A R C H I V E - #2
HALL OF FAME PARTNERS WITH AUDIUM FOR
REISSUES. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has joined
forces withNashville-based Audium Entertainment to reissue several
historic catalogalbums. First released on the museum's CMF Records
imprint, the collectionswill be distributed to stores nationwide this
month through KochInternational, the New York-based company that
distributes Audium Records.The reissues include the lauded Hank
Williams: Rare Demos as well as WebbPierce: King of the Honky Tonk,
Faron Young: Live Fast, Love Hard and JohnnyPaycheck: The Real Mr.
FOR JOHNNY CASH. (From the New Musical Express. You'll need to
actually go to this website to post your
The Sound of Downtown Norfolk. Here is
a link about an interesting article about "The Sound" of downtown
Norfolk, talking about Gene Vincent (of course) and Ruth Brown. http://www.thenorva.com/thesound.html
about Lyrics and chords of 20 songs of Gene Vincent: http://www.multimania.com/rockbox/frame_gene.htm
SNOW, AND OWENS CAST IN BRONZE. Montana artist Bill Rains unveiled
larger-than-lifebronze statues of Johnny Cash, Hank Snow and BuckOwens
at the Ryman Auditorium Wednesday (Sept. 20).The likenesses are part of
"Nashville Legends onParade," an exhibit sponsored by the Ryman and
theTennessee Performing Arts Center. Cash, who approvedthe preliminary
drawing, saw the finished productaftercoincidentally driving by the
statue as it waited in aNashville hotel parking lot for the
unveilingceremony. "He had tears in his eyes, and he shook myhand and
hugged me and said he couldn't wait to tellJune," Rains
SURVIVING A POWER MOM. Tammy Wynette's
daughter, Jackie Daly, is among thewomen featured in "Surviving a Power
Mom," an articlein Glamour magazine's October issue.
DAVE EDMUNDS HOSPITALIZED. Sept. 23, 2000 - Welsh Sunday Mirror
newspaper reports that Welsh rock legend has just had a triple heart by
pass operation at Cedars Sinai hospital in LA. Dave was apparently ill
and quiet and subdued on the recent US tour with Ringo, but insisted on
finishing the tour. he is expected to make a full recovery but needs to
stop his heavy smoking habit. Check out Phil & Shaun's Rockabilly Hall
of Fame page for details of Dave`s rocking career.
VAN HECKE, author of the new Gene Vincent book, "Race with the
Devil," will be interviewed Oct. 19, 12 midnight on WGN's Steve &
Johnnie's AM all-night talk show. The program is heard around the world
on-line and is Chicago top rated late night gig. Joining Sue live on
the air will be original Blue Cap drummer, the Rev. Dickie
Vincent / Cochran material.
THE BLUE CAPS On the Road Again - Magnum 20 $14.98. 17 tracks
recorded live in England in 1984 by original members of Gene Vincent's
Blue Caps - Johnny Meeks, Dickie Harrell, Paul Peek and Tommy Facenda.
The material is mostly classic songs associated with gene like
"Be-Bop-A-Lula/ Dance To the Bop/ Say Mama" and more.
COCHRAN/ GENE VINCENT Rock 'n' Roll Memories - Rockstar RSRCD 018
$19.98.Recordings from TV shows shot when Gene and Eddie were touring
England in 1959 and 1960. This material has been out before but this
collection has been newly remastered from original tapes and sounds
substantially better than any previous releases. Also includes
interviews and comes with a 16 page booklet with 25 photos and lots of
info on the tour.* CONTACT:
Frank Scott, Roots & Rhythm
El Cerrito, CA 94530, USA
Toll Free Order Line (in USA):
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Johnny Dilks' songs is featured in the recent motion picture "Way of
the Gun". The song they use is "Comin' on Through" and is played
during one of the funniest scenes in the movie...Its good to see Johnny
Dilks and the Visitacion Valley Boys make it on to the film
Forum. A web site created for posting original rockabilly songs,
with the hope of sharing ideas and working on our craft together.
Louisville Music News August 2000 cover story
featured Jimmy Logsdon. You can find the story and photos here: http://www.louisvillemusicnews.com/fullarticlepage.htm?article=4224 -
Paul Moffett, Editor, Louisville Music News
RHOF FEATURE: Jerry
Naylor's Great New Rockabilly CD Project
The Americana International Web
Site has been updated as of September 16, 2000. Americana
International is Europe's #1 American Lifestyle Event held annually in
the heart of the UK.
