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‘Kids …’: David Letterman’s greatest Minnesota music hits

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President Barack Obama being interviewed by David Letterman during a taping of the "Late Show" on May 4.

Over the years, David Letterman has featured dozens of Minnesotans as special guests, including Louie AndersonLea ThompsonJosh Hartnett, Larry Graham, Mitch Hedberg, Eleanor Mondale, Paul MolitorTom Arnold, Craig Kilborn, Thomas Friedman, Kevin Garnett, Jonny Lang, Diablo Cody, Al Franken, Jesse Ventura, Kirby Puckett, Lindsey Vonn, and, infamously, WCCO-TV’s Don Shelby and Amelia Santaniello, as part of a Minnesota-themed special in 1997.

Most important to Minnesota musicheads, the retiring “Late Night” host, whose 32–year run concludes Friday, has been a great friend to Minnesota musicians, bands and songwriters, several of whom made their way to Rockefeller Center and the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York to perform for Letterman’s estimated 4 million nightly viewers. With his trademark, “Kids …,” Letterman introduced national television audiences to local heroes like Paul Westerberg, Soul Asylum, Tapes ‘n Tapes, Atmosphere, Semisonic, Lizzo, Trampled By Turtles, Jeremy Messersmith, and more. In honor of Letterman’s swan song, MinnPost presents a mixtape of Dave’s Greatest Minnesota Hits: 

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Dean Carlson on 05/11/2015 - 11:58 am.

    Misery 1995

    Do we know why Paul Shaffer took the trumpet away from Dave Pirner at the end of Misery? Was it a bit or was it something else?

    Oh and thanks for sharing Pavel

  2. Submitted by Robert Henderson on 05/11/2015 - 01:04 pm.

    Thanks for sharing

    but it’s really too bad you haven’t heard any of them, all are quite good. I’d suggest you give each of them a listen, perhaps you’d find someone in that group that you would enjoy. Then again you might find they don’t fit your personal taste in music.

    I suggest that if we only listen to music that we are comfortable with and familiar with we miss the opportunity to grow our tastes and find exciting and enjoyable new experiences.

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