DA BLUES MAGOOS spewed out a cascade of memories from the usual suspects.
WWWWWWWWWWWWWWyker may have come up with a killer hook for a country song in his post:
THE STUFF THAT USED TO TURN ME ON HAS NOW TURNED ON ME....
Thank ya'll so much for responding to yesterday's post. It hit the spot!
Dear Mighty Field Hands !
I remember back when The ALLMAN JOYS
photo courtesy of Dean Smith THE ALLMAN JOYS!!!!
GREGG ON KEYBOARDS, DUANE ON GUITAR, BILL CONNELL ON DRUMS AND BOB KELLER [thanx,johnny] ON BASS
were together in the middle 60's...
They got booked in NEW YORK CITY
at Trudie Heller's Club in The Village.....
that's where Duane Allman
first saw The BLUES MAGOOS
I remember he told me that they played so loud...they had even taken all the volume knobs etc. off of their amps and had screwed a piece of sheet metal over the place where all the knobs were !That way no club owners could make them turn the volume down..they had NO volume knobs ! Set on wide ass open all the time !
That's also where Duane got the idea to use one of those little fuzz/distortion boosters
....You can see one on PETE CARR'S
I don't know what that thang was called but Pete
could really work them right!
The first time I ever smoked weed
was when The ALLMAN JOYS
got back from that gig....I had been lookin' for some to try for a couple of years with no luck...Gregg
gave me a baggy with a little dust in the bottom...I did not know how to roll so Tippy Armstrong
rolled it...we were on our way to play a RUBBER BAND
gig in Albany, Ga
TIPPY ARMSTRONG WITH JOHNNY WYKER IN THE BACKGROUND AT THE OLD HICKORY ON PANAMA CITY BEACH IN THE SUMMER OF '65. WYKER AND JOE SOBOTKA CO-WROTE "LET LOVE COME BETWEEN US".
ridin' in my 66 Buick Grand Sport
and Joe Sobotka
was drivin'...We told Joe
to stop at a little country store and Tippy
bought some OCB papers....
THE RUBBER BAND: seated on couch: second from left, Johnny Wyker,then Tippy Armstrong and Joe Sobotka
when he finished rollin' that thang it was about the size of a tooth pick....but what a kick it had.... The stuff that used to turn me on has now turned on me
....leaves a big black cloud over my head most of the time....so I don't mess with it much anymore...
Love & Respect !
MIGHTY FIELD of VISION
PETE CARR IN MACON: courtesy of Capn Dean
Subject: [MFV] Historical Guitar
Below is (and attached) is a pic of me playing in Capricorn Studios
The guitar which I bought from Sylvan Wells
when I was younger and still living in Port Orange
(right south adjoining Daytona) has some great stories that go with it. I just did a session with Paul Hornsby
he reminded me that when Duane
first started playing Slide Guitar that he used my
Tele (shown above) to use for slide playing for a while in our live gigs.
At first Paul
thought his slide playing sounded terrible and it was but he was just learning.
So, this is the guitar that Duane
learned to play slide on or one of the main ones anyway in the very beginning of his departure into the slide guitar realm.
Also when we were doing a gig in Jacksonville FL. one night Duane
mood and threw the guitar down on the floor and broke the neck
right at the head stock. I took it back to Port Orange and my Dad glued it
back together. He did a fine job. You can still see a hairline crack
where the break was from Duane throwing it down on the floor.
This guitar might be worth some good money to some hard core big Duane Allman
fan for historical value.
I also have a picture of Duane’s
(That is a hard name for me to remember the spelling of)
holding the guitar somewhere that I will post when I find it. I wouldn’t let of it go cheap though.
What do you think.
From the keyboard of ROCKIN' RODNEY JUSTO....
did a show with them[ BLUES MAGOOS-ed.]
once in Marietta,Ga.
Two things come to my mind...I had never met Joe South
even though I had seen him around Bill Lowery's
studio and he came up to me after the show and told me that we were the best band he had ever heard.
At that time we were just really coming into our own as far as having the whole group singing.
The other was that Barry Bailey
later told me that he was at that show and how much he loved the band.
