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Minnesota Music Notes

Series produced by Ampers

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Moments in the musical history of Minnesota

Moments in the musical history of Minnesota


52 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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“Hail Minnesota” is Minnesota’s official State Song, but has a history that is tied to the University of Minnesota. Producer Daniel Zamzow describe...

Bought by KQAL, KSRQ, and KFAI


  • Added: Jul 14, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 3
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For young Patty, Maxene, and LaVerne Andrews, a Minneapolis talent show was how their star began to rise. Daniel Zamzow describes how Minnesota’s m...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Prince Rogers Nelson had played in a few bands while growing up in North Minneapolis. According to producer Daniel Zamzow, the first full-band show...

Bought by KQAL and KFAI


  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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The Godfather of Minnesota Rock n’ Roll, Augie Garcia, was hired to open for Elvis Presley when he played The St. Paul Auditorium in 1956. Producer...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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What is known as the Asian Holocaust of World War II, is a far-reaching tale of tragedy that affected Asian cultures all around the world. Producer...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Folk music in Minnesota is as rich as the waters that led explorers through the state in the first place. Producer Daniel Zamzow explains how Frenc...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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The multi-talented Ardis Wells together with her Rhythm Ranch Gals are considered the earliest all-female country band in the United States. Though...

Bought by KQAL, KFAI, and Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE


  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 3
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In 1903, Norwegian descendant F. Melius Christiansen was hired to teach music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. As producer Daniel Zamz...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Tetes Noires were known for their eclectic sound, funky fashion, and badass attitude in the 1980s. But as producer Daniel Zamzow learned of Twin Ci...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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The virtuoso accordionist and bandleader of the 1920’s and ‘30s, Thorstein Skarning would play anywhere there was a chance to blend Norwegian tradi...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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As producer Daniel Zamzow learned, “The Day the Music Died” was the tragic event that led Moorhead native Bobby Vee to the first step in his Rock-n...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Minnesota rocker Mark Mallman made history in 2010 when he played a very, very long show at St. Paul’s Turf Club. Producer Daniel Zamzow tells us w...

Bought by Radio K, KQAL, and KFAI


  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 3
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There’s one group in Minnesota that employs stylings of as many African-American genres as possible. As Daniel Zamzow found out, this group began a...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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The Minnesota Orchestra has worked to expand its audience since it was founded over a century ago. Producer Daniel Zamzow discovers that one of the...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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There were many pieces to play, and even more pieces to move in order to organize a full-time orchestra in early 1900s Minnesota. As producer Danie...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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The Replacements made a name for themselves in the national music scene of the 1980s. As producer Daniel Zamzow describes, many ‘Mats tunes evoke t...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Minnesota has a rich history of immigrant contributions to modern culture. As producer Daniel Zamzow learned, folks specifically from the Scottish ...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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It was a turning point in Bob Dylan’s career as he chose to record half of his album “Blood on the Tracks” in Minneapolis recording studio Sound 80...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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“Spider” John Koerner and Willie Murphy of Minneapolis were touring in support of their collaboration album when, as producer Daniel Zamzow learned...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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As producer Daniel Zamzow learned of Minnesota’s Iron Range, its industrial development in the early 1900s attracted workers from over 20 nations. ...

Bought by KQAL and KFAI


  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2