A R C H I V E - #6

  • Good News from Joe Bennett (Sparkletones): "My Daughter,15 year old classical singer, Lindsay Bennett, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, made the first round in Ed McMahon's Next Big Star. Lindsay is a sophomore at Broome High School and a Converse College pre-college voice student. The round ends on Monday, October 22. Please click on the following link to cast your vote for Lindsay. http://www.nextbigstar.com/ or www.nextbigstar.com and go to the kids category to find Lindsay. Thank you for your vote!"
    -Joe Bennett

  • All Shook Up: Newly partnered with one of rockabilly's institutions, Paul Galaxy and the Galactix are ready to launch ... worth a click

  • Wailers Revive Roots Rock and Roll with New Record ... worth a click.

  • Trading Post TV Show - Osborne Pictures "Thought you all would enjoy this picture. This is the TV show that Bill Woods was on in Bakersfield. Picture was taken in 1957 ... " (From: GlennJPogatchnik@aol.com)

  • Checkout the online juke box dedicated to Gene Vincent.

  • If anyone's itching for a pre-winter road trip, the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas (KU's art museum) is having an exhibit of the watercolors Varga did for Esquire. The originals! Spencer has a large collection of Varga originals, but they rarely display them. The exhibit runs through December. -Lydia Ash

  • Dagmar, 79, Foxy Blonde With First-Name Status in 50's, Dies. By DOUGLAS MARTIN - The statuesque performer who won fame as Dagmar, a dumb-as-a- fox blonde on one of television's first late-night shows, died on Tuesday at her home in Ceredo, W.Va. She was 79. She was born Virginia Ruth Egnor in nearby Huntington and was renamed Jenny Lewis when she came to New York to model and act. She was given the name Dagmar when she became a character in "Broadway Open House," a vaudeville-style mix of music and jokes, which ran on NBC in 1950 and 1951 and was a forerunner of "The Tonight Show." Standing 5 feet 11 inches in her heels, Dagmar combined "the voluptuous curves of a Venus, the provocative grace of a young Mae West and the virtue of a Girl Scout," Murray Schumach wrote in The New York Times in 1950. She was billed as a singer on the program, but seldom sang. Instead, she recited poems and treatises - she called them treasises - in a delightfully ingenuous, deadpan manner. Dagmar's significance transcended beating Cher and Madonna to first- name-only status. Her necklines were debated on the floor of the House of Representatives, and when her salary soared from $75 a week to $3,000, the government's Wage Stabilization Board took public notice. As an aspiring actress in New York, her first job was modeling sweaters. She was hired on a show- by-show basis for the new NBC show "Broadway Open House." She was told to wear a low-cut gown, sit on a stool and act dumb. When the heckling got out of hand as she recited yet another inane poem, Dagmar would say in a plaintive southern accent, "Please, you're tinkering with my art." -posted Oct. 11, 2001.

  • W.E. "Smoky" Dacus, 90, of Rogers died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, in Kellmark Nursing Center in Rogers, Arkansas. Born July 24, 1911, in Quinton, Okla., he was the son of William Elmer and Hattie Pearl Hames Dacus. He was a retired musician who had played drums for Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Rogers. Survivors include two brothers, Jim Dacus of Siloam Springs and Tom Dacus of Emporia, Kan. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Immanuel Baptist Church in Rogers, with the Rev. Tom Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Benton County Memorial Park in Rogers.

  • Perkins Single Surfaces for Good Cause. A previously unreleased single from the late rockabilly legend Carl Perkins should soon be available for download and for sale, to benefit New York City firefighters. Perkins recorded the spoken-word tribute song "The Fireman" in his final recording sessions in 1998. His producer, Bob Johnston, who also wrote the song, plans to make it available on a Web site and for commercial release. It will be included on a Perkins CD set for release in January, 2002. Also appearing on Celebration are Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty and others.

  • Steel guitarist and vocalist Les "Carrot Top" Anderson passed away October the 4th at 10:00 am at his home at Olalla BC, with complication from his stroke. He performed and recorded with both Bob Wills and Spade Cooley, as well as appearing as a regular on Town Hall Party (Ranch Party).

