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Leo J Aberle

  • Birth 3 Mar 1903 Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Death 6 Sep 1970 Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Burial Monona, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Memorial ID 87022006

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Leo Aberle, 67, Musician, dies Leo J. Aberle, 67, of 810 Emerald St., was dead on arrival at a hospital Sunday (Sept. 6 1970) after an apparent heart attack at home. He was a lifelong Madison resident. He was a professional musician and taught music.

Surviving are his wife, the former Christene Christenson; a daughter, Arlene (Andrew) Baggely, Wyncote, Pa.; three sisters, Mrs. Kathryn Hammond, Hemet, Calif.; Mrs. Nell Wilhelm, 600 S. Brearly St.; and Mrs. Joseph R. Wrend, 4017 Tokay Blvd.; and two grandchildren.

Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park.

Monday, September 07, 1970, Madison, Wisconsin

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LEO ABERLE, popular 64 year-old Madison banjoist, now performs Friday through Sunday at Shakey's Pizza West, 6640 University Ave., Middleton, after a five-year stint at Shakey's East, 3553 E. Washington Ave.

Capital Times July 25, 1968

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SIXTY FOUR year old banjoist Leo Aberle last week celebrated his fifth anniversary of performing at Shakey's East, 3553 E. Washington Ave. Aberle and his pianist partner, Jim Godfriaux, perform Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the pizza "stube." Ray Fallon singles on the piano Wednesdays and Thursdays at the nightspot which caters to singles, couples or the whole family.

Aberle has been a musician since he began playing a Madison neighbor's mandolin when he was only 13; went on to teach music to millionaire's kids, including Florenz Ziegfield's daughter, and the then young heir, George Vanderbuilt, in Palm Beach, Fla.

The professional banjo picker is a veteran of the Thompson Orchestras, an organization of 16 bands popular in the midwest and on the University of Wisconsin campus in the 1920s.

Capital Times December 21, 1966

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POLKABILLY: HOW THE GOOSE ISLAND RAMBLERS REDEFINED AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC
Leary, James P.

"Smokey George" Gilbertson
Page 94

... carnation of the Goose Island Ramblers, George Gilbertsen teamed with a four-string banjoist, Leo Aberle , who ran the Senate Bar on East Main Street in Madison: "He was tall, slim... and really ser ...

... so poor all my life?" Possessing what George called "an altogether different style of banjo," Aberle combined lead melody lines with harmony. "He wasn't the fast razzledazzle type. He was more f ...

... e type. He was more for the real touch. He had long fingers and he'd stretch them things out." Leo Aberle was particularly adept at wrapping his fingers around minor-key Polish mazurkas and Russian ...

... g it'd sound like a snare drum in the background. A real nice little novelty. George absorbed Aberle's Slavic tunes, rendering mazurkas on the fiddle, while conjuring the balalaika with his man ...

... e balalaika with his mandolin. He never learned the old banjoist's card trick, but he complemented Aberle with novelty numbers of his own. As the beaming kid in "dog fur" chaps kicking out his le ...

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  • Added: 19 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 87022006
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leo J Aberle (3 Mar 1903–6 Sep 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 87022006, citing Roselawn Memorial Park, Monona, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by northernpeach 🕯 🌹 🕯 (contributor 47679409) .