Link Wray will be playing at
least 11 dates in the US from early to mid October. For specific
dates/cities go to www.pollstar.com and search for Link
Marty Stuart is scoring a second upcoming
Billy Bob Thornton movie, "All the Pretty Horses," starring Matt Damon.
The movie is tentatively scheduled for a Christmas Day release in the
U.S. Stuart also is working on the soundtrack to Thornton's "Daddy and
ROCK CAT ROCK
has been rocking venues around Sydney and Australia, with their own
brand of rockabilly, blues and roots rock, for over five years, and
their non stop tour shows no sign of relenting just yet. Contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
appears that Merle, Theresa and Bob all sat down with Microsoft Front
Page and a bottle of George Dickel and whipped up their own
THE TOP SIXTY COUNTRIES THAT HIT ON THE
ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME
82nd Birthday Party. A private event, but you may contact Mark Bell
via E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him that Bob at the
Rockabilly Hall of Fame wants you there with him. No problem. Malcolm
turns 82 this Thursday and there will be a birthday party for him on
Friday the 15th at The P&H Cafe, 532 Madison Avenue, Memphis at 6:30.
We're gonna serve up some free cake and Ice cream. Later the night will
be 9th annual Hank Williams Birthday Tribute at "the beer joint of your
(compiled: Sept. 13,
01. United States
23. Czech Republic
35. South Africa
49. United Arab
2nd Annual Jerry Lee
Lewis World Fan Club Convention + 65th Birthday Bash. A FEW TICKETS
Latest Column: Sept, 2000 - Starlight
DICK GLASER'S PASSING, From: tony watson
(email@example.com> Always tune into your website. Lots of great RAB
news. One item which appears to have escaped your news board is the July
death of the multi talented singer/songwriter/producer Dick Glasser aka
Dick Lory. Dick recorded a number of great RAB singles for various
labels including Dot/Argo/Columbia before moving to Liberty in the early
60's. There he recorded a number of sides including the PJ Proby written
'Handsome Guy' which went top ten in Australia in 1962. At Liberty he
also produced a number of acts including THe Ventures and Vic Dana on
Dolton before moving to Warner Bros where he produced The Everly Bros
"Two Yanks In England". Moving to Reprise he produced a number of hits
for The Vogues before becoming MGM's house producer in Nashville. Dick
wrote a number of great RAB songs for other artists including Gene
Vincent, Dale Hawkins and Janis Martin, however his most successful song
was the million seller 'Angels In The Sky' for The Crewcuts in 1955.
Keep up the good work, Tony
MORE HANK SR. Even
though it's Hank Williams, and everybody's thrilled with the find, you
gotta ask: how can a guy who died 40 years ago keep releasing new
albums? Mercury Records will issue a new album of rare Hank Williams
material on September 19th. A Mercury spokeswoman says10 of the 18
tracks on Alone With His Guitar come from appearances Williams made on a
Shreveport, Louisiana, radio station. Most of the other tracks are
Festival, August 2000, in Review
Devon Jones CD: "Songs About the Late
"MR. GUITAR" TO BE HONORED IN 'A LIFE
IN MUSIC'. The most recorded solo instrumentalist in music history,
Chet Atkins, will be honored on TNN's "Chet Atkins: A Life In Music,"
Tuesday, September 5 at 8:00 (eastern). The special features various
artists like Peter Frampton, Willie Nelson, Les Paul and Dolly Parton
discussing the influence Atkins has had on their careers. The special
chronicles Atkin's extraordinary life using archival interviews of the
star telling his own story. In addition, there will be photographs,
archives, home movies and memorabilia from his personal
Play a music trivia game "Special Gene
Vincent" (in honor of Sue VanHecke) at this Virginian's site: http://www.virginiamusicflash.com/game.html
MCBRIDE TO PLAY PATSY CLINE> Martina McBride's management office has
confirmed that Martina has been cast to play the part of Patsy Cline in
a new IMAX film, tentatively called "The Legends of Country." Details
were few, but Martina is scheduled to be on the movie set on September 8
to begin production. Meanwhile, Martina will be busy next week working
on a CMT video bio set to air in the coming months. On October 21, the
singer will appear on "A Golden Moment" at the Arena in Oakland,
California. Kristi Yamaguchi will be skating to Martina's "There You
Are." The show will air November 24 on CBS.
Lewis' youngest sister, rockabilly artist Linda Gail Lewis, has
teamed with Van Morrison for a duets album, You Win Again
(Pointblank/Virgin), according the label sources. Due for release Oct.
