The Judd Group formed in Rochester in 1970. Steve McLoone was in the group from 1972-1978. Other original members include Tom Williams, Dave Williams, Dik Shopteau, Scooter Nelson, Bruce Judd, and Bryan Rossi. The band has an interesting history and track record playing with major acts; one was Bruce Springsteen at Mankato State before he was a big name. Members of the group have either written or performed or engineered or produced almost 200 records. The Judd Group was inducted into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
McLoone was born and raised in Waseca and played with The Sands of Tyme (horn band playing Chicago and Blood Sweat and Tears) and Cletus Hane. He then played in a group called Zero Ted from South Dakota with famous members like drummer Mark Craney (Jethro Tull, Gino Vanelli, Tower of Power, Jean Luc Ponty, etc.) and guitarist Mike Miller (Gino Vanelli, Yellow Jackets, Bette Midler, etc.)
McLoone has lived and raised all four of his children in St. Louis Park since 1981, all four graduating from SLP High School. Fun Fact: he lives in the house that Owen Husney grew-up and recorded his first solo album at Husney’s American Artists studio; one weekend he gave his studio time to an unknown Janet Jackson. He has worked on 15 records and 15 network commercials, and sang on the rendition of “We’re Gonna Win, Twins” that the Twins currently use. In 2006, McLoone was inducted into the Iowa Music Hall of Fame with the group Headstone.