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Bill Klausman

Bill, a former member of the New Christy
Minstrels, founded the River City Ramblers in
1960.  He started performing at age 6 on the
accordion.  After learning that a mistake on
accordion sounded terrible but a mistake on a
guitar was rock-and-roll, he switched to string
instruments as fast as he could.

He sang with the Portland Choirboys, Portland
Junior Symphonic Choir, Portland Symphonic
Choir, the Seattle Philharmonic Choir, Portland
State University's Choir, PSU's Madrigal
Singers and PSU's Singing Vikes, with whom he
toured with the USO.

Bill Klausman, Barry McGuire and Art Podel

Bill sharing the mic with Barry McGruire and Art Podel at a New Christy Minstrels show.  2017

River City Ramblers Bill Klausman

Bill with the River City Ramblers 

Kevin Neal, Dave Duthie, Bill Klausman

He was a member of the Tremolos who recorded his first composition, Just Wanderin, for RCA in 1959; The Meistersingers; 1958 Garage Band; The Westwinds and, of course, the New Christy Minstrels.   He also performed solo gigs in the folk digs of Portland, San Francisco, New London, New York and Hartford.

Bill Klausman
12010 NE 49th Court
Vancouver, WA  98686
Phone: 360-571-8603  Cell:  503-522-5577

Bill Klausman 2018
Bill Klausman 2018

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