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Subject: Archive: Steve Wahrer, Jan.21, 1989

Drummer & lead singer, The Trashmen
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Date Posted: Monday, January 21, 11:53:09am

Musician. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Wahrer was the drummer and a vocalist for the music group, The Trashmen.

Formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1962, the other members included lead guitarist Tony Andreason, guitarist and vocalist Dan Winslow, and bassist Bob Reed. They were known for their styles of Rock & Roll, Surf, Garage Rock, and Frat Rock music.

Formerly known as Jim Thaxter & The Travelers, they recorded the single, "Sally Jo/"Cyclone", before changing there name. Their many reordings include, "Sleeper", "Dancin' With Santa", "Kuk", "Bird Bath", "Misirlou", "King Of The Surf", "Henrietta", "Tube City", "Real Live Doll", " My Woodie", "Money (That's What I Want)", and "Whoa! Dad", but they are probably best known for their 1964 hit single, "Surfin' Bird."

The song landed on the Top Ten music charts and became the group's biggest hit. The group disbanded in 1967 and pursued other options, but got back together in the 1980s. Wahrer continued his career in music with both the Trashmen and a variety of other music groups in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, until his death from throat cancer at the age of 47.

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