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Post  pinhedz on Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:25 am

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:29 am

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:46 am

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:47 am

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:49 am

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:50 am

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:57 am

Albert Bellson was a nephew of the great drummer Louis Bellson, A virtuoso mandolin soloist, and a master teacher.



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Post  pinhedz on Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:59 am

He was a pupil of the great Maestro Guiseppe Pettine:

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:01 pm

Here we see Bellson with "Taylor's Musical Strings," whom he directed after having been hired by Mrs. Taylor:

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:07 pm

Mrs. Taylor's girls lived in the "Rondo neighborhood" along or near Rondo Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota.

[That blond girl in the upper right, however, does not look like she's from the Rondo neighborhood.]

Mrs. Taylor's girls played music that was proper--often even sanctified. Mrs. Taylor's girls did not "jam," at least not in Mrs. Taylor's presence.

And Mrs. Taylor's girls definitely did not play blues (not that she ever found out about).

The high point of their career was a gig at the lounge in the Calhoun Beach hotel (tres chic).

The Rondo neighborhood was subsequently obliterated by a freeway construction project.
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Post  pinhedz on Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:36 am

pinhedz wrote:Albert Bellson was a nephew of the great drummer Louis Bellson, A virtuoso mandolin soloist, and a master teacher.




Bellson recorded for the Gibson company. He liked Stephen Foster (sounds hokey now, but the technique was formidable):

http://rapidshare.com/files/456997597/Old_Black_Joe.mp3

This one's from 1926 and not in very good condition (I found it in Joe Bussard's basement):

http://rapidshare.com/files/456997545/Massa_s_In_The_Cold__Cold_Ground__Bussard_.mp3
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Post  pinhedz on Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:27 pm

Fun fact: Albert Bellson was born Alphonso Balassoni. rabbit
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Post  pinhedz on Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:31 pm

Another fun fact: Bellson's mandolin is a 1923 Lloyd Loar signed Gibson F5. Not every mando picker would kill for this instrument, but the unscrupulous ones would. Suspect
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Post  pinhedz on Tue May 31, 2011 11:05 am

Pardon my bad language, but the Liquor Pigs just want to warn you that God will "fuck you up" if you are bad:

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Post  pinhedz on Tue May 31, 2011 11:06 am

More of the liquor pigs:

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Post  pinhedz on Tue May 31, 2011 11:07 am

This band is Godawful, and some say they are godawful:

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:36 am

The producer of this one (just a kid at the time) asked me to play violin on it, but I didn't.

"Twenty years ago the cat had kittens,
Twenty years ago in Speedy's kitchen,
We laid the plan to make us rich men ...
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Twenty years ago the State's DA
took Weasel's help and sent me away."

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Post  pinhedz on Sat Jun 25, 2011 1:14 pm

The Hold Steady guide to the Twin Cities (click on the pins for details):

http://www.morecowbell.net/theholdsteady/
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Post  pinhedz on Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:42 am

Legendary ground-breaking Minnesota girl group:



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Post  eddie on Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:35 pm

There is nothing the average Englishman likes better than dressing up in women's clothing and going down the pub with his mates. It is considered to be a most amusing activity:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQsTcuqv3Vg
Morcambe, Wise and Rossiter as The Andrews Sisters sing "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy".
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Post  pinhedz on Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:09 am

Koerner's "Skipper and his Wife" by The Pines:

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:07 am

Every Minnesota music site must have the Dezurik sisters (sometimes known as "The Cackle Sisters"), who learned how to sing from their chickens.

They both married musicians--I know, that's a foolhardy thing to do. But since they were Minnesota musicians, both marriages are still intact, and they are all alive and well.

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:09 am

pinhedz wrote: ... and they are all alive and well.
Or maybe not--sorry to hear about Mary Jane. Neutral
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Post  pinhedz on Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:47 am

In less than a week, I will be on my way to Minnesota. At least it's not North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, or Wisconsin.

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