Tag Archives: White Bear Lake

The Mystery Surfers ‘White Bear Surf’

2 Jul

I found these songs on some recordable acetate 78RPM records. They came in the GJG retail store in White Bear Lake. Nobody knows who are on these recordings. Sound quality is “warts and all”. Band and album titles courtesy of me!

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Medley: Blue Moon/Wipe Out/Pipeline

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What? Jazz Fusion from the suburbs in the 1970s & 1980s? CROSSOVER

15 May

Crossover Jump B&WCrossover at Bobbies(this post is second in a series saluting the estimable BILL AXELROD)

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cvr#1CROSSOVER came together from the ashes of two White Bear Lake-area bands: Watersign, which included Enrique Toussaint (bass), Dan Fashing (drums), Greg McNeely (keyboards), Tim Moeller (guitar), Rick Odell (sax– pre-Lamont Cranston), & John Elms (vocals, ex- Copperhead) and City, which featured Jimmy Lawrence (vocals & congas), and Bill Axelrod (tenor sax & percussion– post Fabulous Flippers). Watersign were regular performers at The Sunset Bar in White Bear Lake and The Dugout in Willernie. City played throughout the Twin Cities area & Groucho’s at Hwy 61 & 2nd Avenue in White Bear Lake.

 Members of Crossover throughout their history included:

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Greg McNeely

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Ron Lundquist (drums)

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.Jimmy Lawrence

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Bill Axelrod

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Tim Moeller

Enrique Toussaint

Josh Weaver (bass)

Dave Sletten (sax)

Ricky Washington (drums)

Johnny Hodges (vocals)

Bruce Jackson (keyboards)

Paul Johnson (bass)

Lee Blaske (keyboards)

Jim Barringer (guitar)

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cvr#9Pioneers of jazz fusion with a stage entirely covered in congas & other percussion, Crossover was one of the first jazz fusion groups to play The C Sharp Jazz Room at The Oz Night Club & Disco in Downtown St Paul. They played at Taste Show Lounge & Chicago Bar in Minneapolis, and at the 617 Bar in White Bear Lake too, kicking off the start of jazz fusion music there.

cvr#7The self-titled LP on Atomic Theory Records (c 1985 1002) is Greg, Johnny, and other Twin Cities musicians along with some stellar L.A. studio musicians, including Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. (You can buy a vintage brand new sealed unopened unplayed copy of this sought-after wax right here.)

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Bluebyrd “Sweet Thoughts” 1970s Minnesota LP

1 Mar

I found this LP in Duluth a few years ago, and noticed a mention of Bemidji, Minnesota on the label, so I always assumed this to be a Northern Minnesota record. Recently guitarist Terry Jenister set me straight: Bluebyrd were from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and weren’t much of a bar-playing-working band; they were more of a studio project. “We recorded some songs to document or demo them, one thing led to another, and we pressed some records”. What a record it is! Catchy songs, plaintively recorded; it’s a real treat. Sweet Thoughts conveys the laid-back organic vibe of the early/mid 1970s perfectly- a great lost Minnesota classic to boot. Now I’m off to find their other LP- that one is also really good, I’ve heard. Thanks to Terry for giving me the go-ahead to put these up for your listening pleasure.

In the Morning Light

I’m Flying High

Lullaby Love

You’re Wonderful

Tomorrow

I’m in Love With Your Smile

I’m Glad (You’re Gone)

Peggy’s Song

Silver Moon

Bright Orange Circle

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