From Fans

On this page we encourage Monarchs' Fans to e-mail us and tell your Monarchs stories and information about their appearances around the area. If you have a digital camera or can scan your photos, include those. We hope to update this every week or so.
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From: James Beckham Jr
Sent: Monday, January 8, 2024
To: The Monachs
Subject: Monarchs 1/06/2024 Concert

My wife, Alice, and I attended the Monarch's concert Saturday night at Derby Dinner Playhouse.  We have seen the group multiple times over the years, and this was the best performance ever.  The addition of the four new members added a new dimension of harmony and vocal range to the group. .Some of the new songs were outstanding.
Keep up the great work.

Jim and Alice Beckham

From: Linda Willett
Sent: Friday, December 9, 2022 4:30 PM
Subject: JAM fundraiser

To All the Monarchs!   We simply can not thank you enough for your continued support!  We raised over $20,000 this year.  All of these funds will be used to assist our neighbors in need, from keeping them fed, to protecting them from a utility disconnect, to helping prevent an eviction or providing life-sustaining medications for those who can't afford them.

We firmly believe that by uniting our energies and working together, we can make a difference in our community.

Wishing you all the best and a Happy & Healthy New Year.

Chair of the Board

Linda Willett


From: Rosalind Harrell
Sent: Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:58 PM
To: Leon Middleton
Subject: Thank You!

Good Afternoon Mr. Middleton and The Monarchs,

We would prefer to send our expression of gratitude in a hand-written card but do not have a mailing address for you, so will resort to the new technology way!

Thank you, thank you for a great show Sunday afternoon (Dec. 4) at our 8th Annual Morgan &Nay Community Christmas Show, which we have been combining the past several years with our Ornament Memorial Reception.

The Monarchs did a tremendous job and the audience, a full house of 700,  loved it.  Great music for the present and a lot of fond memories of happy times from the past. 

With our Community Christmas Show, we always try to host an uplifting, happy production as we cater to two diverse clientele in our audience.  You certainly met our expectations and mission in all facets.

Our gratitude,

Rosalind Harrell, Event Coordinator

Rodney Nay, President/Owner
Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre
Madison, IN

Subject: Monarchs Concert Knights of Columbus
From: Dave Wallace
Date: Sunday, June 09, 2019 12:07 PM

The Monarchs were nothing less than spectacular! The band was really electric and the crowd responded. Thank you very much, you will likely be hearing from me about 2020 this summer.

Dave Wallace
Knights of Columbus

Subject: Thank you!
From: Lee & Sue Richardson
Date: Sunday, October 07, 2018 2:34 PM

Thank you for another awesome "Monarchs Weekend." We enjoyed listening to you Friday at Muldraugh and Saturday at Springfield. Thanks for wishing us Happy Anniversary Friday!

We've followed you guys for years and love listing to the music that takes us back in time.

Lee & Sue Richardson

Subject: Thank you!
From: Johnny Warren
Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 9:30 AM

Thank you for another wonderful show!
We absolutely love you guys!
Could you pencil us in for Aug 12 of 2019?  I’ll confirm that later in the year.

Johnny Warren
Executive Artistic Director
The Stephen Foster Story

Subject: The Monarchs Concert
From: DaveWallace
Date: Sunday, July 08, 2018 1:53 PM

The Monarchs Concert held on Friday, June 22 at St. Mary's Gymnasium generated enough funds to buy clean water filters for approximately 193 families in Haiti or approximately 760 people, the majority of which are children. The Monarch's efforts teaming up with the Knights of Columbus  and Water With Blessings will result in saving many human beings lives by providing clean water for these people the rest of their lives. As such, we would like to hold the same concert again next year and have identified the following dates as our preferred dates; 1) Saturday night June 1 and 2) Saturday night June 8. Please confirm for me if either of these dates will work for you.


Subject: Please add me to your mailing list
From: Wayne Wakeen
Date: Fri 7/1/2016 11:29 PM

Saw the group tonight at RiverStage.  What a great sound!  As I'm new to the area, my first time seeing The Monarchs.  Certainly won't be the last!

Wayne Wakeen

Subject: Memories
From: Maggie Lawrence
Date: Fri 7/1/2016 9:53 PM

Your music is what I first heard in my surgery tent in Nam....thank you for brightening my day and my y life...Maggie wade ...13 Charle Co....US Army...1963......

