Duluth Songs Posts

Richard G. Hofacre – “City Lights of Duluth”

This song by Richard Gary Hofacre, which hit YouTube in 2012, has roots going back about 60 years.

Ben Rosenbush and the Brighton – “Duluth”

Duluth native Ben Rosenbush penned a song about the Zenith City for his band’s second album. Ben Rosenbush and the Brighton‘s 2012 release, A Wild Hunger, included a track titled simply “Duluth.”

James Moors – “Welcome to Duluth”

James Moors‘ “Welcome to Duluth” appeared on the 2008 album Hush.

Brian Just – “Duluth”

Minneapolis-based musician Brian Just released a song called “Duluth” on his 2005 album Every Tree and Every Stone.

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.

The Jayhawks – “Life Floats By”

Twenty years ago today — May 9, 2000 — Twin Cities alt-rock/country band the Jayhawks released its sixth studio album, Smile. The song “Life Floats By” references Duluth at the 1:52 mark.

We hit Duluth on a jag, baby
We hit Duluth on a jag, baby
I grab my coat, my hat and my paperback
From the corner of my eyes, I see you smile

Betty Grable & Dick Haymes – “The Back Bay Polka”

From the 1946 film The Shocking Miss Pilgram, Betty Grable and Dick Haymes sing “The Back Bay Polka,” written by George and Ira Gershwin. A reference to Duluth is around the 50-second mark.

Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash – “Wanted Man” (Duluth mention)

Duluth mentioned at 2:32, Hibbing mentioned at 3:18 with a derisive laugh.

LowH1Funk – “Looking for Love”

In the ongoing effort to chronicle songs that call out “Duluth,” here’s a recent one by local hip-hop act LowH1Funk from the three-track EP Ghostly. “Duluth” is referenced at the 36-second mark.

Mason Jennings – “Duluth”

In January 2000, Mason Jennings released his second album, Birds Flying Away, featuring a track titled “Duluth.” Twenty years later, on Friday, Jan. 24, he’s in town performing at Sacred Heart Music Center.

Third verse:

We’ll live in a little town
North of Duluth
Where my grandmother
Lived in her youth

Dave Hudson – “Samson in Duluth”

Brooklyn, New York-based musician Dave Hudson references Duluth on this track from his 2001 album New Sickness.

Richard Lee Armstrong – “Landlord of Duluth”

Ten years ago today — Dec. 30, 2009 — Richard Lee Armstrong released the album Pretty Dream Woman, featuring the track “Landlord of Duluth.” The song tells the story of Armstrong’s claim that he technically owns part of Downtown Duluth.

Brianna Lane – “Duluth”

Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter Brianna Lane released her song “Duluth” on the 2002 album On Rooftops.

Good Knight – “Two Eighteen (Duluth, Minnesnowta Part II)”

Duluth-based rapper Good Knight unleashed part one of this song about a decade ago on MySpace. That version was simply titled “Duluth, Minnesnowta,” and appeared on Perfect Duluth Day in 2011. Part two, featured here, has not previously been posted on PDD. It contains a sample of “Drive” by Incubus.

Both “Duluth, Minnesnowta” songs are loaded with Duluth references and appear on the album Northern Exposure / 40 Oz. Below Zero.

Dylan Thomas – “Duluth Street”

It’s not easy to find reliable information online about musician Dylan Thomas, since he shares the name of a famous Welsh poet. But what seems to be the case is that in 2007 Thomas released the album Pieces of an Overhead View, featuring a song with Duluth in the title and the lyrics.