Rest In Peace
June 30, 1952 - November 15, 2021
Guitarist and lead vocalist, Steve started his musical career around the age of five when his sisters would hang a toy guitar around his neck, play Elvis on the mono record player and laugh and clap as young Downey did the hip swivel and lip synced.
Oh that sound of applause! But like millions of musicians, the defining moment came for Steve on those two famous Sunday nights when the Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan. Life would never be the same.
From that point on it was live and breathe rock and roll.
14-year-old Steve (right)
After a series of guitars, “often strewn across my chest in bed as I would practice every night and fall asleep with the guitar in my hands”, Steve became self-taught and a rapid learner.
Soon there was a procession of bands including: The Heard, The New Destinations, Axis, The Bishops, Family Circle, The Board of Regents, Legion, Hard Road, The Wee Three Trio, Steve Downey and Partners in Crime, Lotus, and The Crawdaddies.
“I have had the blessing of playing with so many great musicians around the Wichita area and have developed some life long friendships to treasure.”
Bryan and Steve with an array of guitars, including a double-neck that featured both 6-string and 12-string necks.
Bryan and Steve, rockin' the house!
Steve has had a successful solo career that has spanned nearly 30 years. He was considered the house entertainer at the old Canterbury Inn for over 20 consecutive years and still performs in Wichita and around Kansas.
“The guys in Legion are still my best friends and I consider that band to be ahead of it’s time in so many ways. I still laugh about the funny things that happened, dream about the Casino and the songs, and remain proud of what terrific men those guys turned out to be.”