Prince Paul & The Serfs
Tacoma, Washington
1965 - 1967


Dudley Hill ~ Lead guitar
Bruce Robison ~ Bass, Keyboards
Bill Wager ~ Rhythm Guitar, Bass
Paul Wager ~ Drums
Tommy Winmill ~ Showboater

In Memory of

Dudley Hill
1948 - 2005

Not long ago, my brother, Paul and original bass player, Bruce Robison of Prince Paul and the Serfs held an intimate reunion dinner with Dud at Tacoma's Harbor Lights restaurant.  Every detail of that incredibly warm night was passed on to me by the guys and, I felt as though I had actually been there with my old bandmates.

Though our musical accomplishments would become much more refined "up the road", we were all in agreement that those early days represented the most fun we ever had.  Afterall, we were from the same neighborhood and had established a tight bond well before we picked up instruments and taught ourselves the rudiments of rock 'n roll.  It seems a long journey from that time when our first speaker horns were army surplus relics negotiated for and cut down from the lamposts of a junkyard storage lot.  And, with all this in mind, I have a humble request which I'm sure will please Dud in his new world as well as the one he left behind.

Bill Wager, Bangkok,Thailand, January 2005

An innovative 60's cover band, with some original material was known for their energetic style and "Let's party and Rock 'n Roll" attitude.  Made up of skilled musicians, PP & The Surfs was a favorite amongst Northwest universities whose student bodies liked to kick out all the stops when it came to dancing the night away.

Dudley is still regarded as one of the Northwest's finest string virtuosos equally comfortable with a five string bluegrass banjo as an "in-your-face" Fender axe.  Before passing over to the next life, Dudley's remarkable talent was being showcased with the unique group, Pearl Django.

Bruce married early and became domesticated but still can handle a bass riff anytime.

Paul went on to become one of the region's premier percussionists with bands such as Osiris, Zaccharia, Backbone, The Dick Powell Band and Isaac Scott.

Tommy checked into the "Ozone" and as a successful businessman and entrepreneur, is rumored to be still chasing the ladies somewhere in Southern Oregon.

Paul's older brother, Bill "spooked around" in Vietnam in '69; later taught social studies and coached football at Decatur HS in Federal Way 1974-1984.  He then mysteriously ended up in Bangkok, Thailand managing international hotels where rumor has it, he's still kicking back on a sandy beach in the Gulf of Thailand.

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Last Update: 30 January 2005
Credits: Bill Wager, Bruce Robison

Band # 672