Saturday, May 12, 2007

Lance Miccio in costume on the set of one of his movies

Hey y'all:

All that footage Lance Miccio shot of old hippies back in '05 will finally be put to use tomorrow night with the world television premiere of "THE HIPPIES" at 7:00 Central on The History Channel.

Ken Babbs
& Lance Miccio At Work

The final product, a 2 hour documentary, was produced my Lou Reda Productions of Easton, Pennsylvania.

A Lehigh Valley newspaper, THE EXPRESS-TIMES , will feature the documentary in tomorrow's Sunday paper.

Congratulations to Happy Trailers HD and Lance Miccio. Along with Lance, we'll keep an eye out tomorrow night for other regular visitors to Zero, West Florida including Ken Babbs, Zane Kesey and John Allen Cassady.


I haven't progressed at all on the site but I do have some good news.

Some of John Rainey's guitar work with the Playground Rhythm Section has been released with Soul Resurrection Volume 1: from deep inside the playground vault.
I mean he and David were rockin' on Doris Allen's I'LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU.

I also have a couple of CDs of Candymen stuff. Don't even really know what I've got but I know I've got BLUES AT MIDNIGHT which I definitely wanna get on myspace.[I require constant adult supervision on myspace so all information will showl be 'preciated]

I'm gonna start the myspace blog section too. I've got Rodney Justo's story of Jimmy Page giving John Rainey the first Fuzz Box ever brought to America.

Jimmy Dean says he has John Rainey's 45 rpm collection somewhere in storage but he doesn't know where it is.

Jimmy and his brother Robert were at the Grand Reopening of Playground in VP on Saturday April 28.
Jim Lancaster was a superb host and I really enjoyed meeting Finley Duncan's 92 year old widow Carole and Finley & Carole's son Bruce.
Robert Dean had a stack of John Rainey photos with him and Jim Lancaster was supposed to scan them.

We really need to put together a John Rainey discography.

Not much progress but as least I sent this message.

Robert Register

P.S. I know all y'all've heard of snake handlers, foot washers & faith healers.
But hab ya heard uv dah TUSCALOOSA TORNADO WORSHIPERS?!!!!

But seriously folkzez, we'd 'bout take a small tornado if it would bring us some rain. Gardens & corn fields going yellow 'round here.

Tuscaloosa Mud Hole on May 10, 2007

"Son," she said, mildly, "you act like you've plowed up a snake."

Buck felt the hard clutch go out of his throat and chest then. He laughed out loud. He straightened up, quickly, and jerked the plow point out of the dirt. He tossed the handles slightly higher to point the plowshare straight down and drove it deep into the last unplowed spot. Then he lowered his head a little and looked upwards at his mother.

"Mother," he said,"this is the last time I'll ever follow a mule. I got twenty dollars and I'm headin' for town."

Her face changed then.

Buck walked closer and watched her eyes as he reached up and caught the porch railing and shook it with both hands. He wondered why the jaw didn't soften, retreat a little. The eyes looked out at him like he was still a back-porch yearling. The jaw still pushed forward and pulled down the corners of her full lips until they trailed off into deepening wrinkles. She shook her head at him, full of gentle warning.

"Them pickpockets'll fight over you," she said.

from page 13 of DEVIL MAKE A THIRD

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Bryant announced his retirement as head football coach at Alabama effective with the end of the 1982 season. His last game was a 21-15 victory in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee over the University of Illinois. When asked in a post-game interview what he intended to do while retired, Bryant sarcastically replied that he would "probably croak in a week."

Bryant died on January 26, 1983 after checking into Druid City Hospital in Tuscaloosa with chest pains. His death came less than a month after his last game as a coach.


Hey, thanks for the birthday greeting!

I got about 50 birthday comments & this is my first year on so this was a REAL SURPRISE!

Please remember Coach Bryant's 94th birthday on September 11.

This is the 25th anniversary of Coach's last season so let's get out there and STAND BEHIND THE TIDE!


Blood Splatter from a Pit Bull On The Living Room Wall of 2635 21st Street in Tuscaloosa
The Dog Was Shot Dead in The Head After Losing A Fight. You can see how the dog spewed blood spinning around after he was hit with the bullet and how his butt smeared the blood.


