During the recording of “Sailing on Fantasies”, we met recording engineer, Frank Wiewel at his Westminst’r Sound studio in Otho, IA. His band, The Hawks, were a very popular studio band at the time and were finally inducted into the Iowa R&R Hall of Fame in 2007.
“…The self-titled debut album “Hawks” was cut at West Minist’r Sound, mixed at The Record Plant in Los Angeles and released in 1981. Two singles from that album charted. “Right Away” was #63 on Hot 100 Billboard 1981. “It’s All Right It’s OK” hit #32 Billboard Mainstream Rock 1981.The second album, “30 Seconds Over Otho,” was released in 1982. A third album, “Perfect World Radio,” was released in 2003, not on the Columbia label but on ‘Not Lame Records.’…”
Do I sound bitter? Maybe a little. Although I am glad that Sunday Social (Art’s band) and The Hawks (Frank’s band) both got the attention of the organization, it is disappointing that they continually ignore the contribution that Silver Laughter made to the Iowa music scene. Apparently, Kim Ludtke, has been trying to get us in for years, but so far with no luck.