The Ardells

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There have been several bands called the Ardells.

Steve Miller's Band[edit]

The Ardells was a band started by Steve Miller in 1961 when he attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In the fall of 1962, Steve lived in a rooming house at 515 North Henry St. in Madison and also pledged the Chi Psi fraternity on fraternity row near Langdon St. Steve taught another fellow student, Jos Davidson, to play rhythm guitar and then bass, and formed a campus band: Steve Miller and the Ardells. Steve was featured on guitar, vocals and harp, and played a version of Texas shuffle blues that hadn't been heard in the upper Midwest. Also featured in the band were a local 16-year-old high school piano player named Brian Friedman, and Ron Boyer a drummer who worked a day job as a manager in a local Kelly's Hamburger drive in. The band played mostly the University party circuit, plus a few gigs in Madison and local clubs and a couple of concerts and the Dane County Fairgrounds. Later, Davidson joined Corky Siegel and Jim Schwall and was the bassist for the Siegel-Schwall Band from 1964 to 1967.

Later, at the end of the 62-63 school year, Steve left Madison and came down to Chicago. There, Steve (vocals, guitar, bass) was accompanied by Boz Scaggs (rhythm guitar, vocals),[1] Micheal Krusing (lead guitar, bass), Denny Berg (vocals, guitar, bass), Ron Boyer (drums), Ben Sidran (keyboards). The group performed at local clubs in Chicago's Old Town and burgeoning blues scene through 1965 and covered a variety of song styles from the 50's and 60's, including Texas blues, rhythm & blues and solid rock 'n' roll. Three part vocal harmony by Miller, Scaggs and Berg was their trademark and made them one of the premier groups on campus. Steve Miller went on to form the Steve Miller Band, Boz Scaggs has an extremely distinguished vocal career[2] and Ben Sidran became a professor of music as well as a major force in the modern day history of jazz and rock & roll.[3] Micheal Krusing settled down to have a family and Ron Boyer runs The Village Green bar and tavern in Middleton, WI along with his wife and children..

Florida Band[edit]

The Ardells was a band from West Palm Beach, Florida that had been together since 1959. They were originally The R-Dells (aka Ardells). Their name changed to The American Beetles in '64, and then The Razor's Edge in '66. They had a one-off single as The Tones.

Pennsylvania Band[edit]

"The Ardells" was another band from Chester, Pennsylvania formed in the early '60's by members Dave Hentosh and Sal Cardile. An instrumental recording by the band, "Stronger Than Dirt", appears on the garage band compilation album titled "Tougher Than Stains" and has received limited airplay on a few retro radio stations playing garage band music.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-08. Retrieved 2008-03-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Boz Scaggs - Fade Into Light - Biography Archived 2008-03-21 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Ben Sidran - Biography #1