Big Luke and the Fouresters / Tiny Reed and the Velours / Marble Cake
“Marblecake” was a
band in Kent from 1968 until 1970. They appeared at the Kove on
In 1964, Glenn Lucas, bass
from Lorain, started out to form a band. At the KSU theatre he met
singer Marty Kralik from
In 1966, Glenn got a call from “Tiny” who wanted to start a group doing R&B covers for the annual Talent Show weekend on campus. Tiny got the band a special guest spot, closing the show each night. She brought a guitarist by the name of Marty Davey and in the fall of 1966, Glenn, Bob and Bruce with “Tiny” and Marty formed “The Velours”. No one at those shows had ever heard anything like Alaina “Tiny” Reed. With Bruce now on a B3 organ, the group had the crowds on their feet, dancing in the isles.
L-R: Glenn Lucas, Bob Boettcher, Ken Yovicson, Bruce Rusin
L-R: Bob Boettcher (drums) Glenn Lucas (bass), Bruce Rusin (organ), Tiny Reed (vocals), Ken Yovicson (guitar) – both pictures taken at the Kove.
Following the success at the Talent Show, Marty was able to get the band a gig at the Kove. The start was February, 1967. They played continuously, 5 nights a week, until December, 1968. Crowds on weekend nights of 800 to 1,000 people packed the Kove, a place rated at 250 seating capacity. During the run, Marty decided to enlist in the Army and the original guitarist, Ken Yovicson, was brought in to replace him. In early 1968, another member was added who brought about the name. Steve Foltz, a vocalist from Cleveland who came to JB’s in a Temptations cover group. After hearing the Velours next door, he petitioned to join the group. Now, with 4 white guys backing 2 black front singers, playing all R&B music, “Marblecake” was born. Marblecake did R&B music, Motown, Stax/Volt, and their theme song “With A Little Help From My Friends”.
But the story doesn’t stop in Kent. In January of 1969, the
packed up and headed to
In early 1971, Glenn got another call from Alaina, offering him the gig as bassist in the Mercury National Touring Company of Hair. Joining in March, Glenn was back with Alaina and Ken. Soon after, the opportunity came for Bruce to join the show. The tour lasted until September, 1972, when the show closed. Four of the original five were part of an American iconic legend.
Alaina went on to a marvelous career with lead roles in “Chicago” the musical, “Sgt.
Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club” on Broadway as
well as 12 years in the role of Olivia on Sesame
Street. She starred in the prime-time NBC series “227” with Marla Gibbs of “
Midnight Hour / The Gronk (RoX 1002) 1965
Story and pics courtesy Glenn Lucas