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Bob Lind, Published January 12 2014

Lind: More readers remember bands that played Halstad

Remember the Uglies?

Or how about the Marauders? Or the Fabulous Flippers?

Lyndon Bergee sure remembers them. They were among the musical groups he booked into the Legion Recreation Center in Halstad, Minn., years ago.

Neighbors has carried several stories about Halstad’s community gathering place that was built by World War II veterans. It’s still going strong, thanks to the Halstad folks who have restored it, and it’s still popularly known simply as the LRC, just as it was from its start.

Now Gale Bergee, formerly of Halstad and now of Ada, Minn., writes that it was his Uncle Lyndon who booked bands into the LRC in the old rock ’n’ roll days.

Gale says that in the 1950s, Lyndon booked such groups and individuals as Terry Lee and the Poor Boys, Buddy Knox and Bobby Vee and the Shadows.

In the 1960s, he booked the Uglies, the Red Dogs, the Churchkeys, the Marauders, the Unchained and the Fabulous Flippers.

Those groups were from the immediate area. But he also booked the Trashmen from Minneapolis and the Ronnettes, who were on a national tour.

Lyndon maybe wasn’t up on who the popular groups were, being something beyond rock ’n’ roll age; he is a World War II vet. But Gale says he received lots of help and advice from his teenage daughters, son and niece on who he should book.

These days, Lyndon and his wife, Elaine, spend their summers in Halstad and their winters in Florida.

And it’s Lyndon who folks who attended dances at the LRC years ago have to thank for bringing in the musicians … who came, even if they didn’t know Halstad’s exact location. Lyndon says one of the Ronnettes wasn’t sure which state they were in.

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