Maggie Lawrence

Subject: Look Homeward Angel CD
From: Debbie Greer & Lee Lumpkin
Date: Sat 9/6/2014 12:32 AM

We loved hearing the new 50th Anniversary CD. The vocals were amazing. Our favorite, Unchained Melody, was beautiful and mesmerizing. We look forward to the new CD.

Debbie Greer & Lee Lumpkin

Subject: Southwest Community Ministries Dinner
From: Jenny
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 8:52 PM

Just wanted to thank you and rest of band for helping us make our fundraiser a huge success. We so appreciate your help. Was a fun event. Hope to see you again.


Subject: CD with "It's Almost Tomorrow"
From: Patricia Fournier
Date: Fri 12/6/2013 4:41 PM

I absolutely love your cover of this song....have searched all over for a cd with it....can you help me ?!!!

Patricia Fournier

Subject: The Monarchs at the International Cake Exploration Societe’ annual international conference
From: Geraldine Kidwell
Date: Monday, August 26, 2013 2:22 PM

Just a short note to tell you that your band was wonderful.  It was everything that we could have asked for and more.  Thank you for sharing your talents to make our show and convention absolutely perfect.  If you ever need a recommendation - I'll be at the top of the list.  Thanks again!!

Geraldine Kidwell

From: Doug Meredith
Date: Sunday, January 06, 2013 10:43 AM


Just a note to tell you how much we enjoyed last night. I think it was your best! Not just because the "old" guys were there but also the music selections were right on. Keep it up for another 50.

Is their a secret to getting good seats? We have been coming ever since you guys started and have never been able to get a geally good table.

THANKS AGAIN for a really great time!!

Doug Meredith

Subject: Christmas CD
From: Becky Osburn
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012 5:36 PM

I wanted to let you know how much Barry and I are enjoying the Christmas CD.  We saw it in Barnes and Noble and quickly purchased one for us and one for my sister.  WE LOVE IT!  The quality of the songs and variations of the arrangements are wonderful.  We are telling everyone (close to our age of course) about it.  I’m sorry I was not able to go to Barnes and Noble on Saturday when they were making an appearance.  Just wondered.

Becky Osburn

Subject: Rockin' on the River GREAT PERFORMANCE!!!!
From: Al Huntington
Date: Sent: Friday, September 14, 2012 11:44 AM

I want to thank The Monarch's for the great performance you put on here in Madison.  It is still the talk of the town.  People who remember you from their prom, people who remember your hits, people who currently follow you,
and people who like rock n' roll it doesn't matter it's a big "thumbs up" from whoever you talk to.  People are saying why don't we have more events like that and that is coming from a town that already has at least two major
events per month (not all music) starting in April through the end of the year.  It was a good night for the Salvation Army, too, as we thanked those who support our programs and services thru volunteerism or financial donations throughout the year and we took in some funds.

I really appreciated David Hill working with us, too, with regards to the one praise bands sound issue.

We had people of all ages at Rockin' on the River including about 50 students from Hanover College.  I thought the Brown Gym venue worked out well considering the fact we were forced inside due to the weather. Accessibility to the band members during the breaks was also a big hit.   

We don't have an advisory board meeting until the end of this month and we'll be discussing the results of the event.  I fully expect Rockin' on the River to become another annual event in Madison.

Again, thanks to all of you for making our event a success.

Al Huntington

Subject: Open house --- Springhurst Pines Senior Center
From: Corey Vallandingham
Date: Monday, May 21, 2012 2:39 PM

THANK YOU to all The Monarchs!!!  It was such a great event and we owe it all to you!  Our residents and visitors loved it so much. It was our best Open house ever!!!  We will be in touch to plan the next one, and we will get ya shade for it too;-). Thanks also for letting my husband sit in, it makes his day!!!  Thanks for everything!!!

Corey Vallandingham

Subject: Wounded Warrior Event with the Monarchs
From: Jim Shane
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 7:56 AM

Thanks for supporting Sullivan University and the Wounded Warrior Project. It was a great show and appreciate the contribution the Monarchs and Ladies of Liberty have made to support our military and Veterans.  You are great Americans and true Patriots!

