The Fendermen

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The Fendermen
Genres Rockabilly
Years active 1959-1963
Labels Cuca, Soma, Dab
Past members Jim Sundquist
Phil Humphrey

The Fendermen were an American pop/rockabilly duo in the early 1960s.

At the time The Fendermen formed, the group was primarily composed of Jim Sundquist (from Kingsford, Michigan) and Phil Humphrey (from Milwaukee, Wisconsin). At this point, Humphrey lived in Stoughton, Wisconsin with his wife and daughter.

Sundquist and Humphrey met as students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the late 1950s. The group had one big hit with "Mule Skinner Blues", released in 1960 on the Cuca Records label which was picked up for national distribution by Soma Records. The song hit No. 5 on the Hot 100, No. 32 in the UK Singles Chart in September 1960,[1] and No. 2 in Canada.

Sundquist and Humphrey shared the same birthday - 26 November 1937.[2] They called themselves "the Fendermen" because both played Fender guitars (a Telecaster and a Stratocaster), and they connected them both to the same amplifier. These guitars were the only two instruments used in the Fendermen's recording of "Mule Skinner Blues". Sundquist died on June 4, 2013, of cancer at his home in Fairfax, Minnesota, at age 75.[3]



Year Album Label
1960 Mule Skinner Blues[4] Cuca


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country
1960 "Mule Skinner Blues" 5 16 Mule Skinner Blues
"Don't You Just Know It" 110


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 197. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Koda, Cub. The Fendermen at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
  3. ^ Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 2013 January to June". Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  4. ^ Mills, Jon "Mojo". Review of Mule Skinner Blues at AllMusic
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 308. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 

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