’clock Monday morning). And an undetermined amount of hours of beer-drinking, the concert was a success.  From the profits $800 will be used to establish a perpetual memorial scholarship fund in Phil’s name, and $100 will be used to purchase flowers on Memorial Day.  The family will receive funds to help cover costs, and the rest will go to Diamond Jim, which is probably just how Sully would’ve liked it.

1977 Tribute to Phil "Sully" Sullins, Diamond Jim, Lead Singer, Warrensburg, Mo.
Phil Sullins Guitar - thanks Mike Bodenhamer

Phillip Michael Sullins, Nov. 30, 1948 - Died May 1, 1977
Beloved Son and Brother
"Diamond Jim Band" 

PHILLIP SULLINS WARRENSBURG, Mo. Funeral services for Phillip Sullins, 27. of Warrensburg will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hoidren Chapel here. The body will be sent to Carmichael - Whatley Funeral Directors where services are pending. Mr. Sullins died Sunday at Warrensburg following a traffic accident. He was a musician and had lived at Warrensburg 10 years. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Homburg of Port Huron. Mich. 
Birth: Nov. 30, 1948
Death: May 1, 1977

Burial: Miami Cemetery Miami, Roberts County, Texas
Find A Grave Memorial# 78232926

Diamond Jim, Rosewood, Natch, Springfield Connection, Broadway Clique, Sundance, Stormcrow

Bill Grigsby Nite, Bodie's Flip City, Warrensburg, MO
Mike and Donna

Diamond Jim

Rif Raf at Bodie's 1990

Green Lemon and The Mississippi Flapjacks, Bodies, Warrensburg, MO

Nace Brothers

The Lucky Dogs

Luehrman, Shaffer & Check, Warrensburg, MO

Tony Shaffer: Epiphone EJ-200 Guitar, Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar, Dobro, Harmonica, Lap Steel, Mandolin, 4-String Banjo, Ukelele. Tony also plays pedal steel guitar and guitar with The Auctioneers, country music legend Leroy Van Dyke's band (The Auctioneer, Just Walk On By)

John Check: Electric Upright Bass, Sousaphone, Trombone, Clarinet. John's dad is a legendary polka band leader and composer from Wisconsin.

Mick Luehrman: Taylor and Martin Acoustic Guitars (hey guys I'm ready to do an endorsement!), Slide Guitar, Mid-Missouri Mandolin, Cornet. Mick was founder of the band Diamond Jim and a member of Mr. Smith and The Hummin' Birds.

All of us are teachers at University of Central Missouri. Tony teaches writing and critical thinking. Mick teaches art. John teaches music and music theory.

In terms of style, our music is an eclectic mixture of old time jazz, swing, country, and blues. Americana is probably the category that fits us best. More than half of our set list on any given night is original, though we could do an entire three-hour performance of original music if we chose to. We try to vary our set lists so that folks that come to see us often hear different tunes.

The Lucky Dogs, Warrensburg, MO

Puddle of Mudd

Mickey Rat

Steve Bob Rich
The Rainmakers were formed in 1983 as a three-piece bar band called 'Steve, Bob and Rich,' which "quickly became popular throughout the Midwest," according to one Amazon review.[1] They released one album, Balls,under this name. The addition of drummer Pat Tomek allowed Walkenhorst to switch to guitar and assume the role of frontman. The band changed their name to The Rainmakers when they were signed to Polygram by A&Rman Peter Lubin.
The band's self-titled 1986 debut album received good reviews in the U.S. entertainment media (Newsweek magazine dubbed it "the most auspicious debut album of the year") and reached No. 87 on the U.S. Billboard album chart. The band made a fan of horror author Stephen King, who quoted the band's lyrics in his novels The Tommyknockers and Gerald's Game.[2] The album, however, achieved its greatest commercial success overseas. In the United Kingdom, the single "Let My People Go–Go", (a song based on the American Negro spiritual anthem "Go Down Moses"), broke into the Top 20 in the UK Singles Chart.[2][3]
Their follow-up album, 1987's Tornado, peaked at #116 on the U.S. chart.[4] The Rainmakers released one more studio album, 1989's The Good News and The Bad News, and one live album, 1990's Oslo-Wichita Live, which were successful in Europe, but did not chart in the US. The band broke up after the release of the live album, which was only issued in Europe.
However, Scandinavian interest in their music remained high, so they reformed and released a new album, Flirting with the Universe, in 1994. The album achieved the equivalent of gold record status in Norway in one month.[2] Ruth left the band and was replaced by new bassist Michael Bliss, and one more album, Skin, followed in 1996. The band issued one further track in 1998, a collaboration with Brewer & Shipley in a new version of "One Toke Over the Line", before they broke up again.
In 2011, the Rainmakers reformed, with bassist Rich Ruth returning to the group in place of Bliss, while longtime guitarist Steve Phillips was replaced by Jeff Porter. On March 5, the band was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame[citation needed] with a ceremony and concert at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas. The following week, the band's album, 25 on, was released on March 14. At the end of March, the band returned to Norway for a two-week tour. The band played two shows (May 14–15) at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City.[5]
In 2014, the Rainmakers released the album Monster Movie and in June the same year, they performed on Sweden Rock Festival.

The Hummin Birds

Kosher  Self Control

Broadway Clique

Rock n Billy

Betty Jean Bodenhamer, 87, Wellington, Mo., died Jan. 4, 2013.She was born in Warrensburg. On May 28, 1948, Betty married Jack C. Bodenhamer of Warrensburg. He preceded her in death Oct. 19, 1987. Betty was a homemaker and a past employee of Wellington Bank. She retired in 1985. She also was a member of the Wellington Baptist Church, a past member of Dirt Daubers Garden Club and the Wellington R-9 PTA. Survivors include sons Larry Bodenhamer and his wife, Karen, Kansas City, Mo., and Mike Bodenhamer and his wife, Donna, Warrensburg; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Betty was preceeded in death by her parents; a daughter, Sandra Zeysing; and a brother, Robert J. Semple. Memorial contributions can be made to the Jack C. Bodenhamer Memorial Scholarship through the UCM Foundation, Smiser Alumni Center, Warrensburg, Mo. 64093.
Jack C. Bodenhamer, 101st Airborne, Parachuted at Night during the Sieige of Bastogne. The 101st Airborne Division's casualties from 19 December 1944 to 6 January 1945 were 341 killed, 1,691 wounded, and 516 missing


Anonymous said...

How do you know someone is from Warrensburg? They know that "BODIES" is pronounced with a long "O".

Anonymous said...

I was there, back in the day, with Sweet Medicine Band and probably some other band incarnations before I left for KCMO. Whatever happened to Willie Woods?