Robertoreg & Robert Nix @ Miz Newbys, Sunday August 19, 2007
WAS A VERY MAJOR PART OF MY MUSICAL PAST.
MY EARLIEST MEMORIES ARE OF DENNIS AND HIS BAND THE 'ECHOES'
WHEN WE WERE IN THE 10TH GRADE. DENNIS WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL AT ANDREW JACKSON HIGH AND J.R.COBB
AND I WENT TO PAXON HIGH IN JACKSONVILLE. ( OUR HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH WAS JOHN AXTON AND OUR SUBSTITUTE HISTORY TEACHER WAS MAE AXTON. MAE WROTE HEART BREAK HOTEL FOR ELVIS. THEIR SON WAS HOYT AXTON) .
I STARTED, ALONG WITH WALTER EATON
, A GROUP WE NAMED THE CLASSICS
. I REMEMBER WALLY AND I ON HIS DIRT FLOOR GARAGE PAINTING 'THE CLASSICS' ON MY CALF SKIN BASS DRUM HEAD. WE PLAYED TOGETHER FOR ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF. LATER I LEFT AND JOINED A GROUP CALLED 'SUSAN AND THE DYNAMICS' BECAUSE I LOVED THE WAY THE TWO BROTHERS (SHINK AND CHARLIE MORRISON) PLAYED GUITAR. LATER WE ADDED LIL' BOBBY PETERSON
ON KEYBOARDS. (LOTS MORE ABOUT THIS STORY LATER.)
I LEFT JACKSONVILLE AND TOURED WITH ROY ORBISON. WHEN I CAME BACK I WENT TO DAYTONA BEACH TO JUST REST AND RECUPERATE. I WALKED INTO A CLUB (THE PORPOISE LOUNGE) AND SAW ONE OF THE BEST BANDS I HAD EVER SEEN.( DENNIS YOST AND THE CLASSICS). I IMMEDIATELY CALLED BUDDY BUIE, PAUL COCHRAN, AND BILL LOWERY AND TOLD THEM THAT THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST BANDS I HAD EVER HEARD.. THEY SENT SOMEONE DOWN AND SIGNED THEM UP. THE REST IS HISTORY.
DENNIS COULD PLAY DRUMS STANDING UP AND SING AS A FRONT MAN BETTER THAN ANYONE I'VE EVER SEEN. HE COULD SING BLACK R' AND B' LIKE HE WAS A BLACK MAN. HE SANG FALSETTO FOUR SEASONS STUFF THAT WOULD BLOW FRANKIE VALLI AWAY. DENNIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED PERFORMERS I'VE EVER KNOWN. I'M SO GLAD THAT I HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH HOOKING DENNIS UP WITH BUUDY BUIE AND BILL LOWERY.
A RESIDUAL PRODUCT OF THIS MEETING WAS BUDDY AND J.R. COBB
ALL I CAN SAY IS A HIGHER POWER OBVIOUSLY HAD A HAND IN ALL OF THIS MUSICAL HISTORY MAKING!DENNIS YOST
, YOU WERE ONE OF A KIND.DENNIS YOST
,YOU WERE A GREAT DRUMMER.DENNIS YOST
, YOU WERE A GREAT SINGER/PERFORMER!DENNIS YOST
, YOU WERE ONE OF MY IDOLS AND A FRIEND!
Memorial for The Classics IV's Dennis Yost in Ohio
|12/9/2008, 10:56 p.m. EST The Associated Press|| |
CINCINNATI (AP) — A celebration of life service for Dennis Yost, lead singer of the 1960s soft rock group The Classics IV, will be held Sunday in the Cincinnati area.
Yost, a Detroit native, died of respiratory failure Sunday at Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton. He was 65.
Yost's wife, Linda, said Tuesday that the public service is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Mueller Parker Funeral Home in Mason, following a public visitation from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
She says the contemporary The Classics IV band will attend, and slide shows and video from 1965 to the present will be displayed. She encourages the public to share stories and laughter at the event.
The Classics IV's hits included "Spooky," "Stormy" and "Traces of Love."
Yost had been in nursing homes since suffering a brain injury sustained in a 2005 fall. He is survived by his wife and five children.
My name is Phoebe Lewis and I am an over the top Skynyrd fan. I found your blog about the old Studio One in Doraville and how the address had changed. It is a place I go to pay homage to the band I love so much. I'm not sure of the actual building. I am sending you a few pics. Can you tell me if Studio One was in the cement building or the brown brick one?
I sure would appreciate the info. Buddy B. said it was cement one so I think it's the gray cement one but would like to know what you have to say.
Oh and by the way...it's so funny. I found your blog site and one of the first things I saw wasmy daddy, Jerry Lee Lewis
I manage his career now and live with him in Mississippi. Check us out... jerryleelewis.com
Thanks and take care,
I have enjoyed reading your blog particularly about the music business in our area. I was born and raised in the Circle City and remember parts of your reports very well. Jimmy Dean
has always been my hero since he told me he chose to play bass guitar because it was best defensive weapon when people rushed the stage. I also have been told by reliable sources that at one time Bobby Goldsboro paid a social club called the revelers in Dothan $5 to let the Webs play at one of their dances.
