Monday, 27 May 2013

NORTH STAR 2065

AUGIE GARCIA QUINTET
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KB-398A - Ring-A-Ling-A   (North Star Publ.)
KB-398B - Be My Guest   (North Star Publ.)
NORTH STAR 2065
1936 University Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Augie Garcia, from St. Paul's West Side, was known as the "godfather of Minnesota rock 'n' roll." In 1956, he opened for Elvis Presley in the St. Paul Auditorium, but his high-energy show in his trademark Bermuda shorts was too much for Presley's manager, Col. Tom Parker. The crowd became frenzied, Garcia later recalled, and Parker pulled him from the stage, citing a clause in Garcia's contract that barred competition with the headliner. The shorts were a Garcia trademark. He recalled that he had 38 pair of them that he wore in both summer and winter.  (Minnesota Historical Society)






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