Today you did something I didn't think anyone could do.
At the beginning of your program you mentioned something about "bridging the racial chasm" or something like that & I started laughing out loud.

That kinda stuff is no laughing matter around here but I knew you'd put your special touch to it so you just tickled my soul.

If you wanna learn more about the consequences of dog fighting, let me know & I'll pull the police report on this incident of dog fighting inside a living room of a house on 21st Street in Tuscaloosa.

I maintain the property and I called the cops to investigate this crime.

Robert Register

Monday, May 07, 2007


DUH SWAMPMAN {leader of the K-Otics}

Roberto Teaching BILOLOGY in '74

Really enjoyed the pictures of your kids. Congratulations!

I wish I had more recent images of my son, Christopher. He's been working in a welding shop for over a year so he's recently grown into a man. Now you can see every muscle and vein in his arms.

He's the first Scout in the history of the Black Warrior Council to earn the Triple Crown of High Adventure. He got that for sailing around Abaco Island in a tall ship, canoeing over 100 miles in the boundary waters between Minnesota & Ontario and hiking over fifty miles in the Sagre De Christo Mountains in New Mexico.

He called me from New Orleans Friday afternoon to let me hear Z.Z. Top play at Jazz Fest. Kewl, huh?!!!!

SouthernGeorge <> wrote: Coast 2 Coast NOW OUT!!! Pick it up today! Body:

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Available Now 15 songs

Coast 2 Coast was recorded at Capricorn recording studios in Macon GA.
Nov. 1978
Produced by: Paul Hornsby, engineered by: Sam Whiteside
All songs BMI
All songs written by Dennis & Donnie Winters

Dennis Winters: Lead Vocals, Acoustic/Electric Guitars
Donnie Winters: Vocals, Acoustic/Electric Guitars
Gene Watson: Harmony Vocals, Bass Guitar
David "Spig" Davis: Harmony Vocals, Piano, Organ
Bill Connell: Drums, Percussion

Guest Musicians:
Charlie Daniels: Fiddle, Acoustic Guitar
Toy Caldwell (Marshall Tucker Band): Steel Guitar
Marty Robbins: Dobro, Harmony Vocals
Don Winters Sr.: Harmony Vocals

Acoustic Tracks & Bloopers:
Recorded Live @ Platsburg State University
College Center Garden Lounge, April 29, 1978
Produced by: Rob Buran

(Bonus Hidden Track) Recorded January 2007 @ Dogear Studios Nashville
Produced by: Dennis Winters and Jamie Laritz

Dennis Winters: Lead Vocals,Rhythm/Lead Guitar
Jamie Laritz: Lead Guitar
Darren Brothers: Rhythm/ Lead Guitar
Chad Bower: Drums
Rick Burke: Bass guitar
Backup Vocals: The Southern Belles- Carly, Casey and Cody Winters
Guest Vocals: Kim Laritz

For merchandise, additional CD's, fan club, touring and booking
information, or to e-mail the band, please visit their website at:

Write to Winters Brothers Band: c/o SouthStar Records, P.O. Box 222,
Nolensville, Tennessee 37135

The south will rise again!

Sunday, May 06, 2007


iT'S a WILD wORLD!!!!

Right now I gotta attitude 'bout ACADEMIC SHITHEADS
{& I got folksez bitchin' at me cause I ain't had time to what else happened?}

The Smithsonian sent an exhibit that was something about fences & boundaries to Headland and a cat from T-roy Teck named Marty Olliff was given my information from his "EXPERT"
who also told him that I knew as much as he did about our neck of the woods in Houston County & the Aubee Knucklehead didn't even return my email.

This cat kisses ass so much he's one of the chancellors 5 princes. S.O.B. had my name and everything and didn't EVEN invite me and not only that, his boss referred me to him about DEVIL MAKE A THIRD
& after receiving my email, this academic victim of sleeping sickness never contacted me so I gotta attitude but man I gotta attitude with anybody who thinks it's kewl to take everything Alabama out of the classroom & praise some crap I never heard off.

But he's such a leader when he sucks up to his dean and his faculty "senate".
Check out his publications.
Prattville wuz some sorta egalitarian utopia & stuff, Say What?

