Saturday, April 19, 2008

wwwwwwwwwwyker had some folks request images from Zero, Northwest Florida that had fallen off the Web over the past four years. I asked him to be specific and he said, "The pictures of Lou."
Lou is the legendary Lou Mullinex, an extraordinary drummer who made a tremendous impact during his life. I contacted Johnny Townsend & Igor because I remembered that they had been sources for my pictures of Lou. Like all good citizens of Zero, West Florida, both of these cats came through.

Johnny sent me a treasure trove of images which we'll be permanently placing on the Web in the coming days. He also gave us a link to Professor Toffel's gorgeous daughter Jennifer. She's still stunning.
You a lucky dog Townsend.

image courtesy of
Jennifer grew up in that house on the northeast corner where Queen City ends before you go down the river hill.

Now here's a sample of the terrific stuff Mr. Townsend sent us:

Leavell seated on the left
Mullinex seated in the middle
Charlie Hayward on the right
The two guys against the wall are not identified. Please sent their identification along with any suggestions or unwanted comments to

The cat behind Chuck is Jimmy Nall and the other cat is James Taylor's older brother..Alex Taylor ... who was the first one to cut BABY RUTH on his first album...and I think it was also Capricorn's first 45.

Alex died at King Snake Recording Studio during a knocked the power out and Alex was one cat that could not stand any down time...

He died much too young ! And was a great Soul singer...


Y'all show your appreciation to Jennifer and Johnny by visiting their websites and see what these super entertainers are doing with their lives.

Check out Johnny @


Hi Roberto,
I recently visited with Bubba Hayward about a week ago
and was able to ask him if it was OK to publish the photo of him and
Lou on the internet and he gave permission. The photo that you have
from me was the one I shot of Lou, Bubba, and his brother Charlie
Hayward in front of the old White House Apartments on Univ. Blvd.
It was the last photo taken of Lou before he died.
Bubba later came by and borrowed the photo from me to have a
copy made for Lou's mother.
The three of them had dropped in to visit Leah and I while we were
camped out in the White House in the summer of '71. We spent that
summer partly in the White House as "unregistered" tenants and part
of it living on Bubba's houseboat on the Warrior River.
I can resend you a copy of that photo if you like.
~ Igor

ubject: Zero, Northwest Florida
I was friends with all of the people who were mentioned on this web site.
But, I was unable to open any of the photos.
I would really like to see the pictures of Lou Mullinex
who was my best friend in high school and he and I played together in the Rubber Band with Johnny Townsend and Tippy Armstrong.
Are these pictures available anywhere else ?

Who is this cat who played with the Tuscaloosa All Stars?

"Photo 2. Somebody's front porch in T-Town. Sitting - Lou Mullinex (always liked that picture of Lordy Lou), Standing left to right - Jennifer Toffel (now Mrs. T.), The late Art Schilling (miss that boy) and Jenny Fraley. *PHOTO BY JENNIFER TOFFEL"

From Igor:

Here 'tis. See attachment. Was a cheap camera back then. Little fuzzy. Sharpened a bit in photoshop.


ah geez, roberto!

just checked my email and got this same news from don hawkins on the chukkernation listserver. i'd like to post this message of yours to old friends if it's OK with you?

Did you know that Bubba Hayward is in hospice now at the VA? i went to visit him last Sunday and may go again tomorrow. Found him in pretty good spirits and we talked a long time. I took along a big box of photos of Marshal Hagler's that his brother gave me at Marshal's memorial and we went through them all and marveled at the wild times of our youth and had a hard time trying to put names to all the people. Lots of faces i recalled, but not so many names. Jim Coleman was in a few with the various musicians he played with. When i get my scanner up again, I'll scan and send to you--some great pics of those old bands! Marshal was in the process of digitizing all this and likely annotating it, but alas that is now lost as well. Anyway Bubba recalled some of the people, particularly Mike Duke, Harold Ledbetter, and Bob Callahan. He asked after many of the people, such as John Little in Miami, but i'm afraid i didn't have much current info since we've been out of the scene ourselves this past decade. He recalled how he picked Callahan up fairly intoxicated on the streets one time and gave him a ride and thought he was just a bum and the next thing he knew, Bob owned the Chukker. Bubba wondered how he got the money to buy it. He also recalled how Marshal Hagler got royally screwed by the system when he got sent to the pen for a little roach. As Bubba said, ". . . for nothing." We had a few good laughs and lamented the fate of some and marveled at how fast it all went by. He's in room 110 in the main VA building on the second floor of building 137 if anyone gets a chance to visit him. That's the big building that you enter on the road off of Loop road, not the entrance from Loop itself, i got a bit confused and wound up in 3 different places before i found it. Bubba told me that he thought his worst problem now was with his feet, but then gave me that steely Hayward stare and firmly stated that "I'm gonna overcome this!" i told him that if anyone could do it, it would be him and encouraged him to work with his physical therapy. He said he needs to 'get up and run some' that laying in the bed had made him weak. He's a bit thinner now than when we last saw him at the Dogwood Lodge party when Sondra made such a effort to get him out there that last time. All of us who love Bubba will be forever grateful for that.
~ Igor

I sympathize entirely with Buddy's sentiments.

The only time I voted Democrat was when I voted for Jimmy Carter.

Worst political mistake of my life,
so far.
--William Wheatley

Coleman gone, damn!

Did I mention the blog was "strong as new rope!'

Well done brere!

God Bless the remainder.


image courtesy of

Hey y'all~


Dr. Jim Coleman, the late Eddie Hinton's partner in crime, has passed away.

Dr. Jim apparently fell down some stairs at his house Thursday night.

