Norbert Langkop, the only centurion sax player in Cooper County, and Tina Potts performed at Hartmann Village Friday afternoon as is their habit on the first Friday of each month. For an hour, they entertained over a dozen residents with old favorites like “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You,” “The Alley Cat,” “Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home,” and “Sentimental Journey.”
The two can be found at Ashley Manor on the second Friday of the month although they decided to cancel this coming week as it was Good Friday.
Mr. Langkop, who will turn 102 on June 21, is the leader of The Melody Makers. The group includes Potts on keyboard, Jim Holiday on drums, and Val Windsor who plays bass and does the vocals. For the more active music lover, Mr. Langkop and The Melody Makers play for two senior dances each month as well—Bunceton on the third Friday night and New Franklin on the fourth.
The following can be found on the cover of The Melody Makers first CD “Sax at 100” which came out in 2015. “Norbert Langkop was born June 21, 1915. When he was 10 years old, his father gave him a saxophone at Christmas. He taught himself to play and still plays 90 years later for monthly gigs (mostly dances).” The Melody Makers, who has been playing together for more than 40 years, just released their second CD.