"1956 was a great year for JL, Lynn Hanson and Me. We were friends at Washington Jr. High and that's where we formed what turned out to be Manitowoc's first rock band, JL & The Comets.
At the time the three of us played with Bob Buxbaum (LHS-59) who formed his big band in "56".
The band had 11 members. By 1957 we were playing every weekend all over the area. We played at least 3 dances at LHS including the 58 Homecoming Dance. Maybe some of you remember dances at St. Paul's , The Elks Club, etc. We played at Kiel High School's 1957 Homecoming dance and kids asked us for autographs!! Those sure were the early days of rock and roll!"
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Sharon (Heise-Ohde) Magnusson
Don't forget "In the Mood". Every time I hear about the "Big Band" era, I think of my Dad, his orchestra and how much he loved this type of music; Benny Goodman, the Dorsey Brothers, Glen Miller...and the list goes on. Whenever I would play any of the music from the mid to late 50's, his comment was always, "That isn't music".
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"Thanks, Harv, for "So Rare." I made 2 discs of my pre-1970 favorites, and it is on it. (To prove I am not biased to "oldies," I have 4 post-1970 discs, and it will grow.) Two others on the former include "The Day the Rains Came," by Jane Morgan in 1958 and "Whispering Hope," by Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae, which was written in the 1860s, I believe. I do not know if either qualify for your "fourth," but I thought I'd try."
Pete Christensen, Dale Sievert and Sharon (Heise-Ohde) Magnusson. Thank you for your contribution this week!
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