Thanks - Jim
Jim Shane
Brigadier General, U.S. Army (R)
Director, Military&Veteran Affairs
Sullivan University System

Subject: Wedding Reception
From: Jane Redmon
Date: Mon 8/22/2011 10:05 AM

I’m sure you’ve heard this many times before, but you (The Monarchs) absolutely made our party.  I was thrilled when my daughter and her fiancé  heard The Monarchs at a benefit in Bardstown and described you as the best dance band they had ever heard.  Our friends generally make an appearance at wedding receptions and leave as soon as it is gracefully appropriate.  At our reception, however, they all stayed, danced and felt as young as the bride, groom and their friends.

Jane Redmon
Bride’s mother

Subject: Pee Wee Valley Summerfest
From: Milt Williams
Date: Sat 8/20/2011 10:32 PM

I'v been one of the greatest fans of The Monarchs since 1961, it's always a wonderful show when the orginals founders of the Group come in and preform. I'm 64 and have been listening to "Rock&Roll" music since I was 11 years old, I still consider Mike Gibson one of the greatest singers of all time with his great fallsetto voice. Still love to hear him sing, what a great talent!

Subject: Pewee Valley Festival
From: David Ellis
Date: Tue 8/9/2011 11:48 AM

It's always enjoyable for me to relive those years in the 60's when Louisville has so many good local bands like the Monarchs, The Epics, Cosmo, Sultans, Carnations-Tren-Dels, etc. Those were certainly special times and it's nice there are still opportunities to enjoy many of the local talent.

We always enjoy the Pewee Valley Picnic with the Monarchs, especially when many "retirees" come in to play a set. The trademark sweet harmonies are always there with current and former members.  

David Ellis

Subject: Brown/Garson Wedding
From: Cathie Brown
Date: Tuesday, May 03, 2011 1:09 PM

WOW!  I just don't know quite how to thank you.  Your fantastic music had everyone dancing at our wedding.  The comment most heard was "I can't believe they have The Monarchs!!!"  Our guests sent thank you notes for the wedding and all of those notes mentioned how much they enjoyed The Monarchs.

Thank you again.  You made our wedding steps above anything we could have imagined.

Cathie Brown

Subject: Monarchs, Mutts & Meows - Dance in 2012 ??
From: Barbara Witte
Date: Fri 2/11/2011 10:03 AM

We're in here at our last planning meeting discussing all of the details for the dance on Saturday.  Would your band be interested in making this an annual benefit for the animals?  The date would be February 11, 2012 so please check your members & calendar and let us know.  We would like to announce this at the dance so everyone will make their plans to attend again next year!  We have sold out and we honestly believe it's because of your band!!  Thanks so much for helping the animals!

Barbara Witte

Subject: January 8
From: Kathy Spears
Date: Thu 1/13/2011 2:13 PM

Saturday night’s performance was wonderful as always.  Loved the addition of Bradley doing the Blues Brothers with Craig.  We have tickets for May 2.  That’s Derby week – hope there are no traffic problems crossing the river.  Keep the concerts coming – we can’t get enough.  Look forward to the next newsletter to fan club members. 

A devoted fan - Kathy

Subject: The Monarchs Mystery
From: Rick Richards
Date: Fri 11/19/2010 4:49 PM

Hello Monarchs,
I have finally found you, and what a pleasure.  I am originally from Detroit, Michigan, and I still have an original copy of "This Old Heart" on Sound Seven Stage, which I purchased when it hit in Detroit.  As a music fanatic and record collector, this has been one of my favorite straight ahead rock n' roll anthems from the golden age, but for years I was unable to find out about this mysterious group, whose other major hit tune - "Look Homeward Angel," sounded nothing like "This Old Heart" - leading one to believe that the song was by a different group - except it was on the same record label.  Both songs were HUGE hits in the Detroit market.
I have temporarily re-located to Corydon, Indiana, and heard "This Old Heart" on WOCC the other day, and it reminded me that I had read somewhere that the group is from Louisville, Kentucky.  Then just yesterday, I heard "That Lucky Old Sun" on the same radio station, so I googled you, and the mystery is solved.  Now I know who you are.  I only regret that I am temporarily residing in the area before I relocate to Denver, Colorado, and may not have an opportunity to see you live and in-person.  The next best thing would for me to be able to purchase the CD with all your original hits.  Please tell me how I may do this and I will be very grateful.
Meanwhile, I hope I will be able to see you in person before I move.  Thanks for the memories.
Rick Richard


The History

'The Monarchs: The Great American Rock 'n' Roll Dream'

By Billy Reed
Butler Books
128 pp. plus bonus DVD


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