1984 – Prince jotted off the song “Nothing Compares 2 U” in the spare moments between promoting his new album Purple Rain and preparing for his big screen debut. Six years later, Sinead O’Connor reimagined the song and made it a hit. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
1936 – The Marx Brothers—Chico, Harpo and Groucho—arrived in Duluth. In overcoats. In July. The comedians heard it was cold up there. But they stuck around for three nights to try out their new script with local audiences, A Day at the Races. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
In 1978, Brenda Spencer just wanted to meet John Lennon. She’d traveled from Minnesota to join the other fans that hung outside his New York apartment building. Lennon not only put in an appearance but gave her a new nickname. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
Mary Welsh was not only Ernest Hemingway’s fourth (and last) wife but also his literary executor. But critics sniffed at the idea of this lumberman’s daughter from Bemidji editing her great husband’s memoir A Moveable Feast.
In 1941, the news from Europe was grim. The war was going badly for the good guys. That year, an insurance company employee decided to bring comedy to rural Minnesota with screenings of Charlie Chaplin films.
December 3, 2015, Scott Weiland, former front man of the Stone Temple Pilots, pulled into a parking lot in Bloomington, Minnesota. It was a day off on a busy tour with new band the Wildabouts. But he’d never make it to his next gig. Here’s Britt Aamodt.