  • STILL BERRY PICKIN' Rock'n'roll progenitor Chuck Berry will celebrate his 75th birthday Oct. 18 with a concert in his St. Louis hometown that will also feature Little Richard and his band. Missouri Governor Bob Holden and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will also be present at the celebration. Berry and Richard, two of rock's earliest stars, have often toured together around the world, including a six-date stand at Las Vegas' Caesar's Palace venue in August 2000. Both have been playing since the 1950s and have made indelible contributions to rock'n'roll in their respective half-century careers. Berry has been relatively quiet on the recorded front of late, although a 1999 MCA repackage, "Best of Chuck Berry -- The Millennium Collection," hit No. 13 on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart. --Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

  • RONNIE HAWKINS Can't Stop Rockin' - The Ultimate Collection (by Tim Melton) If you ever wondered where Canadian rock 'n' roll came from, look no further than this greatest hits package from the one and only Ronnie Hawkins. Comprised of mostly covers, this 18-track wonder spans Hawkins career from the '50s well into the '90s and stands to show that even though Hawkins never attained the Elvis-like status he deserved he certainly has nothing to be ashamed of. Songs like Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" and Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame" are attacked by Hawkins in an energetic way with more than a little humour. One of the most interesting things about Can't Stop Rockin' is hearing Robbie Robertson and The Band learn the ropes from the King of Canadian Rock on "Hey Boba Lou" and some of the earlier material.

  • Brenda Lee, the late Gram Parsons and Lynyrd Skynyrd are new nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot. Typically, between five and eight new members are named in December for induction the following year. Lee is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame; Parsons influenced a generation of country artists including Emmylou Harris; and Travis Tritt, Alabama and Hank Williams Jr. were among country artists who paid tribute to Skynyrd on a 1994 album, Skynyrd Frynrds. Artists become eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first record. This year's repeat nominees include Lee, Skynyrd, AC/DC, Patti Smith and Black Sabbath. New to the ballot are Parsons, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, Talking Heads, Isaac Hayes, Gene Pitney, the Chantels, the Dells and the 5 Royales. The 2002 class also will include inductees in the "sidemen" and "non-performer" categories.

  • CLICK: Rockabilly ace Billy Lee Riley delivers set of golden oldies. Music Review/by Scott Hersey, The Boston Herald

  • PAUL GALAXY and the GALACTIX with their new CD "Cross the Line," is another prime production from Rollin' Rock Records. This 14-track album contains some great rockabilly and surf sounds. Contact the band through Doug Tackett, Road Dawg Touring, Denver, CO, 303-904-0051, roaddawgco@aol.com - Visit the Paul Galaxy & Galactix website: www.paulgalaxy.com
    Order the CD direct from Rollin' Rock Records, Ronny Weiser, 2480 Casey Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89120. Tel. 702-739-6213, fax. 702-739-6218. E-mail: rockronny@aol.com - US: $13.98 + $2 S&H, Outside US: add $4 S&H.

    AKA Charles Hardin Holley
    Born Sep 7, 1936 in Lubbock, TX
    Died Feb 3, 1959 in Mason City, IA
    Labels MCA [UK] (27), Coral (26), MFP (5), Pickwick [UK] (3), Decca (3), Solid Smoke (2), Rollercoaster (2) - An enormously important and influential performer, Buddy Holly started in his native Texas doing country music with boyhood friend Bob Montgomery, eventually adding R&B numbers to the set list after meeting Elvis Presley. He recorded early rockabilly sides in Nashville, resulting in the Decca singles "Blue Days, Black Nights" (April 1956) and "Modern Don Juan" (December 1956). But success didn't come until he formed the Crickets and recorded in Norman Petty's New Mexico studio, producing the number one hit "That'll Be the Day" (May 1957). Holly and Petty experimented in the studio, utilizing double-tracking ("Words of Love" [June 1957]), different forms of echo ("Peggy Sue" [September 1957], a second gold-selling Top Ten hit), and close-miking techniques, now commonplace in the industry. Holly recorded under his own name and the name of the Crickets interchangeably ("That'll Be the Day" was credited to the group, "Peggy Sue" to him alone). With the Crickets, he had the further chart hits "Oh, Boy!" (October 1957) (another Top Ten), "Maybe Baby" (February 1958), and "Think It Over"/"Fool's Paradise" (May 1958), while "Rave On" (April 1958) was a Holly "solo" hit. Holly went solo for real during 1958, however, marrying and relocating to New York. He charted with "Early in the Morning" (July 1958) and "Heartbeat" (November 1958), and released "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"/"Raining in My Heart" (January 1959) before embarking on the Winter Dance Party package tour, during which, on February 3, he, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens were killed in an airplane crash. After Holly's death, much of his earlier pre-Crickets music was overdubbed by Petty, using the Fireballs, to keep up with fan demand for more product. In England, where "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" went to number one in the wake of his death, Holly continued to score hits through the mid-'60s, and he exerted tremendous influence on the developing beat groups both for his music and for his self-contained approach to his work writing his own songs, playing them with his own group. As late as 1978, Holly could still top the U.K. charts with a hits collection, 20 Golden Greats. Buddy Holly's moment in the spotlight lasted barely 18 months, and the movie version of his life story only got it about half right, but his music still sounds fresh and continues to influence musicians to this day. Cub Koda & William Ruhlmann

