Louis Armstrong played the Minnesota Theater during the week of June 23, 1928.
Paul Whiteman appeared at the Minnesota Theater the week of June 29, 1928, reported the Minnetonka Record. With the Whiteman Orchestra was legendary cornetist Bix Beiderbecke. This is worth quoting at length:
[Whiteman] was the guest of Hal Kiedel at the Minnetonka Country Club Tuesday morning. Included in the party were Roy Bargy, pianist, composer and recording artist; several boys from the orchestra; and our own Eddie Dunstedter.
The ensuing golf match between Mr. Whiteman and Mr. Dunstedter was the culmination of a bitter feud of long standing between these two artists. In the two half “swore-some” that followed it is needless to say that these to great stylists shot a par 36 for the first nine. Mr. Dunstedter claimed a victory by virtue of the fact that Paul wore rubber-toed shoes and he couldn’t hear him kick the ball around. While Mr. Whiteman indignantly declared he was champion, inasmuch as he couldn’t throw the ball as far as Eddie.
It must be said that as a great golfer Eddie is certainly a wonderful – organist, and Mr. Whiteman’s par 3 on the second hole was a classic and will probably be talked about for years – by him.
Anyway, we are glad such notables visited us.
Eddie Dunstedter recorded some classic Christmas albums,and taught organ at the McPhail Music Center from 1965 to his death in 1974.