Danny Stevens is the singer/front man for the Minneapolis-based rock n' roll band, "Danny's Reasons". Formed in 1964, the band has toured the entire United States, and in 2007 was inducted into the Minnesota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has been called "Minnesota's original teen idol" and The King of MN Rock and Roll.

After juggling music, athletics, and a heavy college class load, Danny reluctantly decided to forgo school in favor of furthering his music career. Having played throughout the Midwest colleges, both the east and west coast, and received Connie awards nearly every year from 1967 to 1972, Danny shifted gears again; in 1970, he leased the former Greyhound bus station and transformed it into a popular nightclub. Simply called "The Depot", the club was the creative result of Danny and original financial partner, Elizabeth Heffelinger.

After the Tyson V. Spinks fight, Danny was forced to file a lawsuit against Rose Productions (the company from which he bought the rights to show the fight) because they had operated outside the terms of the contract both parties agreed on.  These were that the rights to show the fight was not to be sold to cable companies in the area and Danny would be allowed to display the fight on closed-circut television at International Market Square in North Minneapolis.

Margeret Morris column, Star Tribune , 1976 

Sunday, March 4, 1973, Star Tribune
(From Gimmicks to Gold Records?)

Danny's look when he performed with Chubby Checkers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Del Shannon, Joey Dee and the Starlighters, Fabian, etc.

Danny acquired a Class-A liqour license from the Hotel Hastings, a necessity if the club was going to be able to sell alcohol at their shows. When original financial partner Elizabeth Heffelfinger backed out due to illness, Danny was forced to bring in a second choice, Allan Fingerhut. Having no previous knowledge of public entertainment, nightclubs, or the music business, Fingerhut was strictly a financial partner, brought in after the project was already in motion.  

Later that year, Danny started a new band, this time calling it "Danny's Reasons".

Original The Depot announcement

Danny and the legendary winners of the Connie Awards. Danny Stevens won best showman for 6 years and best male rock and rolll vocalist, and the band Danny's Reasons won best show group for 4 years.

Danny's look when he performed with Chubby Checkers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Del Shannon, Joey Dee and the Starlighters, Fabian, etc.

Following two years of steady business, The Depot was faced with a reality: the public music scene was changing. Pyschedelic rock was out and disco was in. In order to stay on top of this new trend, the club needed to change its image. After a short remodel, The Depot evolved into "Uncle Sam's".

In 1961 a 147 pound Danny (shown here weighing in before the fight) earned the Glove Bantam Welterweight title by a  2nd round "TKO"

Danny's Reasons recognized with the highest musical honors!

Dick Clark days, "Date With Dino", Bill Carlson, "This Must Be the Place", Nancy Nelson and Warren, Channel 11, KSTP, Channel 5, Dave Moore, and days of other television shows

In late spring 2007, Danny's Reasons, 43 years after its inception in 1964, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This was truly one of the greatest accomplishments of Danny's life long music career.

When the club was completed in the spring of 1970, Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen was to be the club's grand opening weekend act after a scheduling conflict prevented the club's first choice; Carlos Santana to perform.

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Born into a family with eight siblings, Danny has always been an accomplished athlete and performer. Danny is an award-winning water skier and was published in multiple magazines throughout his childhood and teenage years. Danny started boxing in tournaments at an early age, winning Junior Golden Glove Awards from age 10 until he was 15. In high school, Danny lettered in track and was one of the stars of his school's football team. After finishing high school, Danny went to study biomedicine at the University of Minnesota where he switched the focus of his free time from athletics to music- and the rest as they say, is history!

The original founder of the Depot/First Avenue bldg.,
Danny Stevens

About Danny Stevens

The following are photos of Danny's journey to become a Golden Gloves Champion!

In the early 1970's, Danny became the promotion director for Aeriloa, Mercury, and then Polygram Records after the company reformed it's business plan to have all their signed artists under one umbrella- as well as one promotion director overseeing those artists. These labels were; Casablanca, Mercury, London, Polydor, RSO, and several more. 

Pursuing a renewed passion for boxing, Danny was involved with promoting the 1988 Spinks V. Tyson fight in Minnesota with Randy Levee and Don King. He was approached by Jim Rice for Governer Perpich to be one of the state's boxing commisioners.

Take a ride back in time and listen to Danny's Reasons live at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Danny Stevens' group Danny's Reasons perform Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Let It Ride" live on April 28, 2007 at their induction into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame at the Medina Entertainment Center in Medina, Minnesota.

Courtesy of SubCinemaTV 

In 1964 he and his band (Danny and the Night Sounds) entered into a battle of the bands contest at Minnesota's Teen State Fair.  Competeing against 400 other groups, Danny and the Night Sounds took first place in the massive contest.

Taken at a concert with L.A.-based band, The Doors

Featured in article- July/August 1960 edition of 'The Water Skier'

Youngest kite flyer in the world- Danny Stevens

Danny Stevens with Dick Clarl

World champion water skier, boys division, ski antics- Danny Stevens age 8

Danny Stevens with the world famous Hall and Oates at his Mt Curve mansion after the band visited The Depot.  On the left is John Oats and to the right is Darryl Hall.

-Danny Stevens

Danny won the 'Silver Skates' for speed skating each year from 1956-'60

Danny at the age 10 learning the "ropes of the ring"

Tommy Bartlet show, kite flying, ski antics, and member of Cyprus Garden travel show.  Danny Stevens age 7

In 1999 Danny Stevens became a member of the voting board for the Grammy Awards.  Danny has been an active member every year since he received this honor and he will be making his annual trip to Los Angeles in February.

Danny Stevens of Danny's Reasons

Sunday, March 4, 1973, Star Tribune

With Hundreds of gold records to his name, here is a short list of well known acts that Danny has promoted:

Rodney Dangerfield
Rolling Stones
Eric Clapton
John Mellencamp
Def Leopard
Frank Zappa
Kool & The Gang
Village People
Bon Jovi
Mac Davis
Bee Gees
Robin Williams
George Burns
Peter Gabirel
Hall & Oates
John Denver
The Kinks
Jethro Tull
Joe Cocker
Rod Stewart