  • SIL AUSTIN, one of the great r&b tenormen, died on 1st September in Atlanta of natural causes. He was 71. Born Sylvester Austin on 17th September 1929 in Dunnellon, a small Florida town about 25 miles south-west of Ocala, young Sil moved north to New York City in 1941 to live with his uncle. He caused a sensation playing "Danny Boy" at one of the Apollo's infamous amateur nights in 1948 and in short order joined Roy Eldridge's band. A spell in Cootie Williams' Orchestra followed, but he remained largely obscure until he was hired by Tiny Bradshaw in early 1953 where he recorded such classic r&b instrumentals as "Ping Pong", "Later" and "Spider Web". He can also be heard on The Midnighters' "Sexy Ways" session from 1954. Having made his name, he left to pursue his own career in June 1954, recording for Jubilee (cf: "Titanic" - Westside WESM 539) and Mercury (cf: "Swingsation" - Verve CD 5478762), scoring a #3 r&b hit and a #17 Pop hit with "Slow Walk" in late 1956. During his long tenure with Mercury (1956-64) he starred on recording by Buddy Johnson and Red Prysock as well as enjoying regional hits with "Balin' Wire", "Birthday Party" and "Shufflin' Home" but nothing to match "Slow Walk". After leaving Mercury, Sil moved into the lucrative jazz and funk (and even disco!) markets, recording extensively for Shelby Singleton's SSS Records in the 1960s and 1970s, scoring a minor hit with the LP "Honey Sax" in 1974 (the best of his SSS material can be found on "Great Sax" - Sun SRC CD 70122). The 1980s were quiet for Sil, but in 1990 he re-emerged as one of the Tri-Saxual Soul Champs, whose Black Top album "Go Girl!" was very well received.

  • JACK SCOTT NEWS: Posted 9/6/01 - Detroit-based, Canadian born rock 'n' roll legend from the 1958 to 1962 period, Jack Scott, and Canada's most renowned classic rock band from the 1969 to 1975 period, The Guess Who, met for the first time in Detroit after The Guess Who's concert on August 24. This noteworthy event occurred from an initial suggestion by Jack Scott's manager, Chuck Kaiser, to the writer who is involved in a Pantages Theatre promotion to bring Jack Scott and his band back to Winnipeg for a full concert on November 10, 2001. The backstage meeting was primarily facilitated by Sam Boyd of The Guess Who's management team with assistance from 'SuzieQ' (Susan Woitovich) of Phoenix Arizona, who manages an internet Guess Who fan discussion board. Based on comments made to the writer by some of those who were there, it was a mutual fan meeting of serious lifelong musicians who had enjoyed major chart success (and incidentally were also Canadians). Perhaps this is a far-out dream but a concert series featuring these two acts would be one of the very few pairings of significant Billboard chart hitmaker acts from respectively 40 and 30 years ago who can still replicate today the power and verve of their own halcyon time. That is, the largely separate fan bases of both acts are well aware that their favourite act's music is arguably even better today than it was back then.
    From: Stafford Swain, 26 Kenneth Street, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R3T 0K8 - (204) 477-9246 - sswain@mts.net

  • GEORGE JOMES is set to release a brand-new album Sept. 11, just one day before his 70th birthday. Working in the studio with well-known producer Keith Stegall, who produces Jones' buddy, Alan Jackson, "The Possum" has completed eight songs with just a few more to add to complete the project. The new CD will be Jones' first for the BNA/Bandit banner and will be called "The Rock: Stone Cold Country 2001." The first single from the album is a song called "The Man He Was," written by "Little Girl" writer Harley Allen and John Wiggins. Also on the project is "50,000 Names," written by Jamie O'Hara, a song referencing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.


  • NEW SONNY GEORGE CD! Wild Records' new release is on Sonny George, former lead singer with the Planet Rockers. It's Sonny's third solo album. This one is a limited release on WILD RECORDS - MIDNIGHT SUN. "SONNY GEORGE - Appearing Live At The Tennessee Prison For Women." It was recorded just over a year ago in front of the Inmates of the Tennessee prison for women. Features Boz Boorer, guitar; Nick Kane, guitar; Jeff "Bubba" Head, steel and 6 string bass' Lyn Boorer, bass and Barry Barnes on drums. The Midnight Sun Label is the label founded by the Phillips family after selling Sun Records. This is the first release on this Label in over 20 years ... A LIMITED PRESSING that you can order by sending an e-mail to wildpresents@yahoo.com

  • Sam Phillips' all-female radio station claim questioned. From the Boston Herald: 'Invisible' no more:Emerson teacher's book examines forgotten female radio pioneers, by Larry Katz

  • ELVIS PRESLEY be inducted into the Gospel Music Association (GMA) Hall of Fame in November. Read the GMA press release in the NEWS on www.elvis.com. The article will be udpated as more details, including the television airdate, become available.

