The Continental Co-Ets: possibly history, definitely worthy
The Continental Co-Ets
Even without their originals and their chops, being an all-girl group obviously garnered them an amount of attention back in the day, the gendered "novelty" enough for the Vultures to invite them on a tour billed as a "battle of the sexes." While it should be considered sad that this is still notable, as bands like theScreaming Females
surprise and engage so many by the simple virtue of a virtuosic frontwoman, the Co-Ets really do seem to deserve the posthumous attention they're receiving, contributing original songs to rock's annals and showing countless girls and boys in the mid-'60s that being in a band wasn't only for the Y chromes.
The band started in 1963, in the town of Fulda in southwest Minnesota. The high school's music teacher, Dave Edwards, tutored the young musicians and played on stage with the group in its first few appearances.
"Those kids practiced until their fingers were just raw. The pain of playing with raw fingers is really something that's memorable, but they did it. That was the kind of drive and passion they had for playing," Edwards says.
Guitarist Carolyn Behr says "raw fingers" is a generous description. She says "bloody" is more accurate. Drummer Vicki Ommen says the hard work paid off.
"We were pretty good. We did a good job of combining all of our talents, and the sound that we put out was good. We were just kind of thrilled by it all," says Ommen.
The Continental Co-Ets were brought to our attention by the beautifully run local blog Nokohaha.
And, via Detailed Twang, two songs:
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