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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Lou Rennau's former band mate offers touching tribute

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  • With sadness
    It is with sadness that I learned of the passing of Louis Rennau, Lou to me. As a young man of 16, I left home with three other young men to pursue a dream shared by many young men and women today, to be rock stars.
    I was fortunate to fall in with young men that came from good families with good moral values and Lou and my brothers in music colored my upbringing and life.
    Few will know much about Lou. He was a star minor league baseball player before knee injuries sidelined him and he turned to music. Lou was responsible for taking a small town band and building it into a musical force and business enterprise.
    Goldilocks (Lou) and The Three Bears climbed the stairs to stardom and became rock stars performing with the Righteous Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner, Linn Barry, The Dovells, Paul and Paula, Dick and Dee Dee the Dovells, Question Mark and the Mysterions and Betty Everett. They developed a huge sound of their own, unique and traveled to Los Angeles with Mike Marx of Marx and Associates and Met Sonny Bono then with Atlantic Records. The band was offered key jobs and a recording contract with Atlantic and was poised to explode on the music scene. Many believed that they were the next Beatles and I believed would have been had it not been for that one bad business decision.
    The Band returned to Missouri and to this day I still do not understand why. With investors they built a recording company from the ground up and a booking agency and slowly fell apart. Over the years we lost Max Smith to the disease of depression and now Lou. Few people will remember his accomplishments but they were significant and he was significant in my life and the lives of others as well. In later years some mental illness limited him but he has left us to a better place and a heavenly choir.
    As for the band he is survived by Ted Hardy, vocalist, and me, Tom Smith, lead guitar. I still perform Christian pop-rock at Turning Point in St. Augustine, Florida. Please join me in a moment of silence for a good man and an unrecognized rock star that changed the lives of many and brought joy to so many more. Thanks.
    Sincerely,
    Tom Smith
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