  • COLORADO-SAM "FLASH" MACFADIN died at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Friday, August 31st of a heart attack. The band has been rocking for over 30 years, beginning in the late '60s. Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids hit the club scene and shook up the psychedelic status quo with a dose of old-style rock & roll. Clad in black leather jackets and with their hair greased back in ducktails, they performed punchy '50s rock classics at a time when ten-minute guitar solos were de rigueur. Site: www.flashcadillac.com

  • NOW AVAILABLE! GENE VINCENT AND THE BLUE CAPS FILMS SCRIPTS. Through special arrangement! Motion-picture studio scripts printed from the archive masters are now available for the films THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT (also starring Eddie Cochran and Little Richard) and the super scarce HOT ROD GANG, both starring Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps! Also available in this series are scripts for the films UNTAMED YOUTH (starring Eddie Cochran as "BONG"), THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (starring Gary Busey as Buddy) as well as scripts for the ELVIS PRESLEY films BLUE HAWAII, KISSIN' COUSINS, and LOVE ME TENDER (original title "The Reno Brothers". More titles will be announced as they become available. Prices are $25.00 per script, plus $5.00 shipping and handling within the United States ($10.00 shipping and handling for international orders). To order or get more information write to: THE STUDIO SCRIPT SERVICE, c/o Robert Yeomans II, 4159 Jackson Ave., Culver City, CA. 90232 or Email: Battazcar@aol.com

  • Joan Jett says, "It drives me absolutely crazy when I hear people describing things as 'rock,'" Jett fumes. "Like when an advertisement will say that a car 'rocks,' or that some pop song 'rocks,' or this 'rocks,' that 'rocks.' That pisses me off. A car doesn't 'rock,' things don't 'rock,' only rock and roll can rock. And there isn't much that rocks right now."

  • Rockabilly Hall of Famer LOU HOBBS has written and recorded "PT Cruiser." The folks at Chrysler seem to like it. Lou played the song for us and it's very good. Good luck, Lou!!

  • Major Record Labels Developing Copy-Proof CDs to Stop Piracy. Hoping to crack down on music piracy, five major record labels have quietly begun selling compact discs containing technology that foils attempts by customers to copy the songs onto blank discs or computer hard drives. The new strategy isn't widespread yet and most of the CDs out so far are being sold in Europe. The labels won't say which artists' works have been digitally padlocked. The so-called "stealth CDs" play fine on stereos. But if someone tries to turn the music into MP3 files or copy it onto a blank CD, the copied version either won't work or the result will sound so bad that it isn't worth sharing. Most movie DVDS and videocassettes already use anticopying technology.

  • The Iowa Rock N Roll Music Association proudly presents their 2001 Inductees.

  • SINGER BETTY EVERETT DIES AT 61. Betty, who made the recording of "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)", has died at age 61. Everett, a Mississippi native, lived in Beloit, Wisconsin the past 15 years and remained involved in the Fountain of Life and New Covenant churches and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Family members found her dead in her home Sunday, August 19th. Born in Greenwood, Miss. on Nov. 23, 1939, Betty played the piano and sang in church beginning at age 9. She continued to sing in gospel choirs and moved in 1957 to Chicago, where she recorded songs on record labels such as C.J. Cobra and OneDerful in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

  • NEW ADDITION TO THE RHOF: "Memphis Rockabilly" - courtesy Brian Stuhr, WEVL FM 90

  • New Import, GENE VINCENT & THE BLUE CAPS: The Story is a CD of all of Gene's most influential rock'n'roll hits and a CD-ROM with a bio, discography, and photos. This is new from EMI in England. In the latest catologue of www.ccmusic.com for $13.95. This is a chance for those who never got to see Gene and the Blue Caps in person to see what they looked like in action.

