#4M: Idaho Musicians

This month’s honorary music conductor is Michelle from Music and Merriment with Michelle.  She has tasked us with a theme of ‘Songs in honor of World Music Day’.

This is what wikipedia tells us about World Music Day:

The Fête de la Musique, also known in English as Music Day, Make Music Day or World Music Day, is an annual music celebration that takes place on 21 June. On Music Day the citizens of a city or country are allowed and urged to play music outside in their neighborhoods or in public spaces and parks. Free concerts are also organized, where musicians play for fun and not for payment.
The first all-day musical celebration on the day of the summer solstice was originated by Jack Lang, Minister of Culture of France, as well as by Maurice Fleuret; it was celebrated in Paris in 1982. Music Day later became celebrated in 120 countries around the world.

Fête de la Musique's purpose is to promote music in two ways:

  • Amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in the streets, under the slogan "Faites de la musique" ("Make music"), a homophone of Fête de la Musique.
  • Many free concerts are organized, making all genres of music accessible to the public. Two of the caveats to being sanctioned by the official Fête de la Musique organization in Paris are that all concerts must be free to the public, and all performers donate their time free of charge. This is true of most participating cities as well.
Despite there being a large tolerance by the general public about the performance of music by amateurs in public areas after the usual hours, noise restrictions still apply and can cause some establishments to be forbidden to remain open and broadcast music out of their doors without prior authorization. This means that the prefectures of police in France can still forbid individuals, groups, or establishments to install any audio hardware in the street.
If I am understanding World Music Day correctly, musicians share their music locally.

What I have decided to do for this theme challenge today, is to highlight some of the music from my local area - In other words, musicians from the great state of Idaho. It’s true, we’re much more than fantastic potatoes and beautiful mountains.

Here’s the playlist that I have come up with:

  1. Steve Isham, keyboardist and co-founder of the band Autograph was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. He co-wrote Turn Up The Radio. Fun Fact: He is buried at the same cemetery as my sister.
  2. Jim Pike, lead vocalist and co-founder of The Lettermen, attended high school in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Fun Fact: His nieces and nephews attended the same high school with my sister.
  3. Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna Jr. (aka Nikki Sixx) of Motley Crue fame spent his childhood living with his grandparents in Jerome, Idaho.
  4. Paul Revere Dick grew up on a farm outside of Boise, Idaho. He also owned a barbershop and a drive-in restaurant in Caldwell, Idaho. Fun Fact: When he was picking up hamburger buns from a local bakery, he met Mark Lindsay. The two of them co-founded Paul Revere & The Raiders
  5. Mark Lindsay - there was a contractual issue with Paul Revere & The Raiders that Mark did not agree with. As a result, he started performing solo.
  6. Peter Cetera - Solo Artist and co-lead vocalist for Chicago lives in Ketchum, Idaho. His second wife was a competitive snowboarder. After their divorce, he stayed in Idaho. Fun Fact: a few of my good friends have played on the local softball league with him as well as some ‘just for fun’ basketball games.
  7. Steve Miller of  Steve Miller Band also has a sprawling mansion just north of Ketchum, Idaho.  His band was chosen to kickoff the 50 year anniversary of the Sun Valley Museum of Arts Concert series, but this has since been cancelled due to COVID19.
  8. Judy Lynn Kelly (performing as Judy Lynn) was born in Boise, Idaho. She was a beauty queen and won the Miss Idaho title in 1955. She went on to become a country music singer/songwriter.
  9. John Nemeth was also born and raised in Boise, Idaho. He is an electric blues and soul harmonicist, singer, and songwriter. He has received two Blues Music Awards for Soul Blues Male Artist in 2014 and Soul Blues Album in 2015. He has recorded nine solo albums since 2002, having also backed Junior Watson, Anson Funderburgh and Elvin Bishop. He has opened for Robert Cray, Keb' Mo', and Earl Thomas.
  10. Larry Laprise at one point held the U.S. copyright for the song "Do The Hokey Pokey". LaPrise was born in Detroit, Michigan. He wrote "Do The Hokey Pokey" in the early 1940s for the après-ski crowd at a club in Sun Valley, Idaho. The song was first recorded by his group the Ram Trio (on the record they're known as the Sun Valley Trio) (with Charles Macak and Tafit Baker) in 1948. They were awarded U.S. copyright in 1950. The authorship of the Hokey Pokey is disputed, with European songwriter Jimmy Kennedy claiming to have written the original (entitled "Cokey-Cokey") during WWII. Robert Degan sued LaPrise for copyright infringement of his 1946 "The Hokey-Pokey Dance". They settled out of court. After the group broke up in the mid-1960s, LaPrise worked for the Post Office in Ketchum, Idaho. LaPrise died, aged 83, in Gooding, Idaho.

