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Neighbors: Help enjoy musical acts that played Fargo ‘way back when’

Speaking of the bands which used to play in the Fargo-Moorhead area (as Neighbors has been doing lately), Steve Runck, Horace, N.D., writes of another band, Overland Stage, “which played in Fargo way back when,” he says.

Past columns also mentioned the Unbelievable Uglies. Now Tracy McGillis, Mayville, N.D., writes that she acquired that band’s baby grand piano a couple of years ago.

Tracy thinks someone might wish to buy it for its sentimental value.

Bing, Dinah and more

Speaking of musical sentiments, columns about the night the Duke Ellington band played in Fargo in 1940 are bringing in more responses. They’ll be published later, after more information comes in.

But that makes Neighbors think about many of the past music stars on the national scene, and if any of you have any special memories of actually seeing any of them perform.

Some names that come to mind are singers Nat “King” Cole, Tony Martin, Kay Starr, Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughn, Mel Torme, Teresa Brewer, Margaret Whiting, Dick Haymes and Perry Como.

Doris Day, Buddy Clark, Mario Lanza, Dinah Shore, Guy Mitchell, Helen Forrest, Tex Ritter, Willie Nelson, Roy Acuff, Loretta Lynn and Frank Sinatra.

And groups like the Mills Brothers, the Andrews Sisters, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians, Manhattan Transfer, the Ames Brothers.

Pianists Don Shirley and Frankie Carle.

Organist Ken Griffin.

The bands and orchestras of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Harry James, Mantovani, Sammy Kaye, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Art Lund, Ralph Carmichael, Dukes of Dixieland, Guy Lombardo, Ray Anthony, Percy Faith.

Any of you ever see and hear any of these or some other big names in person? What can you report about it?

Let Neighbors know, both to spur pleasant memories for those who liked the music these people provided and to let younger folks know who some of the big names in music were a few years ago.