Tom Campbell hosts a series of Interviews with many Local Band members and other music Industry Professionals from 1955 to 1975
Listen to interviews with The Stillroven, The Underbeats, and more using the links at right —>
Tom Campbell grew up in Bloomington in the 1960’s, just a few short blocks from the WDGY Radio Studio and the 9 transmission towers blasting out rock’n’roll 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with 50,000 watts of power. It was on “Wee Gee” that Tom first heard the hit songs recorded by the local Twin Cities bands. His first concert was at The Met Stadium in Bloomington on August 21, 1965, the band was from Liverpool, England… The Beatles.
In the 1970’s Tom began collecting 45’s and albums, with a focus on Minnesota rock bands and was a frequent attendee at the ARC Record Conventions, held on a regular basis at a Holiday Inn near downtown St. Paul. It was at one of these record conventions that Tom first met Tom Tourville, from Winona, an avid record collector and Midwest rock’n’roll historian. In 1981, the two Toms decided to pay tribute to the local bands by holding an autograph session during one of the record shows. They rounded up about 15 musicians from various local bands and put together a flyer that featured photos of the bands. This successful event would be the very first tribute event that recognized the talented local musicians from the 1960’s.
Throughout the 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, and into the new century, interest in the local bands continued to grow, resulting in numerous reunion concerts and various events that promoted musicians and band members from Minnesota. Over the years, Tom has been actively involved in various local music projects and events including The Heritage Festival, The Mill City Music Festival, Rock Country Hall (now renamed as The Mid America Music Hall of Fame), The Soma Records Story concerts, The Big Kids of Mid America film documentary and the traveling historical display, Music and Memories. In addition, Tom has worked as a record producer, songwriter, musician, music critic, concert promoter and is the host of the underground radio show Minnesota Gold.
With 30 years of research into the local music scene, Tom has now joined forces with Denny Johnson from Sunrise Sound Studios to document and preserve the history of the local music scene through minniepaulmusic.com. One feature of the website is a series of audio interviews with local band members and other music industry people with a focus on the 1955 to 1975 time period. Tom believes the best way to preserve the history of the local music scene is to get the information firsthand, from the band members who made the music and the others who contributed.
A Personal Message from Tom:
I would like to say thank you to everyone who has participated in these interviews. Thanks to you the stories of the vibrant twin cities music scene during the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s will now be documented and preserved. To all who may listen to these interviews I hope that you find them informative and entertaining.
Interview Part ONE Time = 19:67
Interview Part TWO Time = 19:67