The best thing that happened to me this week was getting this email from

Happy..Happy...Happy...Happy...HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

You deserve all the best.....
I love the way you celebrate life and
revel in the moment.........


Re: I'm Pretty Proud Of My Little Blog Tonight!

Hey Robert,
your blog is great, full up to the top, loads in quickly,
too, which is my number one good blog requirement. Nice of you to
include the skypilotclub stuff. Who is that guy in the pig hat? Do
you do cinco de mayo in alabama? Big deal here now that we have lots
of hispanics which makes me wish I remembered some of the Spanish I
studied in high school. I'm still working on getting to Cuba one of
these years. I have a friend in Costa Rica and he says to come there
for it is the portal to Cuba.

send me your snail mail addy and I'll send you my latest dvd.


what would be the proper assignment?
lunch on the white house lawn
halftime at the super bowl
free meal for the homeless at the park
here's a tip,
check your mail,
cash on the way
always meant to sway
the odds on it being
a most meaningful day
time to make hay
when the sun do shine
I believe that's in the summertime
time to eat hay?
too full after eating crow

My address is:
Robert Register
Pake Realty Co.
2609 University Blvd.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

One of kewl thangs 'bout Babbs is dat he publishes
my recipes.
Here's the next:

SMOKED STUFFED CHICKEN w/ 10 pounds of charcoal

have a tall can for starting charcoal, a smoker and
a grill.

Start five pounds of charcoal.

Cut up a chicken. Clean some 21-25 count shrimp & buy
a steak
on sale.

Marinate everything in various dilutions of Balsamic
Dale's & lemon juice. Season before putting on the
grill with
Southwest Seasoning, Greek Seasoning, Black Pepper
& Garlic Powder.

Cook six pieces of bacon in a big 3 inch
deep black iron

Cut the roots off two bunches of green onions & flush
them along with the hot bacon grease you don't
wanna use.

Combine a package of spinach, the cooked bacon,
the green onions,an entire container of Feta cheese,
a little sour cream and a can of Cream
of Asparagus Soup in the black iron skillet. As soon
as it's ready, store and freeze two thirds of it because you
ya only need about a third of this for this recipe.

Cut along the bird's sternum down to its ribs
forming a pocket
You fill it with the spinach mixture. Put the
stuffed breasts & the rest of the chicken in
the black iron skillet inside the smoker.

Cook your shrimp and steak on the grill with the other
5 pounds of charcoal and then put that charcoal
in the smoker with the chicken.

Go inside and snack on the shrimp and the steak.
Freeze the leftovers & then take the stuffed chicken
off the grill.



One of the reasons I love DEVIL MAKE A THIRD is because of the names of the
The intermission segments in the novel are conversations between Jake & Bascom.
Both those names ring true wid me.

Jake was the name of a hounddog who walked with my Grandmother Pauline's family from
Ft. Gaines to
Hartford at the turn of the century. As soon as they got to Hartford,
Jake disappeared.
They got a letter from Ft. Gaines saying that Jake had showed up & in a few days
later Jake returned to
his new home in Hartford.

Bascom was the second name of my Great-G-uncle who was the second preacher
at LaFayette Street
Methodist Church.
Bascom,Florida just below the Florida line is where Faye Dunaway was born
& brought up.
In the book, it's called the B. & B. Cafe but I'm almost certain it THE BUSY BEE

Bass's wiping cloth slowed in its small circling until finally it stopped and,
for a second, he stood perfectly still while his mind moved on out of the crowded
business district onto the second miracle of Aven. His damp, sweaty face showed
no emotion. His round shiny blue eyes were fixed vaguely on the wall across from him,
but they didn't see the calender there. They saw instead the slow picture of high-piled
cotton wagons grinding slowly down Oak Street, one after an other, under the dark green
of the oak limbs whose weight dragged them down into tired arcs. And they saw
the now even alignment of the homes on each side of the streets as new builders took sight
if their neighbors' fronts before they laid foundations for their own. And the flowers-
azaleas blazing a dusty reddish orange against the white of a low fence, forsythia hedges
throwing their bright yellow bells up in challenge to the sun Cape jessamine shrubs
dotting green lawns with velvet browns and purples and yellows, dogwood trees and redbuds
teasing with white & pink petals the sultry southwest wind.

