Charlie Koenig

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One of the most essential mini-groupings within the music industry is comprised of individuals who can honestly boast "I drive the band and I drive the van." Requirements to join said club are few, vital,…
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One of the most essential mini-groupings within the music industry is comprised of individuals who can honestly boast "I drive the band and I drive the van." Requirements to join said club are few, vital, and perhaps indicative of mental illness: mastery of a rhythm section instrument and ownership of a large roadworthy vehicle to be made available on a regular basis to a touring musical ensemble. Bassist Charlie Koenig is a member of this elite, providing the harmonic spine for the song shenanigans of a group known as the Korn Kobblers and also driving them in his truck to every gig they did between the late '30s and mid-'50s. The group ruled primitive pop charts, arriving at the position out of breath due to the zany competition of groups such as the Hoosier Hot Shots. Just playing a bass in this type of novelty or hokum band would never be enough, no matter how many driving miles might be logged in the process. Koenig spent much time arranging striking clothing presentations, either smoked a pipe constantly on-stage or pretended to as a gag, did impressions of Harry Houdini that required performing magic tricks, and even soloed on tuned gas-pipes, decades ahead of Stomp.