3, the project includes versions of Hank Williams' "Why Don't You Love
Me," Jerry Lee Lewis' "Let's Talk About Us," John Lee Hooker's "Boogie
Chillin' " and Bo Diddley's "Cadillac," plus Morrison's own "No Way
Pedro." The two singers are touring in Europe through Oct.
MAC CURTIS (click here) has
another web presence, as he joins the Wilson Shannon Company - a diverse
entertainment organization with production and programming content
interests in movies, made-for-TV movies and specials, radio and the
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ALVIS WAYNE's outstanding new Rollin'
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you get it soon, because it's selling twice as fast as Rollin' Rock's
other CDs.(BTW, now Rip Carson second CD is also almost sold-out).
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CD - 103 THE ORIGINAL BAND (Bill Haley's Comets)
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CD - 105 RIP
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Dale Evans inducted into Texas
Hall of Fame.
Monday, August 21, 2000 - "Happy Trails" have led
movie legend Dale Evans to the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. The
87-year-old widow of cowboy star Roy Rogers was one of three performers
inducted in weekend ceremonies. Known as "The Queen of the West," she
starred in 35 movies and a 1950s television series with her husband and
co-wrote the couple's theme song, "Happy Trails to You." Evans, who in
recent years has written inspirational books and is host of a religious
network talk show, could not attend the ceremony because of health
reasons. She underwent surgery to replace her pacemaker last year. Her
husband died in 1998 at age 86. Charlie Walker and the late Bob Wills
were also named to the hall of fame. Previous inductees include Willie
Nelson, Gene Autry and Waylon Jennings.
August 23rd - it was announced that
Chuck Berry will be receiving the Kennedy Center Honors this fall,
alongside Clint Eastwood and Placido Domingo (visions of P.D. belting
out Johnny B. Goode just came to mind!). Chuck is being honored as the
"Poet Laureate of Rock and Roll."
SPECIAL, DOCUMENTARY PLANNED. In recognition of the Grand Ole Opry's
75th anniversary, CBS will tape a primetime special Oct. 25 at the Opry
House in Nashville, Tenn. Walter Miller, the man behind the CMA Awards
and Grammy telecasts, will produce. The lineup has not been finalized,
but the show will include all living Opry members in some way, says an
Opry spokeswoman. In addition, the A&E cable channel will devote an
installment of its Biography series to the venerable radio show. Among
those interviewed for the program are Loretta Lynn, Garth Brooks, Little
Jimmy Dickens, Porter Wagoner, Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Trisha
Yearwood and Bill Anderson. Both Opry-related shows will air inNovember.
Adam's Latest Column: BILLY GRAM #2
Country Song and Lyric Writing Contest. If you write songs or
lyrics, you are invited to enter one of either, into the Jessica
Culpepper Music Publishing contest. The First Place Winner in each
category will be given a free demo recording, a web page containing
their photo, biography, and song, and a publishing contract. There is no
entry fee. Entries must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2000.
Winners will be announced in the November issue of this newsletter.
Mail your entry to: Jessica Culpepper Music, BMI-POB 271656 Nashville,
TN 37227. Please limit your entries to country, gospel, or bluegrass.
Euro's Rockin' Fifties Magazine
Scrapbook, Vol. 2
New York Times looks back at Viva Las Vegas
DALE HAWKINS. From Tapio Vaisanen
(firstname.lastname@example.org) ... We are delighted to announce that Beveric Records
will release a brand new CD by The Human Tornado! The release date is
November 3rd, 2000! A great selection of remastered early recordings and
brand new rockers. The CD kicks off with a legendary track penned by
Dave Alvin, "Fool's Paradise" where James Burton & Dale Hawkins joined
their forces in studio first time since late sixties. An unbeatable
combination! Several of the sessions included The Crickets, Joe Osborne,
Larry Knechtel and Dean Mathis as guest musicians on the tracks - some
well known and a few obscure surprises. This is the real thing!
more details, Contact: email@example.com
Beveric Records, PO Box
69, 01621 VANTAA, FINLAND
Distribution by Goofin'
WILLIE TO RELEASE A BLUES COUNTRY ALBUM.
