Ahead of their time, The Esquires keep rockin' decades later


August 9, 2023

Six musicians from the 1950s gather for a photo

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BACK IN THE DAY – The original lineup of The Esquires, from left to right: Gene Robbins, Don Grant, Jeff Hendricks, Gerry Robbins, Jim Reynolds, and Terry Nelson.

A trained classical pianist, La Conner Mayor Ramon Hayes has great appreciation for a variety of musical genres.

He naturally keeps tabs on those playing keyboards. And one of his favorites is La Conner's own Terry Nelson.

"Terry is the epitome, the soul, of La Conner," Hayes told the Weekly News recently. "He's so forward thinking."

A longtime proponent of green energy, having for more than four decades advocated solar heating options, Nelson is also one of a handful of home-grown La Conner musicians who as teenagers were quick to recognize the potential impact of rock-and-roll, then in it...

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