Robert Byron 'Bob' Hapgood was born on October 25th, 1941. At an early age Bob knew he loved music and it would last his whole life. Bob was raised and baptized at the First Presbyterian Church in McPherson, Kansas. He attended the McPherson grade schools and graduated from McPherson High School in 1959. He also attended Hutchinson Junior College and McPherson College. Bob moved to Boulder, Colorado where he played in a band called The Spartans. In 1968 Bob began working for KNEX Radio in McPherson as a DJ announcer and salesman. Through the years he had created his own unique morning radio program which many in the listening community woke up to. Over the years he had been a part of many bands in the area but his greatest role besides husband, to Jeanne, & father to Tony and Bobby, was being a founder, leader, and drummer for the King Midas Band. Bob was a current board member for the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. Bob passed away on May 1st, 2007.
Check out this great video a King Midas original called BS 69 written by Bob Hapgood. This video was recorded at the McPherson, KS American Legion 30th Reunion year for the King Midas & the Muflers Band
Dennis Frans was born on March 7th, 1951. Dennis began playing both drums and guitar at an early age, however; influenced by the sound of early Memphis soul music and Jimmy Smith's organ, he found his calling in keyboards and studied with the famous keyboardist, Mike Finnigan. In 1965 at age 13, Dennis became a founder & original member of the King Midas Band as the keyboardist and vocalist. He had continuously been rocking the mid-west for forty-seven years, performing and touring with other bands throughout Kansas. Dennis had an unparalleled connection to the love of his life, Janet, & their three children. His musical talent is still evident today in his two sons Josh and Joseph, both percussionists that have also performed on stage with the King Midas Band. His daughter, Heather, preceded him in death in 1994. Dennis was reunited with Heather on September 21st, 2012. He has now joined "The Great Gig in the Sky."
Tramp was recorded by King Midas & the Muflers in 1968 and sung by Thomas Fredrick (TC) Hapner. The band discovered their 45 record had been sold on Ebay to a collector in Finland in December 2002. Apparently it had become a very desired funk record in Europe. Tom Hapner was Born July 2, 1948 & passed away on December 17th, 2002.
A musical tribute to our friend & band mate that gave guest appearances over the band's existence. Denny moved home to McPherson from Los Angeles to join us from 2012 - 2017. Dennis Neal "Denny" Brunk was born in 1950 in McPherson, KS & we said goodbye to our beloved friend on August 28, 2017. An amazing musician, trombonist, singer, and human being.
Also enjoy this tribute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIB2_VyfBd8