  • The new EP of Charlie Thompson and the Emeralds is finally released on Fairlane Records. For more informations please visit the website - http://www.hotncold.de/charliethompson.htm

  • PAT MASON RIP. Seaside, WA - His son John informed us that Pat died Wednesday, August 8th, basically of old age, 93. Pat complained near the end he was upset because everyone he knew was already dead. For those not familiar with Pat, please visit: Pat's web page

  • "NEW" DAVE CRIMMEN'S CD, "Big Daddy 'D'". In the this 10 track jumpin' CD, Dave satisifes a variety of music tastes: rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, country, cajun and blues. All songs written By Dave. The Jordanaires are featured on two cuts. For more information, contact: Burning Tyer, P.O. Box 2213, Daly City, CA 94017, 650-589-5852, www.davecrimmen.com

  • JIMMY EVANS, "Rock-a-billy At It's Finest" Jimmy's back with 12 tracks, including "Memphis 1955", (Cashbox #22 in 1959), "Nashville Woman" and "Messy Bessy" (that sold 40,000 copies in 1960). Jimmy wrote and performed with Counway Twitty, Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks and was a Sun Studio band band member (1954-55). Contact Jimmy: 870-338-9360, Helena, AR.

    More Reports on Jack Scott's Detroit Shows

  • Quote from George Jones, Aug. 9, 2001 - As for new country, Jones says, it's "like putting a bunch of corn meal and milk together and frying it up -- it's mush. I can't tell what half of it is." It's a cause Jones won't drop: "I'm gonna stay in their front yard as long as possible and raise all the hell I can. I'm gonna stay in this business and haunt them until we get it back."

  • The 1st Annual Paul Peek Award will be presented to the "Blue Caps" at the 27th Annual Atlanta Society of Entertainers Awards, at the Radisson Hotel (LaVista Road, Tucker, GA) at 2:00pm, Aug. 19th 2001. The award will be presented by the legendary Fiddlin' John Carson's grandson ... Johnny Carson, who is co-president of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame. Also presenting will be co-president ... Phyllis Cole ... who along with Johnny Carson are co-directors of the Atlanta Society of Entertainers. For more information call: (404) 292-7340. Atlanta Society of Entertainers, e-mail: puresilk2@hotmail.com

  • Suggested Reading: From the Houston Express: Choo Choo Ch'boogie. The Derailers get back on track with a major-label deal by Bob Ruggiero.

  • More Suggested Reading: For all you Buck Owens fans out there. From the Phoenix New Times: Under Their Spell Again. "Amid a spate of long-overdue releases, we celebrate the life and career of Buck Owens and the overlooked genius of his sideman, the late Don Rich" by Henry Cabot Beck.

  • Billy Byrd passed away Tue. Aug. 7, 2001 at 8:10 am. He was 81 and had suffered from emphysema and heart problems for years. He is best remembered as Ernest Tubbs lead guitarist and when E.T. is mentioned, you always think of Billy and E.T. saying, "Aw Billy Byrd now, pick it pretty son." Billy always helped young guitar pickers and he told me that he didn't teach Grady Martin and Sugarfoot Garland all they know but he taught them all he knew. Billy played for Hank Williams on one of the Kate Smith TV shows and used Grady Martins Bigsby guitar (Grady played fiddle on that show).
    Billy Byrd (Born Feb 17, 1920 in Williamson County, TN) was among the first musicians to make the electric guitar "sing" in a country voice, and make the public love it. He was also one of the first country players to make a name for himself with the electric guitar. He is also that rarity in country music, a band member who was allowed to "co-star" alongside the singer for whom he was working. As lead guitarist in Ernest Tubb's band from the end of 1949 until 1959, his playing was among the most widely heard in country music, and Tubb always made a point of featuring Byrd prominently in his stage act and on his records, and introducing him by name wherever possible.

    William Lewis Byrd was born in Nashville. Whatever the city's musical inclinations, however, his family didn't want to see him become a country musician. A guitarist from age 10 on, he displayed an impressive level of skill and technique, and his parents hoped he would pursue a career in classical music. He began playing with his older brother James, and made his radio debut on WLAC in Nashville in 1935. At age 18, he was hired as a back-up musician on the Grand Ole Opry, and began working that same year with the Tennessee Valley Boys. Toward the end of the 1930's, he also worked in various dance bands in the Nashville area.

    Byrd served in the U.S. Navy as a cook on a destroyer escort. He resumed his career in Nashville after the war, initially as a member of Wally Fowler and His Georgia Clodhoppers, where he remained until 1948. That year he went to Louisiana, joining the Louisiana Hayride and playing with Curley Williams and the Georgia Peach Pickers.

