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Friends, family say goodbye to longtime local musician

For decades Leonard "Len" Nickelson entertained the masses and trained others to do the same in his "Mom and Pop" music store on Tower Avenue. After starting the store in Duluth's West End, the 1930s-era musician expanded to Superior when Lang Mu...

For decades Leonard "Len" Nickelson entertained the masses and trained others to do the same in his "Mom and Pop" music store on Tower Avenue.

After starting the store in Duluth's West End, the 1930s-era musician expanded to Superior when Lang Music closed near North 14th Street, but moved years later to North 12th Street.

Nickelson, who died last week, operated the store in Superior for about 29 years, offering a full line of music from 45s and albums to sheet music, acoustic and electric guitars and more. For those who didn't know how to play the music, he offered lessons to young and old alike. He encouraged budding musicians by offering the latest in rock 'n' roll equipment and accessories.

Prior to opening Nickelson's Music, Nicholson was a professional musician in the 1930's with a four-piece vocal and instrumental group that traveled the country appearing at such locations as the Zebra Room in L.A., the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and others. The group, called the Four Playboys also had their original songs recorded in Hollywood, which were later played over radio. The group disbanded when Nicholson entered the Army at the beginning of World War II.

Services begin with visitation one hour before the noon funeral Tuesday at Salem Covenant Church, 339 N. 59th Ave. W., Duluth.

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