1963 when the idea of starting a group came about the only one with any musical background was Roy (Pinky) Herschleb. Pinky had been playing drums in the school band for some time, but as for the other three, Hugh Kraemer, Tom Cafferty and Chris Nelson, it would be bloodied fingers, hours of practice and determination.
As the musicianship grew so did the image as well. The MoreTishans would not only work their songs to perfection, but also the way they looked: wearing matching suits. The posters, the pictures, the top of line equipment and last but not lest the hearses; of which over time there would be three.
Management? Back in the sixties the venue for live music was big business with over more than likely three hundred clubs, school dances, ballrooms etc. The competition was intense and Doc Lee would prove to be a fierce competitor in the field of entertainment. The MoreTishans would soon find themselves traveling the entire state of Minnesota and all surrounding states, logging thousands of miles a year. In the spring of 1965 the group was graduating high school.
Well, so the summer of 65 is upon the MoreTishans and there's plenty of work to go around before college starts and it’s time to buckle down. As the summer comes to a close and the new school year is upon us, all four of the group have enrolled in college but the MoreTishans are now playing the college circuit. And by now their skills as musicians are honed to a tee. Over the next year it would be schoolwork during the week and rock & roll on the weekends. A tough schedule for most, yes, but this bunch is driven, not just by rock & roll but by life and all it has to offer.
1967 would prove to be a major break through with the writing of, by high school classmate Marc LeBoutillier and recording of (I’ve got) Nowhere To Run on a local record label. The first blow the MoreTishans would take came in 1967 when Tommy, lead guitar and vocalist, would be drafted into the military; [yet] this was nothing more than a minor setback.
A group out of Marshall, Minnesota had a more than qualified lead guitarist / vocalist who would be ready to fill the shoes of Tommy. Dick Schreier came on board and the group continued playing the Midwest, and the college circuit with Dick at the helm.
In late 67 the MoreTishans would suffer yet another blow when drummer Pinky Herschleb would be stricken with a condition that would cause him so much pain in his arms he could no longer play drums for an extended period of time. Once again it seemed as though this might be the end for the More-Tishans, but a young and eager Dan Munson was ready for the chance.
It is with deep regret that four of the six MoreTishans are no longer with us. Dick was first to leave us in the 1986 followed by Dan, then Tom in 2003 and then in 2004 Pinky would join them. Only two are alive: Chris Nelson and Hugh Kraemer.
The persona of the MoreTishans paid for their college educations and paved the way for what it takes to be successful, so; what many see as youthful fling with sex, drugs, and rock & roll is on the contrary; a lesson in business savvy, learning to be responsible, making the right choices etc. As a footnote I would like to add that the success these six individuals showed in the business of a rock & roll would also come shining through in their personal lives, all achieving and excelling in the business community.
On August 23, 1968 in front of a home town crowd at the Stillwater National Guard Armory they would play their final performance. Now just short of forty years later, the surviving members reunited to be inducted into the Midwest Music Hall of Fame and performing once again on Saturday May 3, 2008 at the Medina Entertainment Center. This history written by Scott Schell
In 2008 they were inducted into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame, and that was reason to start playing again. Hugh Kraemer and Chris Nelson are the only surviving members of the group, but they are getting help from three other musicians, including Chris’s sister Nancy Nelson Rowland.