A Celebration of the Life of Tony Glover

Come and celebrate with us the life of the legendary Tony “Little Sun” Glover. The afternoon program will include remembrances from family and friends, screened projections and assembled photo board featuring pictures from throughout Tony’s extraordinary life journey. Ample space will be provided to share thoughts and anecdotes about this most beloved and one-of-a-kind icon.

The afternoon will be MC’d by Tony’s close friend, KFAI’s Pete Lee, who will also be programming the pre-recorded music. Included will be numbers that Tony specially requested be played at this memorial.

Tony was born in Minneapolis on October 7th of 1939. As a teenager battling to overcome the effects of childhood polio, Tony heard the classic blues of Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson and others. The cosmos shifted.

After meeting a rosy-faced Leadbelly enthusiast, the prodigiously talented Dave Ray, the two formed a musical alliance that, along with the frequent addition of John Koerner, lasted until Ray’s death in 2002. Along the way, Tony participated in five groundbreaking records for Elektra with Dave and/or John. Their influence was acknowledged by everyone from the Beatles, The Doors and Dylan to David Bowie and Beck.

Tony also wrote the first instructional guide to learning the harmonica (Folkways, 1965) and hosted the first late night “underground” radio show in Minneapolis in the late 60s featuring such in-studio guests as Jimi Hendrix and Peter Townshend. Around this time he also traveled west to study sitar under virtuoso Indian sitarist Nikhil Banerjee, wrote liner notes for John Lee Hooker and Duane Allman, and contributed record reviews to numerous publications, including Rolling Stone and Crawdaddy. His friendship with poet Patti Smith led to her first spoken-word performances outside New York City in 1972 at the Walker Art Center and Hamline University.

After making the Twin Cities his permanent residence in the early 70s, Tony led a quiet, private life which reflected his low-key, cool demeanor. Duo albums with Ray in the 80s and a trio reunion with Ray and Koerner in the 90s proved that his harmonica skills had not diminished but actually grown. A legendary, 11-year run at the Times Cafe in downtown Minneapolis with Ray provided steady work and countless fond memories. After Ray’s death, Tony played with Galen Michaelson and Jon Rodine in V3. In the last years of his life Tony performed occasionally with Koerner and the duo of Pop Wagner and Charlie Maguire. He memorably sat in with The Replacements at Midway Stadium.



Partial Seating. 

Event: 12:00pm-3:00pm

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