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Local guitarist inducted into Rock and Roll Music Association

Jeff Christensen, a former Hastings resident, was inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association on April 16 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Christensen was the guitarist for Crow, a Minneapolis-based band with songs making the national charts such as “Evil Woman” and “Cottage Cheese.”

“It was wonderful,” Christensen said of being inducted into the music association. This is the third induction Crow has received, with the other two being in Minnesota and Iowa. He said Wisconsin and Illinois inductions may be in their near future as well.

Crow originally formed in Minneapolis in 1967 with the members Dave Wagner, Larry Wiegand, Dick Wiegand, Dave Middlemist and Harry Nehls. The current members include Wagner, Larry Wiegand, Norm Steffen, Christensen and Middlemist.

Christensen is known in the music world as “Boday,” which is a nickname that started back when he was 15 years old and took a river trip up the Mississippi River from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Red Wing, Minnesota. Christensen said he and his brother went against the current in a 22-foot 1949 Chris Craft wooden boat. His neighbor, Tom Hughes, was a radio personality in Red Wing and dubbed the brothers Boday and Cooti. The name stuck.

“It was part of my formation as a person to go through an experience like that,” Christensen said.

It took the brothers five weeks to make it to Red Wing “and boy, did I get tan,” Christensen joked.

Christensen said one of his career accomplishments was breaking into the smooth jazz scene after his first album. He now has four smooth jazz recordings, including “Boday,” “Do You Know,” “French Vanilla” and “Butterfly Legs.”

Another highlight from his career was tuning Prince’s piano at his home and Paisley Park Studios. Christensen said he would go every 10 days for seven years. Prince’s manager eventually called him requesting his services for the piano at the home of Prince’s father, too.

Today, Christensen lives in Stillwater, but he still tunes pianos in Hastings. He is currently working on a progressive rock project aimed at festivals and national performances. In addition, he still plays with Crow. They have a concert coming up in Spirit Lake, Iowa, at the Boji Bay Events Center on Aug. 12. More tour dates are available at www.thecrowband.com.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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