Friday, May 26, 2006

From :
Warren Zanes
Sent :
Friday, May 26, 2006 7:16 PM
To :

Subject :
Rodney Justo

Greetings--I'm looking for a contact for Rodney Justo.
Might you have one you could pass along?
Many thanks,

Warren Zanes {ed: he and his brother were in the DEL FUEGOS

Dr. Warren Zanes
V. P. of Education
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
(216) 515 1214

Rock Hall series will spotlight Orbison
Friday, April 07, 2006
John Soeder
Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic

Roy Orbison has been chosen as the honoree for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's 11th annual American Music Masters series in early November.

The guitar-playing singer- songwriter with the three-octave voice was inducted into the Rock Hall in 1987.

One year later, Orbison died of a heart attack at the age of 52, two days after a concert at the old Front Row Theater in Highland Heights.

"He had a way of putting all the emotions out there," says Warren Zanes, the Rock Hall's vice president of education and public programs.

"There are a lot of rock 'n' roll voices. You can hear the Little Richard in Paul McCartney or the ferocity of Jerry Lee Lewis in John Lennon. But Roy Orbison was a singular species when it came to his voice. It was all his own."

The Rock Hall's weeklong salute to Orbison will include an academic symposium at Case Western Reserve University and an all-star tribute concert. Zanes hopes to involve not only rock 'n' rollers in the show, but country artists and possibly a string section, too.

Orbison, a native of Vernon, Texas, notched more than 20 Top 40 hits, mostly in the 1960s. Among them were "Only the Lonely" "Crying" and the chart- topping "Oh, Pretty Woman."
His career enjoyed a resurgence in the 1980s when Orbison teamed up with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and the Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne to form the Traveling Wilburys.

"Among that illustrious group, it was almost like Dylan, Harrison, Petty and Lynne were the fans and Orbison was the star," Zanes says.

Orbison also is the focus of a new exhibition, "Haunting & Yearning: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison," opening Wednesday, April 19, at the Rock Hall.

The museum is working with his widow, Barbara Orbison, on putting together the exhibit and the American Music Masters festivities.


Buddy: Now what's your next question you asked me?

Ronnie: How'd you hook up with Roy Orbison?

Buddy: In Dothan, Alabama. This was before any of this had happened.
In Dothan, there was the Houston County Farm Center there and I started promoting shows. I used to have dances at the local recreation center and things of that kind.

Wally: He was the Tiger Jack of Dothan!

Buddy: Yeah, I've heard a lot about Tiger Jack!


Ronnie: He used to do that here at Ft. Brandon Armory.

Buddy: We probably played for him!

Ronnie: We've got pictures of y'all on our website.

Buddy: Oh great! Yeah! I remember that armory very well. I had a show... my first big show was Roy Orbison. I loved Roy Orbison. I told you I loved radio and I loved songs. I was just mesmerized with "Only The Lonely" and even a couple of things before that. I thought he was sensational so I called. I found out who he was with. It was Acuff-Rose Agency in Nashville and I called them & they said,"Sure, he'd love to come down there!" and I said,"How much is it gonna be?" and it was $600!


Dave:WOO! That was big money!

Wally: That was a world of money!

Buddy: $600. Even then I thought it was a bargain. He came down. In those days, big artists traveled with like a guitar player & a music director and they did. Fred Carter was his guitar player and they told me,"Does your band read?"
Well, of course, they didn't read music!


Wally: I read in that article about you that they DID read music!
They said that they DID read!

Buddy: They full of crap!


Buddy: They might have learned over years of osmosis...


Buddy: They were just country boys, played by ear as most session players at that time were...

The guys in Muscle Shoals, I betcha none of those guys, maybe some of 'em did, the horn players and stuff but most guitar players don't read.
So I said,"Sure! They READ!"
So they said,"We're gonna bring down some arrangements."
Well, immediately we go to the Dothan Recreation Center and start rehearsing and John Rainey Adkins, one of my guitar heroes, & one of the guys that, he passed on, God bless him, we practiced and practiced and John Rainey, he would play a record backwards or slow it down to the slowest spead and learn parts and to make a long story short, by the time Orbison came to town, these guys sounded like his records!

