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The Rainmakers


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information: besides the rock band from Kansas City there is a folk band from Victoria, Australia with the same name.

The Rainmakers were a Kansas City, Missouri-based original rock band, fronted by Bob Walkenhorst, which had a small string of hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s in the United States and Europe, especially Norway.

The Rainmakers were formed in 1983 as a three-piece bar band called ‘Steve, Bob and Rich,’ which „quickly became popular throughout the Midwest,“ according to one Amazon. com review.[1] They released one album, Balls, under this name. The addition of drummer Pat Tomek allowed Walkenhorst to switch to guitar and assume the role of frontman. The band changed their name to The Rainmakers when they were signed to Polygram by A&R man Peter Lubin.

The band’s self-titled 1986 debut album received positive reviews in the U.S. entertainment media including Newsweek magazine, which dubbed it „the most auspicious debut album of the year,“ and reached #87 on the U.S. Billboard album chart. The band made a fan of horror writer Stephen King, who quoted the band’s lyrics in his novels The Tommyknockers and Gerald’s Game.[2] The album, however, achieved its greatest commercial success overseas. In the United Kingdom, the single „Let My People Go-Go“ broke into the Top 20 in the UK Singles Chart.[2][3]

Their follow-up album, 1987’s Tornado, peaked at #116 on the U.S. chart.[4] The Rainmakers released one more studio album, 1989’s The Good News and The Bad News, and one live album, 1990’s Oslo-Wichita Live, which were successful in Europe.




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  • willcoll2

    "Older than I used to be, younger than I'm gonna be, Fewer things puzzle me than when I was young..."

    31. Aug. 2012 Antworten
  • Skrappy44

    New CD entitled "25 On" is now out. Available through iTunes and Amazon has the .mp3 version. The band is now on tour. Check out http://www.rainmakers.com.

    25. Mär. 2011 Antworten
  • Tarfire

    I don't remember what I was looking for but I found "Spend it on love" video on Youtube and was really impressed by these guys! I find them one of the best band I've ever heard!

    25. Okt. 2010 Antworten
  • txmilligan

    One of the best groups I've ever heard. Way underrated. The Good News and the Bad News is one of the 10 albums I will ALWAYS have.

    15. Sep. 2010 Antworten
  • PerSemb

    These guys introduced (along with Aerosmith) me to rock when I was 11 or something!

    13. Mai. 2009 Antworten
  • leotlion

    Huge fan, sharp lyrics, great technical work, and love Bob's voice !! Seen them 5 times in concert, even to the point of finding The Lion's Den in Knob Noster MO!!

    7. Feb. 2009 Antworten
  • Lubricio

    Small circles :)

    9. Jan. 2009 Antworten
  • ekesner

    Waaay underrated

    14. Nov. 2008 Antworten
  • jerdacuttupman

    Great band, better than I realized at the time. Bob Walkenhorst is better than ever, do yourselves a favour and check out his brilliant free shows at archive.org

    12. Feb. 2008 Antworten



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