In regard to the Baker Brothers, I know Dougie must have told you there were 7 or so siblings. There were 2 sisters in the bunch. Willie Baker Bailey and Vera Baker Lane. Willie was my Grandmother and lived in the house with her daughter Hilma Bailey McFatter and Dr T K McFatter, my parents, for at least 40 years until shortly before her death. Her brother, Dan Baker, was the last surviving brother and was staying in our home at his death. I can't remember Dan very well but my grandmother Wilie was a rounder. She did drink champagne from her slipper and danced at my wedding.
Buck Baker was an early Mayor of Dothan and his picture still hangs in the Dothan City Commission meeting room. At least it did approx 10 years ago when I retired and moved to PC, Fl. I don't doubt any of your information in regard to the Martin Hotel and the various activities there. At one time or another, all of the brothers had rooms there for a variety of reasons. When the hotel was torn down I found .an old safe in the basement by the coal chute.You may remember that the rear wall of the building was on the edge of the railroad track downtown. I think it was there to hold the income gained by selling whiskey that was passed up the chute so as not to be noticed. It took 3 cleanings to make the safe clean enough to handle but when it was opened, the inside door still had the original gold leaf printing and it stayed in my office at the court house the 18 years I served there. I still have it in storage down here.
I was interested to see that it looked as if it had been drilled or broken into at some time in the past.
I also saved the cornerstone from the Martin Hotel which indicated when it had been "ERECTED." I often wondered if the brothers chose that verbiage to indicate when the building first appeared or whether it was a sly comment on their reasons for rooming there. That cornerstone was built into the patio of our home on Chickasaw Street when we remodeled and to my knowledge is still there. That home also has the mantle from Buck Baker's mother's home which was out on old 431 North near where Landmark Park is today. That land where the Park is located was given to Willie Bailey who left it to her daughter Hilma McFatter who donated it to the Dothan Landmarks Foundation for the people of the Wiregrass area.
You seemed interested in the trips to Hot Springs. There may have been some gambling but there is also a high probability that the trips were made to dry out. There were healing springs and treatment centers there that were well known nationally. That is where Buck died. There is an interesting story about the bells at the old Methodist Church that was downtown north of the courthouse. I was told that Buck donated those first bells and that they
rang for the first time as his body arrived back in Dothan from Hot Springs. You might want to check this with some of the oldest Methodists in town or in their records but I'm pretty sure it's true.
The old Baker lot was up on North Foster Street on the northeast corner across from the County Tower and the Old Dothan Federal building. That's approximately where my grandmother's house was and where Dougie, his brother Billy and my mother grew up. There are hundreds of stories about the Baker boys and their antics in Dothan, PC and the surrounding area. I'm sure many are true but my Uncle Dougie enjoyed a good story more than an accurate or even incriminating history.
Hope you find this of some interest.
You are exactly right about the bells at Foster Street Methodist Church.
The lady I interviewed who was a niece lived on Osceola Street. She had Buck's walking stick and cigarette case and some other stuff. Do you know who I'm talking about?
I've seen the pictures of Dan Baker in old Gargoyles because he was on the school board.
Thanks for all the info. I'm gonna publish your email if you don't mind and use your initials.
You sentenced me on my first DUI in the summer of '86.
I did my classes at the Haven. I stay off the road now when I'm drinking.
I'd love to publish any other reminiscences you may have.
If you are interested in the material I've amassed after almost 6 years of blogging, include the word robertoreg at the end of your google query as in:"Jimmy Dean" robertoreg
That google search gets 118 hits but when you click on "more results"
from my blog you get an additional 72 hits so I've published a lot of Jimmy Dean.
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The lady you interviewed had to be my cousin Jane Sims. Actually my mother's cousin, but I always called her Cousin. I think she read every book that was ever written. She has a daughter named Jane who was very active in SEACT and a very accomplished actress. Haven't seen her in a while. I always enjoyed talking to Cousin Jane but "there was never enough time." Seems we all get to say that after we slow down a little and the opportunities are gone. So many questions, not many answers.
If there are more questions, I'll try to answer and if you can't find the book, I can lend it. I was surprised at the speed of your response. Hope you felt the handling of your case was appropriate, I always tried. Do keep it off the road, we've lost too many friends. Sorry I didn't make the reunion to meet you. McF
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Is this an image of Eddie Hinton from the '66 Corolla?
I don't think that it is Eddie. If it was taken in 65 or 66, Eddie would have been playing in the 5 Minutes. Their setup was guitar, bass keyboard and drums. As you can see in this picture, there appears to be 2 guys not even holding an instrument.
Jr. & CoachFriday night,December 5,Wringing All The Fun Out Of Being #1
It's my opinion that this stuff about cougars in Alabama is nothing but hunting clubs importing mountain lions.
This is the hard stuff!
FRIST ONE'S FREE!!!!