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Memorable Manitobans: Andrew “Andy” De Jarlis (1914-1975)

Fiddler, bandleader.

Born Joseph Patrice Éphreme Desjarlis near Woodridge, he moved to Winnipeg in 1934 and won his first fiddling contest in 1935. He performed regularly on radio station CJRC with his “Red River Mates” from 1937 to 1948. In the 1960s he appeared on television with Don Messer. He won BMI’s first Canadian annual award in 1969. During his career he made 25 LP records, which sold over half a million copies and contained 175 original compositions, including “Manitoba Golden Boy” and “Manitoba Waltz.” De Jarlis was best known for his lilting waltzes. In 1970, he was awarded a Manitoba Centennial Medal by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 December 2013

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