NEW ULM - Six inductees were added to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame (MMHOF) Friday at the 24th Annual Induction Ceremony and Banquet at Turner Hall.
New inductees were the folk and blues trio Koerner, Ray & Glover; World Champion accordionist Leonard "Skeets" Langley; the late country-western guitarist LeRoy Glazier, concertina and accordion virtuoso Jerry Minar, the Chord-Ayers and the country-rock band Canoise.
University of Minnesota students "Spider" John Koener, Dave "Snaker" Ray, and Tony "Little Son" Glover have spanned a 40-year musical career. They were described as a driving force in the urban folk music revival of the 1960s with traditional folk, blues, ragtime, string-band and country blues.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
Minnesota Music Hall of Fame 2012 inductees, front, left, Cynthia Glazier for the late LeRoy Glazier, Pat Curto and Bob Coates of Canoise; back, left, Jerry Minar, between Chord-Ayers directors Ted Albers and Paul Tarelstad.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
Steve Moran was named Volunteer of the Year at the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame banquet.
Glover wrote three books on how to play the harmonica.
Langley began accordion lessons at age six, winning many national titles, winning a world title in 1963 in Baden-Baden, Germany. He played everything from opera to Bavarian-style music and led the "Skeets Trio."
With bachelor's and master's degrees in music, he taught music for 33 years to elementary students in Robbinsdale.
Born in Canada, the late Glazier played classic country-western music in and around St. Cloud for 40 years. He jammed with George Jones, Tommy Cash and Ray Price when they performed in Minnesota.
Glazier's wife Cynthia, who works at a country-western radio station in Sauk Rapids, accepted the award for him.
Minar's career includes teaching, recording, entertaining and manufacturing concertinas. He bought the rights to build and sell (the late New Ulmite Christy) Hengel concertinas.
Minar co-founded the Czech Concertina Club and is active in three other clubs. In 1993 as a member of the Ivan Kahle Band, he was invited to perform for President Bill Clinton's Inauguration in Washington, D.C.
"Let us never forget music is a gift from God and sweet concertina music is a gift from heaven," said Minar, after thanking his wife Bev for her support.
A 35-member men's chorus from West Central Minnesota, the Chord-Ayres performed three numbers, got a standing ovation and sang another piece, "When We All Get Together With The Lord."
The band's performances include singing "Friendship" and the Navy Hymn ("Eternal Father") at the Pearl Harbor Memorial.
Canoise, four St. Cloud State college freshmen from other bands began rehearsing together in 1965. They opened for The Dave Clark 5 and Paul Revere & The Raiders and performed in a Battle of The Bands on the national TV show, "Where The Action Is," besides singing with Elton John and Chuck Berry in Hawaii.
Steve Moran, a 2009 MMHOF inductee, was named Volunteer of the Year.
Master of Ceremonies Brian Filzen encouraged anyone interested in nominating a band to the MMHOF to do so.
The 2012 Inductee Showcase with free admission, refreshments and entertainment by Donnie Klossner will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at the MMHOF Museum on the corner of Broadway and First North.