The Fendermen

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The Fendermen
Years active1959-1963
LabelsCuca, Soma, Dab
Past membersJim Sundquist
Phil Humphrey

The Fendermen were an American pop/rockabilly duo, comprising Jim Sundquist and Phil Humphrey, active in the early 1960s.

Jim Sundquist (lead guitarist; born James D. Sundquist, November 26, 1937, Niagara, Wisconsin; later settled in Minnesota)[1] and Phil Humphrey (rhythm guitarist; from Milwaukee, Wisconsin). At this point, Humphrey lived in Stoughton, Wisconsin with his wife and daughter.

Sundquist and Humphrey, both born on November 26, 1937,[2] met as students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the late 1950s. The duo had one hit single, "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 Billboard Hot 100, No. 32 in the UK Singles Chart in September 1960,[3] and No. 2 in Canada.

The duo called themselves "the Fendermen" because they played Fender guitars (a Telecaster and a Stratocaster), and they connected them both to the same amplifier. These guitars were the only instruments used in the recording of "Mule Skinner Blues".

Sundquist died on June 4, 2013, of cancer at his home in Fairfax, Minnesota, at age 75.[4] Humphrey died on March 29, 2016, at a Minnesota hospital, at age 78, due to heart failure.[5]



Year Album Label
1960 Mule Skinner Blues[6] Cuca


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country UK
1960 "Mule Skinner Blues" 5 16 32 Mule Skinner Blues
"Don't You Just Know It" 110


  1. ^ Tim Campbell (June 8, 2013). "Obituary: Jim Sundquist, hitmaking guitarist with the Fendermen". Star Tribune. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  2. ^ Koda, Cub. The Fendermen at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 197. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 2013 January to June". Retrieved 2013-06-15.
  5. ^ Logan Wroge (April 14, 2016). "Fendermen singer Phil Humphrey dies, leaving behind one-hit wonder legacy". Wisconsin State Journal.
  6. ^ Mills, Jon "Mojo". Review of Mule Skinner Blues at AllMusic
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 308. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.

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