The Do's & The Don'ts
Cedar Rapids Rock 'N' Roll Band
The article, The Escorts Back In Spotlight Again by Ann Scholl Boyer, was printed in The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on July 30, 1997. It announced the induction of The Escorts, later known as The Do's & Don'ts, a popular live band, into the Iowa Rock 'N' Roll Music Association's Hall of Fame. This article has been reproduced in it's entirety with written permission granted by the Gazette reprint editor. Reprinted with permission (c) 2004 The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The Escorts back in spotlight again Author: Ann Scholl Boyer
"I just like to play any chance I get," Zelda adds.
When Dick got the band bug, he was playing Glenn Miller music with fellow musicians at the University of Iowa. He played an upright bass. "Rock 'n' roll was just starting to become known," he recalls.
A musician friend who was playing in a popular local band at the time told Dick he had to learn to play rock 'n' roll if he wanted to make money as a musician. Dick followed his friend's advice, getting together to learn the new music form in his dorm room with his next door neighbor Dick Burns.
"We were having fun with it. It was new to me," Dick Sherman recalls.
The two men grabbed Roger Booth, a drummer in the Hawkeye Marching Band. Zelda joined the group after Dick gave her an organ for Valentine's Day in 1962. That summer, she started playing with the band.
"I only played organ in church," Zelda recalls. "From that, my husband assumed if I could do that, I could play in a rock 'n' roll band. I didn't know anything about playing in a rock band."
Today, the group includes the Shermans' son, Rick, on drums; Frank Glaser, of Hiawatha, on guitar. Larry Smith, of Cedar Rapids, plays trumpet and keyboard.
Roger Booth has been playing with the group recently and will play with The Escorts when it performs Aug. 31 at the Roof Garden ballroom in Arnolds Park. The Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in its first year, is located at the Roof Garden.
The Escorts now play Top 40 country, rock 'n' roll from the 1950s and 1960s and "everything in between," Dick says.
Their son Rick, 36, began playing with the group when he was a junior in high school.
"He wasn't very advanced at the time," Zelda recalls. But Rick was dependable so his parents asked if he wanted to join them all the time. "He's a joy to work with," Zelda says.
Caption: The Escorts will be inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in August. Original members are (from left) the late Dick Burns, Dick Sherman, Roger Booth, and Zelda Sherman. See more pictures of the band.
Picture on the left: Past and present members of The Escorts, later called the Do's and Don'ts, include (from left) Dick Sherman, Larry Smith (Now Deceased), Zelda Sherman, Rick Sherman, Frank Glaser, and Roger Booth (Now Deceased).
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