Al Trace and the Revelers – “Duluth M-I-double-N”

Here’s a little track for everyone who wants “to be where the winds blow free” — Duluth.

The PDD Video Lab has joined this scratchy old 10-inch record with Duluth images circa the mid-to-late 1940s via Minnesota Reflections, the database of digitized materials from the Northeastern Minnesota Historical Collections and other cultural heritage organizations across Minnesota.

Al Trace and His New Orchestra hit #1 on the Billboard charts in the summer of 1948 with the song “You Call Everybody Darlin’.” There were two versions of the single, one on Regent Records and one on Sterling Records. The Sterling version featured “Duluth M-I-double-N” on the B side.

The Regent version of “You Call Everybody Darlin’,” catalog number 117, was by Al Trace and His New Orchestra. It first reached the Billboard charts on June 18, 1948, and charted for 22 weeks. The B-side track was “Linger Awhile.”

It was preceded in 1946 by the Al Trace and the Revelers version, Sterling catalog number 3023, which reached #21 in Billboard’s “Most Played in Juke Boxes” survey during a three-week chart run.

Bob Vincent is the vocalist on “Duluth M-I-double-N” and both versions of “You Call Everybody Darlin’.” Al Trace wrote “Duluth M-I-double-N,” and partnered with Sam Martin and Ben Trace to write “You Call Everybody Darlin’.”

Thanks to Walt Dizzo for finding and sharing this 78 RPM hunk of shellac. Below is the first attempt at a video, simply pointing a smartphone at the ol’ Magnavox.


Mark Nicklawske

about 4 years ago

Great song! Thanks for digging that one up Walt! What a find! Cool old-time slide show too. Where was the rail yard pictured at 2:32? I can't place it.

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

Stretched the bounds of Duluth a bit ...

Duluth Missabe and Iron Range steaming ore cars at Two Harbors, Minnesota Elevated view of the D.M. & I.R. ore steaming operation at Two Harbors with loaded and empty cars in the yards. Also in view are several steam engines switching cars and in the distance the "Edna G" is assisting a lake freighter in the harbor.

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