In 1967-68 the Screaming Eagles Combo aka Egyptian Combo was flying from base camp to base camp entertaining the soldiers in Vietnam - four from Southern Illinois along with five other great musicians. Left to right: Wesley Jones, Eddie Owen, Ellis Mc Kenzie, Royce Patterson, Bobby Perino, Lloyd Rainey, (front row) Rick Linton, Terry Stewart, Butch Nevious. Photo was taken in Hue, Vietnam.
DOUG LINTON A Celebration of life.
Herrin Civic Center / this Sunday February 28th Starts at 2:00 PM
The mezzanine area will feature video of Doug's life. Those who would like to share stories with us will be encouraged to do so. Drinks, food and refreshments will be available. There will be acoustic performances by some of the region’s best musicians: Jim Epperheimer & Josh Chapman 2-3 / Dave Clark, Greg Clutts & Joe Norris 5-6
In the Auditorium five bands will perform: • FlatLine 2-2:40 • Killer Pimps 3-3:40 • ThunderBox 4-4:40 • One Finger Flying 5-5:40 • Gun Runner 6-7
$10.00 admission / Children under 10 years - Free. Please Come say hello to friends, musicians & family and Share Your Memories of Doug!
The guys are back!!! Former members of Gun Runner came in from four states today for rehearsal and preparation for next Sunday's appearance at Doug Linton's Celebration of Life. Doug loved these guys and always wanted to get them together for a reunion jam so it will be a fitting tribute! Be sure to see them next Sunday afternoon - the 28th at the Herrin Civic Center.
Come join us for a Celebration of Doug's Life at the Herrin Civic Center - Sunday February 28th - starts at 2pm - The mezzanine area will feature a video of Doug's life along with acoustic performances by some of the region’s best musicians. Drinks, food and refreshments will be available. Friends and family are encouraged to come share stories and remembrances. Acoustic acts: • Jim Epperheimer & Josh Chapman 2-3 • Shane West & Jay Parton 3:30-4:30 • Dave Clark, Greg Clutts & Joe Norris 5-6
The Main Stage will feature 5 great bands • FlatLine 2-2:40 • Killer Pimps 3-3:40 • ThunderBox 4-4:40 • One Finger Flying 5-5:40
• Gun Runner (Reunion) 6-7
Lost my brother this morning. He had been battling cancer since November and lost the fight about 5:15 am this morning. We all hated that he suffered for the past two months however Doug did have the chance to say goodbye to his family and dozens of his family of musicians. Although we were slowly losing him, it was wonderful to see how many people loved him and took the time to travel from points all over the country to visit before his passing. Doug and I performed on stage... together thousands of times for over 50 years covering many of miles and dozens of cities. We brought Doug into the Egyptian Combo at the tender age of fourteen and he became hooked on music forever. Doug played in several groups over the years including Prana and Gun Runner. He played his last performance in October with Tim Montgomery and Lloyd Rainey with a newly formed Band 64. We will all miss his quick wit, his vocals and bass licks. I’ll always miss my little brother.
Combo setting up on a shipping pallet at an airbase in Vietnam in 1968 - we played many types of venues - performing outside in the heat to inside with stages like the Bien Hoa Airbase nightclub.
Lloyd Rainey, Rick Linton, Ellis Mc Kenzie and Butch Nevious were part of the 101st Airborne Division (all from Southern Illinois) - We covered most of Vietnam in two Huey helicopters and entertained the troops at fire bases, med-evacs, airbases and ships throughout the country in 1967 and 1968. Sargent Danny Jaynes was our Manager/Officer in charge. Although we were not supposed to be combat soldiers, we were part of the parameter guard during the Tet Offensive at Bien Hoa Airbase when it was overrun by an NVA battalion for which we were awarded the bronze star. The group also received the Army Commendation medal for our service as the Combo.
Thanks to Audrey Bernstein, Mayor Mitchell, Wayne Purdy and all the folks who put so much time and effort into the Zeigler Centennial! Because of concern about chances of rain, the Combo was allowed to perform in the current home of Foot of The Cross church. Great crowd, lots of old friends - we had a blast! Thanks to everyone who came and joined us for a few hours of fun!
The Combo will be back in action Saturday June 21st at Marion American Legion - music starts at 7:30pm. We have some new tunes and you'll want to hear Tim's new knee - really kicks! • We will return to Lake Zone Lounge July 26th • We will be playing at the Zeigler Centennial August 30th and • the Fairfield Fall Festival September 13th