I have a really good memory but i can't remember who else was on that show.
By the way one of the guys in the Blues Magoos
was a guy named Pepe Castro
who went on to be a pretty succesful jingle singer in New York.
From BIG BOB NIX....
I REMEMBER THEM[BLUES MAGOOS-ed]
WELL!! WE PLAYED SHOWS WITH THEM AND SAM THE SHAM AND THE PHAROAHS
FOR HUGH BABY JARETT
MARIETTA, GA. SEVERAL TIMES WHEN WE WERE THE CANDYMEN
. HUGH BABY
STARTED AS THE BASS SINGER FOR ELVIS AND THE JORDANAIRES
!! LATER HE SANG WITH US (ARS)
ON A COUPLE OF CUTS! I PARTICULARLY REMEMBER THE SONG 'JESUS HEARTED PEOPLE'
THAT WE WROTE AT LAKE EUFAULA
! I STILL LOVE THAT SONG!
RENEGADE ROBERT NIX!!
P.S. ASK JUSTO ABOUT THE BLUES MAGOOS
, REMEMBER HE'S THE MEMORY CELL!!!!
an old post by Wyker on Mighty Field of Vision yahoogroups that's icing on the cake[even though there may be a little bit of confusion 'bout the Candymen]....
About the same time that the Rubber Band
was on it's last leg the same thang was happening to The James Gang...
the Southern James Gang...which featured Wilbur Walton
as their singer...the other members also doubled as The Candymen
when they backed up Roy Orbison
....most of those cats later formed The Atlanta Rhythm Section
produced both The James Gang
...I used to go to Hotlanta back in the 60's and stay with Buddy
and Robert Nix...Nix
was the drummer for these groups in those days...and now all of a sudden I just remembered where I lost my first wedding ring...and that was at Nix's apartment..damn I'm firing some old memory cells tonight...amazing how the old human mind can be inspired to recall events in the long lost past ..
Anyway...when the Rubber Band
finally snapped and broke up I still had a bunch of gigs lined up to play and no band to do it....the Christmas party session was about to happen and Wilbur Walton
was also left with all of the gigs that James Gang
had contacted to play....I had known Wilbur
for years...when I was in high school I used to go down to Tuscaloosa
and attend all of the fraternity rush parties and Wilbur
was in college then and he was a member of The Sex Above Everythang
Frat...in laymen's' terms that would be The SAE's
called me one day and said that he was holding a bunch of James Gang
gigs and that he would pay me to put a band together...I think he offered me some pretty good money too...so I told him that I had the same problem...gigs and no band...so the best way to solve the problem was to put one band together to cover ALL the gigs......
One night we were The Rubber Band
and maybe the next night we were The James Gang..
....I played bass and I hired Court Pickett
to sing....and Lou Mullenix
on drums...and I think Jim Coleman
was on keyboards...and Tippy Armstrong
played guitar on some of the gigs and Ronnie Brown
played guitar...and on some gigs Frank Freidman
played a second guitar....Frank
was a founding member of THIS SIDE UP....
sang lead when we were The Rubber Band...
sang lead when we were The James Gang
.......this worked out pretty well at first when the gigs were far a apart....and in different towns.....we were all making great money and having a ball doin' it.....except when Wilbur
had to do the singin'.....by this time he was a real big drunk...and would not sing until he was totally juiced up...it took us a while to get his M. O. down...he would say the PA was broken and tell us to stall with more instrumentals....we finally figured out what he was up to...and we just played a bunch of freeform jams...remind me to tell the cat tale of how we brain washed a crowd in Auburn
with a one chord groove that put the whole place in a trance dance.....
Anyhow......thangs were going fine until about the middle of the Christmas session and we played a gig in Mobile
as The Rubber Band....
then the next night in the very same building we came in as The James Gang...
we got away with it until the third night when we played the same place for a different girls club as The Rubber Band
again.......it was really scary to be on the bandstand and to watch people in the crowd whispering to each other...you could read their lips..."Was'nt that the same guy that played with..so and so band.the other night......well.... I don't know how we ever got out of there alive that last night...but we did......I'm sure their was some fast talkin' involved and some fast cars too.....!"