He's known for the "Yakity Sax" and she's known for her Patsy Cline voice.
They - Joe and Marilyn Adcock - who were popular a few decades ago at Bar Harbor, will make a special appearance this weekend.
The Adcocks played six nights a week at Bar Harbor for 10 years beginning in 1975, and they have not played at the Nisswa supper club since. They plan to play from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and then they will host a music jam at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Marilyn Adcock, who will be playing at Bar Harbor for the first time in decades this weekend, performed at a club in Augusta, Ga.
The Adcocks, who live in Augusta, Ga., said in a telephone interview that they're excited to come back to Minnesota to play and visit with all the people who used to come watch them play decades ago. They also hope to see some new, younger fans.
"I think it'll be a very large crowd," said Joe Adcock. "A large number of people have called me about it (the weekend). Back in the day we had over 300 people every week.
"We enjoy getting up there on stage and getting the crowd involved."
Marilyn plays the piano, organ and she plays the bass with her feet. Joe plays drums, saxophone and the clarinet. They both sing. A variety duo, they play pretty much everything from jazz to country to bluegrass.
Joe Adcock played his saxophone at a club in Augusta, Ga.
The Adcocks said the music they'll perform will include Patsy Cline songs and beach music from The Drifters. On Sunday, all musicians are welcome to jam throughout most of the day. Adcocks' daughter, Rhonda Sullivan, who lives in Pequot Lakes with her husband, Tom, and their son, Benjamin, also will be at the jam session.
"When we were at Bar Harbor before we always had jam sessions on Sunday," said Adcock. "We had bands from the Twin Cities who came, they came from all over and many local musicians. We had a lot of fun."
Joe and Marilyn Adcock
Best memory from the early years at Bar Harbor: The jam sessions, those were most fun. It was people from Twin Cities ... and a lot of local musicians, one moved on to become Shotgun Red.
Favorite song to play: Joe's is Strangers on the Shore, and Marilyn's is Crazy.
Favorite Bar Harbor meal: Lobster for both of us. When we first went there in '76 we could get a 12-ounce lobster tail for $10.95.
If you were an instrument, which one would you be and why: Joe: I would be a clarinet because I love the sound and Marilyn would say a piano because it is her favorite.
First kiss: She was in Little Rock and I was in Nashville and she came to see me. When she got off the bus, I kissed her. She followed me to Tennessee after six months of knowing each other.
First movie you saw together: Spartacus.
Your greatest achievement: When we were playing in Augusta in '68, a show called the Masters of Music Show, which involved Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer and Boots Randolph and Nashville Brass, was going on. When they finished they came up to the club and we all played until 5 a.m. They were all friends of ours.
The Adcocks met in 1962 when Marilyn was playing at a club in Little Rock, Ark., and Joe was playing at a club next door. They eventually met and began playing together and formed a band. A few of their former band members included members of the Mar-Keys, a band from Tennessee.
The Adcocks and their band played not only in Arkansas, Alabama and Georgia, they also played in Greenland and Canada and for four to five years they played overseas for armed forces.
Then in 1975, the Adcocks decided to trim down the band to a duo - just the two of them. They were playing at a club in Iowa when Bob Daniels, the owner of Bar Harbor at the time with his wife Audrey, offered the Adcocks a job. The Adcocks jumped at the chance because they wanted a job where they could stay in one place for a while because of their then 12-year-old daughter.
The Adcocks played at Bar Harbor for 10 years and then decided to move because Marilyn couldn't handle the cold weather. Joe Adcock said he took a 15-year break from music and went into sales and Marilyn played at a first-class restaurant in Augusta, Ga., for 15 years.
Now the couple performs occasionally.
The Adcocks said there will be no cover charge this weekend. On Saturday night, Heartland Animal Rescue Team is sponsoring a costume party that will add to the fun.
JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at email@example.com or 855-5851.
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