Terry Trabandt, bassplayer-singer for '60s Detroit band the Rationals, died in Florida on December 28th. A native of Ann Arbor, Trabandt joined the Rationals (originally formed by Scott Morgan and Steve Correll) as a guitarist while still in junior high school, and switched to bass when Correll returned from military school the following year. Under the tutelage of manager Hugh "Jeep" Holland, the four Pioneer High School students recorded a cover of Otis Redding's "Respect" that made the lower rungs of the national charts and supposedly inspired Aretha Franklin to record the song. At the end of 1966, radio station WKNR named them the most popular band in Detroit.
After the Rationals disbanded in 1970, Trabandt briefly played with Morgan in Guardian Angel, then relocated to Los Angeles, Europe, and New York before settling in Fort Myers, Florida. He co-wrote "Turn To Stone" with Joe Walsh, and took part in a Rationals reunion in the early '90s, but did not participate in shows Morgan performed in Michigan under the Rationals rubric in 2009. While not widely known outside of Michigan, he made his mark.
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