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Duluth Songs Posts

Shuggy Ray Smith – “Ruth from Duluth”

This little tune, purportedly released in December of 1965, is about a “little pretty girl” from Duluth who “eats corn on the cob through a picket fence.” Enjoy.

Doug Setterberg & Stan Boreson – “Scandinavian Hot Shot”

From the album Yust Try to Sing-a-long in Swedish with Doug Setterberg & Stan Boreson, Golden Crest Records, undated (circa 1962).

Local music fans will recognize this tune as the inspiration for the Hoot Owls song “Scandinavian Hot Rod.”

Mary Bue – “The Shit I Left in Duluth”

Former Duluthian Mary Bue sings about the stuff she left here in this new video from her album The Majesty of Beasts. The video was directed by Jon Hain.

The Hoot Owls – “Scandinavian Hot Rod”

The Hoot Owls - Alien ScrapyardRay Pirkola’s 1936 Ford Coupe debuted at the Million Dollar Motorcade car show at the Duluth Armory in 1955. Featuring 1940 Ford fenders and a hood grafted to a chopped and channeled 1936 five-window body, it was the first “full custom” car in the region. The song “Scandanavian Hot Rod” by the Hoot Owls celebrates the car and the self-determination of Ray Pirkola, father of the Hoot Owls singer and guitar player Barry Pirkola. The song is from the band’s 2010 album Alien Scrapyard.

Claire Stewart – “Duluth, My Home Town”

A nifty animation by Dave and Jean Kirwan set to a 1961 jingle about our fair city. This took first place in the 2013 Playground Short Shorts Film Festival this weekend.

List of songs with “Duluth” in the lyrics or title

This post was launched in 2009 and the list of Duluth songs continues to expand as new ones are reported. In mid-2018 the gradual process was begun of including links to posts with audio (and video if available) of the songs.