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27 April 2016

Minnesota Rock N Roll in the 60s

For the week of May 1, 2016

Rick Shefchik, author of “Everyone’s Heard About The Bird: The True Story of 1960s Rock n Roll in Minnesota” discusses the birth of rock n roll in the state.

  • Part 1

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    (1:25) How “Surfin’ Bird” by The Trashmen became a national hit; (3:09) The influence of surf music; (4:27) The Bird dance; (7:33) Augie Garcia and the first rock n roll band in the Twin Cities; (9:18) The Elvis concert at the St. Paul Auditorium

  • Part 2

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    (:33) WDGY’s DJ Bill Diehl; (5:02) Beatlemania; (7:25) “Run Run Run” by The Gestures; (9:36) Kay Bank Studios and Soma Records; (12:24) How the early 60s bands like The Trashmen influenced the local music scene; (13:24) Info on the LearningLife course “Kay Bank, WDGY, KDWB, and Mr. Lucky’s: 1960s Rock in Minnesota”
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