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May 13, 2016

Memories of Marlow Cowan

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network

Marlow Cowan, whose playful piano duet in our Mayo Clinic atrium with his wife, Frances, became a YouTube sensation and led to national and international TV appearances, has passed away at age 97. I got the news early yesterday in an email from the Cowans’ daughter, DeDe Shour: One of the last questions a week […]

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Tags: Frances Cowan, Good Morning, Marlow Cowan, Piano


February 27, 2012

Mayo Clinic Piano “Rock Star” Celebrates 93rd Birthday

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network

When I first met Marlow and Frances Cowan nearly three years ago, I recall Mr. Cowan joking, “At our age, we don’t buy any green bananas.” So it was especially neat for our Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media staff to help him celebrate his 93rd birthday this month. You may remember the Cowans as […]

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Tags: Frances Cowan, Marlow Cowan, Piano duet


July 4, 2011

Cowans living “Healthfully Ever After”

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network

Just over two years ago, Marlow Cowan and his wife Frances became Internet sensations when a video of their piano duet at Mayo Clinic went “viral” after being posted here on Sharing Mayo Clinic. In less than two months, their video racked up more than two million views, and now stands at over 7.6 million […]

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Tags: Fran Cowan, Gonda Building, Marlow Cowan, Piano


April 5, 2010

Five Stars in Any Language

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network

Marlow and Frances Cowan, the Ankeny, Iowa couple whose impromptu piano duet in the Gonda building atrium at Mayo Clinic has been seen more than 7 million times on YouTube, are now officially international media sensations. Their original duet, which was captured by another patient, posted to YouTube by her daughter and posted to Sharing Mayo […]

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Tags: Cowans, Des Moines Register, Frances Cowan, Japan, Jodi Hume, Marlow Cowan, Mayo Clinic, NHK, Piano, Piano duet, Sharon Turner, Tokyo


March 3, 2010

KARE on the Cowans

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network

When Marlow and Fran Cowan returned to Mayo Clinic last week for an encore performance of their viral piano playing duet, reporter Julie Nelson from KARE TV (Minneapolis-St. Paul) was on hand for it, and also sat down with the Cowans for an interview. Her story ran last night, and you can view it here. […]

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Tags: Concert, Fran Cowan, KARE, Marlow Cowan, Mayo Clinic, Piano duet


May 25, 2009

Mayo Clinic “Octogenarian Idols” Appear on Good Morning America

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network

Marlow and Frances Cowan, the Iowa couple whose piano duet in the atrium of Mayo Clinic’s Gonda building has been viewed more than 2 million times since April 7, were featured this morning, May 26, on Good Morning America, live from ABC’s Times Square studio in New York. I had an opportunity to interview Mr. and […]

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Tags: Atrium, Frances Cowan, Gonda, Marlow Cowan, Mayo Clinic, music, Older couple, Piano


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