Very few of you have ever heard me say or seen me write that somebody was a genius.


absolutely no doubt about it

so terrible

Jim's mother still lives here in Tuscaloosa.

Please pray for the Colemans.


This may not be a good idea but I am going to take the liberty to publish an anonymous post Dr. Jim
sent to ZERO, NORTHWEST FLORIDA & attribute it to him.
These were not his wishes.


Tippy was a very good friend of mine and we started playing the guitar at the same time. He played on my album that I did in Muscle Shoals in 1969--71. Eddie Hinton was the producer of my album which was never released although we had an offer from Atlantic Records for it and a 3 year contract. Tippy was just about the best guitar player I ever heard. Not because of a lot of notes her played, but, because of the way he played what he did. We use to play together for hours at a time back in 1965 and 1966. I was member of the Rubber Band and played in that band with Tippy for a year. The true story of his death has never been told. There are a lot of people who don't think it was a suicide.
It's hard to believe that Tippy has been dead 26 years. The fact that people still remember him is a testament to his greatness. All that knew him see his death as such a great loss for the world. I still remember guitar licks he showed me that no one else has ever played. He was a very creative person in a lot of ways. It is my belief that he did kill himself and was not murdered. Tippy was very depressed and disturbed at the end. My ex-wife was his girl friend and knows the story as well as anyone.

Re: From Johnny Townsend
From: robert register (
Sat 4/19/08 11:06 PM
John Townsend (


The last time I saw Coleman was with Bruce Hopper & Drayton @ Wright Hale's club on The Strip.

I left a message with Drayton & called Bruce.

Bruce had gotten the news from the Chukker message board & he broke the news to Drayton.

Bruce & I had a superb conversation ~ brought up Dart Hayward & stuff~

Please pass anything you hear on.

Muchas fo' dah HEADS UP!


----- Original Message ----
From: John Townsend
Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2008 11:38:36 AM
Subject: From Johnny Townsend

From Johnny Townsend
Hello ya'll,

Today our hearts are heavy. I am sorry to be sending this via email but I'm just in a fog and in shock at the moment and felt the need to convey this news to you all.

My wife Jennifer and I got a call at around 6:30 this morning from Cynthia Coleman, Dr. Jim's ex wife to tell us that our Dr. Jimmy was found deceased at his home in Nashville yesterday (Friday) morning.

After not showing up for work or answering his phone, one of his associates got worried and went to his home and entered forcibly when no one responded to the bell.
Apparently Jim had fallen down the stairs and struck his head sometime Thursday night.

I can't tell you how upsetting to us this is. Jim was 58 years and we're just coming to grips
with the fact that he's gone. Jim was a very unique individual and we will miss him sorely.

When I was back in Tuscaloosa for my father's funeral in 1988, Jim came to the wake. After talking
at length about many things, Jim said you should look up Jennifer when you return to L.A.
Turned out she'd been living about 10 blocks from me for a year and a half and I didn't know it.
Our marriage is now in it's 19th year. Every anniversary, we raise our glasses to Jim for putting us
together. It would not be so otherwise. I stayed with Jim often while in Nashville and I'm glad to say
I got to spend a lot of quality time with my old friend.

A lot of folks might not be aware of Dr. Jim's musical side as well as his old music friends, but there was a wealth of talent inside that man that, in some part, will always be with us.
You might want to visit his website at: and hear some of the wonderful stuff Jim was doing under the radar.

I will try to forward any info that I hear regarding any services or memorials.

Peace and Love,

Lost And Found
The Coleman-Hinton Project 1969-71

Produced and Engineered by Eddie Hinton and Jim Coleman
String Arrangements: Jim Coleman and Eddie Hinton

Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Quad Studio, Nashville, Tennessee; and
Olympic Studio, London, England

1. I Wanna Die (J. Coleman)
2. Just Like The Fool That I Was (J. Coleman)
3. Before I Left Home (J. Coleman)
4. What Goes On (J. Coleman)
5. The Angels (J. Coleman)
6. Sha Na Boom Boom (Barry-Bloom)
7. He Kept It In The Family (J. Coleman)
8. Where You Come From (Hinton-Coleman)
9. In The Beginning (J. Coleman)
10. Never, Never, Never Again (J. Coleman)
11. Got Down Last Saturday Night (E. Hinton)

In the summer of 1969, Eddie Hinton and I began a project that was to be a turning point in both of our lives. Eddie had signed me as a writer with his publishing company and I had come up to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to try and get a song on the album being recorded there by Lulu of "To Sir With Love" fame. At the time, Eddie was the guitarist at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and had recorded on many great R&B tunes by Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex and others. When I got to town, Eddie said he wanted to save my songs for an album he had decided to produce on me.

It was summer and I was out of school so I moved to Muscle Shoals and began going to the studio with Eddie. We would usually get in the studio on Friday night and stay up until Monday morning recording. During our formal recording sessions we used the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section with Barry Beckett on piano, Roger Hawkins on drums and David Hood on bass with Jimmie Johnson helping Eddie out with the engineering.

Lost And Found
Copyright 1995 Breathe Easy Music

Jim Coleman - Vocals, Guitar, Bass Eddie Hinton - Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Harmonica
Tippy Armstrong - Electric Guitar, Vocals Roger Hawkins - Drums David Hood - Bass
Barry Beckett - Piano, Organ John Hughey - Pedal Steel Guitar King Curtis - Soprano Saxophone
Chuck Swartz - Clarinet The London Symphony - Strings

Eddie's good friend and former roommate, Duane Allman, was asked to played guitar, but, I told Eddie I wanted Tippy Armstrong to play guitar instead. Tippy was a great player and a great friend of mine. He played on albums for Bobby Womack, Albert King, and Jimmy Cliff among others. Duane was planning to leave town anyway and had asked Eddie to join him in a new band he was putting together with his brother, Greg, to be called "The Allman Brothers Band." Eddie turned him down for his studio gig and to finish the album we had decided to call "The Coleman-Hinton Project." Eddie had also picked Tippy to replace him as the staff session guitarist at Muscle Shoals Sound when he and I left to go on the road to promote our record.

