Due to technical difficulties, I have no images available of the memorable events of the past weekend. The Wheels of Progress do continue to turn so stay tuned because some incredible shots will be posted here soon.
I plan to start working with the stuff I captured this afternoon @ Great Day In Tuscaloosa so get those digital devices out and start posting & shooting me your images so I can share them with all the citizens of Zero, Northwest Florida.
Have a great holiday week!
Robert Register,25,teaching @ Druid High.
"BURN 'EM DRAGONS!"
back cover of the Spring,1970 issue of COMMENT- The University of Alabama Review
DRESSED TO KILL by Jeff Baker (circa 1983)
L to R: Charles McCall, Pat Hughes, Mike Hartzog
I saw Coach at John Bedsole's funeral. During the last few years every time I saw him around town I always asked him about his cattle farm. He always played along.
>When he was run out of his head coaching job at DHS in, what 72, 73?, he was interviewed and asked what his immediate plans were. He told Woof or whoever he had somewhat less than 500 head of cattle that needed attention and that he would remain with the Drivers Ed. program at DHS.
The media ran with the story, he had two cows out on his place on Middleton Rd. Gotta love him, gotta miss him. No body could reel him in except Maxine.
Sharman Burson Ramsey Coach McCall, our wonderful friend, passed away today. The funeral will probably be on Friday. He never left the hospital after having a stroke. He took a turn for the worse this weekend and we lost a fine, fine man, World War II Aviator, and my favorite flatterer. I would have parachuted in for a man like that. (He loved to joke that he had to fight the women off. They just parachuted in he was so irresistible.)
I promised Ms. Windham I'd post this stuff. I like it. I wish Ben would go out there today and start digging up bullets so he could get busted by his sacred left wing kook Alabama Histerical Commission.What I glory in about these pictures is poor old Ben wrote about a zillion editorials against the flying of the Confederate Flag. He might have hated the flag but sho' nuff loved tearing up the battlefield!
You know there was a group named Stonecross (all Dothan locals) that have yet to make on your blogs. A unique feature about the band was that this was the first band for all five members. Circa 69 to 72. I've got pics.
Stonecross was Brian Smith (bass), Mark Barrett (guitar), Mike Pace (guitar), Billy McCue (vocals), and Lamar Miller (drums)
I got email from Sonya's sister Sharon and she says her birthday is coming up in February so we have time to get those tapes. Ive not heard from Jason at all yet. I wonder if he doesn't read email or just is so busy. Ive not written him just was waiting to hear from you if you hear from him.
Sharon filled me in on Sonya and said she lives in Florida. She moved to Panama City during her Jr yr of high school to live with her mother since her parents divorce and got married young. She didn't pursue the music career because of the marriage but she has continued to sing and they moved to Jacksonville Florida. not sure if that is where they are now but Sharon said that Sonya used to perform somewhere there singing with the Big Band style of music and that her voice was rich and full and still beautiful. Sharon is going to see if she can get me a Cd of Sonya's voice now at some point.
I dug out my reel to reel tapes and recorder and tried to listen to them. I have Sonya singing 11 times but she did one song twice so there are 10 total songs however the quality of these tapes are terrible and the one we have her doing most of the songs on looks like the tape was recorded backwards (not on the shiny side). I had a hard time making out words plus it drags or goes too fast. its going to take a miracle worker recording studio to make them sound good. Only 2 or 3 sound decent to me. And a few she starts off and you hear it and then it goes low and you can hardly hear it or starts off like that and then suddenly the sound goes up.
Anyway I went thru and tried to figure out what the titles were and looked them up online to find out who the original artist was.
There is only one song I have been unable to figure out because it goes too fast or too slow and I can't make out any lyrics. Even Mr Taylor says the name of the song and I cant make out what he is saying. At first I thought the song was called "Thank God I'm A Woman" and it sounds like he says the title like "Sometimes It feels like a man, then it feels like a woman" but that isn't it either. Sounds like Sonya does say "you're a woman" in the title but I cannot figure that one out. Any clues?. It sounds like a catchy tune but none of the lyrics that I came out with above I can find on the internet.
here are the other songs
You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man - Loretta Lynn
Marty Gray - Jean Shepherd
Joy to The World - Three Dog Night
You and Your Sweet Love - Connie Smith (She does this two dif times)
Where Is My Castle - Connie Smith
I'm Sorry if My Love Got In Your Way - Connie Smith also done by Norma Jean
For The Good Times - Ray Price
It Coulda Been Me - Billie Jo Spears (this took me forever to find on the internet)
Snowbird - Anne Murray
Hopefully Mr Taylor's Grandson will contact me and have the original tapes that sound good. Id love to have copies of them myself.
I just found out about your plan for the "Great Day In Tuscaloosa" yesterday. Did it transpire? I hope so and I am sorry I missed it. I got an e-mail from an old musician buddy named Jor Tucker out of the blue this evening and started to looking around the Internet and found your blog. Its GREAT! However I have notices that many (most (all)) of the early band pictures in T-Town are all white bands. True of the WTBC site and yours as well. I played in a few bands in Tuscaloosa from 1966-1972....most of the time in black bands like George Byrd and the Doves, The Session, Soul Survivors (mostly from Columbus MS), and once or twice with the Dominoes as well as with white groups like Gary Griffin, The Top Ten, The Soul Searchers (out of Northport), and a few others. How about some pictures from the West End of T-Town? I'll send you one or two tomorrow if you're intereted.
Keep up the good work and I really like your blog. BTW I'll be the trumpet player on top of the car ;-)..circa 1969 outside the 61 Club or the Citizens Club I think???
Great meeting you, too!
Mama won't be able to make it. I would be surprised if she did. It
takes a lot to get her out these days as she has pulled in a bit. Her
husband, my wonderful stepfather, Dude Hennessey, has Alzheimer's and
that keeps her in more, but even besides that, she does not get out
and socialized like she did before. Anyway, she said that she would
love for these photos to represent her music back in the day because
she preferred to be remembered that way. Keep me up to date with your
music and art history ventures for Tuscaloosa and the state. It's
great you are doing this. Take care.