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Man Wins Conch-Blowing Contest With Sinatra

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Man Wins Conch-Blowing Contest With Sinatra

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Man Wins Conch-Blowing Contest With Sinatra

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A bicycle tour operator from Key West, Fla., played a Frank Sinatra classic on the conch on his way to be crowned "Conch King" at the 47th annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest on Saturday. Lloyd Mager's rendition of Strangers in the night helped win the judges over.

ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

Sure, we could spend another minute detailing yet another American industry that's in financial quicksand this week, but devoted as we are to reporting the sounds of this country, we thought we'd take some time out instead to bring you this one...

(SOUNDBITE OF CONCH SHELL BLOWING)

LLOYD MAGER: Ow. That hurt my ear.

SIEGEL: That is a sound of a conch shell, C-O-N-C-H. And it was also the sound of the man who was blowing it, a conch-honker who is not just any conch-honker: Lloyd Mager is now king conch-honker after winning Key West's 47th annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest. Congratulations.

MAGER: Yeah, I won in 2007, also.

SIEGEL: So this is - you're a return champion.

MAGER: I am a return champion. Thank you.

SIEGEL: Well, since you have performed and you've been - you've won the competition, what are you going to play for us right now?

MAGER: "Strangers in the Night."

SIEGEL: Okay.

MAGER: Here we go.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT")

SIEGEL: And that was the winning performance.

MAGER: Yes, this year.

SIEGEL: Lloyd Mager, again, your day job in Key West?

MAGER: Lloydstropicalbiketour.com. Check it out.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SIEGEL: Okay, thank you very much for sharing your artistry with us. Lloyd Mager, who is this year's king conch honker in the Key West Conch Shell Blowing Contest.

MAGER: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much.

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