Dave: Wow!

Buddy: They had it down! So he came, got on stage for rehearsal. So he said,"Y'all boys read?"
So he handed them all this music, you know...


Buddy: And so they counted off,"One,two, three, four [Buddy imitating Orbison]
"I was all right for a while!"
RIGHT! So at the end of the song, Orbison said,"God O' Mighty!"


Buddy: "God O' Mighty! That sounds great!"


Buddy: He's a country boy from Wink, Texas, a small town, like we were small town guys from Dothan, Alabama.

Ronnie: Wink, Texas.

Buddy: Yeah, close to Odessa.

Ronnie: Yeah. I used to live out there.

Buddy: Yeah, did you really? I played a lot of joints out there.

Ronnie: I lived in San Angelo.

Buddy: Did ya?

Ronnie: Yeah.

Buddy: & Orbison, by the end of the night, by the time he left Dothan, we'd become friends and it led from there. He came back, played another show, finally he said,"Man, I'd love to take this band on the road!"
I said,"You're not taking that band on the road unless you take me!!!!"


Dave: Oh, that's right!


Buddy: I had a '55 Chevrolet and we piled into it. Bobby Goldsboro was the rhythm guitar player!

Ronnie: Oh, man!

Buddy: We all piled into my '55 Chevrolet and went on the road with Roy Orbison!

Ronnie: Wow!

Wally: You were his road manager, right?

Buddy: I was his road manager and he is...
there's no telling how many times I saw him perform.
There was never a time when I saw him perform
that the hair didn't stand up on my arm!

I gotta say; I've said it in other interviews and things; there's no telling how many times I saw him perform.
There was never a time when I saw him perform that the hair didn't stand up on my arm!


Buddy: & he was one of the sweetest human beings you would ever want to meet. He had a song one time called "If You Can't Say Something Nice, Don't Say Anything At All". That's pretty much the motto he lived by. I never heard him say anything bad about anybody else. He was just one of those guys that did not deserve all... First of all, the lack of attention he got! Everybody thinks of Roy Orbison as being a huge artist during that period. He was huge in England but in America, he had hit records but concert-wise, he was just another Joe & nobody like him deserves what happened. He lost his children in fire. He lost his wife when he was riding down the road on motorcycles. They went out motorcycle riding together & he was in the lead and he looked back and she wasn't there and the reason she wasn't there was because a guy ran a stop sign and killed her instantly.

Ronnie: That's horrible! Didn't know that...

Buddy: So that's his life. You know about his children burning up, didn't you?


Bobby Peterson, Billy Gilmore, Bob Nix, John Rainey Adkins and Rockin' Rodney Justo at Roy Orbison's house before it tragically burned killing two of Roy's sons.Photo © Rodger Johnson (long time road manager of the Candymen). See more of Rodger's photos in the book

Buddy: He had a house out by Johnny Cash on Hendersonville Lake in Nashville and they were playing with matches or something and I think their nanny was with them and the house burned to the ground.

Dave: Oh, goodness!

Buddy: With the children in it.

Ronnie: Oh, my God!

Buddy: So he lived a tragic, tragic life.

Wally: Why'd he wear those sunglasses?

Buddy: Well, Roy was... you know there are stories that say he started wearing them in Dothan. Is that what you're referring to?

Wally: I just noticed he always had dark sunglasses on.

Buddy: Yeah, dark sunglasses, I always heard he never wore them until, somebody else told me this, he never wore them before and I don't remember it but somebody told me this that when he was in Dothan, he lost his clip-on sunglasses and he had to buy a pair and he liked himself in sunglasses.


He was virtually blind. His glasses were thick like plate glass.
Roy was white. His hair was just white as snow when he was a kid. He dyed that hair. It'd get white. I've seen him.
Oh, I could gush about him for hours!

