Jeffrey R. Hill


Hill, Jeffrey R. Passed away peacefully early Sunday morning May 3rd. He called the beautiful village of Marine on St. Croix home. Born in 1951 his name is forever linked with the booming Twin Cities rock music scene of the 60's, 70's and 80's. He was a remarkable musician who played guitar in The Youngsters, The Underbeats and many other bands. In 1972 he co-founded the legendary Knut-Koupée Music Store located in Uptown at 28th and Hennepin. The store quickly became a magnetic gathering place for musicians. Jeff provided the authenticity and enthusiasm to help power a Minneapolis music scene that continues to achieve international acclaim. From The Hypstrz to Prince and The Time, from The Suicide Commandos to The Canoise. The list could go on and on. Jeff and the "Knut" were there to help make dreams come true. His passion and generosity not only connected musicians to the instruments they needed, but more importantly connected people to each other. Jeff left the Cities for California in 1983 returning 20 years later to the delight of his many acquaintances. Additionally Jeff has remained committed to improving the welfare of animals and advocated for several animal rescue organizations during his life. His home offered sanctuary to many animals over the years. (Shout-out to Becky and Sweedy). Whether cruising to band gigs in his 1963 split-window Corvette or riding the back roads of small town Minnesota on a Velocette motorcycle Jeff had a style all his own. He had the ability to deal with rock stars, serious collectors and the kid in high school who skipped class to hang out at the store, who now plays in Guns and Roses. Jeff's parents Ann and William Hill live in Bayside, Wisconsin. His sister Nanciann Feeney with husband John and Jeff's two very special nieces Livvy and Blythe live in Boulder, Colorado and his brother David in Ribera, New Mexico. He was surrounded by close friends and family these last few months. We continue to celebrate his remarkable zest for life. To know Jeff was to know his love and graciousness. He was the real thing and will be missed by all. Not surprisingly he retained his irrepressible humor and creative hi-jinx to the very end. A public celebration and tribute to Jeff is planned for the Fine Line, downtown Minneapolis on June 3rd. Doors at 6pm.
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.

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It doesn't get any easier. I miss you old pal.

I just learned of Jeff's passing online. Jeff advised me on how to get the best deal on my first Fender Stratocaster in 1973 that I still have. Later, he encouraged me to loan my homemade laser light show system to Knut Koupee, which he showed to Prince and others. The store was a fun place to go because of Jeff and Karl. Thank you for warm memories.

I miss this guy soooo much!

I knew Jeff in the early 70's and think of him with love and condolences to his family and friends for the great loss of him.


Okay, so, your Anderson guitar is no longer a "shrine" in my living room. Rather, it's been crated and shipped to Rancho Bernardo CA. . .and is hitting the coffee shop jam sessions with Paul Thomson singing/playing
your story. You remain in my heart and head. . .having just completed a "river run" on my CanAm SPYDER which included Marine on St. Croix as well as Pepin and Lake City and Stockholm and Red Wing and all those places you took me whilst I...

I just found out and am just so saddened at the loss of this wonderful person. He and I dated back a few years ago and while we did not work out as a couple, I always had such a huge place in my heart for him. Did not realize fully how much he impacted my life as well as my daughters, my folks, sisters and my dog Rocky too.

Jeff is truly one of a kind, beautiful person and it is/was so great to see how EVERYONE so loved & respected him. Like the Vince Gill CD we listened...

and jamming w/ a clown (me) North Oaks Halloween 2005

jamming w/ friends at the Knut Kuppee reunion

with his folks, Bill & Ann of Milwaukee