I hope that you enjoyed learning a little bit about Idaho’s music history. Have a Great Week!

Today’s post is part of the Monday’s Music Moves Me blog hop, hosted by X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by Stacy Uncorked, Curious as a Cathy. , and Ramblin with AM. Be sure to stop by the hosts and visit the other participants.  If you have a MUSIC* post, feel free to join in the fun! *sorry non-music posts are not permitted in this blog hop.

Sorry for not including the bloghop link. I am still away from my computer. Having daily IV infusions and wound care.  Please visit www.curiousasacathy.com for the links.


  1. way cool. I had no idea so many musicians hailed from your neck of the woods.

  2. Great song list and you area produces a lot of musicians. Very nice.

  3. Hey Mary,

    How are you doing? I've been horrible about making visits on FB. I really need to do that so I can catch your updates. Anywho, I like your spin on today's theme. Your comment about Idaho is more than fantastic potatoes and beautiful mountains made me smile. :D I am listening to your playlist while I tackle some chores in the kitchen. Thanks for joining the 4M crew on the dance floor and don't worry about including the linky on your post, darlin'! You have more important things to tend to, your health. Now take extra good care of yourself. Sending hugs, love, and loads of prayers your way. Have a boogietastic week!

  4. Girlfriend.... how's goin? Have we rocked the house today... let's see... oh my gosh, should I even ask... of course you have! Didn't know the first one I don't believe, but I know Girls, Girls, Girls by Motley CRew... Okay, I'm in my zone now what else ya got? Oh yeah, Paul Revere & his Raiders I use to rush home from school because it would come on at 3:30 or 4 I forget which... because it was PAUL REVERE & HIS RAIDERS on TV... woo hoo they use to be really hot in my book! hahaha thanks for posting "Arizona", that was a good song I must admit for sure! Chicago goes without saying they were HOT! Steve Miller band I saw them in Naperville next town over from me. They were the bomb for sure! Omg you have yodeling too! Cool, OMG You even have the Hokey Pokey hahahaha Fantastic girlfriend.. and yodeling? hahaha Good One!!! Have a great week... gotta run! hugs STAY SAFE!

  5. Wow, great theme today! I had no idea Idaho had this many famous musicians. And I was one of those who played in the same softball league as Peter Cetera! Great athlete, he is. And a great guy--very funny.
    Interesting fact--I hit a ball in the gap and slid into third base just ahead of Peter Cetera's tag. He did a fake throw to the pitcher and tagged me again, and then threw the ball back to the pitcher, laughing. I stepped off third like I was going to run home. He reached over and tagged me--he'd had the ball the whole time! The ol' hidden ball trick! The umpire called me out, and his team ran off the field into the dugout laughing, while I lay on the ground humiliated. Then the umpire yelled, "Safe! It was time out." and his team went back out on to the field. Peter came back out to third base and gave me a high five. A really nice, great guy, with a killer sense of humor!

  6. So that's where Pete Cetera has been hiding himself! He's from Chicago, and probably played a lot of softball there, although the Chicago game is a little different (the ball's bigger and you play without gloves).

    Really interesting that so many musicians live there...

  7. so....I knew IMMEDIATELY who Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna was. I've had a near life-long crush on him! Fun fact: Autograph opened for Motley Crue on their Theatre of Pain tour in 1985, so I saw both Idaho artists for the first time at the same show. I had no idea Steve Isham had died, though.


  8. Yours was an interesting twist to the theme. My somewhat local musicians, if I had thought of it, would have included Jeffery Jeff Walker, Natalie Merchant, Chuck Mangione, and most local of all, Ronnie James Dio (I know someone who went to high school with him.) I should do a post on them one day. Your Idaho group made some great music; I enjoyed your playlist very much.


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