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Bob Lind, Published July 17 2012

Neighbors: Mailbag includes Lulu Belle, Scotty radio memories

Neighbors’ mailbag contains more memories of the old-time radio duo of Lulu Belle and Scotty, who other folks have written in about.

From Chicago, Stephen Parry writes that he read “with great interest the column about Lulu Belle and Scotty.”

Stephen is the producer of the documentary “The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance.”

The Public Broadcasting System carried the program last fall. It included a segment on Lulu Belle and Scotty. It is still available on the Web at www.hayloftgang.com.

“Folks in North Dakota could hear the Barn Dance from WLS Radio in Chicago,” Stephen says, “and many WLS stars played road shows in North Dakota.”

One of those who saw Lulu Belle and Scotty was Lila Bemis, Valley City, N.D., who saw them perform in the Valley City Auditorium, although she can’t remember the year. But it probably was during the annual Winter Show, she writes, and she thinks WDAY’s Ken Kennedy may have been the emcee.

Lila had a copy of the sheet music of “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” that is autographed by Scotty, who wrote it, and Lulu Belle. But she gave it to Merle O’Connell, now of Fargo, because Merle was with a group of women who often got together to play the piano.

Lulu Belle and Scotty also appeared at the Wells County Fair in Fessenden, N.D., in the late 1940s, according to George Litke, who writes that “Tying the Leaves So They Won’t Fall Down” was another of their favorite songs.

George lives on a farm at Fessenden. “Been here for 84 years,” he writes.

Go for many more, George.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it to (701) 241-5487; or email blind@forumcomm.com

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