In addition to recording in Muscle Shoals, we also recorded at David Briggs' Quad Studio in Nashville and at Olympic Studio in London where we recorded the strings. We used the same string players from the London Symphony who had played on the Beatles' records. Other notable musicians on this record include the late, great King Curtis on Soprano Saxophone and John Hughey on pedal steel guitar. I was a big fan of Conway Twitty at the time and wanted to use Hughey who was Conway's steel player. John Hughey now plays for Vince Gill. King Curtis was very popular in the 60's and was actually the opening act for the Beatles during their 1965 US tour when I saw them in Atlanta. King Curtis and Tippy have both been gone now for many years along with Duane.

Of the many stories I recall from these recording sessions the one about the string session in London remains particularly vivid in my mind. Eddie had refused to allow either of us to begin writing the string parts until we were on the plane headed for England. We got on the plane with only blank music paper and began writing the arrangements for string quartet and string ensemble with 11 strings. This was all done in our heads without guitar or other instrument to help play the parts as they were being written. We had never heard the arrangements until we were conducting the sessions with the London Symphony string players. When we did the song "Where You Come From," an arrangement that Eddie had written for the string ensemble, everything was going fine until they got to the short instrumental part at which time everyone stopped playing. The conductor turned to Eddie and said, "Mr. Hinton, the notes you have written are not on the viola and go off the fingerboard." Eddie responded without hesitation saying, "When they get there just have them transpose down an octave." They did and it worked out fine.

Eddie Hinton was a great producer and a great guitar player, and, he was just about the most un- compromising man I have ever known. He was so full of talent but couldn't seem to find a way to get his feelings across without alienating someone along the way. He was one soulful dude with his own, intense 'philosogie' of life. His vocal on the Staple Singers' "Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha Na Boom Boom)" on this CD is to me the essence of Eddie Hinton. I'll never forget watching him scream like Mavis at the end. He was always in the pocket. Famed producer Jerry Wexler said in a letter to Eddie's mother, "He remains unique, a white boy who truly sang and played in the spirit of the great black soul artists he venerated. With Eddie, it wasn't imitation; it was totally created, with a fire and fury that was as real as Otis Redding's and Wilson Pickett's."
For a number of reasons this album never came out. We had worked out a deal with Ahmet Ertegun and Atlantic Records but Eddie refused to accept Ahmet's offer. Eddie then contacted Chris Blackwell of Island Records and we actually left Muscle Shoals and moved to Atlanta to be where Island was going to be based. But, the deal with Island also fell through. Eddie and I grew farther and farther apart and I never actually got to hear the final mix of the album after we returned from England. I went on to play guitar on the road for a couple of years waiting for word from Eddie. Eventually, I went back to college and then medical school and now practice Internal Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. As the years slipped by, turning into decades, we communicated very rarely and Eddie went down his star-crossed road. I last talked to Eddie in 1979. I had all but forgotten about this album but not Eddie and the influence he had on my life.

Eddie Hinton died July 28, 1995 at his mother's home in Birmingham, Alabama. About eight weeks after his untimely death, I got a call from Eddie's second cousin in Tuscaloosa who told me that Eddie's mother, Deanie Perkins, had said she wanted to talk to me. I later called Eddie's mother and she told me that after Eddie died she and her husband had gone into Eddie's room and had taken out all the tapes and music manuscripts and other personal things that he left behind and had completely cleaned the room out. She said a few weeks later they realized that they were still bothered by the way the room looked because it reminded them so much of Eddie. They decided to go back in and rearrange the furniture. When they started to take Eddie's bed out of the room they picked up the box springs and found a tape underneath. This tape was the only known copy of the long lost Coleman-Hinton project. With help from Marc Harrelson at Boutwell Studio in Birmingham, Alabama, I was able to restore the tape to its present condition and the finished product is contained on this CD.

I want this CD to be a tribute to Eddie Hinton. It was really his album anyway. All I did was write a few songs and try to sing and play a little guitar. Like Eddie use to sing to me, "I once was lost but now I'm found, was blind but now I see," finding this album after 25 years makes me see those early days in a much different light. Those really were magic times when our dreams and innocence were great. Eddie Hinton got lost in this life. I hope he's found peace in the next. "You don't miss your water 'til your well runs dry," he used to say. We'll all miss you, Eddie.

Jim Coleman

From Rick Hirsch's(guitarist for Wet Willie) website:

In particular, I have to mention the late Tippy Armstrong, a virtually unsung guitar champion from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who performed an enormous body of session work in Muscle Shoals during the '60's. Tippy had a "touch" all his own and my intention is to begin a page dedicated to him, including soundbytes. Tippy could grasp the essence of virtually any style of music and perform it in an amazingly convincing way. I've been accumulating a nice volume of anecdotal info from those who were around him most. Incidentally, it was Tippy who sold me my first electric guitar, a Fender Musicmaster that I wish like hell I'd never sold.

