Bob Kuban and the In-Men – The Cheater

Local singles don’t get much bigger than this slice of horn-fueled blue-eyed soul. Bob Kuban led his In-Men from behind his drum kit, and this song of romantic philandering and karmic comeuppance would rise to No. 12 on the pop charts. Years later the song would earn Kuban a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…in the one-hit wonder exhibit. The In-Men had a few more moderately successful singles before splintering into different groups, though Kuban still leads his eponymous band to this day. Kuban’s marquee song would remain on local oldies stations for decades to come, though the epitaph to “The Cheater” is equal parts tragedy and irony: Singer Walter Scott was found murdered in 1983at the hands of James Williams, his wife’s lover; for her part, Scott’s wife JoAnn was found guilty of hindering the prosecution, giving a harrowing ring of truth to her former husband’s big hit. -CS

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