Minnesota Music Notes

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Moments in the musical history of Minnesota

Moments in the musical history of Minnesota


82 Pieces

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In just 16 years of living in Minnesota, Anna Schoen-Rene made a tremendous contribution to the state’s music scene. Producer Daniel Zamzow describ...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Minneapolis’ Basilica Block Party was started in 1995 as an effort to raise funds for repair and maintenance of the Basilica of Saint Mary. As prod...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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Minnesota is home to a special kind of record label that specializes in reissuing music of the past. But, as producer Daniel Zamzow explains, their...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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Low is a trio from Duluth, Minnesota that has a history of challenging norms in modern rock music. Producer Daniel Zamzow explains how they got sta...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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Minnesota’s Dixieland Jazz scene was entering its heyday in the mid-1950s when the Rampart Street Club was opened. Producer Daniel Zamzow explains ...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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In the 1930s, Jeanie Arland met her future husband and fellow musician Willie Peterson at WCCO. Producer Daniel Zamzow describes how, over time, th...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
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Flamingo was the predecessor to The Flamin’ Oh’s, a band whose highest notes came in the early and mid-1980s. But, as Daniel Zamzow describes, Flam...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
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“Daddy Squeeze” Dan Newton and his band Cafe Accordion Orchestra were pleasantly surprised after playing their music for a seemingly absent audienc...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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In the mid-1960s, Minnesota was wrapped up in “Beatle Mania” just like the rest of the nation. As Daniel Zamzow explains, their 1965 show in Bloomi...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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The work of Frances Densmore represents a significant portion of what we today can hear of Native American song from long ago. As producer Daniel Z...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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The Steele Singers have been a powerful musical force since they moved to Minnesota in the early 1980s. Producer Daniel Zamzow points us to some of...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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Polynesian family band The Jets landed in Minnesota in the early 1980s, and they started releasing hit songs soon after. As producer Daniel Zamzow ...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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Gear Daddies are a band formed in Austin, Minnesota that rose to popularity in the late 80s. Producer Daniel Zamzow explains how a moment of inspir...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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Psychedelic rock band Jokers Wild had a good run playing shows and releasing records in the late 1960s. Though, as producer Daniel Zamzow explains,...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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Both Polka music and the Christian faith have a widespread presence in Minnesota. In 1973, the two became one in the town of Eveleth. Producer Dani...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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North Dakotans Ernest and Clarence Iverson were raised by first generation Norwegian immigrants in the early 1900s. As producer Daniel Zamzow descr...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
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Irish immigrants in Minnesota accounted for a significant portion of the work force employed by the booming logging industry of the late 19th centu...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
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Producer Daniel Zamzow describes how a couple who met on the Lawrence Welk Show in the late 1930s began their Minnesota dance music career at St. P...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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Libby Larsen is an accomplished composer who was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Producer Daniel Zamzow explains how her artistry reflects the mo...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 3
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VocalEssence is one of many in a long tradition of fine choral music in Minnesota. Producer Daniel Zamzow explains how this group’s first concert i...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 3