Willie Nelson will release a new album, Milk Cow Blues, on September
19,combining his own classic country sounds with those of some of
today's topblues artists. Featured on the album are B.B. King on "The
Thrill is Gone,"Susan Tedeschi on "Crazy," Jonny Lang on "Ain't Nobody's
Business," and"Texas Flood" with Kenny Wayne
OPRY SCHEDULES MATINEE FOR 75TH. The
Grand Ole Opry will add a two-hour 3pm Matinee to its line up
ofperformances for its "75th Anniversary Birthday Bash Weekend" on
Saturday,October 14, 2000, after selling out both evening shows. On
Friday, October13, 2000 the birthday weekend will kick-off with two
Friday night shows,6:30 & 9:30pm and tickets still remain for both of
these performances.(Regular Friday nights only present one 7:30pm show.)
Garth Brooks, DollyParton, Vince Gill, Porter Wagoner, Steve Wariner,
Alison Krauss, LorettaLynn, Trisha Yearwood, Bill Anderson, Diamond Rio,
Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis,Travis Tritt and Hal Ketchum are among the
performers scheduled to appearfor the "75th Anniversary Birthday Bash
HORTON BROTHERS CD, "Heave Ho." Texas Jamboree Records. They combine
the finest in vintage hillbilly harmony with the purist sound of real
vintage studios. Included on this CD is a new version of their hit
"Jack in the Boogie Box." "Heave Ho" features the witty lyrics and
fabulous harmonies that define the Horton Brother sound. Recorded at
Fort Horton studios, once again we find a plethora of Austin's finest
musicians making guest appearances! Contactwww.texasjamboree.com
HARRELL, original Gene Vincent Blue Caps' drummer turns 60. Can we
all take some time and send Dickie a birthday card or note??Sunday,
August 27 he hits 60!! He's not on-line, so s-mail to:
4113 Raven St.
For Sale: Authentic ALAN FREED
Jody Reynolds has 'em. See: Jody's RHOF Merchandise
Elvis' pals, owners of "Memphis Mafia,"
threaten to sue. Five former members of Elvis Presley's inner circle
have incorporated the name "Memphis Mafia" and are prepared to sue
anyone who uses it without permission. Presley had an entourage of pals
and employees who ranged in number from a dozen to about 30. A Las Vegas
reporter dubbed the group the Memphis Mafia in 1960 after they cruised
the city in black mohair suits and dark sunglasses. "The Memphis Mafia
name is known by millions of fans throughout the world, OK?" said Marty
Lacker, who owns the name along with Lamar Fike, Red West, Sonny West,
Presley cousin Billy and New York entertainment entrepreneur George Tan.
They incorporated the name in the early 1990s. George Klein, who knew
Elvis back in high school, has held a Memphis Mafia Reunion for the past
nine years. A get-together recently at a club featured Presley band
members Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana. When told that Klein's event was
billed as a Memphis Mafia reunion, Tan said: "If he uses it, he will get
sued -- bottom line."
Mercury will release an album
of rare demos and radio appearances by Hank Williams titled Alone
With His Guitar on Sept. 19. Included are 18 songs broadcast in 1949 on
radio station KWKH in Shreveport, La., when Williams was on the
"Louisiana Hayride" barn dance show there. Colin Escott, co-producer of
the Grammy-winning The Complete Hank Williams Box, compiled the
BIG ONE MAN
BIO. Bruce Humphries sez:
"B.O.M.B., the one band man, was
brought to fruition in the summer of 1999 after years of frustrations
toward other musicians. It got to the point where I was going to hang
up the hear for good. Ads were placed in the local newspapers to sell
the equipment. Then one fate filled day found me at an auction standing
in front of a big, beautifully beat up wooden drum. I got lucky and
that's all there was to it. Bought the dang thing for fifteen bucks. I
guess the farmers at the auctions were eyeballing the other goodies and
that left me holding a big bass drum and thinking, Hmmmmmm, I wonder if
I could play everything myself. Slowly I began rigging together the
bass drum, a snare, a ride cymbal, a crash cymbal, some whistles, kazoos
and the infamous cowbell. Add the Gretsch with the heavy strings and it
was complete. No more relying on other band members to help promote,
book shows and write songs. No more hassles with gettings everyone to
band practices and no more dealing with their drug problems! No more
butting heads on ideas on which direction the band should go and most
importantly - no splitting up the money at the end of the night!
Playing music has actually become fun again.