Ronnie: Well, there was the special, "Black & White". What a great show!

Buddy: Wasn't that great!

Ronnie: Unbelievable!

Buddy: I wrote with him right after that and that's another tragic thing about his death.
All of his life, he'd not really had all the adulation the he deserved. He didn't know that Bruce Springsteen thought he was "GOD"!


Buddy: He didn't know this. All these people...
How they felt about him.

Ronnie: So that was a big moment for him.

Buddy: It was HUGE for him! & finally, his idol was Elvis, and finally he got a little of that Elvis type attention...


Buddy: & then right after that he came to Atlanta and wrote with Ronnie Hammond and I.
We had a song called "Awesome Love".
Roy called me and said,"Man, I love your song "Awesome Love".
I wanna come down and put my touch to it."

I said, "Come on!"

So he came to Atlanta, stayed there at my house for three or four days and that's the last time I saw him. He died not long after that.

Dave: My Goodness!

Buddy: It was heartbreaking.

Ronnie: Yeah.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

"Lance Miccio"

congrats to Taylor Hicks & Alabama roll tide roll


To: robertoreg

From: Rodney


Original Message -----
From: robert register
To: rodney
Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2006 1:56 PM
Subject: Re: My favorite sign on B'ham's FOX 6 tonight: TAYLOR BE MY BABY DADDY!!!!


You are now the Editor in Chief of CUBA, ALABAMA!


From: Rodney

You happened to pick one of a few German words I know, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to be annoying.It's a good word though isn't it?
Rumspringa is another.

"William Arthur Wheatley"
"robert register"
RE: My favorite sign on B'ham's FOX 6 tonight: TAYLOR BE MY BABY DADDY!!!!
Thu, 25 May 2006 11:14:48 -0400

Herr Robert:

Here is the correct spelling, etc. of the word:

scha·den·freu·de (shäd'n-froi'də) n. Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. [German : Schaden, damage (from Middle High German schade, from Old High German scado) + Freude, joy (from Middle High German vreude, from Old High German frewida, from fro, happy).]

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Hey y'all:


In the words of our colorful former Alabama governor BIG JIM FOLSOM,
"If that wadn't a show, I'll kiss yore ass!"

Irish author and dramatist Brendan Behan(1923-1964) once said, "There's no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary!"

Brother, did we learn that tonight?!!!!

For 50 solid years of my life, the advent of television has had no shortage of publicity for us po' folks of Alabama. Since Birmingham's Autherine Lucy was expelled from the University of Alabama on February 7, 1956 for unsuccessfully attempting to walk to class here in Tuscaloosa, America and The World has had a bait of Alabama publicity. Lots of publicity. Publicity on television about shotguns, firehoses, dynamite, tear gas, billy clubs, cattle prods, slap jacks, hand cuffs and barbed wire.

In many ways all that changed tonight.

The last time I saw a UNITED ALABAMA was two months ago on Wednesday, March 8 when we found out that the church arsonists were three spoiled punks from the Jefferson County suburbs who had dreams of Hollywood stardom. I'm not saying everyone in Alabama agreed with my opinion but, universally, almost all of my fellow Alabamians tasted the same rage I tasted that Wednesday.


Growing up in Alabama, Taylor Hicks dreamed of becoming A STAR! With the help of Alabama, his dream became reality one hour and a half ago on Wednesday night, May 24, 2006!

I saw a UNITED ALABAMA again tonight. Victory does that for people.

Unfortunately, all contests are marred by silly little rules like the traveling rule in basketball.

The chaotic world of the Alabama citizen is pinned together neatly with a few simple rules. We try not to break in line. We mind our manners. We try not to bother folks too much and we say our prayers. The few simple rules make life tolerable in a frustrating world. America saw those simple Alabama rules tonight through the amazing talent of Taylor Hicks.