Check out Capn Skyp [a.k.a. Ken Babbs] at
Saturday, July 29, 1995
by Robert D. Palmer, staff writer for the Florence TimesDaily, N.Y. Times Regional Newspapers

Muscle Shoals- Legendary Muscle Shoals musician and songwriter Eddie Hinton died Friday in Birmingham at his mother's home, according to friends and longtime associates. He was 50.
Hinton's mother and stepfather returned from an outing Friday afternoon to find the bathroom door of their home locked and water running in the bathtub, family friends said. They could not get a response from Hinton, then looked through a window and saw him lying on the floor.
Paramedics were unable to revive him, and an autopsy has been requested, according to family friends.
Hinton developed a reputation as a crack session guitarist in Muscle Shoals studios during the late 1960s, playing as well as rooming with the late Duane Allman, and soon developed as equally sterling reputation as a songwriter and orchestral arranger.
But professional setbacks and apparant emotional troubles pushed him toward marathon drinking bouts that left him in a state of near homelessness until recent years when he managed- with a little help from his friends- to revive his career.
"I talked to him just a week ago. He sounded good, so strong," said Donnie Fritts of Florence, a longtime friend and songwriting partner. "Eddie and I wrote a lot of songs together in the early days."
One of those songs- "Breakfast In Bed" - has been a international hit for several artists, including Dusty Springfield and UB40. Other songs Hinton co-wrote include "Choo-Choo Train" for the Box Tops, and "You're All Around Me" for Percy Sledge.
Later, when he began recording his own songs, he became a cult figure among musicians and fans of soul music. His voice bore a striking resemblance to that of the late Otis Redding and, according to Muscle Shoals music chronicler Dick Cooper, was hired by Redding's widow to teach the soul legend's children to sing.
"He always kept a positive attitude, and that was reflected in his music," said John D. Wyker, another veteran of the Muscle Shoals music industry who produced several of Hinton's records. "I was amazed because he was such a loner. He lived in virtually self-imposed exile, yet he created such romantic and uplifting music."
Hinton's first album, "Very Extremely Dangerous", released in the late 1970s, has become a cult classic, especially among musicians. It was recorded at Muscle Shoals Studios.
"That album is played on a lot of buses by touring bands," said Jimmy Johnson, guitarist for the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Johnson worked with Hinton when they were part of the house band at Rick Hall's FAME Recording Studios, and later at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios.
Hinton began producing records in Muscle Shoals in the last 1960s, and invested a tremendous amount of work in a record by himself and Jim Coleman, Cooper said. Hinton wrote orchestral scores for several of the songs and flew to England, where he directed the London Symphany Orchestra, he said.
But Atlantic Records would not release the record. Cooper said the rejection was devastating to Hinton, who left Muscle Shoals to become a session musician at Capricorn Records in Macon, GA.
"That was the first trauma," Cooper said. The next "trauma" occurred when "Very Extremely Dangerous" was release, he said. The record received glowing reviews from the national music press, but the Capricorn label went bankrupt that same week, he said.
"That record went straight from the pressing plants to the cutout bins," killing sales and hopes of a tour, Cooper said. "He returned here in 1982 and worked with Jimmy Johnson briefly for a record deal. They recorded six songs, but they couldn't get a record deal. That was trauma number three."
"After that, his life went pretty much down hill, not that it wasn't already," he said.
Hinton divorced his wife and began drinking more heavily, finally dropping out of sight of all who knew him.
Then, in the summer of 1985, Wyker was driving past the bus station in his hometown of Decatur, where he was working in his family's hardware store, when he spotted Hinton sitting on a bench. Everything Hinton owned was in plastic trash bag and a suitcase without a handle, he said.
Hinton was on his way to Nashville, but he ran out of money in Decatur, Cooper said. Wyker took Hinton to the family hardware store and put him up in an upstairs apartment.
Wyker teamed with Cooper to get Hinton's song published. They were using demo tapes of Hinton to pitch the songs, but people were more interested in the tapes than the publishing, Cooper said.
"That's when we realized we should be selling Eddie, not the publishing," he said.
Enough songs were gathered for an album, which was first published in Sweden, and soon Hinton records were in demand.
But managing Hinton as a performing artist was difficult at best, Cooper said. He said Hinton had a taste for Sterling beer and pure grain alcohol that often left him incoherent, and to complicate matters further, his behavior had become erratic and unpredictable.
But in the last two years, Hinton had gotten control of many of the demons that chased him, according to many of his friends. He was finishing another album and was enthusiastic about working with Fritts and his longtime friends.
Hinton was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and grew up in Tuscaloosa, where he attended the University of Alabama.
A graveside service is planned for Sunday afternoon at Memorial Park in Tuscaloosa, Cooper said. [I showed up for this service and nobody was there. They changed the date to Monday]

thought you and fellow T-Towners and fans/friends/family of Eddie
Hinton might want to know about this.
By the way, as a transplanted Alabamian and an alum of the U of A, I
really enjoy your blog.
Deryle Perryman

Dangerous Highway
Moises Gonzalez and I, are the principals in Impound Productions, a
two-horse video production company in Albuquerque, New Mexico, whose
first film "Dangerous Highway", is a feature-length documentary
Eddie Hinton.
"Dangerous Highway" was selected for screening at the George
Film Festival, our first submission by the way. FAME Studios is one
their venues.
We spent a little over two years in the making of the neglected
of Eddie Hinton, another of the great unknowns to grace the Southern
Soul scene, with over 50 days of location interviews including Eddie's
mother Deanie Perkins, Jerry Wexler, Donnie Fritts, Dick Cooper, David
Hood, Jimmy Johnson,John Curry, Bill Blackburn, Spooner Oldham, Dan
Penn, Chuck
Leavell, Johnny Sandlin, Paul Hornsby, John Hammond, Patterson Hood,
Jim Coleman, Zane Records honcho Peter Thompson and the inimitable
John D. Wyyyyyker.
Robert Cray narrates.
There are 27 of Eddie's song showcased in the film.
We are entering the film in select North American film festivals in
order to generate interest and distributors and will follow suit in
We do plan to release a DVD as soon as a means of distribution is
complete. For those among you who have done this sort of thing, you
know the
"marketing of" isn't as much fun as the "making of"...
So, if you're in the Shoals area of North Alabama on March 4,
come over to FAME Studios and join us for the premier of "Dangerous
We'd love to meet you and share our story of the great Eddie Hinton.