    During the fall of 1949, Byrd joined Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours, succeeding Tommy "Butterball" Page as lead guitarist on the single "Tennessee Border No. 2." It was as a member of the Texas Troubadours that Byrd became a star, Tubb mentioning Byrd by name ahead of each solo, and his solos were among the prettiest, most fluid, and memorable in country music. Byrd appeared on hundreds of songs, among them "Two Glasses Joe," "Jealous Loving Heart," "Answer The Phone," and "Letters Have No Arms," from 1949 until 1959, and was also prominently featured as part of Tubb's appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and other television shows. His playing made the electric guitar a popular instrument among country audiences, and in 1950 he collaborated with Hank Garland in the design of the Byrdland guitar for Gibson. While in Tubb's band, he played a customized instrument that included the name "Billy Byrd" prominently embossed on the neck.

    Byrd also played a considerable number of sessions with other artists, including Tex Ritter, Webb Pierce, Burl Ives, Cowboy Copas, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Eddy Arnold, and shuttled between Tubb's and Red Foley's bands. In addition to the electric guitar, Byrd was also renowned for his skill on the mandolin, the banjo, and the bass. In 1959, Byrd, who didn't enjoy touring, left the Texas Troubadours to pursue a solo recording career with the newly-formed Warner Bros. Records - where he recorded three albums through 1964 - and he moved to California to join fiddle-player Gordon Terry.

    Byrd later moved back to Nashville to continue as a session musician, and was also featured throughout the early and mid-1960's as a guitarist on the local morning television program The Eddie Hill Show. He briefly rejoined the Texas Troubadours - who sorely missed his playing - at the end of the 1960's, but touring had never agreed with Byrd, and he left once again in 1970. He returned again in the early 1970's, before leaving for the last time in 1973, although he played on one last single with Tubb in 1974. He also later participated on Pete Drake's Ernest Tubb tribute album, The Legend and the Legacy.

    Billy Byrd's best work, apart from his solo albums, can be heard on any Ernest Tubb record cut between 1949 and 1959. The two Bear Family Records Ernest Tubb boxes covering this period are virtually a celebration of Billy Byrds playing. - Bruce Eder

  • Marshall Lytle recently did the new I'VE GOT A SECRET show in Hollywood and he stumped the panel, They couldn't guess that he was one of Bill Haley's Original Comets. So Marshall won $1,000.00. Cool, eh? BTW: Marshall has some cassette tapes for sale.

  • Joel Shumacher, 47, bassist and guitarist for Jerry Lee Lewis for 15 years was rushed to the hospital in Memphis, TN on Friday morning with a collapsed lung. Although his condition remains serious, the doctors are hopeful he will be able to return home in a few days. Joel said to tell his rockabilly hall of fame fans he is "hangin in like a hair in a biscuit" and to his rock and roll fans "hangin in like Gunga Din". Joel is well known and admired in Europe as well as locally in Memphis and the US for his expertise and style as one of the greatest guitarists and bassists ever. Posted August 5, 2001.

  • Lou Hobbs at the UK 2001 American Fest. Despite fighting Parkinson's disease, Lou still "gives us his all" and puts on a great show. Fans continue to appreciate his talent. More photos of Lou's Americana apprearance can be found at Lou's website

  • Rayburn Anthony's cd "Jackson Was Jumpin'" is out now and picking up great review such as "Superb cd - Now Dig This", "Love the cd - Rock-it radio", and "wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who likes the Sun sound a la Cash, Carl Mann and others. - Blue Suede News ". You can buy it from Hepcat, Rockhouse or Vampirella direct but why not get a personally autographed copy by sending $18 US inc p&p to Rayburn Anthony 233 Fairview Driv., Humboldt, Tennessee 38343

  • Courtesy: Derek Herderson:

    Readers will want to get the August issue of "Now Dig This" magazine. Shall we count the ways?

    1 Jumpin' Jack Neal mentioned on cover

    2 Small photo of Gene and Jack Neal from The Girl Can't Help It movie on Contents page which lists: 6 - 8 Jumpin' Jack Trevor Cajiao talks to original Blue Caps bass player Jack Neal prior to him making his first trip to the UK this month

    3 Nice letter about Jerry Merritt on the Why Don't You Write Me page

    4 Three page interview on Jumpin' Jack with seven photos, five featuring Gene

    5 Half page review of The Town Hall Party TV Shows video by ex-Fan Club leader Harry Dodds

    6 A paragraph on "Race With The Devil" in A Rocker's Ramblings

    7 A short review of the "Bluejean Bop/Gene Vincent Rocks And The Blue Caps Roll", mentioning that it contains the first ever unflawed CD issue of "I Flipped"

    8 A quarter page ad for the Jack neal gig on August 31st in London

    Oh, and Eddie Cochran was at number 84 in the very first US Hot Hundred published in Billboard the week ending August 10th 1958 ("Some smart tricks here including a high string flat top alongside a regular acoustic, as well as alternate handclaps and fingerpops.")