There's a new word I'm trying to master: SCHEDENFEUDEN [sic/ed: SCHADENFREUDE]

It means "enjoying the misery of others." Up in New England, out in California and even in Taylor's hometown of Hoover, Alabama, there are plenty of folks who honestly believe that they are promoting "a rich, nuanced, complex and diverse public conversation on contemporary affairs." The American Idiots of whom I speak don't like words like sinfulness and righteousness or love & hate or black & white or master & slave or good & bad. They don't understand and they don't appreciate what Taylor represents and his victory makes them miserable. They detest our simple world and they lament at how terribly we have treated the Negro.

As Alabamians like Taylor Hicks continue to tell our true story to an adoring public I just can't help but relish the thought of how miserable THE IVY LEAGUE/BIG MEDIA AMERICAN INTELLIGENTIA are gonna be as we continue to rub their pompous noses in the mess they created with their own lies.

Hey, please check out the new "The Day Bear Bryant Died" myspace site. We have posted portions of four of Buddy's interviews.


Sunday, May 21, 2006

According to the above website you can click on it tomorrow morning, Monday, May 22 at 9:10 CDT & listen live to a Destin, Florida broadcast of Buddy Buie when he is interviewed on Max Howell's radio show concerning the release of a Buddy Buie/Ronnie Hammond song called "THE DAY BEAR BRYANT DIED".

If you are in your car, you ought be able to listen on 560 WNSR-AM (Nashville,TN), 1340-AM (Destin,FL), 1280 WGTX-AM(DeFuniak Springs,FL), 730 WUMP-AM (Athens, Alabama), 930 WSFZ-AM (Jackson, Mississippi), 1000 WNSI-AM/ 105.9 WNSI-FM (Robertsdale, Alabama) and 1410 WIQR-AM (Prattville, Alabama) . WIQR will broadcast the show from 2 until 4 P.M.

Earlier tomorrow morning at 7:15 A.M., Buddy will be interviewed in the same Destin, Florida radio studio by former Alabama basketball coach Wimp Sanderson and former Auburn basketball coach Sonny Smith on their radio show "Talkin' Sports With Wimp and Sonny". I plan to listen to Buddy tomorrow morning on Birmingham's 690 WJOX- AM. WIQR in Prattville will broadcast Wimp and Sonny from 4 - 6 P.M. You might try the Max Howell link at the top of this message and see if Max provides an internet feed of Wimp & Sonny.

It's in early construction but I have started a myspace site for the song called "THE DAY BEAR BRYANT DIED". Check out our progress at

Muchas CUBA,ALABAMA gracias go out to Ray Hutto and debbieseesU2 who both sent me the link below to an excellent article by THE DOTHAN EAGLE'S Peggy Ussery concerning the uncertain future the historic Dothan Rec Center.


All you DOWN HOME MOVERS & SHAKERS ought to get behind putting a historic marker in front of the Rec Center. This could be a beginning for Dothan's Rock & Roll Mural!

On this site in the ---- of 1964? ROY ORBISON first auditioned THE WEBS, Dothan's premier Rock & Roll Band. Orbison was so impressed with their music that he later hired the band to tour with him & named them THE CANDYMEN. Dothan musicians who toured with Orbison included Buddy Buie, Bobby Goldsboro and John Rainey Adkins. All three of these men went on to achieve tremendous success in popular music which naturally drew worldwide attention to their hometown of Dothan.

Bill Hanke asked me to try to get more information on the Ramrods which existed before Johnny Mulkey joined Wilbur Walton Jr. & The James Gang. If anyone has information on Frank Bethea, send it to me. This is all I could find

And last but not least, I finally heard from Robert Nix so if any of y'all want to hear from Robert, contact me. His new band DEEP SOUTH can be found at
Robert sent me a lot of shots of the band performing for their DVD but I haven't gotten any of them on the Web because of computer problems. Become a member of and access similar photos to ones Robert sent me at the band's site.

Hey, I wanna hear from ya!