East 19th Street
FARWELL TO LEGENDS
Like Us will be doing their last show at Legends Lounge this Thursday
night with THE BELLFURIES. So come out say goodbye to the only place
that would let us rock for the past year and a half. Starting Thursday
Aug. 31 with the STARLIGHT DRIFTERS at THE JUNKYARD 2327 S. Eastern
Blvd. and Sahara at 9pm. Sept. 1st you can read an article about the
upcoming KATS LIKE US &ROLLIN' ROCK RECORDS SECOND ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE
BANDS and a interviewI recently did with Rockin' Ron. You can read an
advanced copy of
Writes Follow-up to "Coal Miner's Daughter." She is working on a
sequel toher 1976 autobiography, Coal Miner's Daughter. The bestseller
became a successful feature film in 1980 starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy
Lee Jones. Lynn handpicked Spacek, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of
the Kentucky singer. According to Loretta's rep, thenew book recaps
childhood moments and recounts herlate husband Mooney's longtime
illness. Lynn iswriting the new tone with Tom Carter for fall release.
Farfrom retiring, the energetic Lynn continues to playbetween 50 and 75
dates a year. She'll release a newalbum, Still Country, Sept. 12 on
Audium Records. Theproject was produced by Randy Scruggs.
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL DOCUMENTARY TO MAKE TV DEBUT.
"The Making of 'Ride With Bob'" -- a behind-the-scenes look
at Asleep At The Wheel's 1999 album -- premiered on Nashville Public
Television (WDCN, Channel 8) Friday, July 28th. The one-hour documentary
will be released the same day via satellite to public television
stations in more than 75 markets nationwide. Nominated for a 2000
Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video, "The Making of 'Ride With
Bob'" illuminates the two-time Grammy-winning, DreamWorks Records album
that pays tribute to the legendary western swing outfit Bob Wills And
The Texas Playboys. The documentary features both artists who
reinterpreted Wills' material for "Ride With Bob" and performers who
simply must testify to their love of Bob Wills. They include Tim McGraw,
Vince Gill, Dwight Yoakam, Lyle Lovett, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson,
Merle Haggard, Clay Walker, Steve Wariner, Clint Black, Don Walser, Lee
Ann Womack, Mark Chestnutt, Tracy Byrd, The Manhattan Transfer, Shawn
Colvin, The Squirrel Nut Zippers and, of course, Asleep At The Wheel.
Rockabilly Hall of
Famer, Lou Hobbs, recently presented Certificates ofInduction into
the Rockabilly Hall ofFame to Mert Mirly and Fred Horrell. Hobbs
brought to attention their workin the music business in the50's and 60's
to Bob Timmers, the originater of the Rockabilly Hall
Says Hobbs, ""Mert Mirly and The Rhythm Steppers, a well
known band, wasthe starting point for severalmusicians. Charlie Thurman,
guitarist, who later went on to play forNashville artist Red Bovine,
anda host of others, Billy Swan, keyboard player, Erving Waddlington,
keyboardplayer Jerry Bass, bass guitarplayer, and a young Fred Horrell
on Bass Guitar and vocalist.
Mert and Fred both had a close
business relationship with Bill Black,former bass player for Elvis
Presley,and went on to form the famous Bill Black's Combo. Fred Horrell
startedhis own band, "The Flames"and worked on the road with the famous
Bruce "Hey Baby" channel and otheracts for several years. Members of
theband went on to work with other famous groups. Bobby Bugg, drummer,
laterplayed with famous sax player,Ace Cannon. Chuck Bowers, guitarist,
later played with Lee Mace and BillySwan went on to work withKris
Kristofferson and recorded several hit records later.
"both Fred and Mert are a part of the history of rock androckabilly
music and deserve a place in thedocumentation of its' history which is
one of the main functions of TheHall of Fame." "The internet and
computerare the thing of the future" says Hobbs, "and both Mert and
Fred's childrenand grandchildren can read what theyadded to the music
business, they were there, along with Elvis Presley andBuddy Holly and
the rest. Their awardis well deserved." Bob Timmers agreed.
more information call (573) 335-7327 or log on
Lou has just released a new 12-track
CD. "MY SONGS"
The first track is a tribute to Carl Perkins,
"Carl Perkins Made SUN Rise."
Other titles: Parkinson's Disease
Blues, I'll See you at the Americana, Zydobilly, Rockabilly Baby, Ballad
of Narvel Felts, Without Your Love, My Sweet Nancy, Living on the Madrid
Fault Line, Main Street USA,I Want to Back to Hemsby and Lady Lost in
Spirit. Lou penned all the songs.
Bluegrass Festival Jam
with Bill Jorgenson (Wisconsin)
Carl Griffin and Ace's band Rare Blend
Aug. 5, 2000 - Eagles
Lodge - Nashville, AR
Aug. 11, 2000 - Watermelon Festival, Hope, AR.
