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BOSTON -- Butch Mandee has been singing and playing his accordion on the Boston Common since, he says, 'forever.' His oeuvre consists of Texas Swing and Western songs -- which he traces back to a childhood 'love of horse opera and singing cowboys.' Mandee, who grew up in Roxbury, began his free performances in the 1960s. At one time, he sang doo-wap with a group of other musicians on the Common. Now he plays alone. At 57, he has no set performance schedule, but is usually on the Common with his Camerano squeeze box three or four days a week day. His repertoire on a sunny fall day included 'High, Wide, and Handsome,' 'Cowgirl Sweetheart,' and 'Slow boat to China.' (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter, Globe Staff) audio: Butch Mandee sings 'High Wide and Handsome.' <object classid='clsid:02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B' width='200' height='30' codebase= 'http://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab'>
Cowboy of the Common
BOSTON -- Butch Mandee has been singing and playing his accordion on the Boston Common since, he says, "forever." His oeuvre consists of Texas Swing and Western songs -- which he traces back to a childhood "love of horse opera and singing cowboys." Mandee, who grew up in Roxbury, began his free performances in the 1960s. At one time, he sang doo-wap with a group of other musicians on the Common. Now he plays alone. At 57, he has no set performance schedule, but is usually on the Common with his Camerano squeeze box three or four days a week day. His repertoire on a sunny fall day included "High, Wide, and Handsome," "Cowgirl Sweetheart," and "Slow boat to China."

(Photo by Suzanne Kreiter, Globe Staff)

audio: Butch Mandee sings "High Wide and Handsome."