This from the George Lindsey Film Festival site :
FAME Recording Studios 603 E Avalon AVenue, Muscle Shoals Alabama
12:00 and 3:20 pm Saturday March 3
Dangerous Highway (1 hr., 47 min.)
The world's greatest blue-eyed soul singer may have written,
arranged or played on one of your
favorite records. You may have heard his songs recorded by Aretha
Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Percy Sledge or UB40. His guitar is heard
on albums by Elvis Presley, Toots Hibbert and the Staples Singers. Or
you may have heard him conduct the London Symphony. You may not know
Eddie Hinton's name, but you won't forget his music or his story.
(Producer/Director, Deryle Perryman & Moises A. Gonzalez; Submitted
Deryle Perryman, Albuquerque, N.M.)
Join us for drinks and comaraderie following the 3:20 screening at
Swampers at the Shoals Marriott in Florence.

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...Buddy Buie from Dothan produced both The James Gang and ARS...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 laymen's' terms that would be The SAE's......anyway Wilbur 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 I told him that I had the same problem...gigs and no 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....

Court sang lead when we were The Rubber Band...and Wilbur 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' this time he was a real big drunk...and would not sing until he was totally juiced 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 was really scary to be on the bandstand and to watch people in the crowd whispering to each could read their lips..."Was'nt that the same guy that played 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.....!"

Here's Chuck Leavell's

The Misfitz, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

In my early days of playing guitar and keyboard, growing up and living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, I found myself in my first band we called The Misfitz.

The first lineup was Jonathan McAlister on bass and vocals, Rodney Etheridge on guitar, Bill Johnson on drums, and me on guitar, keys and vocals. There was another band in town called The Gents that was a couple of years older than us. They had Jim Coleman on guitar, Court Pickett on bass and lead vocals, Jimmy Romaine on rhythm guitar, and Lou Mullenix on drums.
They were a really good band I admired. I sort of looked up to the Gents and wanted The Misfitz to be as good or better, so there was a friendly competition going on.

The Gents played the YMCA every Saturday night for the high school kids, and the Misfitz played every Friday for a slightly younger crowd, the junior high kids. We also would get other little gigs here and there. As time went on we even played some fraternity parties at the University of Alabama.

Eventually the Misfitz became pretty popular, and when the new television station (WCFT, I believe) opened up shop in Tuscaloosa we were approached to do a Saturday morning show that was modeled after American Bandstand, creatively called Tuscaloosa Bandstand. By then, our rhythm guitar player, Rodney Etheridge, had been replaced by a great musician, Ronnie Brown. Ronnie added a lot of spark to the Misfitz, taking the band to another level. The host of the show was a well-known local DJ named Tiger Jack Garrett. We were riding high, playing the Y every Friday night and doing the Saturday morning TV show.

We were also listening to lots of other bands that either lived in Tuscaloosa or that would float through town and play the local armory, Ft. Brandon. Gary and The Top 10, the Rubber Band, the K-Otics, the 5 Men-Its, and the Allman Joys were just a few of the many bands that played there.

There was also a Battle of the Bands that went on there at one point. We entered and won second place for our age group, I honestly can't remember who won first. It was a long time ago. In any case, there was all this musical activity going on in ole' T-town.

All of us musicians were having a blast playing and doing our thing, listening to other bands, listening to records, learning our instruments, experimenting with arrangements, and such. It was a wonderful place and a wonderful time for all of us, and was a sort of breeding ground for musicians.

Occasionaly, we would go out of town and play in other cities- mostly college towns like Oxford and Jackson, Mississippi; Auburn, Alabama; Nashville, Tennessee, and such. We also played in Birmingham quite a lot, and even went to places in New Orleans,
down in Florida. It was sort of Chittlin' Circuit.

Eventually some of us began to intermingle and play with each other. When the Misfitz broke up, I wound up playing with some of these musicians. I played with Paul Hornsby of the 5 Men-Its (and who had gone to California and played with the Hour Glass, a precursor of the Allman Brothers Band) in a band called the South Camp, and later with Lou Mullenix and Court Pickett of the Gents in a band called Sundown after we had moved to Macon, Georgia. There were really some great musicians who came out of Tuscaloosa.

SouthCamp: August '69
courtesy of Bruce Hopper
far left,with only head partially showing, Chuck Leavell
Paul Hornsby
on keyboards
Bill "Squirmy" Stewart on drums
Glenn Butts on guitar
Frank Friedman on bass

"Wow the Southcamp photo that was second is very similar to the one I took that afternoon in August of 1969. Same angle. There was a lot of jammin going on that afternoon. was Townsend the source for that picture? He is mistaken about Mullinex playing. My picture has Squirmy on drums (same shirt as in your pic, but you can see Bill's receding hairline in my pic, definitely not Lou. My pic also includes Hornsby and half of Chuck's head. Glen Butts is standing where Charlie is and Frank is playing bass. In your pic, Frank's bassman is on the ground but in by pic it is on the stage. I think that a lot of people played that day on the quad. The neat thing is that there is only a two receptacle plug that came out of the ground next to that big Oak Tree. All the power came from there. You had to be careful about how many amps were plugged in or someone would have to go and replace a fuse in the ROTC building."