"Hey, Lord," Bass muttered, and flicked his cloth sharply at a
large cockroach which had come out of the hidden shelves below the level
of the counter, "They're puttin' silk stockin's on a reg'lar whore of a town."

"During the Second Creek War the Alberson family were horribly slain by the
Indians in 1837 near the first site of Wesley Chapel, named for the founder
of Methodist
ism, located by the branch of the same name. Perhaps as a result of
a flood in the river another site was chosen about half a mile east and on
higher ground where the first cemetery was. Later on the third site was
selected across the road from the present building, south of the modern
cemetery. Here stood the famous church for many years until it was moved to
the north side of the road and finally the fifth site, and present one, was
"This church is one of the very oldest in this section and it has a noted
cemetery where many pioneers lie."

Effie P. wife of H. B. Register
June 30, 1854
September 6, 1915
Blessed are the dead who are in the Lord, they shall rest from their labor.
Rev. H. B. Register
November 27, 1850
December 20, 1923
The coping extends out past Rev.  H.B. Register and it has a string dividing the Register
family plot. In the other section there appears to be unmarked graves and someone is planting
flowers around the unmarked graves.
Register family plot
David Young Register {this guy gave me two books out of the Register family library before it burned. I still
have them}
1886 - 1963

image courtesy of

Yesterday I was watching a thing on TV about Elvis & gospel music and I heard him singing "Jesus Is The Lighthouse"

Got me to thinking about last weekend when I was late getting to Dauphin Island and missed a boat ride with Russ out to the Sand Island Lighthouse.

Wouldn't it be great to have a big gospel concert at The Wharf in Orange Beach
as a fund raiser to preserve the Sand Island Lighthouse?!!!!

I can think of no more appropriate endeavor than the restoration of Alabama's Sand Island Lighthouse, a structure that has witnessed its share of trouble,
so that that building can continue to stand as an almost living symbol of faith in Jesus for myself as a Christian & I would hope for Christians all over the world.

Anyway, there are terrific groups of people already working to fix the old lighthouse. Check out their websites & please contribute to this effort.

image courtesy of
Sand Island Lighthouse located 3 miles south of Dauphin Island, Alabama

Music: In the Beginning from Planet Weekly Print E-mail
Written by Jerry W. Henry
Monday, 30 April 2007

An Interview with Bill Connell

Bill Connell, Gregg Allman, Bob Keller, Duane Allman

Bill Connell’s name has been mentioned on this page more than any other. He truly is a Tuscaloosa music legend.

You have played with some of the best musicians in this country. Very few musicians get the opportunity. Why you?

There is a old friend of mine, Doctor Jim Salem, that teaches Pop Culture and American Studies at the University of Alabama. Years ago he told me, "You have to have the right things packed in your suitcase, be at the right bus stop, to catch the right bus when it comes along". That is what I feel has happened to me, numerous times when I have taken advantage of the fortunate opportunities and experiences in my life.

Do you feel that you have been in the right place at the right time?

I think that almighty spirit that guides all of us, put me there. I don’t think I would have made a lot of the decisions I made without divine guidance. Being associated with wonderful people in the music and entertainment business as well as Public Television helped in so many ways. I’m not any more talented than a million other musicians. They just weren’t at the right bus stop.

You were from the south side of town, weren’t you?

Yep, in the Arlington area, which is close to Meadowbrook and McFarland Boulevard which wasn’t there back then. As a kid I would do the pencils on the books thing in school. Actually anything I could find to beat or tap on. My Grandmother, bless her soul, saw me doing this and I think it made her a little bit nervous. She bought me my first snare drum for Christmas in 1960, I think.

Well you learned fast because I met you in about ‘63 or ‘64 and you were good and gigging then. My ex-wife was Faye Davis, who lived down the street from you.

Wow, I remember her well. I think I had a crush on her. (laughter) I know I did!

If I remember right, you came from a musical family, didn’t you?

