Friday, April 12, 2013

Dennis Lynn Hallman and I recorded this guitar instrumental improvision together in the late 70's in Tuscaloosa.   To listen to a little mystical music, click on  Premonition At Dawn

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Magnificent Seven Signing Contract


The seven members of The Magnificent Seven signing their record contract with Columbia Records in the 1960's.   This group which was based out of Tuscaloosa, would later rename themselves "The Rubber Band."   click on photo to enlarge

Friday, June 25, 2010

THE SWINGIN' MEDALLIONS - OLD HICKORY
The Old Hickory was a great place to catch and dance to the top bands in the 60's in Panama City Beach. This photo shows the fabulous SWINGIN' MEDALLIONS playing there.
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Friday, April 02, 2010

Whiskey A-Go-Go - Los Angeles - late 60's
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

ARCHIBALD'S - Tuscaloosa's Best Bar-B-Q
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

Joe Namath - Homecoming
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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I spotted this little guitar in the window on the streets of Universal.
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 DISNEY WORLD and UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
Took the family to Orlando in November. Had a great time all round. Click on photos to enlarge.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Hangin' out at THE HANG OUT
in the 50's and 60's
Panama City Beach



Check out January 2009 of this blog for more Hang-Out photos.
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THE HANG OUT - View from beach
A good shot of The Hang Out from the beach side at Long Beach Resort in Panama City. See January, 2009 for more old Hang Out photos. Click on photo to enlarge.

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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"INSPIRATION" by THE PREACHERS

Listen to "INSPIRATION"



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

THE UNKNOWN SOUL - JOHNNY TOWNSEND - RUBBER BAND
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

ALABAMA vs TENNESSEE FOOTBALL PROGRAM
My step-father got this football program at the Alabama - Tennessee game on October 16, 1948 at Shields-Watkins Field.
1948 ALABAMA FOOTBALL TICKETS
Tickets my step-father saved from 1948 when he was a student at Alabama.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

THE ROCKIN' REBELLIONS
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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Rockin' Rebellions Publicity Photo
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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Rockin' Rebellions early promotional ad
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"ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS" - 1967
The great single by the Rockin' Rebellions on Gold Groove Records was recorded on May 6, 1967. The Rockin' Rebellions were comprised of Ross Gagliano (drums & vocals), Henry Lovoy (lead vocals), Donald Barbee (keyboard & guitar), Ronald Barbee (bass & vocals) and Rick Fortenberry (lead guitar & vocals). Ross Gagliano acted as manager, as he was the oldest and had been in the band The Epics previously. The song was written by Frank Zappa and produced by Jimmy Johnson. It was recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The band played together from 1966 until 1969.

The Rockin' Rebellions song "ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS"
This record was a big hit in Alabama in 1967, reaching #2 on the Big K Radio Station charts, just under the The Beatles. In some Alabama markets, the song reached #1.
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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 Price doing his famous strut in front of the Druid High School Band Majorettes.
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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Another Shorty Price Homecoming Parade photo.........
Ralph "Shorty" Price was five foot tall, but when asked, he would always say he was actually four feet and 12 inches tall.
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Saturday, August 15, 2009


Well, not exactly Tuscaloosa related, but Michelle Phillips of the Mama's and Papa's always knocked me out. In the 60's, she was "the California Girl." What a beauty.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Mimosa Park Swimming Pool - Tuscaloosa
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The Mildred Warner House - Tuscaloosa, Al.
Known as the Moody House until it was purchased by the David Warner Foundation in 1976.
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Historical Marker - Mildred Warner House
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Old Panama City Beach Entrance
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Elvis Presley On Stage - Tuscaloosa 1975

Admiral Benbow Inn
Panama City Beach, Florida - postcard from the 70's. Click on photo to enlarge.

Friday, January 16, 2009

ROSS & ERIC with BIG AL
A big thrill for me was taking my two sons to their first Alabama football game on September 13, 2008 against Western Kentucky. We had a blast and Alabama won 41-7. Roll Tide! Click on photo to enlarge.
JAMES W. COLEMAN - 41st Alabama Infantry Regiment
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.
Historic Confederate Cemetery - Chattanooga, Tn.
The Memorial Gate entrance was dedicated in 1901 by the Daughters of the Confederacy.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

THE HANG OUT - Panama City Beach
The Hang Out
was built by J.E. Churchill as a dance pavilion for summer vacationers. It was located on the beach at the Long Beach Resort. Click on photo to enlarge.

Here's a great video of The Hang Out and other Panama City Beach scenes from the good old days.

Long Beach Resort - "THE HANG OUT"
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.
Dancing at "THE HANG OUT"
Teenagers dancing at the Hang Out in Panama City Beach. Popular dances were the "PC", the twist and the "Shag." Click on photo to enlarge.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

"The Greatest Generation"
This is a photo of my Mother and Father that was taken in San Francisco shortly before my Dad shipped out to the Pacific during World War II. My parents were both from Alabama and were married in Fresno, California soon after the war started. Click on photo to enlarge.
COACH PAUL BRYANT - Pep Rally
Coach Bryant addressing Alabama fans during a Homecoming Pep Rally on the steps of the library in the 70's. Click on photo to enlarge.
HOTEL STAFFORD - Tuscaloosa
In 1954 Tuscaloosa got a fine new hotel, the Stafford, built on the site of the original Stafford School. Another Stafford School was built at 15th Street and Queen City. Click on photo to enlarge.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Tuscaloosa, Alabama - 1887
Tuscaloosa, located on the banks of the Black Warrior River as it looked in 1887. Click on photo to enlarge.

WTBC Radio
Tuscaloosa's top radio station in the 1960's. Click on photo to enlarge.

Saturday, April 26, 2008


So how much did it cost to see The Rolling Stones in Tuscaloosa back in 1972 at Memorial Coliseum? How about $6.00 a ticket.
SAM PHILLIPS - SUN RECORDS
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.
Greensboro Avenue - Tuscaloosa
A 1950's era scene looking down Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa. Click on photo to enlarge.

University Of Alabama - 1940
Students going to classes on campus in 1940. The Quad is to the left and Bidgood is on the right. Click on photo to enlarge.