SWINGIN' MEDALLIONS WITH ORIGINAL MEMBER, HACK BARTLEY, PLAY THE DOTHAN CIVIC CENTER, FEB. 23, 2007
GREG HAYNES, AUTHOR OF THE HEEEY BABY DAYS OF BEACH MUSIC
, WATCHES PERCY SLEDGE
SIGN HIS BOOK
Sad day here in "Cuba, Alabama".
Our prayers go out to everyone who suffered through the tornados this afternoon. All of us Dothan Tigers have memories of Enterprise's football stadium located behind the high school. Remember Phillip Creel and Gary Martin? Jacquetta Taylor was one of my girlfriends in high school and she lived right down the street from the high school, just across from the Methodist Church where Reverend Asa Boozer preached. Brother Asa preached my Daddy's funeral.
Things won't ever be the same.
We here at "Cuba, Alabama" also lost three guys this week who meant a lot to us.
While I was in Panama City Saturday afternoon, I got a call from David Smith and he told me Willie Akridge, a veteran Dothan musician had passed away.
Our friend and partner in crime, Bill "Willie" Akridge passed last weekend.
Willie was a superhuman musician, and a local legend. He was a great friend and will be missed.
You can find his obit on the Dothan Eagle website...
Wednesday I got an email from Lynn Tobola informing me that a memorial service for Tommy Grace was to be held in Macon, Mississippi, on Saturday.
I have no details but I had no idea Tommy had passed away. Tommy was a native New Yorker who settled in Noxubee County. He always wanted me to come visit him and he promised to take me to Dancing Rabbit Creek and Nanih Waya, the Mother Mound of the Choctaws. I never got to take him up on the offer.
Picked up the paper this morning and found out that my favorite hardware salesman, Carey Arendale, fell over dead in his front yard Tuesday while cutting his grass. Carey grew up in a hundred year old house on University Boulevard located next door from where I sit right now. I will really miss his smiling face everytime I go into Anders over in Northport. He was buried this afternoon about the time the tornado hit Enterprise. Here's his obit:
On a positive note, y'all are all invited to my son's Eagle Scout award ceremony on Sunday. At 2 P. M. , John Christopher Young Register will be awarded his Eagle at Northport's St. Marks United Methodist Church on McFarland Boulevard in Northport.
Got a call from The Rockin' Gibraltars' Bobby Dupree this afternoon right at the height of the storm. He wanted Tommy "Swamp Man" Mann's email address because Bobby is serious about us putting together a Rockin' Gibraltars/K-OTICS/ James Gang reunion gig this summer. Let's get behind this thing and make it happen. It'll be a pain to put together but worth the 40 year wait!
Saturday, February 24, 2007
I'm taking off from my old boyhood room here on Mortgage Avenue and heading down to Cowarts to see how much water's in the Hog Farm pond; then on to Cottonwood to see my sister's family, then down to Blue Springs to see the new Jackson County Park, Hasty's Fish Camp, Spring Creek, etc. ; then to J. Michaels on Grand Lagoon for lunch.
I plan to visit the jetties, have a beer at Schooners and then drive 98 down to Laguna to check on some friends and visit Camp Alice on Phillips Inlet.
Gimme a call 205 239 5401
I'm pretty sure that #
was the driver of &'s
'Vette in PC during AEA in 1970 and not *,
who was the passenger. They had to have been going well over a hundred when they wiped out. It's a wonder *
survived, and that #
hung on for as long as he did.
I stayed almost every AEA from 1964 through 1971 at one of my Aunt's beach rentals along Thomas Drive, a couple of miles from the "Jetties."Of course I spent more time cruising in my '65 Barracuda or my '63 Falcon Sprint convertible
(bought from Hayden Prather for $600 in summer of 1969 when my sister went off to Auburn with the Barracuda) (mostly bumper to bumper) cruising
( probably had a hundred or so minor bumps from the rear over those years) the Miracle Strip than sleeping or eating, and it was almost always too windy and cold to actually go to the beach.But, damn, wasn't it fun?
The Hangout, Long Beach Resort, sneaking under aged into the Red Rooster or the Old Dutch when the Dothan bands were playing.