    John Van Horn & the Fender Benders CD, "I've Got the Cure." John was formerly with Link Wray and the Wraymen. Quite a variery of hard rock 'n' roll here along with John's heavy take on EP's "Love Me", the self-penned "I Only Had Fifty Cents" (our favorite), "Run Chicken Run", and of course "Rumble!" For more information, contact: jjohn42@erols.com - Fender Bender Records, PO Box 238, Falls Church, VA 22040.

  • A MUST READ: "LIFE OF RILEY, Sun Records' rock 'n' roll pioneer survives cult-hero status." by Brian Smith.

  • WILD RECORDS would like to announce that their new release "SONNY GEORGE LIVE AT THE TENNEESSEE PRISON FOR WOMEN" will be available in conjunction with MIDNIGHT SUN which is the label founded by SAM PHILIPS in the early 60s and managed by Jerry philips, one of the great man's sons. The record features Boz Boorer and Nick Kane on GUITAR. This will be a very limited release only 1000 copies for sale. It will only be available from WILD RECORDS at their e-mail address: wildpresents@yahoo.com - for more information.

  • WORTH A CLICK: Richard Corliss recalls growing up in the city that gave birth to "Bandstand" - Philly Fifties: Rock 'n Radio

  • Rick Nelson Related. The man whose name you see after "Produced and compiled" on the "Legacy" box and the new Imperial reissues died Friday July 13, 2001. Info at: http://www.pacmult.com/hyde/

  • Marty Robbins' Widow Dies. Marizona Robinson, widow of Country Music Hall of Fame member Marty Robbins, died Tuesday, July 10th, of cancer at her home in Brentwood, Tenn. Robinson, who was 70, went by her husband's pre-show business name.

  • PAUL GALAXY AND THE GALACTIX, "Cross The Line" - Rollin' Rock CD-113. Ready for shipment NOW! Tracks:
    1.) Pretty Kitty
    2.) Desert Air
    3.) Man O' War
    4.) Bad Girl
    5.) Cross the Line
    6.) Night Crawler
    7.) Bottle Of Mine
    8.) Tailfin
    9.) Takin' Too Long
    10.) Orbit
    11.) Don't Stop
    12.) Fat Bottom Girls
    13.) Morning Glory
    14.) Hot Tamale 2
    Authentic American Rock'n'Roll/Rockabilly/Surf, with even one Flamenco song in numero 14! Contact: Ronny Weiser at Rollin' Rock Records, rockronny@aol.com

  • Documentary Series Spotlights Roots Music. Producers of a new documentary series, American Roots Music, will be in Nashville Thursday (July 12) to work on a musical theme for the PBS project. Bluegrass greats Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs and Stuart Duncan, blues legend James Cotton and Cajun stalwart Mark Savoy will record the theme at Skaggs' studio. The Country Music Hall of Fame is a collaborator on the four-part series, which will feature masters in the fields of folk, country, blues, gospel, western swing, bluegrass, Cajun, zydeco, Tejano and Native American music. The series will feature music by Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, the Carter Family, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Clifton Chenier and others. Produced and directed by Jim Brown, the series will air on PBS on four consecutive Mondays beginning Oct. 29. Like Ken Burns' recent Jazz series, American Roots Music will feature companion CD, VHS and DVD box sets and a companion coffee table book.

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  • Elvis Presley Lottery Promotion Rocking & Rolling To More States With Fan-Pleasing Trips and Prizes. Two more state lotteries - Florida and South Dakota - have contracted for the exclusive Elvis Presley Lottery promotion. The Florida promotion was launched on July 17. The Instant game with more than 7.5 million tickets will offer players a top prize of $10,000, 1,200 prize packs and 20 trips to Elvis Presley's Graceland. Tickets will be priced at $2 each and printed by Scientific Games. The South Dakota game will launch in early 2002. Five lotteries launched Elvis Presley promotions in the first six months of availability, including New Jersey, Kentucky, Indiana, New Hampshire, and New South Wales, Australia. Seven other lottery jurisdictions are also planning to launch Elvis games, making Elvis Presley the hottest first-year lottery license ever. Kentucky was proud to be the first lottery to contract for an Elvis scratch-off game. Elvis fans around the world will soon begin a yearlong observance of the 25th anniversary of his death. That renewed interest in all things Elvis is expected to generate TV specials, documentaries and intensify media interest.

