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Post  pinhedz on Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:38 pm

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Re: The magnificence of Minnesota's musical past

Post  pinhedz on Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:00 am

Here in the Town of Stillwater ("Birthplace of Minnesota") I stopped into a little shop and found five 45-rpm discs released by Whoopie John Wilfahrt some decades ago. These were a steal for $1.00 each. What a Face

Whoopie John discs typically have a Polka on the a-side and a waltz on the b-side:

a. Metro Polka
b. First love Waltz

a. Beer and Pretzels Polka
b. Starlight Waltz

a. Ring the Banjo Polka
b. Dutch Stomp Schottische

a. E-flat A-flat Polka
b. The Foundling Waltz

a. Sugarbush Polka
b. Sailor's Waltz

I case any of you are looking for similar bargains, here's the address and phone #:

Staples Mill Antiques
410 Main Street
Stillwater, MN 55042
651-430-1816


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Re: The magnificence of Minnesota's musical past

Post  pinhedz on Sun Jan 01, 2012 1:11 pm

It would be difficult to overestimate the influence of Whoopie John Wilfahrt on Bob Dylan:

" ...
and now I've got a mother in law,
brother in law,
father in law,
and seven kids that call me 'Pa,'
and dance the Metro Polka."



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Post  pinhedz on Sun Jan 01, 2012 1:15 pm

Like Blind Willie McTell, Whoopie John Wilfahrt recorded on the Vocalion label in the 1920s.

In 1934, he was the 2nd act to be signed by the new Decca label (the 1st act signed by them was Bing Crosby).

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:22 am

Whoopie John recorded over 1,000 tunes, but they mostly sound the same, except some are in 4/4 and some are in 3/4:




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Post  pinhedz on Sun May 06, 2012 10:55 am

Here is a folk song about country folks involved in the dairy and beef industries in rural Minnesota:


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Post  pinhedz on Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:04 am

Everybody gets old--we all know that, yes? But it still sucks. Mad

Looking back at the old Sorry Muthas and those still surviving, I'd say Cal Hand has aged nicely, but olde Bill Hinckley less so. Neutral

So it's nice to remember them as they were in the early days:

Bill and Judy ("when are you two going to get married?") Hinckley and Larson, respectively:



The Sorry Muthas in school, being taught proper behaviour:



Bill and Cal (on the Dobro) in one of their recent bands:


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Post  pinhedz on Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:00 am

Few people know that the "Sorry Muthas" also recorded under the more respectable name of "The Rimrock Ramblers:"

http://www.amazon.com/The-Rimrock-Ramblers/e/B000APMLUW


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Post  pinhedz on Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:19 pm

What's about the West Bank music scene in 1968?


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Post  pinhedz on Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:35 pm

For those who have been screaming for the re-release of this classic (and who among us has not? What a Face ), it is finally here.  cheers  

http://posteram.com/mill-city/


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Re: The magnificence of Minnesota's musical past

Post  pinhedz on Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:49 am

I didn't realize that I had not reposted the Abdomen's tubes since the restoration of ATU. Shocked 

But here they are--The Abdos have a tendency to look like Dzhokar Tsarnayev, but they have been mostly positively contributing members of society--on their good days at least--for as long as I can remember.

And Mrs. Abdo had more kids than most people can count, so there's lots and lots of these grandkids. affraid 

"The Abdomen" had to rename their group to be less sexist when their little sister started singing ("Lynhurst" is a park in South Minneapolis):



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Post  pinhedz on Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:52 am

Fun fact: Dickie Abdo--one of the many uncles of "The Abdomen/lynhurst"--played guitar for Brother Fidelis back in the 1960s, and was also in pinhedz home room.  

I undertand that Brother Fidelis (aka Michael Collins) just died. Neutral 

Brother Fidelis, in spite of having been one of only 6 black people in Minnesota back in the 1960s, became Principle of my high school after I left.

This was not so mushy live--I reckon the producer messed it up.


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Re: The magnificence of Minnesota's musical past

Post  pinhedz on Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:47 am

Mari racheted up the cute factor in a big way, even though the boys were already cute (all Abdos are cute):


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Re: The magnificence of Minnesota's musical past

Post  Yakima Canutt on Mon May 05, 2014 7:29 am

sounds like a testy Fidelis.  I wonder what the principle of the high school was ... my school's was Gritty Backbone.


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Re: The magnificence of Minnesota's musical past

Post  Yakima Canutt on Mon May 05, 2014 7:38 am

Joel Hodgson is from Wisconsin, but Best Brains, Inc. was started in northern vole infested Eden Prairie, Minn

Joel quit after ongoing disputes with Jim Mallon, and was replaced by Mike Nelson, who wound up in the City of Twins as a wandering college dropout.  


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Re: The magnificence of Minnesota's musical past

Post  pinhedz on Mon May 05, 2014 11:07 am

Yakima Canutt wrote:sounds like a testy Fidelis.  I wonder what the principle of the high school was ... my school's was Gritty Backbone.
This is possibly a sly dig at the pinhedz spelling conventions,  Suspect but no matter ... The principle of De La Salle H.S. was the same as Woddy Allen's: "You are not here to have a good time."

As for Brother Fidelis' testiness, I found some reminiscences online recalling him as "vain and narcissistic," and charging that after Jim Breitenbuchar made a horse laugh in class, Fidelis took him out in the hall and Jim came back with a bloody nose. But that sort of thing is no longer permitted.

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Re: The magnificence of Minnesota's musical past

Post  Yakima Canutt on Sat Jun 14, 2014 7:33 am

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Re: The magnificence of Minnesota's musical past

Post  pinhedz on Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:54 pm

Here Butch Thompson sits in with the current lineup of The Sorry Muthas. Very Happy 

These folks have been playing together since the Civil War, so they're pretty much merged into one person by now, but Butch is the only one that made the Big Time.


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Post  pinhedz on Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:48 am

pinhedz wrote:Mari racheted up the cute factor in a big way, even though the boys were already cute (all Abdos are cute):

I just noticed that President Obama is evidently so impressed by Mari's "Kiss Me Now" video that he used the same lake as the backdrop for his public appearance before the Minneapolitans:


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:54 pm

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Re: The magnificence of Minnesota's musical past

Post  pinhedz on Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:28 pm

^
Glyph-man is trying to say that he's just another guy from Minnesota. But we all know that the truth of the matter is that he's just another guy from Minnesota.

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Re: The magnificence of Minnesota's musical past

Post  Yakima Canutt on Wed Sep 10, 2014 1:46 am

the B-side of "Let's Pretend We're Married" was "Irresistible Bitch" ... neither was were recorded in Minnesota because they were recorded on Sunset Blvd

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Re: The magnificence of Minnesota's musical past

Post  pinhedz on Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:16 am

Imagine how many bluesmen named Robert Johnson there must be in Minnesota. Shocked


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Sat Oct 18, 2014 1:20 pm

also Icemen.  Badger Bob began his coaching career in Warroad, Minn


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