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Shout out to The Spencer Morris Duo and Fresno Bee paper boys

Rogue Festival Poster 2014by Tiffany HurtadoIn a blatant act of self promotion, I just have to shine a spotlight on The Spencer Morris Duo and their song “Paper Boys of the Fresno Bee.” The song is part of their Rogue show, “Downtown Fresno Blues,” a love letter to Fresno of years past in song. Their songs cover everything from Kearney Bowl to Lester Burger and something called the Sky Slide at Manchester Center (OK, who remembers that one?). But it’s the song about paper boys throwing papers from their bikes after school that had this unsuspecting Fresno Bee reporter smiling from ear to ear. The song references the days when The Bee was an afternoon paper. That all changed on Dec. 6, 1976. Their song poignantly ends with this verse:

“While internet readers now drift away and the morning delivery is every day, arms throwing from moving cars is what you’ll see, not paper boys of The Fresno Bee.”

The Spencer Morris Duo has three shows left: 7:45 p.m. March 2, 7:45 p.m. March 5, 11 a.m. March 8, Veni Vidi Vici, $5 in Rogue Bucks.

Here’s a little snippet of the song:

Responses to "Shout out to The Spencer Morris Duo and Fresno Bee paper boys"

blake says:

It *was* a moving song. The folks that have discovered Spencer/Morris over the years know that there is something very special there. If you don’t know their quirky charm and to-the-heart realness…it’s time to check ‘em out! I think they still have 3 performances left at the Rogue.

Linda says:

I remember the sky slide — not at Manchester, but across Blackstone and a bit north. It looked like a much wider, wooden version of the slides at the water parks and you rode down on sacks provided for the purpose.

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