I have known this country music legend since we were teenagers and caddies at the Watertown Country Club, near Watertown South Dakota. Sherwin devoted his entire life to entertaining people with real music, Country Music. Listen and enjoy or visit him at one of the places on his schedule
I’m proud to say, I’ve known this great musician since we were young kids caddying and playing golf at the Country Club golf course near Watertown South Dakota, USA. As a youngster, he went to work at the local radio station KWAT, playing his guitar. That boyhood beginning evolved into a lifetime of ‘real’ music. He still plays almost daily at some location in the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul. In the winter time, his group travels down South. They entertain and play music for all of Texas to enjoy. I don’t know how he does it but plays at numerous county and state fairs too.
I have enclosed various websites where you can learn about this man and his music, also his schedules for the following year. I have been writing my blog now for close to three years and it just dawned on me. Maybe it walked right up and kicked me in the rear, you should write a post about Sherwin Linton, the South Dakota USA legend. The tireless trubadour, FOR SURE!
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The Clothing Struggle
If you ever watch the news you can’t help butt notice the camera man always has the camera focused, sharply, in close on people’s posterior’s as they walk the sidewalks all over this nation. You would think there would be much better things to broadcast on the news than people’s overweight conditions. Overweight or not, people seem to want to wear skin tight jeans. I have to say, many of them fill their jeans very nicely and look very shapely regardless of the brand. But there are a select group of people who have far too much body for the jeans they are struggling into and sporting around town.
This makes me think that possibly the biggest struggle in America outside of the war against terrorism has to be the struggle of people pulling up and squirming into their jeans every morning. You have to know while they are still struggling to get their jeans on, their minds can’t wait to get back home to take them off again, which no doubt is also a struggle in reverse. This story about jeans takes me back to a tight fitting clothes incident about 36 years ago.
A friend of mine named Sherwin Linton launched his career in the music business in the mid – 1950’s as a disc jockey and live performer of Rock-A-Billy music on radio station KWAT in Watertown, South Dakota. He returns to entertain the folks in his old hometown whenever he gets a chance. He loves to perform and has one of the best shows in country music.
My wife and I went to see him at a local club in Watertown in the early 1980s. During a break Sherwin, Pam and Patty joined us at our table. He introduced the sisters to us, they were two beautiful young ladies, wearing skin tight leather outfits. We visited awhile about when we were caddies at the golf course and as kids growing up around the railroad tracks in Watertown South Dakota. His dad was a railroad man, they lived right by the tracks.
Sherwin suddenly said, “Leland, why don’t you come on the road with us?” What? I was stunned, I know absolutely nothing about music! Then he says,”the girls have an awful time struggling into these outfits, I thought maybe you could help them get dressed.” My mouth was no doubt hanging open, eyes bulging out as I looked at the girls. One look at my wife told me my musical road tour had just ended. Everyone had a good laugh. Sherwin is a great joker and story teller. He later married Pam.
We did have a nice visit. I just happened to run across this URL about “Sherwin Linton and the Cotton Kings.” I thought I would share it with everyone. I am very proud to know Sherwin Linton and share his story and his web address with everyone.
“We have a terrific band of “Cotton Kings.” My wife Pam has been with my show for 36 years, since 1980 when she and her sister Patti, aka Brittany joined me while they were still in their teens. Pam and I were married August 15, 1988.”
Was there a toy or thing you always wanted as a child, during the holidays or on your birthday, but never received? Tell us about it.
Thanks for the suggestion, Jen Rosenberry!
There was one thing that I always wanted as a kid but never received. Many birthdays and Christmas days came and went, but what I was searching for was never there. I could understand that they were relatively expensive, and it was just something that children in lower-income families didn’t get to play with often. I was fortunate to have a friend George Hestead whose parents even had a big sailboat. I hope I didn’t become friends with him because he owned Lionel Train sets. He had the most massive train set I have ever seen. It got spread over one whole room in his house. I can hardly describe it, almost enough track to get to Chicago. He had depots, bridges, tunnels, railroad crossings, flashing lights, smoke coming out of the engines. It was indeed awe, inspiring site for my young mind. I spent a lot of time at his house. He didn’t mind letting me share in his wealth, and it was a lot of fun. It would have been easy to covet that neighbor’s trains!
In 1949 my brothers Corky and Harlan and I rode the passenger train from Bryant to Watertown with mom. My love for trains made that a particularly, memorable day. We later learned it was a special day for sure. Our parents were in the process of getting a divorce. Our big house got sold, we said tearful goodbyes to our pigeons. Mother soon moved us to Watertown. That was a monumental change in lifestyle. We learned to tend a large garden before doing anything else, and do some cleaning and cooking. Cloths washing water was pumped by hand and heated on the gas stove in a washtub with lye soap cut into it. Harlan ran his arm up to the elbow in the ringer one day. Mother suggested we use more care after that.
Watertown was a busy railroad center. I soon concluded, I now had my train set, full size. We would go down by the tracks and play around the different trains while switching cars and being moved around, and changing engines. Oh, what a time I had! We occasionally hopped a ride, hanging onto the side of a car and riding for a way, that was quite an adrenaline rush. As we got braver, we rode out to the edge of town then jumped off before the train got going too fast. We walked back to town, walked everywhere in those days. A lot of men were out of work and hopped rides on trains everywhere. There was a hobo camp near the river, north of Riverside Park. They were mostly a friendly group and shared their meager meals with us.
We were living in the days before electronic games and TV, so we made our entertainment. One of my favorite places was the old roundhouse, where those big steam locomotives got turned around and sent back in the other direction. I would crawl down and hide underneath the turntable and watch all the action going on up above. Those were exciting and scary times. The railroad people were always trying to chase us away, but I think they probably concluded. Those kids don’t have much to go home for and overlooked some of our presence there. We were always careful. I remember any time we crawled underneath a train to get across the tracks. We were very, very careful. My brother and I still have all of our legs today, and some reasonably unusual memories.
One of the railroad workers who lived next to the tracks was Sherwin Linton’s father. When he was motioning for me to get away from the trains, he didn’t realize that little hooligan would later become friends with his son Sherwin.
Ice got harvested by a large crew at Lake Kampeska all winter. There was a huge ice house at the lake and another one in town. They supplied ice for everyone during the long hot summer. Both were popular places to play on hot days. Ice got cut into huge blocks then stored in the ice houses with layers of sawdust in between.
Mother rented a house on the south side of Lake Kampeska one time. That is when I met George and his prized railroad system. We started to caddy at the Country Club, that’s where I met Sherwin Linton. He was the only caddy with a guitar. That old Tennessee Flat Top Box has served him well. He still maintains a tour schedule plus plays at county and State Fairs. At 80 years young he appears energetic and still plays great.
I love my trains but will stay away from the tracks when I see