GYNGER LYNN formed in 1989 when bassist Jim Stuppy paid a visit to Dean Pressley, the lead singer and guitarist for Chicago-based band Cheri Lane. Jim and Dean spent the entire afternoon talking ab0out collaborating. Over the course of the same day, Jim would eventually introduce Dean to Will Hair, who in turn called drummer Frank Paul that same evening. The four musicians spent the next two weeks writing and playing in Frank’s basement.
Within a month, the newly formed GYNGER LYNN had hit “The Windy City” like a ferocious storm. Local management companies and producers began to take notice. After recording two demo cassettes at The Playroom with Joe Bader at the helm, building the perfect road crew, and continuously writing new material, GYNGER LYNN was off to conquer the Chicago music scene. The band played six to eight shows a month and rehearsed five days a week.
Over the course of the next couple of months, GYNGER LYNN would gain interest from Hounds and Columbia recording artist John Hunter. John would soon become the band’s long time manager and was determined to see the GYNGER LYNN maximize their musical talents and showmanship. John later took the band to Chicago Recording Company to record some of the band’s best material with Chris Sheppard. GYNGER LYNN would also begin to open for many national acts such as Doro, Tony MaCalpine, Tuff, Lillian Axe, Helix, Blue Oyster Cult, and many others. GYNGER LYNN would also share the stage with such local acts as Smash Alley, Riot, Little Venus, Nikki Foxx, Onyx, and many others.
Although times were good for GYNGER LYNN, changes began to develop between Frank and Dean and side project were pursued. Frank had decided to pursue a different genre and went on to become a great country, pop, and Christian recording artist.
Dean would soon head back to GYNGER LYNN and at the same time would add two new band members with Gavin Jadwin on keyboards and Luke James Lorraine on drums. GYNGER LYNN was now a five-piece machine and was ready to get back to business as usual. The band went back to six to eight shows a month, often playing double shows on weekends. Known for their punked-up version of “The Time Warp,” lots of silly string, sufficient supply of beer, beautiful girls at all of the shows, broken guitars, plenty of original material, hard work, and most importantly high-energy, GYNGER LYNN never had to worry about giving the same show twice and appeared to be on their way.
GYNGER LYNN was also beginning to play showcases for and meeting with many of the music industry’s top record executives from Warner Brothers, RCA, Columbia, Capital, and Geffen. The band would also see plenty of airtime on The Spirit of Chicago 103.5 The Blaze.
In 1994, GYNGER LYNN would eventually go their own way, as the record industry was no longer interested in signing bands of this nature. However, it was an incredible five-year ride. GYNGER LYNN had recorded a few dozen-studio tracks, played hundreds of shows, and still remain friends to this day.