Sept. 23, 2000 - Festival James Ranch 2 shows (time:tba) -
Oct. 24, 2000 - Festival 7-10 p.m. - Van Buren,
here: Riffage Live: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Indianapolis 2000 in Review by
The Ernest Tubb Record Shop of Fort
Worth, Texas is hosting a specialtribute to Wynn Stewart, in honor
of the release of the Bear Family Boxset. It will be this Sunday, July
16th at the Big Balls of Cowtownnightclub in Fort Worth (302 W.
Exchange, 817-624-2800) from 6:30 - 11.No cover charge. A live band will
be playing Wynn's music. His daughter,Wren (me!) will be singing as well
as Justin Trevino. We are going to dosome of the Wynn and Jan Howard
duets! Ralph Mooney (Wynn's former steelplayer) will make an appearance
as well as other musicians who haveshared the stage with Wynn. Wynn's
other daughter, Tatia, and his formerwife, Dolores, will also be there.
It will be a great time for all!
A feature on the
Rockhouse Ramblers can be found at our "Keep It Country"
Phillips Recalls the Dawn of Sun Records" - worth the
The Nelson's CD "Like Father Like Sons", is
due out in a few weeks. It is on their own label and can be ordered
through their website. The songs are as follows: Stood Up, Waitin' in
School, Milkcow Blues, My Buckets got a hole in it, I'm Walkin', Fools
Rush In, Travelin' Man, Hello Mary Lou, Garden Party, I got a feelin',
Believe what you say, It's Late and than a ballad written by them called
Just Once More. This is a live album and having recently seen them play
live I can vouch for their ability. They have a Great Backing band and
due wonderful Brother Harmonies.
Be on the lookout for a pair of new rockabilly compilations from
Columbia Records' Legacy reissue imprint, Whistle Bait: 25 Rockabilly
Rave-Ups!! and Ain't I'm a Dog: 25 More Rockabilly Rave-Ups!! In
addition to tracks from the likes of Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Johnny
Horton, and Carl Perkins, the discs also include a few tracks by local
boys Sid King and The Five Strings and Commonwealth Jones. If the name
Commonwealth Jones doesn't ring any bells, that's because it is a
pseudonym for the Blonde Bomber himself, Ronnie Dawson, back when
Columbia tried to sell him as a black singer. Both albums hit stores on
August 8, and both are definitely worth checking out.
Vocal Hall of Fame inducts 2000 class. The Sharon, Pa.-based Vocal
Group Hall of Fame will induct two groups of artists at its second
induction ceremony Oct. 20. One group - the class of 2000 - lists the
Dixie Hummingbirds, the Skylarks, the Soul Stirrers, the Flamingos, the
Kingston Trio, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Dion & the Belmonts, Ben
E. King & the Drifters, the Mamas & the Papas, Three Dog Night and the
Bangles. The first and only induction ceremony was held in 1998, so the
class of 1999 which includes the Ink Spots, Revelers, Modernaires,
Coasters, Delta Rhythm Boys and Little Anthony & the Imperials will be
honored along with the latest additions to the Hall. Plans to televise
the event are in the works. A limited number of tickets to the ceremony
will be offered to the public, although a free concert featuring
inductees outside the museum will follow.
and Honor Rockabilly Fellowship is an interdenominational Christian
group for those into the genuine rockin' rockabilly lifestyle. With
members such as Wanda Jackson, Rod of The Duvalls, and T-Ray of The
Screamin Rays, we show that just because you're into clean living
doesn't mean you don't know how to rock! Contact:
Tom Ayres, long time music producer
died at his home in Shreveport LA., May 31 2000 along with many other
records he produced Gene Vincent's last album and also the recent live
album in europe.
From: BLUE SUEDE NEWS - Summer
Mack Stevens / Texas Heat, Rollin¹ Rock 104:
³Authentic Texas Rockabilly from Rollin¹ Rock (Savage & raw stereo)²
this is the latest release from one of Rockabillies wildest exponents.
