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A short introduction to the Morells...

Updated: Feb 6

The Morells are a rock and roll band that formed in Springfield, Missouri in the late 1970's. The band had a unique sound that blends rockabilly, R&B, and country music, which earned them a loyal following over the years. The Morells have released several albums throughout their career, and their music continues to be popular with fans of roots and Americana music. The band traces its roots to The Symptoms, a bar band in Springfield in 1973. The Symptoms evolved into The Skeletons, which then developed into The Morells.

One of the key members of the Morells was bass player Lou Whitney. Whitney was born in 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri, and began playing music in his youth. He moved to Springfield in the early 1970s and became involved in the local music scene. Whitney was known for his skill as a musician and his ability to play a variety of instruments, including bass, guitar, and keyboards. He also had a talent for producing and engineering, and went on to work on many records for other artists in addition to his work with the Morells.

Whitney's contributions to the Morells were significant. His bass playing was an integral part of the band's sound, and he was also a key songwriter and arranger. He co-wrote many of the band's songs, including "Shake and Push," "That Mellow Saxophone," and "She's the One." Whitney was also known for his onstage energy and charisma, which helped to make the Morells a dynamic live act.

In addition to his work with the Morells, Whitney had a long and prolific career as a producer and engineer. He worked with many other artists in the Springfield area, including the Skeletons, Park Central Squares, and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.

Whitney passed away in 2014, but his legacy lives on through his music and his contributions to the Springfield music scene. He was a talented and versatile musician who left a lasting impression on those who knew him and worked with him.


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