Some went on to make a career of it- myself, Paul Hornsby, Ronnie Brown, Eddie Hinton, Lou Mullenix, Glen Butts, Charlie Hayward and others. Those were heady days and man, did we have fun!

Chuck Leavell

Subject :
Re: One Armed Bass Player & left-handed gun

You know, T-town has a lot of interesting music connections. Just by accident, I discovered some info. on a left handed guitar picker I met with the Mag 7/Rubber Band & later met at the U of A. Dupree reminded me that his name is Jim Coleman, MD.
He & I had some psych. classes together & had work-study jobs with Dr. Bob Hall.
Anyway, this guy was a great musician & a "strate" A student ( i was particularly bad in English).
I believe he did some session work at at Muscle Shoals & played with Wyker & Townsend.
Rather than bore you too much, go the his website, He's an MD in Nashville & was a friend & doctor of Chet Atkins. It's really a neat site with a very intesting story. See you later Potlow Potna,
R. Crumptola.

ティッピー・アームストロング(Tippy Armstrong)

Lost And Found

Copyright 1995 Breathe Easy Music
Jim Coleman - Vocals, Guitar, Bass Eddie Hinton - Vocals, Guitar, Piano, HarmonicaTippy Armstrong - Electric Guitar, Vocals Roger Hawkins - Drums David Hood - BassBarry Beckett - Piano, Organ John Hughey - Pedal Steel Guitar King Curtis - Soprano Saxophone Chuck Swartz - Clarinet The London Symphony - Strings

More Dothan related videos~


I wake up Sattiddee morning knowing I gotta go pick up all the garbage Lee bought at garage sales
so I go over to ARCHIE'S WHOREHOUSE to get the trailer & I notice the GHETTO BIRD (a.k.a.T-town Police Helicopter) hovering over me.

Then I drive over to 21st Skreet to pick up the load of custom built plantation shutters & I notice THE DURTY BYRD hovering over me there too.

Then I drive the load of custom built plantation shutters back over to Archie's Whorehouse in the rail yard, drop the trailer & look up into the clear blue sky & guess who's there?!!!!


I spread my arms out, looked up into air at them & sang CUANDO CALIENTE EL SOL!

...seems that we have some sort of Olympic triathalon trial in town this morning so I guess I drew the attention of THE AUTHORITIES!


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Hey y'all~

I've got this incredible email from Buddy Buie on JIMMY CARTER.

Before I publish Buddy's comment
I'd like to tell everybody how much my family despises JIMMY CARTER.

My Mama Kate had a brother named Frank who was elected TAX COLLECTOR in Sumter County Georgia.

Uncle Frank also sold candy & health & beauty aids in Plains.

JIMMY CARTER'S problem begins with the KOINONIA FARM!

For some unknown reason, this idiot latched onto their message &
ruined his life.


buddy & jimmy

I've known JIMMY CARTER a long time. I knew him before he was Georgia's governor. When he began his quest for
the presidency, Alex Hodges and Phil Walden invited me to a reception upstairs at the Fox Theater. I have a picture
on my wall of the future president and me, taken that night..I was invited to the Inaugural festivities
and proudly accepted. President Carter invited ARS to play on the south lawn of the White House for a Georgia picnic. The event took place two days after the President had negotiated the historic mideast peace accord. After the show the band and I were invited, by Chip Carter, to hang out in the family quarters. Chip took us up on the roof and we partied while the Secret Service looked the other way.

I always thought he was a nice man but I didn't always like his policies. I voted for Reagan for ideological reasons and felt bad about voting
against someone who had always been nice to me. He'll probably be the only president I'll ever know up close and personal.
I don't feel bad anymore. SLOWLY BUT SURELY HE HAS LOST HIS MIND.
His recent meeting with Hamas is the proverbial straw that broke the camels back.

Had to get that off my chest.
Buddy Buie

image of Wilbur Walton Jr. courtesy of
I have put a draft of Wilbur and Buddy's performance of "Georgia Pines" on Youtube. It's a "quickie" but still tells the story just fine. I just wanted to get something posted while the performance is still fresh in folks' minds. The best way to get to it is to go to and look at the home page under CHIEF DIATRIBES and click on the link. It is also available on under "upcoming band shows" although on MySpace you might have to copy and paste the link. We've got sessions coming, starting today.. but when we get through with those we'll put a more detailed document of the event together and maybe even offer them for sale with part of the dough going to Pam and her charity.

A great time was had by all, it seems.. now got to go weed eat around the studio before sessions get here.

Roberto....There was a spiritual aura gracing the rock'n roll blasting from the speakers at Cowboys Sunday afternoon.
The souls of the Dothan musicians who have met their maker were present. When I sang harmony with Wilbur on
Georgia Pines, I can't begin to tell you how moved I was. WILBUR WALTON JR.. was electrifying and the STRANGE GANG
the virtuosity which only seasoned professionals can offer. It seemed that John Rainey was ever present on that stage.
AND BILL HANKE were all rockin' out and paying homage to NORMAN.[i bet i left some deserving person out] I hope PAM was happy with the success of the event.
JIM AND JILL LANCASTER showed their talent singing BGVs for WILBUR. they own Playground Studios in Valparaiso Florida and
recorded WILBUR'S new music. They are now official honorary Dothanites.

Without DAVID ADKINS , JIMMY DEAN, and the FOLKS AT COWBOYS ,this event would never have taken place.
ROBERTO, your promotion and support of musicians is a blessing.

It was truly a night to remember.

