As It Was: Charlie Jensen Becomes Oregon South Coast’s “Mr. Music”

For nearly a century, Charlie Jensen was known as “Mr. Music” on the Southern Oregon Coast.

Jensen grew up on a ranch near Langlois and was hooked on music as a teenager while hitching a ride from a piano salesman.  They struck a deal for Jensen to buy a piano, paying by installments.

It wasn’t long before Jensen organized a seventh-grade orchestra and dances.  He later studied music in Portland, earning his living selling musical instruments, teaching piano, and playing in bands.

He returned home in 1935 as music director for the Langlois and Port Orford School District, where his school more at

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