Steve Grams

Inducted in Oct. 2000

Steve Grams was born in Huron, SD. Sept 23, 1948

Steve began playing bass professionally at 17 with a blues and R&B horn band called "The Only Boys", touring and opening concerts for Mitch Ryder, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, The Beach Boys and Paul Revere and the Raiders.

Throughout his college years at University of North Dakota and Mankato (MN) State University, he played in various rock and R&B bands, as well as with acoustic duos or trios.

Moving to Tucson in 1979, Steve joined the roots rock band, Ned Sutton & the Rabbits. In 1981 he joined the legendary party band Los Lasers, also playing blues with 'L Mondo Combo.

Steve's career includes a "who's-who" of top performers: Bo Diddley, Nappy Brown, Big Time Sara, Rainer and Sam Taylor. He was a member of Tom Walker's Boogieman Blues three different times. In addition, he was the original bassist with Tony & the Torpedoes, playing upright bass. Steve played with the Bad News Blues Band and recorded on their second CD, Bad News Indeed, and spent more than two years playing and recording with Kings of Pleasure. He has played on nearly 50 LPs and CDs.

In 1998 Steve was named TAMMIE Bass Player of the Year. Currently he has three bands: KGB, a jumpin', jazzin' piano trio; the honky tonk quintet Rancho Deluxe; and the wild, original Americana roots quartet The Fluffingtons. He also plays acoustic with Danny Krieger, and with the Lisa Otey Band.

Steve has been married to Cheryl Simone for 19 years. He's been overheard more than once claiming that his biggest success has been getting three daughters (Sloane, Anna Mae and Caitlin) through college.

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