ROCKIN' RODNEY to me:
One last thought about Lou Boyleston.
I bought my first guitar from him.
It was a 1953 Gibson Les Paul, and I paid him $55.00 for it.We were playing the Municipal Auditorium in Pensacola, and he came up to talk to me.
Now, looking back, it's kinda' funny that he needed money because he kind of came from money.His father was I believe a developer and helped develop Gulf Breeze.I mentioned that I used to stay at his house (really his parents house) and I used to kid him by calling it Graceland. His parents were VERY hospitable,and his mother was a true Southern genteel lady, who would smile at Lou at the same time she was telling him what she expected of him.
Back to that guitar, I went out for my anniversary,only to come back and find that my house had been robbed. They took my color TV (which was a big deal back then) some cash, and a couple of diamond watches that I had bought for my wife, and cleared out. What they left was the guitar.Probably the most valuable thing of all. Certainly by todays syandards
I always imagined them thinking "Good God,who'd want that old thing"
I ended up selling the Les Paul for $150.00 and a '56 or '59 Fender Stratocaster.
I sold the Stratocaster to J.R.Cobb for $200 which was airfare to get my wife and family to Atlanta from Puerto Rico.
That Les Paul is probably worth as much as some pretty nice houses.
Oh, back to Lou....I think the name of his clothing store was OZ, and when The Candymen would play in NYC he would schedule his buying trips to co-incide with our dates up there.
His nephew (his brother steve's son) is a pretty successful bassist, having played with HEART and Paul Rogers. Hell, I wish he'd play around here, I'd like to meet Paul Rogers.
It sure would be cool to drop his uncles name.............he would have liked that.
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 J. Tucker out of the blue this evening and started to looking around the Internet and found your blog.
It's GREAT! However I have notices that many (most (all)) of the early band pictures in T-Town are all white bands. True of the WTBS 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 interested.
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 (ed. note: now demolished but located on 26th Ave. just south of 21st Skreet near the foot of Peanut Hill) the Citizens Club I think???
Doug McConathaSalt & PepperHi Robert….
thanks for all the effort. Did you know Danny Oscar Watts when you were at DHS, I think you taught there? Maybe before your time…he was the band director until about 1973 or so….I played for three years with him in Salt and Pepper and have talked to him over the years.
I found you via the bottom e-mail. Do you know Joe?
Can’t wait for yesterday’s pix. Thanks again for the labor of love……..
Subject: I CAN DIE HAPPY NOW!
FROM: Al Kooper http://alkooper.com
nice upload.... i love you more than you'll ever know
was written by Al Kooper
, and performed by Blood S & Tears and Donny Hathaway... the ghetto was written by Hathaway, i believe... http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2480518