Mack¹s over the top stage show is one of a kind but what makes his
recordings special is the voice that always has that haunting, lonesome
feel to it. A classic example is the heart wrenching cowboy song ³The
Streets of Dodge². ³Take A Number² is a hot boppin¹ hillbilly boogie, a
duet with Jessica (hey, she¹s great!), one of my favorites here. Another
very special cut and nice surprise is ³Yo Te Dije² (sung in English,
though), a Buddy Holly style tex-mex rocker. Fine rock-a-ballads in a
50s tradition are ³I Stand Alone² and ³Psycho². ³Basta Don¹t Mean
Pasta² was written by the man himself Ronny Weiser and he obviously had
enough of all that pasta! (I¹m a fan, music & pasta!). The hottest
rocker is the screamin¹ ³Turn Me On² with pumpin¹ piano by Seattle¹s
hottest piano man Tom LaVelle (who had backed Janis Martin, Wanda
Jackson and recently in Hemsby Johnny Faire and Marc Bristol). More
relaxed with a bit of New Orleans flavor is ³Tell Daddy² while the rest
of the CD is filled with more good rockers, mostly originals. You should
definitely check this 15 song / 44 minute CD out! Rollin¹ Rock Records
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, see the ad! -GMB
The Blades / Lets Make Vegas Tonight:
My favorite song on this
new Rollin¹ Rock Release was written by the band¹s drummer Eli Rinek
³Lets Make Vegas Tonight² is a classic trucker-road song. Johnny Keller
does a slowed down version of the Robert Gordon Classic ³Driving Wheel²
(On the liner notes of the CD it says the song writer of ³Driving Wheel
is unknown?? Don¹t tell that to Texas writer producer T-Bone Burnette,
who wrote ³Driving Wheel².) Johnny¹s version of the song is good and he
puts the Kellen initials and fingerprints on this song, Johnny hijacks
this one. The band also does a cool cover of the Blasters¹ ³Help Your
Dream². The last five songs are Johnny Kellen originals and reflect the
natural cool that is Johnny Kellen and Blades. Songs like ³Retired² and
³Mary Jean² make this release the best thing to come out of the Rollin¹
Rock studios since Ronnie Weiser moved to Las Vegas and came out of
semi-retirement. This one¹s a keeper for all rockabillies and fellow
travelers. Rollin Rock Records, 2460 Casey Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89120
Be on the lookout for a
pair of new rockabilly compilations from ColumbiaRecords' Legacy reissue
imprint, Whistle Bait: 25 Rockabilly Rave-Ups!!and Ain't I'm a Dog: 25
More Rockabilly Rave-Ups!! In addition to tracksfrom the likes of Johnny
Cash, Marty Robbins, Johnny Horton, and CarlPerkins, the discs also
include a few tracks by local boys Sid King andThe Five Strings and
Commonwealth Jones. If the name Commonwealth Jonesdoesn't ring any
bells, that's because it is a pseudonym for the BlondeBomber himself,
Ronnie Dawson, back when Columbia tried to sell him as ablack singer.
Both albums hit stores on August 8, and both are definitelyworth
The Bella Bombshell models are up!
Bella Bombshell is a organization dedicated to preserving the "retro
pinup" and we're always lookin' for models. If you're interested, please
send a picture (or pictures) to email@example.com with your name,
measurements, and interests. New models are always being added!The site
is at: http://drink.to/bellabombshell
PATSY CLINE FANS: If you miss the recent TNN
"Backstage at the Opry" show Saturday night check out the link below -
They had a short segment on the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville
- the Hall's newest exhibit features Patsy Cline's letters and her
famous cowgig outfit -http://community.webtv.net/cwking/doc/
- Also, check the Patsy Cline & Friends web page athttp://www.johnnyfranklin.com
Ray Price, now 74 years old, recently bought a new tour bus
for himself and his 10-piece band. Price says he plans to do 100 or so
shows this year and will continue touring for "at least five or ten more
GARLIN HACKNEY was inducted into the
Rockabilly Hall of Fame as Inductee #152 June 26, 2000. We are proud
and happy to have "Hack" as a representative of the Rockabilly Hall of
Fame and welcome him in with our other legendary inducted artists with certificates.
'bout time, eh Hack?
Natural Born Bluesman ... worth the
Texas 55 Members Wed. - Posted June 26th -
Never let it be said that the rowdy boys of Montgomery Gentry won't
pitch in when they're needed. While playing Wisconsin's Country
Jamboree, Eddie and Troy were asked to be attendants in an onstage
wedding. Trini Liz Hornburg and Robert John Laplander, both members of
the Rockabilly Hall of Fame featured band Texas 55, decided to say their vows in
front of some 20,000 fans. When they asked Montgomery Gentry to be
witnesses, Troy readily agreed to be best man, but Eddie was a little
too shy to be the maid of honor. "Can you imagine me in a dress and
bouquet?" Eddie explains. So, the strapping Kentucky native did the next
best thing -- he gave the bride away. Kinda gives a new twist on Eddie's
rally cry of "Who's Your Daddy," doesn't it?
