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Bob Lind, Published January 20 2014

Neighbors: People from the area who made it big in world of entertainment

When people talk about those from the Fargo-Moorhead region who became national entertainment stars, singer and song composer Peggy Lee often heads the list. But there were others.

Let’s start with Peggy, who was born in 1920 in Jamestown, N.D. Her name was Norma Egstrom before WDAY’s Ken Kennedy gave her the Peggy Lee name while she was a singer with that radio station.

She went on to be a major recording star on her own and with big bands.

Then, of course, there was Lawrence Welk, who was born at Strasburg, N.D., in 1903.

Frank Scott, born in Fargo in 1921, gained a measure of fame as a musician and arranger for Welk.

Now then, does the name Harriette Lake hit home for you?

Probably not. But her professional name of Ann Sothern may.

Ann was born in 1909 in Valley City, N.D. She went on to be a major movie and TV star.

Then there’s Lyle Henderson. But you will remember him as Skitch Henderson.

He’s the musician who was born in 1918 near Halstad, Minn. He became the first conductor on both the “Tonight” and the “Today” TV shows.

Country singer Lynn Anderson was born in 1947 in Grand Forks. And, yes, Lynn Anderson is her given name.

And how about Robert Velline? He was born in 1943 in Fargo. You know him as popular singer Bobby Vee.

Let Neighbors know if you are aware of others from the area who made it big in the entertainment world.

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