Both of my parents were musicians. My father had a 22 piece road orchestra in the ‘30’s until World War II. That was during the Big Band era. Bands had a full horn section and a full string section. Bode Hinton, who was the band director at Auburn was his keyboard player. Several of his musicians went on to play professionally for the top bands of that day. My Mother was a fabulous keyboard player and loved to play. Greg Allman, Paul Hornsby, Chuck Leavell, all loved my Mother. She could play the old gospel stuff but she could adapt it to pop music and make it come out like Aretha. Those guys thought it was wonderful. Her Mother played piano too. I guess coming from a musical family was the reason they were so tolerant of a house full of musicians. Later on there would be 2 road bands at a time staying at their house. Sometimes there would be 10 or 12 musicians staying at their house. I don’t know how they stood it. All those musicians loved them.

What was your first drum kit?

That was in ‘61. My parents got me bass drum and a cymbal. They were Ludwig, blue with a silver stripe. That same year I started playing with some

local older guys and even played with my father. We played Dixieland and Swing at the Elks Club, the Moose Lodge, Tuscaloosa Country Club, places like that. I was 12 years old. That summer I worked for the basketball coach at Tuscaloosa High, Tom Tarleton. He was in charge of the little league field in Northington. He gave me a job in the refreshment stand. I worked all summer to buy a high hat. I was living then. I had a bass, snare,cymbal, and high hat. (laughter) My Grandmother’s next door neighbor had a nephew that was a drummer. We met and he was a wonderful guy. Today I would say

he was like the Paul McCartney of drummers. He was know everywhere. He played rock and roll! I asked him if he would teach me a few things. We got together once a week for several weeks. One night he called me and told me there was some university students forming a rock and roll band and they need a drummer. He asked if I wanted to play with them. He said it would pay better than the Dixieland stuff. We would be playing the frat parties. I’m still 12 years old. The leader of the band was Fred Styles and he called me and asked me to come and audition. I went over to the ball room in the Union Building and passed the audition and started playing the fraternities. Needless to say I grew up quick. But I didn’t drink, smoke, or any of that sort of vices. My total concentration was on the music. My total focus was on becoming as good a rock and roll drummer as Marbry Smith, my teacher. That band was called The Pacers.

That was Fred Styles, Doug Hogue on guitar, Johnny Duran played bass, and a piano player named Sam Hill. Back then we just used the piano at the fraternity or sorority house. We didn’t put a mike in it. We had a little bitty PA system and nothing was miked except the vocals. It was very basic. Looking back I wish I had some recordings of that. We did a lot of black R&B, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddly, it was all rock and roll to us. Later The Pacers went through some member changes. We lost our bass player, so our guitar player moved to bass. We found this freshman, that we heard was really good. He was from New Brockton, Alabama. His name was Paul Hornsby. That second year we had Paul Hornsby on guitar. Paul and Fred Styles till this day are still in the music business. Paul and I have a publishing business together which was established in the early 70’s. Fred just finished helping put together a album of stuff we cut with Eddie Hinton. The name of the album is "Beautiful Dream". It’s getting fantastic reviews.

The older guys in The Pacers wanted to go do the beach circuit. I was just 13 and my parents felt I was just too young to go down there and live all summer. So they went and I got a job with a new band that was forming that was Johnny Townsend, Tippy Armstrong, with The Pacers bass player that didn’t want to go to the beach either. That group was called the Night Caps to begin with. That name got changed after about a month because Johnny Townsend was doing some wild things on stage that wouldn’t be considered wild at all today. Johnny got the name Dirty John. So then we went by the name of Dirty John and the Night Caps. When I left The Pacers they got Johnny Sandlin to play drums and changed their name to the Five Men-Its. They added

a saxophone and done the beach circuit. Well low and behold, Doug our bass player got us a job in Dauphin Island and we ended up at the beach anyway. We had to come back except on weekends. We would go down and play Friday, Saturday, Sunday matinees and come back to Tuscaloosa. We played at the Casino which was a young person’s hang-out with a snack bar and a dance room. Kind of like The Casino/HangOut at Long Beach at Panama City Beach. The one on Dauphin Island got blown away by one of those earlier hurricanes. I can’t remember which one, it might have been Fredrick. After that summer, Johnny Sandlin decided he didn’t want to travel from Decatur. So the Five Men-Its asked me to come back and play with them. (The book Skydog:The Duane Allman Story mentions Johnny Sandlin and Bill Connell swapped back and forth drumming jobs many times) Everybody had moved back to Tuscaloosa and was working the frat house and sorority parties because that’s where the money was.

