Legendary Brighton rocker Skip VanWinkle, of the rock band Teegarden and VanWinkle, passed away last night after battling health issues for many years. He was 74. His death was reported on Facebook by friends.
Van Winkle, whose real name was Skip Knape, teamed with David Teegarden to form the folk rock duo Teegarden and Van Winkle in the 1960s. They met in Tulsa but moved to Michigan soon after forming the group. They settled in Brighton and had some legendary jam sessions and performances there with Bob Seger, among others.
Van Winkle played the electronic organ, bass and did vocals, while Teegarden played the drums.
They had a string of hits in the 1970s. Their biggest hit, “God, Love and Rock & Roll,” peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard charts in 1970.
In 1972, while Teegarden went on tour with Bob Seger and his band, Van Winkle formed his own group, known as the Skip Van Winkle Band.
Teegarden and Van Winkle reunited for another album. “Radioactive” in 1997, and continued to perform together occasionally after that.
Here’s Teegarden and Van Winkle performing “God, Love and Rock & Roll” live in 1971: