Eugene “Lou” Hyland was born December 15, 1957 to Virgil and Frieda Hyland of Churdan, Iowa and passed away on January 13, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Eugene “Lou” Hyland didn’t fit into any mold. He was rebellious, cantankerous and passionate. Lou’s love of music led him to playing drums in school at Churdan but he also participated in some of the more common school activities such as football and track. However, not fitting into a mold he took up the less common activities of boxing and taekwando. High school didn’t appeal to Lou so he dropped out. He would help his dad in the tiling business but predominately pursued musical endeavors.
In 1979 he founded his first band, Magick, followed by the band Diablero. Lou loved drumming and took a workshop to advance his skills at the Berkley School of Music in Boston, then taught himself to play bass and guitar. He also wrote and recorded many of his own songs.
Anyone who knew Lou knew that he had a quick temper, loved to fight, loved to party and be with friends. He had a quick wit, a unique sense of humor and could b.s. with professionals. Lou had a passion for photography and Pink Floyd but overwhelmingly wanted to immerse himself in the music business which took him around the country but finally back to Minneapolis where he started his own booking company, Screaming Penguin Productions. He booked and promoted many regional and national acts such as The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Head East and Molly Hatchet.
Lou was cremated and his ashes interred at St. Patrick’s Cemetery west of Churdan on his father’s plot.
Lou asked that upon his death that there would be an Irish wake held in his memory. To satisfy this request we ask those interested to come to Casa De Oro Mexican restaurant in Jefferson, Iowa on October 6th, 2018 from 4 to 8 p.m. (back bar) to share the following: photos, music, stories, a wee dram, experiences, insights and curses of the man we knew as Lou, or Gene, or Eugene, or Hyland, or ...