Monday, October 03, 2016
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Magnificent Seven Signing Contract
Friday, June 25, 2010
Friday, April 02, 2010
Tuscaloosa native Tippy Armstrong on guitar playing in the band Heart at the Whisky A-Go-Go in the 60's. Left to right, Ed Sanford - Hammond B-3, Johnny Townsend - vocals, Bobby Dupree - drums, Keith Brewer - bass and Tippy - guitar. Bobby Dupree and Keith Brewer were in the popular Montgomery band, The Rockin' Gibraltars in mid 60's.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Well, Dreamland gets most of the press, but for my money, ARCHIBALD'S Bar-B-Q is the best in the city (it's actually located across the river in Northport) and one of the best in the state. Opened in 1962 by George Archibald, the business is now run by his son George, Jr and sister Paulette Washington. The interior has five stools at a counter, serves Bar-B-Q sandwiches on white Wonder bread, cooked pork shoulder and ribs, tangy home made sauce, chips, and soft drinks. The place opens at 10:30 am and people are usually waiting. Sometimes the demand exceeds the supply and patrons have to wait patiently for next batch (but it's well worth the wait). Award-winning food writer John T. Edge includes Archibald's on his list of "100 Southern Foods You Absolutely, Positively Must Try Before You Die". I couldn't agree more!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
I took this photo of Joe Namath riding on a homecoming float with his daughter in 2005.
One time back around 1978, I was jogging around Thomas Field on a summer afternoon and Joe Namath and Richard Todd were out there throwing a football back and forth to each other. On one of my laps, Namath threw a ball to Todd and he missed it and it rolled right over to where I was jogging. Being the nice guy, I picked it up and there stands two NFL quarterbacks just staring at me. (Pressure). So I have a choice, do I throw the ball back to Todd who is closer to me or do I attempt to heave the ball to Namath who is standing much further away? No brainer, eh? We're talkin' Joe Willie! So mustering up my courage, I gave it my best Kenny Stabler motion ( I'm a lefty), and hurled the ball to Namath. It was one of those rare perfect spirals for me and Broadway Joe didn't even have to move his feet to make the catch. Namath simply nodded and said "thanks" and I continued my jogging all the while silently pumping my fist in my mind at my beautiful and timely throw. (and lucky too!)
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Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
THE PREACHERS - DAVID KELLER - "INSPIRATION"
David Keller and The Preachers were a Tuscaloosa band who recorded this Dylan-flavored record in 1966. The song got some good airplay in Alabama and even reached #7 on WGNE in Panama City, Florida. In 1968, Keller open a teen club in Panama City Beach called the HEad Shop. Around this period, he also had a booking agency for a number of bands in the state.
David Keller's Booking Agency ad for summer dances at Tuscaloosa's J.C. Fairgrounds. This ad featured the Rockin' Gibraltars, Gadsden's - The Bleus and the band, School Zone from Miami.
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Coach Bryant's South Central Bell Ad
Bryant was supposed to simply say "Call your mama," but then ad-libbed the last line making the commercial an instant classic.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
This scarce 45 was released in Memphis around 1969 with the credit given to "The Unknown Soul." The song, "Down In Texas" was written by Tuscaloosa native, EDDIE HINTON and MARLIN GREENE. The song was actually recorded at Fame Studios earlier in the 60's with Hinton, Greene and the core of The RUBBER BAND. The vocals on this record is actually JOHNNY TOWNSEND who was the lead singer for the RUBBER BAND. According to JOHNNY WYKER, Parks Matthews tracked him down in Macon at Capricorn Studios and offered $1000 for the Rubber Band masters that had been recorded at Fame in Muscle Shoals. Parks and the founder of the Holiday Day Inn chain thought the tapes sounded a lot like the Box Tops and he wanted to release them under the name, THE UNKNOWN SOUL, to try and capitalize on their popularity at the time. So the mystery of the Unknown Soul is finally solved!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
WVOK was the top radio station in Birmingham and many would argue the entire state during the 1960's. Their annual "Battle of The Bands" was a big deal during that era and The Rockin' Rebellions were winners in 1967, beating out 67 other bands throughout Alabama. On June 17, 1967 in Atlanta, the Rockin' Rebellions won the "Southeastern Battle of the Bands" over numerous bands from Georgia, North and South Carolina and Florida.
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This popular Birmingham based band recorded several singles besides the regional hit, "ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS."
