A Musical Legacy
Paul Sullivan was a junior in high school when he started playing drums for the Spartans, a group of Morris kids that played at teen parties and dances, even in bars from Streator to Joliet. They got paid $20.00 a night. Members included: Rich Sparta, sophomore, Mike Wiechen, and freshman Dick DePung. In 1962 they cut a record, “Jungle Call,” with a company in Chicago.
Sullivan’s grandfather, Harry Hull, also played in a band. He played mandolin – an 1897 Washburn. In 1907 Harry Hull was playing at Hull’s Hall in Morris, as well as in Chicago.
Harry’s mandolin, photos of the two bands, and a signed copy of “Jungle Call” are now on display at the Grundy County Museum.