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Mike Henley

We have lost our long-time friend, keyboard player Mike Henley.

He was an unmistakable presence on the stage, and his Hammond M3 organ was an integral part of the band’s signature sound. One of the “old-timers” in the band, Mike brought a wealth of early rock ‘n’ roll knowledge to Claude Jones, and he would occasionally step out front to favor us with a selection from Johnny Otis or Fats Domino. He will be remembered fondly by fellow musicians and fans alike.

Mike played with numerous groups in the Washington area over a musical career that spanned half a century. He was one of the original members — along with Tom Guernsey, Joe Triplett and Bob Berberich — of the legendary Reekers, who recorded the 1965 regional Hangmen hit “What a Girl Can’t Do.” After Claude Jones, Mike had a 30-year run with the Mystery Band and an overlapping tenure with the Newports that was still going into 2020.

Michael Peter Henley died on March 2, 2021, after a long struggle to regain his health following a quadruple bypass surgery.

1 comment to Mike Henley

  • Neal Montgomery

    Oh, I did not know. Sorry to hear this. I bought my first “real” keyboard from him when I was about 15 years old. Farfisa double keyboard. I was the envy of my friends that only had single keyboards 🙂

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