Trend Setting

By Matt Wickstrom

During their heyday, the Lexington band The Trendells were known for their soul- and Motown-infused style of rock ‘n’ roll, as well as for their theatrical performances, which featured coordinated choreography and matching suits.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 1, 2018)—In his new book “It’s Only Rock ’n Roll With a Little Bit of Soul,” Lexington musician Charlie Shuck recounts his extensive history as a member of various well-known Lexington and Louisville music acts. Perhaps most notably, he was part of the long-running band The Trendells, which played hundreds of gigs over the past 50 years, with a robust history in the Chevy Chase area in particular.


First urged to write the book more than a decade ago by Ralph Hacker – the longtime voice of University of Kentucky Athletics – Shuck has filled the book with insight about his successes, adventures and misadventures as a musician and bandleader, and stories and anecdotes that include raucous “Animal House”-style frat parties, bar fights and police run-ins, as well as memorable gigs that include nearly every Kentucky governor’s inauguration party since 1979, as well as performing alongside groups that included The Beach Boys and The Four Seasons.

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