Carla Elliott and Martin Michael Neveroski
by Martin Michael Neveroski
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When the American Dream turns into a Nightmare
MYSTERY OF MA'S UGLY PICKLE is the adventures of a fatherless Polish boy growing up during the Great Depression with a fanatically religious mother. At a tender young age and wrestling with his developing male desires, Michael learns about a skeleton and its killer. Many years later, having been diagnosed with cancer, he felt compelled to divulge his lifelong secret. Realizing there is no statute of limitations on murder, Michael never comes out and says where the story takes place but instead, laces his narrative with clues to the city and it's locally famous Cold Case. Consider that your first clue.
When human bones are found in a make-shift grave across the street from Michael's home, a renowned detective, Herr Rudolph Von Krueger, a.k.a. the Bulldog, arrives to take over the investigation. The suspects are numerous, but the clue to the skeleton is uncovered by of all things, an enormous rat making its home in the family fruit cellar. . Witty, touching and clever, this adult saga keeps you entertained. A boy, now a man, exposes the "MYSTERY OF MA'S UGLY PICKLE."
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Carla was born and raised in Austin, Minneapolis and at the age of seven begged her parents to give her an organ to play. They gave in and that organ began a lifelong passion for music and entertaining. Her parents said that she used to run out to the bus stop and bring people in the house to hear her play. She started playing church music and then went on to work for Wurlitzer Organ Company, traveling and giving concerts. She graduated from MacPhail Music College in Minneapolis. In college Carla developed a love of jazz music. During the 60’s she formed a group named “The Carla Elliott Trio” and performed in many of the night spots in Minneapolis. She was written up in the Minneapolis Star newspaper as the hottest new female jazz organist to come to town!
Along with performing she taught piano and organ lessons at Schmitt Music until 1969.
In 1969 she joined with Marty Nevers and they became “Marty and Carla” for the next 43 years. They would winter in Mesa Arizona for six months every year until they moved there in 2007. They were one of the most popular dance bands to play in the valley. Their motto was: “We bring the beat…You bring the feet.”
The two wrote and recorded three CD’s of original songs which were recorded at Track Records in St. Paul, Minnesota. A Christmas song called, “JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.” was recorded by country singer Danny Mack. He presented Marty and Carla with a plaque that said it was the #1 played Christmas song on the independent radio stations in 1992.
After writing the lyrics to 63 songs, Marty told Carla one day, that he had an idea for a story based on his life. Six years later the book, “MYSTERY OF MA’S UGLY PICKLE” was born. Carla helped write and publish Marty’s book with the great creativity of Writer’s Cramp Publishing of Chandler Arizona.
Carla recently lost Marty, her lifelong partner and friend. She will carry on their passion for ‘good listening and dancing music.’
Carla loves to perform and says her motto is: “SPECIAL MUSIC FOR YOUR SPECIAL PARTY.”
At eighteen, his crooning voice landed him a job on the radio station W.H.O.T. South Bend, Indiana. From there, he spent years singing with big bands at hotels in the Chicago area. Having the knack for comedy, he formed his own comedy band and performed in Las Vegas casinos. While working in Vegas, he spent his days off entertaining soldiers on maneuvers in Needles, California, in the fine tradition of Bob Hope.
While living in Minnesota he performed in Stillwater prison, the Shriners Children’s Hospital and many other state hospitals. One of them was the Mayo clinic in Rochester where he performed for Ed Sullivan who was recovering from gall bladder surgery. Mr. Sullivan laughed so hard he popped his stitches and they made Marty stop. He was the only entertainer to visit Ed Sullivan in his hospital room.
His many years of performing in Minneapolis were filled with producing and hosting television shows including the popular Channel 9 program about high school activities called 9-TEENS. Marty has written and professionally recorded sixty-nine songs available on four disks. He and his wife Carla still perform every chance they get.