These were the NuBeats way back when, circa the late 50s. Here was Valley City's own record-cutting band comprised of (L-R) Bob Ingstad, Jr., Gordy Blaskowski, Tom Stine and Bryce Risser. Sadly, three members of this group passed away already, much too prematurely, and Bryce Risser is, as he says, "the last man standing." Actually, he's sitting in the photograph, taken at Olson's Studio in Valley City--where we all had our photos taken back then--and they're all wearing white socks. Good lookin' bunch! At least that's what the girls tell me.
To learn more about the NuBeats and the record they made at the same studio in which Bobby Vee recorded in Minneapolis, listen to my INTERVIEW WITH BRYCE RISSER.
You can also listen to the Nubeats record, side A is Carlotta and Side B is Spring Fever. Click on those links to hear the record. In the interview Bryce explains how the tune Carlotta got it's name. Thanks to Bryce for taking time to talk with me and thanks to his wife, LaRon, for emailing the above photo and sending along the music files. (These musical numbers are are copyrighted and used here with permission) - Larry Gauper, VH61, Blogmeister