How did you hooke up with the Allman Joys?

On the beach circuit. They were from Daytona Beach and were doing the same thing we were doing. Doug our bass player was the only one of us that was 21. He went into Mobile one night and went to a club called The Stork Club. Playing at that club was a group called the Allman Joys. He

came back that night just raving, I mean just crazy raving about the Allman Joys. He told us that he had invited them out to our Sunday matinee gig. Well Sunday gets here and in walks Duane and Greg and they stayed for the whole set. They then invited us to The Stork Club. So we stayed to hear them rather than going back on Sunday. They got us in even though we were under age to here them on Monday night. Man, we were just blown away. At about the same time there was a huge R&B show with Otis Redding, James Brown, Joe Terry, Sam and Dave, Billy Stewart, big time acts like that in Mobile. Me, Tippy Armstrong, and Johnny Townsend were the only whites in this huge black crowd except for Duane and Greg. We just got to be friends. You

know, we were all doing the beach thing. That how we got acquainted and how I got hooked up with them. When I was a senior in high school, Duane called me in January one night from New York. They had ventured out. They were ready to make it into the big time. Their drummer at that time was a guy named Maynard. He didn’t have any front teeth. They had given Maynard several hundred dollars to go to a dentist and get his teeth fixed. Maynard had blown the money. Duane had told me on the phone that night that when they were traveling every time they would stop at a Stucky’s Maynard would buy himself a bunch of peach sodas and pralines. Duane jokingly told me that ole Maynard had gone out and blow those hundreds of dollars on peach soda and praline. (laughter) Duane said they loved the way I played and wanted me to come to New York. They were going to get rid of Maynard. Not only was my Father a musician but

also a retired Major from the military. He and my Mother wanted me to graduate from high school. I told Duane I could not disappoint my parents. I told him i would not even consider leaving home until I graduated that may. He said Greg stayed in and graduated from high school but he had dropped out. He said he could understand. He told me that the night that I graduated from high school there would be a plane ticket to New York at the Tuscaloosa airport. He told me he wasn’t kidding and they would keep Maynard until then. The night I walked off that stage with my diploma in my hand I called the airport. They had a ticket for me. My Father helped me package my drums and we shipped them air freight that night. When I got on that plane I was 17. I had my best go to church suit on. Going to New York I wanted to look nice. This was after the Beatles had come over and the hippie movement had started. The plane pulled up to the terminal in New York and I looked out the window and see 50 hippies with signs that read "Welcome Bill". They were all wearing bellbottoms, wild shirts, jewelry, necklaces, and all with long hair. Here I am in my Sunday go to meeting cloths on. The first think Duane said to me was that we had to get me some more cloths. When we got in the taxi he gave me $250 to go buy cloths because we had to a gig the next night. This Alabama redneck Methodist boy’s life changed that day.

Saturday, 05 May 2007

The last issue we ended with Bill’s start in the Allman Joys. The Allman Joys were on the road constantly. They played east of the Mississippi mainly but did gig as far west as St. Louis. The Allman Joys came to Tuscaloosa a few times to play at Fort Brandon Armory. Bill was kind enough to give me one of the original posters. It reads, "Gigantic Show and Dance by Atlantic Recording Artist, The Allman Joys, direct from smash shows with the Animals, The Beach Boys, Sam the Sham and Others. Admission $1.50." These shows happened as "Spoonful" played on WTBC. Dreams, the Allman Brothers Band boxed set was released in 1989 which credits Tommy Amato as the drummer. Bill says, " I recorded that whole album. Tommy didn’t play on any of those cuts." We begin here with the end of the Allman Joys.

You stayed with the Allman Joys the whole time they were together. Didn’t you?

Yea, they turned into Hour Glass and went to California while I went to a fighter squadron. I got my draft notice for the Army at 1:00 and by 4:00 that same afternoon I was sworn into the Navy. My father was a retired Major in the Navy and a Commander in the Naval Reserves lived across the street. They started making phone calls as soon as I got my draft notice and my Father swore me into active military duty that afternoon. All my friends had merged into one group (the 5 Men-Its and the Allman Joys) and were in my parents garage practicing. Here I am going into the military, it almost broke my heart. I went into the Navy and was stationed out of Virginia Beach. I was in a mobile unit attached to the John F. Kennedy, as a matter of fact I was on her maiden voyage.

