Born in St. Louis, Bob graduated from Washington University and St. Louis Institute of Music before hitting it big with Bob Kuban and The In-Men in 1966, and their top ten hit "The Cheater". Gaslight Square, and his association with Ike & Tina Turner, heavily influenced his musical taste.
Bob Kuban and The In-Men blazed their way to the top of the charts with their top 40 hit, The Cheater. The original In-Men included John Michael Krenski (bass), Gregory Hoeltzel (organ), Walter Scott (vocals), Patrick Hickson (tenor sax and trumpet), Harry Simon (saxophone), Emil Pat Schulte (guitar) and Paul Skip Weisser (trombone).
With help from Johnny Rabbit, Don Pietro'Monaco, at KXOK radio in St. Louis, The Cheater blasted its way to the top of the charts on St. Louis' Sing-a-Long Survey, spending three weeks at #1 on Billboard, St. Louis' Top Sellers. Bob Kuban and The In-Men appeared on "Dick Clark's American Bandstand", "Where the Action Is" and the soap opera "Never Too Young". Returning to St. Louis, Bob Kuban and The In-Men were honored to perform at the first Cardinal Baseball game played at Busch Memorial Stadium in downtown St. Louis. Bob Kuban and The In-Men are also featured in the television series "Where are They Now -'One Hit Wonders'" on VH1.
In 1976 The Bob Kuban Entertainment Agency opened for business. Bob has utilized his expertise as a performer and his experience as an agent to assemble a directory of entertainers capable of fulfilling everyone's entertainment needs. He has mastered the fine art of reading the crowd, keeping everyone relaxed out on the dance floor, and celebrating the occasion.
Within the entertainment agency, Bob operates several divisions, one of them being The Bob Kuban Band. This talented group- the agency's most requested band- has played for The Big Red and The St. Louis Baseball Cardinals, including three World Series. In 1994, The Kuban Band entertained at the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Festival. Most recently, The Bob Kuban Band opened for Michael McDonald, formerly of the Doobie Brothers. Bob has also played with Chuck Berry in Las Vegas and at Blueberry Hill in the U. City Loop.
The Bob Kuban Band has a play list as versatile as the places they perform. Performances include music from the era of the Big Bands, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's through the contemporary songs of today.
In a poll published by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Bob Kuban Band ranked second only to the Grammy award winning St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Honors and Affiliations:
A member of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bob has been voted businessman of the month by The St. Louis Business Journal, and is involved with the most major events in St. Louis. In addition to The Bob Kuban Brass, the In-Men, and Bob Kuban Entertainment Agency, Bob operates Singles Night Out singles dances, Q-Man Music, a music publishing company, and Bob Kuban Entertainment, New Music Division.
In 1996, Bob Kuban became a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was presented a gold record for over one million records sold of The Cheater.
The ceremony took place at Riverport Amphitheater with St. Louis' KLOU Program Director Dave Dunkin making the presentation.
The Cheater was re-released on CD in 1996 as well.