Teegarden & Van Winkle

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Skip ‘Knape’ VanWinkle 1971

Teegarden & Van Winkle were an American musical duo, composed of Skip Knape (electronic organ, organ pedal bass, vocals), and David Teegarden (drums, vocals). Formed in Tulsa, they took their folksy rock to Detroit.

Their single "God, Love and Rock & Roll", which borrowed heavily from "Amen", peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. Their single "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright" (aka "Shoes"), released the same year, was covered by, among others, The Temptations on their "Live At London's Talk of the Town" album. The duo occasionally worked with Bob Seger, appearing live at his concert and producing an album with Seger and guitarist Michael Bruce. Teegarden later appeared as the drummer in Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band, recording four further albums with Seger.

In 1972-1973, while Teegarden toured with Bob Seger, Knape put his own full band together consisting of horns and female vocals. Sheila "Shea" Chambers and Shaun Murphy (also known as Stoney Reese) were vocalists in Knape's band, as well as pre-RCA Victor recording artist Dan Schafer on guitar and vocals with Jim Langois on drums, Dave Heater on sax, Steve Bassett on the organ, and Jack Muncie on trumpet.

Skip VanWinkle Band 1972

In the early 1990s, former Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger formed a trio called The Robby Krieger Organization featuring Knape on electric organ and organ pedal bass and Dale Alexander on drums and backing vocals.

Teegarden & Van Winkle reunited for another album, Radioactive, in 1997.

In 2012, Knape was working and recording with the Stronghold Rockin Blues Quest in Southern California. He can be seen in the Strong Rhythm and Blues Quartet's video "Big Girl" featuring Chuck Strong on drums and vocals. In 2016, Van Winkle began performing every Tuesday night at Bergie's steakhouse in Santa Clarita, California.



  • Evening at Home with Teegarden & Van Winkle (Plumm, 1968)
  • But Anyhow (Atco, 1969)
  • Teegarden & Van Winkle with Bruce (Westbound, 1970)
  • Roadies (Westbound, 1970)
  • On Our Way (Westbound, 1972)
  • Experimental Groundwork (Westbound, 1973)
  • Radioactive (1997)


  • "God, Love and Rock & Roll" / "Work Me Tomorrow" (Plumm/Westbound, 1970)
  • "Everything Is Going To Be Alright" / "You Do" (Westbound, 1970)
  • "Passing Gas" / "Ride Away (With Me)" (Westbound, 1971)
  • "Carry On (With You)" / "Ride Away (With Me)" (Westbound, 1971)