FRANKIE FORD INJURED IN ATTACK AFTER CONCERT
June 20, 2000 -
GRETNA, LA - Singer/pianist Frankie Ford suffered head and eye
lacerations, requiring several stitches, after a Fredericksburg, VA
concert on Saturday night (June 17). The attack by an unknown assailant,
took place at the hotel where he had just left his limousine.
Police and paramedics arrived on the scene and he was taken by ambulance
to Mary Washington Hospital emergency room in Fredericksburg. He was
discharged early Sunday morning so he could catch his USAirways flight
from Washington to New Orleans, near his home in Gretna, Louisiana.
His scheduled concert in Vienna, Austria this weekend will go on as
planned. Ford, his manager Ken Keene and fellow entertainers The Dixie
Cups and Troy Shondell leave New Orleans International Airport on
Wednesday, via Northwest/KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
The June issue of the Bill Grigg's Rockin' 50s magazine is
out.Photos and news from the recent Jackson, TN Rockabilly Fest
2000. Contact Bill at P.O. Box 6123, Lubbock, TX 79493, 806-799-4299,
www.rockin50s.com - firstname.lastname@example.org
Memphis' WEVLFM90 & the net! Southbound Line - rockabilly of ALL
shapes & sizes, old & new
Every Tuesday 10am to Noon central
The Rockhouse - classic 50's rockabilly
Every Friday Nite
7pm-9pm central time Click here: NEWS
PAGE & Link to FM90s webcast page You need quicktime to listen
- there's a link on the webcast page to get it!
Euro's Rockin' Fifties
Magazine Scrapbook, Vol. 1
recent article on Bob Moore: click
here. ... AND
Randy's article in the Nashville Scene
about the: Grand
Anita Williams wanted to let you know
that her uncle, Merrill Moore http://www.rockabillyhall.com/MerrillMoore.html,
passed away on June 14, 2000, after a long, feisty battle with cancer.
There are a few clips of his music online at This
amazon.com site if you'd like to take a listen.
The Cat's Back. Former Stray Cat
Lee Rocker went from cello toupright bass - rockabilly hasn't
been the same since.Article by William Athey - Salt Lake City Weekly -
http://www.avenews.com/index.html - June 15, 2000.
Mavericks have reportedly left Mercury Records to explore options
for a new band-album deal and a solo project for lead singer Raul Malo.
The group recorded four albums for MCA before releasing their Mercury
collection, Super Colossal Smash Hits of the 90's, last November. -
posted Jun 15, 2000
Rockabilly Hall of Fame artist Buck Griffin's
grandson Terry Petrick informs us: "I'm writing you to tell
you that the love of his life, Mildred Griffin, his wife for 58 yrs
pasted away May 31, 2000.At the age of 76. This was a very sad day in
his life and all the relatives and friend that loved her. She was a very
big inspiration in his life and his song writing." - posted Jun 14,
We recently celebrated Charlie Feather's
birthdate. Here a note from his daughter Wanda, who can be reached
on the RaB HoF Discussion List.
I guess my favorite recordings of
my dad are "To Much Alike," "One Hand Loose," "Bottle To The Baby,"
"When You Decide," "Get With It," "Gone Gone," "Deep Elm Blues," "South
Of Chicago," "When You Come Around," "Nobody's Woman," "I Forgot To
Remember To Forget," "Everybody's Lovin My Baby,' Tongue Tied Jill," and
of course "Peepin Eyes." Another song that my dad never did record but
was my favorite of all was "I'll Hold You In My Heart," this is an old
Eddie Arnold song and Elvis did it also. The day that Elvis passed
away we were playing in Salt Lake City, Utah. My dad did a tribute to
Elvis that night and he did this song. Have you ever heard someone do a
song and it made the hair on your head feel like it was standing
straight up, well I will never forget that night, his heart and soul
was in it. I have never heard of the "tribute" 2-LP from Don Cavelli
"The Pharoah", but I will look for it. WEVL had a great 2 hour
tribute on my dad and will have another on Aug. 29th. -
The Orion bio-disco is now available at http://www.dplanet.ch/users/acmgs
B.J. Thomas Discusses His
Roots & Today's Country Music
Chicago's Italian American Voice monthly magazine features a nice
article on Marco Di Maggio in it's June 2000 issue. The 128 page
publication is widely read in the Northern Il area. We hope Marco gets
to see a copy.
The Grand Ole Opry's New
Set Design was unveiled Sat., June 10th.
Barry Klein: My Day with Nudie,
Sept. 27, 1980 On-site RaB HoF Exclusive
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