USO Tour 1962

Greenland, Iceland
NewFoundland, Labrador
and
Camp Century on
Greenland's Ice Cap

Bill, Dave, Jerry, Dee
On a Float  St. Patrick's Day
In Northwest Portland in the Mid 80s
Jim, Larry & Bill
"We tried to go by train to
Brooklyn, but nearly missed."
mid 90s

Bill, Dwaine, Mikey, Jerry, Jim, Dave
"Even tried to peddle our way
to Wisconsin"
Mid 90s
Dave, Dwaine, Jerry, Bill, Mikey
and Jim
This group of the Ramblers
together from the 90s til 2012

Dave, Bill, Jerry, Mikey, Dwaine,
Jim

1970s
Bill, Glen, Grant
& Ron
Lee and Bill
Portland State's Festival of Fine Arts
Odetta also appeared
1963
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Glen, Larry and Bill
Promo Photo
Mid 80s
HOW THE RIVER CITY RAMBLERS CAME TO BE. . .
In Summer of 1960, Bill Joined with Gary Evans and Jeff Hempe (both students at the University of Portland)
to form THE WESTWINDS, a folk trio that entertained in local Oregon fraternity and sorority houses, and at
various night clubs, including Turk's Broiler and Amato's Supper Club in Portland.  

While Gary and Jeff were stuck at the university, Bill joined with Alan Vavra--buddy of Gary & Jeff--to form an
exciting folk-singing duo aiming for fame and fortune in San Francisco.  But, after hearing that the duo was
on their way, the "Hungry I" (Kingston Trio's old haunt) closed their doors.  With that disappointment behind
them, Al was forced to return to the University or face the Draft Board.  Bill had no other choice but to do the
same.  

Bill entered Portland State College where he joined the Choir and the Singing Vikes, who were honored to be
selected for a USO tour.  

Upon their return, Bill founded the River City Ramblers, and continued with a few generations of River City
Ramblers until today, where they returned to their original Trio format.  
Sadly, there are no photos of The Westwinds nor of Alan and Bill together
Jim, Larry and Bill
St. Patrick's Day Parade
and performance at the Nob Hill
Tavern in Portland
Mid 80's