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Rocken Horse circa 1981...
Clockwise from left: Glenn Reyna, guitar; Bobby Price, drums;
Kenny Silvestri,
guitar; Jimmy Koranda, bass

AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK:
Chicago's Local Rock
By Van Pudlo & Joe Ziemba
1982 Toris Productions

Rocken Horse

A rock 'n' roll band in the tradition of fellow Midwestern rockers REO Speedwagon and Styx, Rocken Horse continues the harmony-laden, good-feeling rock 'n' roll this area has been known for. Together since 1975, this four-man band is dedicated to perfecting its art, and nothing less will do - which is one reason why they helped produce their debut album, Rocken Roll, along with Scott Rowley.

Despite shaky marketing by the record company, this album was well received and garnered the band some airplay and prestigious gigs, like 1981's ChicagoFest - on the same bill with Billy Squier. Talk about exposure! It seemed like half the people of Chicago were on Navy Pier at the time, enthusiastically embracing Rocken Horse.

Rather than bend to club-owners who demand copy material, Rocken Horse plays only their original tunes at well-publicized, well-produced shows. Each Rocken Horse show is an event, not just a job, and that attitude comes across. With little advance notice, their January 17, 1981, gig at the Sherwood Club near Chicago attracted more than 800 people.

Rocken Horse is Glenn Reyna, guitar and vocals; Ken Silvestri, guitar and vocals; Jim Koranda, bass and vocals; and Bob Price, drums and vocals. All write, separately and together. With four talented singers, Rocken Horse lays on the harmonies with the best of them. From ballads to rockers, Rocken Horse can handle any style.

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