Some other singles released by the band were:
Run For Your Life / By My Side - Vaughn Ltd. label (Nov '66)
Drums And Other Things / Would You Like To Go - Gold Dust label
Oh What A Change / I Said No More - Gold Dust label
I Can't Put You Down / Down In Texas - Thyme Inc. label
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Shorty Price Interview
A rare glimpse of Shorty discussing Alabama politics. He said one of his first acts had he been elected to the state's highest office would have been to lower the term limits down to two years for governor. According to Shorty....."If a man can't steal enough in two years to get by for the rest of his life, then he's too stupid to be governor."
Shorty died in an automobile accident on the night of November 1, 1980.......the same day that his beloved Alabama Crimson Tide lost to Mississippi State, 6-3, when quarterback Don Jacobs, fumbled the football one step from the MSU goal line late in the game.
For more Shorty Price photos, see July 2005 and February 2008 in this blog.
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Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
On November, 8, 2008, a marker dedication service was held in Chattanooga for my Great Grandfather and two other soldiers. The Nathan Bedford Forrest Camp #3 conducted the ceremony which included a Confederate Rifle Firing Salute and the playing of Taps for each of these soldiers. My Great Grandfather, James W. Coleman is buried in one of the mass graves in the Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery and the marker was placed along the front of this area. Private Coleman was living in Perry County, Alabama with is wife and two small sons when he joined the 41st Alabama Infantry Regiment on March 28, 1862. After several months of training in Tuscaloosa on the grounds of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, the 41st Alabama traveled to Chattanooga, Tn.. Private Coleman's Company E was ordered to Charleston, Tennessee to help guard a rail bridge that crossed the Hiwassee River. While in Charleston, he became ill with "camp fever" and died on August 29, 1862. His body was taken by rail to Chattanooga and there he was buried.
The NBF Camp's primary project is caring for the Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery located between 3rd Street and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Campus. Preservation of the cemetery is shared with the local A. P. Stewart Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDA) and the City of Chattanooga. Click on photo to enlarge.
Nathan Bedford Forrest Camp #3 - SCV (Chattanooga, Tn)
Me pictured next to Terry Siler who is the Commander of the Nathan Bedford Forrest Camp #3 shortly after the marker dedication ceremony. Terry was a tremendous help in assisting me in acquiring the marker from the U.S. Government and organizing the dedication service for my ancestor and the other two soldiers who were honored. Click on photo to enlarge.
Following the War Between the States, surviving Southern soldiers came together to form a veterans organization known as the United Confederate Veterans (UCV). The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) is the heir to this legacy. Formed in Richmond, Virginia in 1896, the SCV continues to serve as an historical, patriotic and non-political organization dedicated to insuring that a true history of the 1861~1865 period is preserved for future generations.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
In the 50's and 60's, THE HANG OUT was the most popular place to be if you were a teenager on vacation in Panama City Beach, Florida. As a kid, I remember watching teens dance to the music of local bands while vacationing during the summer. THE HANG OUT was a great place........right off the beach.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
This is a photo of Sam Phillips and me at his birthday party in Florence, Al a little over ten years ago. I got to meet Sam on several occasions over the years and was fortunate enough hear him talk about Sun Records, Elvis and the many early blues artists he recorded. Sam Phillips was one of the most fascinating people I've ever met. His stories of discovering Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and many others were great to hear. One of my favorite stories I remember him telling me about was him recording the great bluesman, Howlin' Wolf at his Memphis Sun Studio. Although Sam didn't release Wolf's recordings on the Sun Label, he soon sold them to Chess Records in Chicago where Howlin' Wolf later recorded many blues classics. Sam Phillips passed away a couple of years ago. He undoubtedly was the true Father of Rock 'N Roll. Click on photo to enlarge.
Friday, March 07, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The Alston Building, is located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Greensboro Avenue and Sixth Street. It was completed in 1910 on the site of the old Tuscaloosa County courthouse, which had been in use since 1845.
A “new” courthouse was constructed on the site of the present building in 1908, on which originally stood the residence of early Tuscaloosa merchant Thomas Maxwell. The Alston Building was the city’s first “skyscraper,” and was originally regarded as the tallest building on a dirt road in America. In the “then” view the building is capped by a huge lighted sign, “Try Tuscaloosa,” the slogan of the Board of Trade, later to become the Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the sign, the building was topped by a lighted garden, the scene of many social events.
Part of the ground floor of the building was originally occupied by the Davis-Leach Drug Company, a partnership between Luther Davis and Dr. Sydney Leach.
Mr. Davis later moved his store across Greensboro adjacent to the Bama Theater, and the space was occupied for many years thereafter by the H & W Drug Company. Mr. Davis also served for many years as the mayor of Tuscaloosa.
The Alston Building is little changed in appearance from its early days, removal of the “Try Tuscaloosa” sign and window awnings being the most noticeable alterations, and of course, the streets are now paved. Click on photo to enlarge.