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Plain Jane promotional photo from 1972, with members, from left, front row – Owen Evans, Jim Bond, Ron Hall; and back row – Doug Renbarger, Scott Stone, Richard Williams. Evans, Bond and Hall all grew up in Osage City; Renbarger, Stone and Williams were from Topeka. Williams went on to become a founding and current member of the band Kansas.

Jeremy Gaston | Reporter

LAWRENCE—Three decades of music and musicians were honored with the induction of Plain Jane into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. The group, a multi-genre band from the 1970s and 1980s, has roots leading back to Osage City.

Three decades of musicians were recognized at ceremony Saturday at Liberty Hall in Lawrence. The event included a 30-minute performance from the band, along with other 2010 inductees, including the Moanin' Glories, Morning Dew, Green River Ordinance, Vernon Sandusky, Pott County Pork & Bean Band, and Tree Frog. This year’s inductees join a list of KMHOF members that include Kansas, Melissa Etheridge, Martina McBride, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Gene Clark and Big Joe Turner.

The performance by Plain Jane began with members from the band during its peak popularity in the 1980s: Jim Bond, Rick Aubrey, Steve Gibson, Jeff Frost and Ron Hall. Bond was the only founding member of the band, which began almost five decades ago in Osage City.

Bond and Owen Evans, also of Osage City, formed their first band with Bruce and Kenny Tribbe, Burlingame, and performed gigs around the area in the early 1960s.

“Jimmy was 10 and I was 13,” Evans said. “Our parents used to take us to the jobs.”

They were later joined by Steve Croucher and Ron Hall, who along with Evans and Bond, made up the Imperials. The band played in the late ‘60s, around the time its members graduated from Osage City High School.

Hall, Evans and Bond continued playing through college with several lineup changes, but the three remained part of the band until 1975, when Evans left the band to move to California. Hall continued playing with the band until 1980.

Bond remained with Plain Jane through the height of its popularity in the 1980s, when the band was featured on the soundtrack for the movie Zapped.

“Jim Bond was probably the reason the band was so successful,” Evans said. “His personality and stage presence.”

He later joined Liverpool, a popular Beatles cover band from Kansas City, retiring recently due to health problems.

Hall, Evans and Bond returned for Saturday’s induction ceremony. Hall joined the original lineup as bassist, for their half-hour set, with Bond singing lead vocals. Evans joined later in the set on guitar.

Evans returned to Osage City for his mother’s, Mary Ellen Evens’, 95th birthday party Monday at Marilynn’s Restaurant. He is now a retired computer programmer and lives in Whittier, Calif.

Hall lives in Lawrence, where he recently retired after serving as the city’s information technology manager.

Bond lives in Osage City.