SH-Boom is Retiring
Posted at: 04/11/2013 7:20 PM
| Updated at: 04/11/2013 7:38 PM
By: Darren Danielson
This next story takes us back in time, when girls wore ponytails and poodle skirts and guys wore jeans and ducktails. The time machine we'll use is a well-known Duluth band, that after 24 years is retiring.
For nearly a quarter of a century the Duluth 50s and 60s band, "SH-Boom," has been helping all of us remember the oldies. Their music, their costumes, and their antics have helped us cruise down memory lane for two and a half decades. But all good things must come to an end: after 24 years, the beloved Duluth troupe is retiring.
Linda Talbot, known as "Linda Lou" in the band, is one of the last two original members in SH-Boom. What she really likes about the oldies music, is it makes you want to dance and tap your toes.
Kathy Moland, known as "Kathy Sue," is the other original member. Kathy started the Duluth band back in 1988. Moland says, rock and roll came out in the mid-50s. Elvis, Buddy Holly, and Bill Haley were all coming out with fun songs then and she says that's when she started listening to the radio.
Linda Lou sings, plays keyboard and trumpet. Kathy Sue plays the sax and also sings. These two are still singing and swinging, but they've gone through lots of male band member over the years, 26 at last count. "I don't know if we're just hard on them, or what," Talbot says with a smile.
Long time Duluth disc jockey, Shelly Bergen knows the band well. He says, "When those gals came out with their poodle skirts, you're right back there, back in time. When they'd put on the Elvis wig and come out, you're back there, you're with Elvis." Bergen calls the band's retirement the end of an era.
They may be retiring, but they are going out with a bang. Their final gig is Saturday, April 20 at the Clearwater Grille, which is the old Lakeview Castle on Scenic Highway 61 north of Duluth. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and goes until the music stops, for the last time.