I met Hal Atkinson in 2012 and we became good friends. He was a big part of that summer, at Goose Island campground and around LaCrosse. He appeared that summer with his old band “the Shy Guys” at a La Crosse Rock Revival at the fest grounds. But this story starts in 1973, when a small independent movie called “Just Be There” featured a song recorded by Hal called “Kathy Believe Me”. The song was a big seller in La Crosse, and got tons of air-play. So today, in tribute to my late friend Hal Atkinson, my forgotten oldie is part of La Crosse’s musical history… “Kathy Believe Me” by Hal Atkinson.
Photo of Hal taken in 2012 at Goose Island.