The first one that came to mind was "Black Water" by the Doobie Brothers. The ending, the most exciting part of the song, had many different vocal parts that gave a lot of people a chance to show off their singing talent. Now we only had to limit the number of people to a workable number to put on stage. Since the talent show was for fun, and cutting people was out of the question, we had to find another approach.
We chose the name Ooh La La because it sounded like Sha Na Na. The original lineup consisted of Dan Hauser, Keith Grothaus, Larry Wiegele, and Jim Hixenbaugh on vocals, Mike Connell on drums, Dan Shepherd on bass guitar, and Jim Kelly on guitar and vocals. The three songs selected for the talent show were "Runaround Sue" by Dion, "Tell Laura I Love Her" by Paul Peterson, and "Houndog" by Elvis Presley. Ooh La La was the winner of the first Calhoun/Siddall talent show.
Besides playing at all of the areas’ key events and festivals. Ooh La La had opened shows for the who’s who of National Oldies Entertainment as they have come through the Greater Cincinnati area. Acts such as The Rascals, Leslie Gore, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Del Shannon, Jan and Dean, Freddie Cannon, Bo Diddley and others have had Ooh La La open their shows.
Ooh La La played at the Pour House in Oakley on Sunday nights for many years. The first night at the Pour House we were to perform with another band, The Greasers. The advertisements ran on the radio all week. However, The Greasers never showed. So Dan, in his usual wit, repeated what had been on the radio: "Welcome to the Pour House featuring Ooh La La and The Greasers." That infamous line Dan jokingly said on stage that night has stuck ever since!
Led by extraordinary lead vocalists, Brenda and Dan Hauser, soft ballads, authentic pop hits, and wonderful 4 part harmonies are as present as they were during the bands 40 year tenure on stage. Add in Rod Wright on keyboard and vocals, and Jim Kelly on guitar, harmonica, mandolin and vocals, you have a full sound but still offer music where people can talk over as they listen. Of if the spirit moves them to dance then so be it, even if it's in their seats.
If interested in information about booking Ooh La La Unplugged for an upcoming street fair, festival, concert venue, restaurant or lounge, contact Jim Kelly at (513)600-7321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org