Did you play music while you were in the Navy?

I became real good friends with one of the pilots. He got me into a officers club at a near by base and I sat in a couple of times. I then became a Petty Officer and got to live off base. I had been sending my money back home to my parents and I came back to Tuscaloosa to buy a car.I bought a Dodge Challenger, the first year they came out, a real muscle car. I took my drums back up there and started practicing. So yea, I did play some.

What happened when you got out of the Service?

I got out July 4, 1970 — Independence Day for sure. They were having the first big Pop Festival in Atlanta. I drove down to Macon, that’s where all my friends had relocated. They were all there, Paul Hornsby, Johnny Sandlin, Duane, Greg, everybody was down in Macon. I walk into the studio unannounced and it was a great reunion. Duane grabs me and says "Let’s have a party". That was enough to inspire me to go back into music. They had just started the Allman Brothers Band. Duane told me that he wished he could put me in that band but they really already had it together. He said he would help me all he could to get me work. He did. I worked from 1970 until 1980 with the Bobby Whitlock Band. Bobby played with Delaney and

Bonnie Bramlett. He co-wrote, played keyboards and piano, and sang on Eric Clapton’s Derek and the Dominoes’ Layla album. He did some things with George Harrison. I was so blessed, I got to play Carnegie Hall, I got to be on American Bandstand, I got to play with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, so many things. Neil Young was passing through Nashville while we were there. I had met him in California earlier. He wanted me to quit Bobby and go with him. Like a fool I turned him down. Who knows I might still be playing with him now. (laughter)

Tommy Gardner played with me in Bobby Whitlock’s Band. The Carnegie Hall gig was with Sailcat that did "Motorcycle Mama" with Johnny Wyker. I played with the Winters Brothers. Charlie Daniels asked me to play with him twice. I turned him down because he was on the road so much. Back then out of 365 days, they were on the road 358 of them or something like that. Charlie’s a wonderful guy and I got to record with him. But I just couldn’t work that much on the road. I also got to record with Toy Caldwell and Marshall Tucker. I got to record with Marty Robbins before he died. Now that’s really incredible. When we were recording in Nashville, a lot of mornings Duane, Greg, and and I would have breakfast with Chet Atkins. Now that was real high cotton.

Let’s talk about Eddie Hinton. I knew him as a basketball player with Harry Hammonds, Johnny Townsend, and Paul Bear Bryant Jr. I didn’t know he could play guitar until I went into Muscle Shoals Sound one day in the early days. That day I discovered what a fantastic musician he was. What are some of your remembrances of Eddie?

Eddie moved to Macon, too. The first album he had out was Very Extremely Dangerous which was on Capricorn. After he did that album, he called me and said he wanted to put together a band. We started out with just Eddie and me. Eddie faced me singing and playing guitar and I played drums. That was about the time Eddie started getting a little strange. (pause) I don’t want to say what I think it was. He just couldn’t hold it together. As much as I wanted to play with him I had to leave. That is such a incredible album!

Greg Allman and I were just together. Greg’s got a new home over in Savannah. He invited my wife and I to come over and spend some time with him and his wife. We were looking a old pictures. We remembered Eddie used to just scream for hours as loud as he could until he lost his voice. He did that to get his voice raspy. Greg and I were dying of laughter remembering Eddie screaming.

Here’s something that you might not know about Eddie. Back when I rejoined the 5 Men-Its when Johnny Sandlin left, Eddie was playing guitar with them. Paul Hornsby switched to keyboards, he had been the guitar player. Eddie was a fantastic drummer! He would have me come over to his apartment to give me drum lessons. Not every day, but every couple of days. He taught me some of the most incredible stuff. It was the first time I ever learned to play like a shuffle with both hands and my bass drum. Which later on the Allmans perfected, like in "Statesboro Blues." Eddie had taught me that stuff in ‘62 and ‘63.

Many consider you to be Tuscaloosa’s top drummer. What do you think?