Sunday, 4/13/08

From the moment I plugged my Telecaster into my old ’66 Bassman I had a feeling something special was about to happen. As soon as I hit that first note, I was blown away by the crowd’s reaction. There was a surge of energy from the audience that was electric. I could feel it, and it felt good. Being center stage, I was in the zone, the sweet spot, I could hear everything, I could see everything, and I could damn sure feel it.

I was thrilled and honored to share the stage with all of these fine humans:

Wilbur Walton Jr., Buddy Buie, Jimmy Dean, Larry Coe, Sidney White, David Adkins, Richard Burke, Mitch Goodson, Carl Adams, Billy Gant, Dennis McAbee, Jimmy Watford, Bill Hanke, Lamar Miller, Davie Coolie, Qulin French, Robbie Adams, Laura Scott, Jill & Jim Lancaster, Dianne Wilkerson, Gil Antony, and Russell Burge.

Thank you all from my heart,
Frank Tanton

It was great meeting you after conversing by e-mail so often. Sunday was a fantastic day. Seeing Wilbur sing after all these years was amazing. I saw people I haven't seen since 1975. Singing again with Larry Coe and Sid White was really something special.
Bill Hanke

Hey, dat wuz you sittin at the 1st bar in the club Sun.
I just didnt realize it.
I hadn't seen you in over 40 years.
I saw you in a pic that Frank Tanton had taken there and said "damn, that was Robert Reg' and I was standing there gettin a fresh Cpt' Morgan & a lime 2 foots way "

By the way, I emailed Devon Patrick, the keyboard player for the Outer Mongolian Herd.
He has your address and the blogspot addy now.


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

image courtesy of Frank Tanton

image courtesy of CHRISTY

Hey y'all~

Tommy Browning walked up to me looking all serious & stuff.
He's way taller than me so suddenly,
I ain't so damn sho' uv myself.

He said,"Robert, when I came to Dothan High from Sidney Lanier, I didn't know anyone. You were one of the only people who welcomed me to Dothan & I always wanted to thank you for that."

"Well, Tommy, I was never in a clique."

"No you weren't.", Tommy replied.

Here's what Tommy Browning wrote in my '67 GARGOYLE:


Well, I guess we gave Miss McNeal and Hollingsworth HELL this year.

I know you'll be censoring this book so I won't write anything dirty.

Even though you're a lowly junior, you're a pretty cool kid.

We'll have to go out and pop a P.B.R. sometimes.


Tommy B.
Sr. '67

image courtesy of CHRISTY


The Norman Andrews Benefit Concert this past Sunday was a fun and successful event...
Lots of old friends good music, food, tall tales...
I believe nearly $7000 was raised for Pam...
I've posted some pictures on the following MySpace link... enjoy...

Good ta' see ya' at the event Reg.
My MySpace has had like, 200+ views in the last, less than, 48 hrs.

Jo' Blog, as my friend the Dirt Doctor use ta' tell me, is "strong as new rope!"
Course' he is from Texas where the men are men and the sheep are nervous, and so are the womerns as Unknown Hinson is want to say.
Gotta love those Squidbillies!

Let's do it again asap!


There's a superb article on Buie's 1969 production of "Traces" in the
current (April issue) of MIX magazine.
It can be purchased at BOOKS-A-MILLION.

Here's the link to the article about Buie & TRACES OF LOVE...

Talked to Robert Nix tonight. Alison has a chance to get on a TV show & Nix has already been recruited to appear on a new TV show about songwriters.

They headlined Saturday at THE MEMPHIS CRAWFISH FESTIVAL. Crowd of 3500 rocked to Alison & ate over a ton of crawfish in a couple of hours.

Hey Brother~

How did it go in Dothanville. I was planning on going to a benefit for David Williams, who is dieing of pancreatic cancer, in Montgomery on Saturday night and then wake up and drift south for the afternoon deal at Cowboy's.
I woke up Thursday morning with my feet swollen all to hell and back, went to the doctor, where they quickly determined my blood pressure was 180 over 99. Needless to say I have been munching meds and keeping my feet up as much as I can since then. I hate missing out on ALL the fun stuff, but I'm still breathing so I'm grateful for that, even if some others are crushed by the news.

By the way, I went by Michelle White's site and saw you had been over there shaking your puritanical finger in her face and giving her advice which could only come from the kind of guy who hates to ever get a glimps of a beautiful woman's bazoombas. Don't worry, I straightened everything out. I believe my exact words were:

" Thanks for the add. Your music is great, and I know you're Daddy is proud-Hell I'm proud of ya. And don't worry about what Robert O says- HE DRINKS!!!

All Love and Respect,

I knew somehow you'd want me to comfort and reassure that poor girl, and anytime I can help, don't hesitate to ask.


Hey Robert,
How was the jam & Wilbur the James Gang? I used to see them around Atlanta back in the 60's. I played with John Mulkey for about 2 years back in the 80's. I have not seen or heard from him in years. I've told all my pals about the John Rainey tribute page. He was an inspiration to a lot of guitar players around Atlanta. Here's my best example of my deep respect for him. One night back in the early 80's, I had already gone to bed for the night when my phone rang. My buddy was calling and telling me that John Rainey was in town and hanging out at the club where he was playing in Marietta.

I got up out of bed, got dressed, and drove down to the club just for the fun and privilege of hanging out with John Rainey.

We visited until closing time and I had a great conversation with him telling me Candymen stories. It was a wonderful evening and a memory that I will never forget.

He is probably the coolest guy I have ever met.

It was the last time I ever saw him.

He was a great one.


photo by Christy

Hey Robert....It was great to see you again after all those years and of course all the other great friends and musicians I hadn't seen in years.

It's too bad someone always has to die for these things to happen.

