Greasy Fred and His New Haven Stompers
A 49 and ¾ year Anniversary event
In 1970 six high school teenagers from Orange , CT. decided to start a band based on all of their tastes from Rock-a-Billy, Rock and Roll , Truck Drivin’s songs , country and blues.
Playing a collection of songs from the beginning of Rock and Roll such as Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins , Elmore James , Dave Dudley , Elvis Presley , Leiber and Stoller not excluding Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen .
We did not have a plan. We just wanted to play music and have lots of “Party till the money ran out”.
Coming in the cusp of “American Graffiti” and “Happy Days” , the band became a hit in CT. and being that there was very little to do back then , developed a strong following of music lovers that liked to party as much as us. To quote our bass player Andy Karlok, Greasy Fred was not a band, but a way of life.
Greasy Fred played every high school dance and college mixer in the CT.
Our rehearsal’s were shows themselves. You would say they were happenings and till this day the stories abound.
We produced an LP, to market in New England, but the LP was really just for the band and our loyal fans and wonderful friends.
Greasy Fred came to and end in 1975 as members went on to spawn other bands like Eight to the Bar, The B. Willy Smith Band, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones and more.
The band members are Steve Baldino – Electric Guitar , Andy ( Fish ) Karlok left handed Fender Bass and vocals , Anthony Geraci – Piano , John Baker – Drums , Steve ( Q ) Klaperich Lead and background vocals , Rob Jockel Lead , background Vocals and Kazoo.
We are in debt to our family and friends for their never ending support.
All hail Greasy Fred and his New Haven Stompers .
One thing about 2015 Oregon Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, Cascade Blues Association Hall Of Fame Inductee and three-time Grammy Award nominated vocalist Ellen Whyte you can count on, is that you can never categorize her as a one trick pony. She has fronted bands for over 35 years and melds her rich influences of jazz, blues, rock, gospel and Americana into every performance. Whether it is a solo, duo, trio, her five piece combo or her 10 piece big band, traces of all these influences can be masterfully heard. She describes her selections of original and cover tunes as "heart rocking" music, and makes every song her own. Ellen's distinctive vocals and percussive rhythm guitar work have been prominent in the local music scene. In addition to live performances, Ellen gives vocal lessons and vocal clinics. She has also been an artist-in-residence in local schools. Her discography includes seven highly acclaimed albums. For more information, please go to