About The Group
The Hiawatha Ramblers were making a name for themselves as they did appearances in the upper Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois areas. They appear to have originated somewhere near the Lake Superior area.
In 1951, they appeared with Gene Autry at the Illionis State Fair in Springfield.
In 1953, they were in a long engagement at the Miller High Life Spa in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, having performed there for 48 consecurtive weeks. A 1954 ad featuring the group in the Milwaukee Sentinel newspaper indicates the club was at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and North Fifth Street in Milwaukee. The manager was Roy Tako.
The band also had their own televsion show, "The Rhythm Roundup".
Roaming around the internet, the band was also said to have been one of the earliest shows on station WLUC-TV in Negaunee, in the upper Michigan area. Another site notes that they later became a polka band and did several recordings on the
A 1953 article mentioned that they had recorded several tunes, including:
In November or December 1954, Billboard reported the group was part of a big celebratory "jamboree" show being sponsored by WTMJ and WTMJ-TV. The show was to celebrate the second anniversary of the show hosted by Joe Shott and His Hot Shots. The emcee for the program was Gordon Hinkley. The show was to be at George Divine's Millionaire Ballroom. Tickets were being sold at 50cents apiece. Also slated for that anniversary show were Dick Hiorns, The Winkert Sisters, Lary Lee, Ken Murphy, the Stone Sisters, Eddie Wolford, Mary Halloran, Maryln Mallas, Margaret Polsen, Elaine Simerlain, Johnny Aldon and Willie Kolbe and Terry Faith.
In 2006, Lloyd (Slim) Miller passed away. In 2013, Bill Mitchell passed away.
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