  • Listen to the World Premiere of Elvis' "Polk Salad Annie" Recorded in 1970 and Win a Trip to Graceland. Lycos Music (http://music.lycos.com) is featuring a free exclusive audio stream of the previously unreleased track "Polk Salad Annie," recorded August 11, 1970 at The International Hotel in Las Vegas. Additionally, Lycos Music offers exclusive photographs of the "The King" in a photo slideshow and a chance to win a trip to Graceland to see a virtual live Elvis Presley performance, meet the original band and get a private tour of Graceland.

  • ELVIS-KIN SHERIFF IS SHOT DEAD. A Mississippi sheriff - who was a cousin of Elvis Presley - was killed June 6th in a shootout with a gunman who fled a roadblock hours earlier. The suspect also was killed and two other people were injured. Lee County Sheriff Harold Ray Presley, 43, who died in the hospital, was chief lawman in Tupelo, where the king of rock and roll was born in 1935. Presley himself shot the gunman dead - and saved a comrade's life - after catching a few bullets in a burst of fire. Presley's father was the brother of Elvis Presley's grandfather, making them first cousins once removed. The gunman was identified as Billy Ray Stone, 53, of Baldwyn, Miss. A few hours earlier, Stone drove off when stopped at a routine roadblock. About 5:15 a.m., Presley went to a shed near a home where someone had complained of dogs barking. As he and other officers opened the door, there was a burst of gunfire. Presley, struck several times, pushed a deputy out of the way and managed to shoot back, killing Stone.

  • The Market Square Arena where Elvis Presley gave his final public performance was demolished Sunday, July 9, 2001 in a series of explosions. The Indianapolis, Indiana building collapsed inward in less than 15 seconds, with clouds of dust and smoke covering a portion of downtown. The arena, which opened in 1974, was the venue for concerts, sporting events and other activities for more than two decades. Market Square Arena also is where Elvis performed to a near-sold out audience of 16,000 on June 26, 1977; he died less than two months later. Elvis fans who considered the arena hallowed ground held candlelight vigils outside the building each year to commemorate the concert.

    Olive Branch, MS, July 1st. Tuning up: Bob Timmers, Mack Self, Jimmy Evans and Ben Ben. (Photo by Jim Newcombe)

  • Harold S. Grossbardt, a founder of Colony Records, the famed record collector's store in Manhattan, died June 10 at the age of 85. Grossbardt founded the store in 1948 with his partner, Sidney Turk, and the shop quickly became popular with music lovers. Hundreds of musicians, including Frank Sinatra, John Lennon and Michael Jackson, shopped at the store. Grossbardt worked at Colony Records until his retirement in 1988.

    Matt & Barbara Lucas recently visited the Anchorage (Alaska) Convention & Visitors Bureau Log Cabin Visitor Information Center. (July, 2001)>

  • A Nashville singer-songwriter will play George Jones in a stage musical about Jones' former wife, the late Tammy Wynette. Jim Lauderdale, who has released critically acclaimed albums and written songs for George Strait, Dwight Yoakam and Patty Loveless, will play Jones in "Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story." The show opens Sept. 13 at the Ryman Auditorium and runs through October. Actress-singer Nicolette Hart has been offered the role of Wynette. Jones, known for "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and other hits, was married to Wynette from 1969 to 1975. Wynette died in 1998. Her biggest hit was "Stand By Your Man."

    CARL DOBKINS JR., (own website) "NOW AND THEN" CD is available now. Carl does a fine job taking a more laid back approach to variety of rock songs, include his Chart Topping "My Heart is an Open Book" and the excellent track featured on the Rockabilly Hall of Fame's Volume #4: "It May be Love." Contact Carl at: cdj12@juno.com

  • Ernie K-Doe, legendary New Orleans entertainer, died in New Orleans on July 5, 2001. He is best known for his recording of "Mother-In-Law." Click here: WWLTV News Headlines and here for the Boston Herald article

    Butch Wax & The Flat-Tops with Stompertime artist Larry Manual. This photo is from the Olive Branch, MS Bash on Sunday, July 1st. More photos and story to come.

  • ROY NICHOLS DEAD at 68. (Posted July 3, 2001) - Roy died in California - this guitar genius was with Merle Haggard for years. Before Hag, he picked for the Maddox Brothers and Rose. Roy made his way to Bakersfield from Fresno in the days when Bakersfield was just starting to boom. Distinctive in his style throughout his career, he made a name for himself through supporting Lefty Frizzell, Wynn Stewart and Merle. Born in 1932 to parents who owned a migrant farm-worker camp in Fresno.
    Obituary: http://www.bakersfield.com/top/Story/513129p-508767c.html
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  • INTERESTING - Buddy Holly Related, submitted by Gary Rice - GaryDRice@msn.com