Minneapolis Record Show

The Greenmen “Hold On! I’m Comin'” Minnesota 45 #9
March 15, 2011, 10:15 am
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1966 cover of the Sam & Dave classic by The Greenmen. Group was apparently from St. Cloud area and the record label based in Mankato.


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These 8 guys were mostly St. Cloud State College students, led by Gene Jurek, co-founder of the Mid America Music Hall Of Fame. Though the line up changed slightly over 2 years, these guys all played basically the same. They were oriented in the soul direction, incorporating 2 saxes, 2 trumpets, bass, lead, keys, and drums. Vocals were performed by most. They had a fabulous coreography as well as excellent musicianship. unfortunately, this was there only record, but only hints at the show they performed. You had to be there!! I was. And it’s my pleasure to say I know most of the band, even being able to perform with some of them throughout the years. Most that are still with us, are considered good friends. The days of 1966-1968 bring fabulous memories of this band, and the music of that era. Having taken their name from the fabulous Roscoe and His Little Green Men, they did great tribute to that band, which also produced some of the zaniest shows in the business.(Note: Roscoe and His Little Green Men perform to this day, originating in late 1957. An offshoot of that same band, Johnny Green and The Greenmen, still tour and provide quality variety music throughout the USA.) Over the years, other bands have grabbed that name, but none have performed the class of music that these guys did. I spent as much time listening to them as I could and can say I have this record and it’s one of my favorites. Long live the Greenmen!

Comment by Larry Beckner

Roscoe and his little green men still preform locally. The band still consists of Ron “Roscoe Lininger, his son Randy Lininger, Mike Homan, and Jack Harner. Ron “Roscoe” was the original front man for the little greenmen. I know there have been a couple of replacement for him but most people don’t realize who the original Roscoe was.

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