Anyway, here's a story about the great Kenneth Griffith, who died recently, that I sent his sister, Shannon for her enjoyment. I hope you and your readers enjoy it too.
-------------- Forwarded Message: --------------
To: shannon
Subject: Re: Guest Book for Kenneth Murray Griffith
Date: Mon, 05 Nov 2007 15:48:56 +0000
Hey again Shannon....I'm not so sure that I can be of very much help to you in regards to what kind of information you are seeking about Kenneth's life. I am a now retired musician from here in the Dothan area and I have played in many bands here in the area in the past 30 or so years and as a result of that, Kenneth and I crossed paths several different times. I was always on a very friendly kind of relationship with him and I suspected that he respected my playing as much as I respected his. He commanded attention when he played and it was easy to tell that he was vastly talented at any type of music. The best story I can recall that Kenneth was invloved in was this....
A club owner back in the late 70's by the name of Melvin Dulaney called me one day and told me that he had "discovered" a guitar player-singer that he thought was great and he wanted me to get a bass player and come out to his club and back up this singer. He said he would pay us $50 apiece per night and I said I would do it. The best bass player that I could think of for something unrehearsed like this was of course Kenneth. I knew he could play anything thrown at him and was happy that he was available that very night. He picked me up on an old black Ford as I remember and we set out for the club. When we arrived and had our equipment set up, we began to realize more and more that this new discovery of Melvin's was quite intoxicated already. But being the pros that we were, we gave playing with him a try. He only knew how to play Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash songs, so the music itself wasn't too challenging to us. But playing with him was! His time was very s haky in his condition to say the least and he was constantly losing track of the meter of the song and of course Kenneth and I were supposed to be holding it together! It was a nightmare! Finally after about 30 minutes of this, our "star" lost his balance and fell down and rolled out onto the dance floor where he proceeded to continue playing and yelling "Sooey Sooey" Johnny Cash style. I thought I would fall off the drums I was laughing so hard, but Kenneth never cracked a smile and continued to play, unshaken by his surroundings. Finally the club owner Melvin came up and waved us to stop playing and told us that the night was over and for us to quit. We packed up our gear, and to our surprise he paid us our $50 (I don't know if he paid "the star" or not!) and we went on home. On the way home we had a good laugh about it, and to this day I cannot remember the guy's name, but I'll bet Kenneth could have.
Any way, that's just how Kenneth was: unflappable, he could play flawlessly under any conditions. A true master. He also had a great sense of humor. Very funny guy. I really wish I had spent more time around him as I could have and didn't.
I hope this little story brightens your day, and if I can be of any more help to you email me or you can call me.

Danny Casher.

image by CHRISTY

image by CHRISTY

image by CHRISTY

image by CHRISTY

Images of Mike McCarty taken by Robin Rainer for the article entitled THE ART OF THE SOUND which was published in the July/August issue of DOTHAN MAGAZINE[any comments or descriptions pertaining to these images will be appreciated]

Mike McCarty with canvases used for album covers by Little Richard, Atlanta Rhythm Section & Patti Smith

Monday, April 14, 2008

Hey y'all~

If ya wanna see some wonderful tributes to our old partner NORMAN ANDREWS plus stuff from yestiddee, click on Burke's Beaugator myspace site

Our adopted sweetee, Michelle White (Tony Joe's little daughter)
sent us a message...

Apr 12, 2008 3:16 PM

Thank you Robert!
I need somebody from Alabama helping me out.
I hope to be down south soon.
I will keep the shirt buttoned from now on.....

One of the most wonderful things that happened meeting all the citizens of
was the number of folks showed interest in my job managing Section 8 property.
The following photo sums up the last great battle in this war
to get dah guvvvvvvvvvvmint to do they duty!!!!

MAMA KONG said, "If the government gonna pay my rent,
why don't they pay the utilities too?

This here is the crime that 'bout got me kilt up.

I had the lock put on the meter box 'cause,
not only had the Section 8 tenants stolen over $700 OFF OUR METER
{Mama Kong's mama, BIG MAMA says, "You know'd dat wuz going on!"}
[BIG MAMA beeze a pet ninja of one of the bossman's companions so this may have contributed to BIG MAMA's unaccounted for arrogant sassing]


Geek Monster Sister KONG stolen unnudder meter &
had LITTLE SISSY PIMP tear the cover off the other side of the meter box lock so they could get another stolen meter in
so I'ze had the stack cut {i.e. weatherhead}.

(You have no idea how I have to fake it)

This produced the OSAMA FEVER attack from the tenant which occurred on the adjoining property so I was able to claim
which I described in some detail.



David Adkins, Frank Tanton, Richard Burke, Jimmy Dean

What a kewl vibe to be with EVERYONE ON A KEWL VIBE!!!!
So I'm standing there in front of the stage & realize that my ancient camera has burned up my batteries & cute Miss Sis from Georgia punches me & sez, "Damn you for letting me know this was happening!"

THE STRANGE GANG kicked into THE RIGHT STRING, BABY, BUT THE WRONG YO YO & me & Miss Sis from Georgia are out on the dance floor doing this strange bop because we don't wanna look at each other~
[I swear that in the future,
millions of people will claim they were @ COWBOYS the Sunday WILBUR took the stage again!]

{David A., Kathy, Buddy & Gloria Jane}

Roberto Standing On David A.'s Front Porch on South St. Andrews Street

Wilbur On Stage @ COWBOYS

take the stage!!!!!
{David Adkins, Larry Coe, Buddy Burke, Frank Tanton, Jimmy Dean, WILBUR}

image courtesy of Frank Tanton
Jimmy Dean, Gloria Jane Buie, Frank Tanton, Buddy Buie

image courtesy of Frank Tanton
~carved wooden sign courtesy of Ray Hutto~