I have never considered myself a success. I look at being associated with a lot of people that became successful. Like I said, you just have to be at the right place. Anybody could have done what I did if they had just been there. I was there. But if you consider the list of musicians I have had the opportunity to play with, I have been so, so very fortunate. Like last year, I got to play a session in Macon with Chuck Leavell between his Rolling Stones dates. That was really fun. He talked about the Rolling Stones like they were one of the local bands around here. He told me that when we were playing together back when, we would play a song two or three times and have it. He said with the Rolling Stones it takes forever.

What did you do during the ‘80’s and ‘90’s?

I went tot hree different colleges and finally got my degree in broadcasting and film in 1979. Again the right thing happened. A producer/director with Alabama Public Television who played guitar walked in on a job I was doing. I talked him into bringing his guitar and amp to a gig I was doing. I told him I would like to do something in television, video, film, or something. His name was Joe Terry, and he told me to come see him and he would introduce me to somebody. So in 1980 I started to work for University Television which was really

Alabama Public Television. I went from one of the crew, to crew supervisor, to operations technician, then became a a producer and director within two years. I started the show Discovering Alabama with Doug Phillips. I did a lot of music, lots of jazz festivals, all sorts of things. I was with Public Television for about 20 years. Next year I started getting my retirement checks. All during that time, I had bands that played on Friday and Saturday nights. My favorite band during that period was Apollo and the DeathWarrants. I also was with the Lifters which included Wayne Perkins, who played with Leon Russell and Mad Dogs and Englishmen. As a matter of fact, Wayne was second to Ron Wood in getting that job with the Rolling Stones. Tommy Gardner played bass with the Lifters also.

Are you active in music these days?

These days I am trying to give something back. I play with some of the younger musicians around here now. From time to time I go down to Little Willie’s and a couple more clubs to set in with these new young musicians. Seeing these guys playing great who are 19, 20, or 21, they are so good. That has been entertaining and inspiring to me lately. It’s great to get to play with these young guys and experience the talent that is coming along. They are the future.

In 2004 a cat named Victor Davis Hanson wrote an article about Sherman's March to the Sea entitled "A Class War"
Hanson condemns "the all knowing plantation princes" and their "oppressive aristocratic state" while praising the efforts of the egalitarian General Sherman and the 60,000 liberators he brought to Georgia with him in 1864.
Here's an example of Hanson's delusion of Sherman:

But the root of the fearsome spirit and success of Sherman’s Union soldiers in Georgia was their collective fervor for emancipation and destruction of the tyrannical Southern ruling class. Sherman and his Midwestern farmer-fighters had a keen appreciation that the landed lords of the South, for all their proclamations about states’ rights and the preservation of liberty as envisioned by the Founding Fathers, had championed secession mostly to preserve and expand their own vast estates and multitudes of slaves. Property and position, not ideas, were the ultimate issue of this war. This Sherman, almost alone of Northern generals, understood.

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Lyn McIntosh-Sherwood Tue Jan 29 09:46:18 2002
Looking for information on the Joe BAKER, Sr. family of Dothan. Joe was born 1836, he married Jane SANDERS who was born 1849, their children were: Minnie, Eugenia, Vera, Willie, Nannie, Ghastie, Coley, Dan, Robert Chester, James D., Maggie, Doug, Joe, Jr. "Buck," and George. Robert Chester BAKER married Flossie Lee and they had a son Robert Chester, Jr. Flossie died shortly after the birth of their son in 1907. Robert remarried (?) to a Lydia Frances MATHEWS and they had a daughter, Jane, b. 1/17/1914. Robert died 8/1/1914. We are told that George BAKER was the Mayor of Dothan for several years. Trying to find out if there are any descendants of this family alive - my 88 year old Aunt Jane would love to get in touch with them. Thanks! Lyn McIntosh-Sherwood Winter Park, FL

During Rev. R.A. Moody's ministry, the ladies were given the right of laity and they served well in this capacity. One of the highlights of the growth of First Methodist Church was a ten-day revival preached by Evangelist Bob Jones in 1920. During the morning services, all stores were closed and more than 100 members were added to the church roll. In that same year, 1920, chimes and an echo organ were installed in the bell tower, at a cost of $8,000 - gifts from Mr. Joe Baker in memory of his mother. He was a member of First Methodist Church and a local entrepreneur. Ironically, the first time the chimes were played was in March 1920 for Mr. Baker's funeral.