Ron DeWitte

2003 INDUCTEE

Guitarist Ron DeWitte’s first band was called The Tremolos when he was about 13 years old. They performed at the Iowa State Fair. Ron was later a part of the band, The Legends, which has been inducted into the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This evolved into The American Legends, and then Wheatstraw (see Dartanyan Brown’s bio).

Ron would go on to play in Headstone, a popular band in Waterloo. After a stint with the Country-Rock band Redwing, Ron joined The Linn County Band, which had been put back together by keyboardist (and IBHOF member) Stephen Miller after Steve moved back to Iowa following his tenure with Elvin Bishop. After Miller left again, Ron kept the band going, along with Miller’s replacement, Tom “T-Bone” Giblin, who later went on to play with Lonnie Brooks for many years.

Meanwhile, DeWitte would join up with Bobby’s Blue Band for six exciting years. Of course, this band is now called Bob Dorr & the Blue Band.

Ron has continued to perform with various lineups, in addition to working his day job at West Music in Marion for the last 14 years. His band performed at the annual Bluesmore Festival in Cedar Rapids, along with W.C. Clark.

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