The out door shots were at the Daytona Beach
during Easter Weekend, l965
. I was hired by
the Chamber of Commerce
to supply the sound for the
concert - so I just brought my home stereo
and set it up ! I added two EV 8" musicaster outdoor
which you see on the ground towards the
middle of the stage. I guess they worked as
stage monitors as well as those 4 speakers systems
for the concert. The bottom two photos show
on the left and the Escorts Combo on
the right (Allmans).
Follow up : The outdoor concert pics.
Those two blondes in the group pic
with the guys standing on each others shoulders at the very top
do have blonde hair and “could” be Gregg
but I can’t see enough detail to really verify that.
Some else would have too like who ever took the pic or someone
who was there at the outdoor event.
Do you know who that group of guys are?????
It’s not the Beach Boys
or is it????
From: Pete Carr
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 12:37 PM
Subject: RE: [MFV] CUBA , ALABAMA: Exposing the TRUTH About Rock [one mo' time agin!!!!]
That’s a great pic of the Allman Joys
that I remember seeing a long time ago! Thanks!
I took another look at that pic page and the very bottom pic is the one I thought you were
talking about being the Escorts.
It must be a VERY VERY early incarnation of the Night Crawlers
with only Sylvan Wells
and Pete Thomason
that I recognize from the band that I seen play
at the Daytona Beach City Island Recreation Center
The one underlined the Escorts
I can’t really make out the people but I’m sure
I don’t see Gregg
blonde heads in there………….
The pic with the guys on each others shoulders right below the heading “The Cottage”
I do see a couple of blonde hairs but I have know idea who the group is as again
I can’t make out the pic well enough to tell.
The Night Crawler
pics at the Daytona Beach Martinique Club
(which I played at often also)
is more like the Night Crawlers
I remember and knew…….
I have never seen many of these pics before so it was quite a treat to see such early ones!
This came off the Boyden Amplifiers
site and was posted by their webmaster Gary Lockwood
From: "Greg Lovett"
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004
Subject: Re: [MFV] CUBA , ALABAMA: Exposing the TRUTH About Rock [one mo' time agin!!!!]
Randy, It's an old music master.
Very perceptive man. Notice the slanted pickups
and the rounded top pick guard with the switches on top.
What would you give for one of those today.
That's a great photo! It's pretty obvious which
are. That's Bob Keller
bass & Maynard Portwood
with the sticks & snare drum.
I've seen another promo shot from the same photo
session in which the two guitars are leaning on
shoulders. Matt Ferguson
that the Bigsby tailpiece
guitar was an
made available for ES-335s
mid-60s. Do you (or anyone else) know what kind of
guitar that is Gregg's holding? It looks like a
Fender Music Master
to me. Can anybody confirm that?
Also of note, the Allman Joys' Bob Keller
same guy who briefly became bass player for the Hour
between albums one and two. Hornsby
had left, so they hired Bob Keller
his place, and that Keller
disappeared one night right
before a gig. He told me Pete [Carr-ed.]
was in town visiting
and that Hornsby
recruited him to play bass for the
gig, which led to him becoming a member of the Hour
Does that sound right to you Pete?
Just like my Young Junior Baby Tiger buddy Frank Tanton
did last week with his memories of the Club Capri
, the great Pete Carr
took a little time out of his busy day to type out some of his precious memories.
Let me hear from ya when ya get a chance.
From: "Pete Carr" Add to Address Book
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 12:35:47 -0500
Subject: RE: [MFV] HEY! PETE CARR! Ready Fo' Anudder Piece Uv Dat LITTLE BLACK EGG?!!!!
That photo that is underlined Escorts actually looks like it has some of the Night Crawlers and other friends in it and a couple I don’t know but I could be wrong but I’m pretty sure.
I think I remember Gregg and Duane having a band called the Escorts very early for a summer before I had ever started to play in bands etc. I seen them at Daytona
City Island recreation center. I loved to go watch bands. I never went to dance etc.
Just watched the band all night. I seen the Night Crawlers there also a few times.
None of those pics show Gregg or Duane in it that I can make out at all.
Some of that Rolling Stone Cameron Crow interview is just wrong.
We recorded the B.B. King medley in Muscle Shoals
before the Hour Glass had left L.A. while we were doing a tour.
When we returned the producer at Liberty didn’t like the tapes though.
No hit singles but they sounded great to me.
The second album (I was in the group by then) “we” picked our own material.
We even did some of our southern friends Eddie Hinton and Dan Penn songs
along with some of Gregg’s on the album etc. The whole situation just never
really became successful for us so people left it all with a bitter taste.
No it wasn’t a jam band it was a white southern soul song band.
Till this day I still think Gregg has done some of his best singing on those albums to be as young as he and we were.
The Allman’s didn’t go to Nashville when they got Johnny Sandlin
and Paul[Hornsby-ed.] and Wolf[is that Bill "Wolfman" Acton?-ed] to play with them. It was at Johnny Sandlin’s Mother and Fathers house in Decatur Alabama and the band was the Five Minutes. Anyway I was told by Gregg and Duane
that a band in Alabama needed a guitar player when I was still a kid living at home in Daytona (about 16 etc).
They told the Minutes about me and I agreed (along with a local singer) to go to Decatur and join the Five Minutes as they needed a guitar player as theirs, Eddie Hinton had left to pursue recording studio work in Muscle Shoals.
(What is so ironic (as so much of all of this whole thing is) is that I ended up in the same studio, M.S.S, playing guitar that Eddie left about 5 or 6 years later.)
The Minutes loved me and my guitar playing but not the singer so we sadly let him go back home.
We got another singer who was good but only did maybe one gig with us and left.
So we kept practicing in Sandlin’s folks garage looking for a lead singer.
After a while Gregg and Duane’s band broke up and they needed a drummer, bass etc. and it was a natural thing for all these guys to come together at the time anyway. I was humbly told by Johnny Sandlin about the situation and I gladly stepped aside so all these great friends that I admired could get a band together. They all hated that I wasn’t
in the band but Duane and Paul Hornsby both played guitar and I wasn’t
really needed. When you were going to play night clubs making small amounts
of money another guy would take precious few dollars away from some
of the guys who were married etc. I was completely happy about it all.
At my age I was happy to just be playing my guitar and let life lead me wherever.
It sure wasn’t all about money and never was until I got married also later on in life.
Of course even then it wasn’t all about money but after a taste of some I liked what it could do.
Like being able to by a refrigerator instead of a cooler with ice to keep food in.
Anyway they all loved me and I loved all of them. Later I flew back to L.A. with Gregg and soon became their bass player.
I know this email is a little convoluted and hard to understand but.
Much more to tell but I can’t write a book here………
See my web site for a little more info.