Friday, June 18, 2010

Robert Register found out this morning that JOHN SEBASTIAN is playing tonight @ 8 in Anniston! Maybe if I get wired & inspired.... Naw... Gonna miss ya, John.

"Do You Believe In Magic"

Do you believe in magic?
In a young girls heart
How the music can free her
whenever it starts

And it's magic
if the music is groovy
It makes you feel happy like an old time movie

I'll tell ya about the magic
It'll free your soul
but it's like trying to tell a stranger 'bout rock n roll

If you believe in magic, don't bother to choose
If it's jug band music or rhythm and blues
Just go and listen
It'll start with a smile
It won't wipe off your face no matter how hard you try
Your feet start tapping
And you can't seem to find
How you got there
So just blow your mind

If you believe in magic
Come along with me
We'll dance until morning, just you and me
and maybe, if the music is right
I'll meet ya tomorrow
so late at night

We'll go a dancin' baby then you'll see
all the magic's in the music and the music's in me, yeah

Do you believe in magic? Yeah.
Believe in the magic in a young girl's soul
believe in the magic of rock n roll
Believe in the magic that can set you free
Ohhhh, talkin' bout magic

Do you believe like I believe?
Do you believe in magic?
Sharman Burson Ramsey Lee Scott from PC wrote: A school of 6 foot sharks - approximately 12 - were seen feeding around 8:30 last night in Watson Bayou...... please don't swim!!! The sharks are being run out of the gulf due to the oil .... they are looking for FOOD! Find a pool!!!! Oh, my goodness!!!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hey y'all~

I'm still excited about the events of this past weekend.

Looking forward to the kickoff of Dothan's first City Fest on September 10

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but my new passion is the inaugural LEWIS GRIZZARD TRIBUTE FESTIVAL the weekend of October 16th & 17th. It might be a great opportunity to sell some of Lewis' CDs.

All of Lewis' best selling books are out of print so New South Books out of Montgomery is gonna republish THEY TORE OUT MY HEART & STOMPED THAT SUCKER FLAT in August. Lewis' widow is gonna sign books @ the festival.

Tiny Moreland, Georgia will commemorate the life of Moreland native, Lewis Grizzard, with a fall festival,Saturday, October 16 & Sunday, October 17.

NewSouth to republish Lewis Grizzard bestseller, October tribute weekend in the works

Thursday, June 10th, 2010 by Andrew

Widely regarded as one of the South’s most beloved humorists and storytellers, Lewis Grizzard is back in print through NewSouth Books. Wildly popular in its first run, They Tore Out My Heart and Stomped That Sucker Flat sold over 100,000 copies and was a New York Times bestseller.

In They Tore Out My Heart, the late Lewis Grizzard recounts in a series of heartening yet undeniably humorous vignettes the lifelong struggles of his heart—both physical and emotional, real and imagined—that led to major heart surgery in his mid-thirties. From musings of early unrequited attempts at love to three marriages and divorces to the early detection of heart troubles that would follow him throughout his life, Grizzard manages to tackle weighty issues with his characteristically irreverent sense of humor.

In addition to NewSouth’s republication of They Tore Out My Heart, Grizzard’s hometown of Moreland, Georgia is holding a tribute festival in his honor on October 16-17. With a wide range of events planned, there’s something for every Grizzard fan at the festival. A Grizzard look alike contest is planned, as well as a cooking contest involving his favorite foods, namely grits. Several of Grizzard’s longtime friends will host a roast-style storytelling time, and Bill Oberst, Jr., a longtime Grizzard tribute actor will perform his live stage show over the weekend.

Grizzard’s widow Dedra, who also assisted in setting up the festival, will be present to sign copies of the newly republished They Tore Out My Heart.

They Tore Out My Heart and Stomped That Sucker Flat will be available in August from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite local or online retailer.

Robyn Miles / LaGrange Daily News
Grammy winner Chips Moman gets a hug from Ima Whithers at Friday’s ceremony naming the South Loop as ‘Chips Moman Highway.’ Whithers drove down for the ceremony Friday morning, then had to be back in Nashville, Tenn., at 6 p.m. for a wedding. She was Moman’s secretary at American Studios in Memphis, Tenn., and now is executive assistant to the president of BMI. At left, Troup County Commission Chairman Ricky Wolfe speaks to guests.

The Chips Moman Highway

The Troup County Commission on Friday dedicated the pending South Loop as “Chips Moman Highway” in honor of the LaGrange resident acclaimed as a songwriter and record producer for Elvis Presley, The Highwaymen - Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson - and a who’s who of other musical greats.

Moman is perhaps best known as the producer of the 1969 album, “From Elvis in Memphis,” which included the hit songs, “Suspicious Minds,” “In the Ghetto” and “Kentucky Rain,” and for writing such hits as “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” for Aretha Franklin, “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” for Jennings, and the B.J. Thomas hit, “(Hey, Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” which won Moman a Grammy Award.

He got another Grammy for best spoken word album for his “Class of ‘55” recording featuring Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.

“Chips Moman has dedicated his life to song and has gifted the world with some of its most remarkable and memorable music,” Commission Chairman Ricky Wolfe said, proclaiming June 12 - Moman’s 73rd birthday - as Chips Moman Day in Troup County.

“As a producer, songwriter and musician, his artistry permeated multiple genres of music and influenced the development of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music,” Wolfe said, reading from the proclamation. “His musical contributions will be enjoyed throughout the world for years to come. We are honored to recognize him today.”

When completed in 2012, the 6.1-mile, two-lane South Loop will connect Whitesville and Roanoke roads, diverting traffic from downtown LaGrange and improving access to West Point Lake and the big industrial parks around LaGrange-Callaway Airport. The $19.1 million construction is being paid for with federal stimulus funds.

“I can’t tell you what this means to me. … I’m flabbergasted,” Moman said at Friday’s ceremony in the jury assembly room of the Troup County Government Center.

An estimated 100 fellow musicians, friends and family members watched a 3/12-minute video, produced by sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Mann, with highlights of Moman’s career.

“He’s one of the great producers of all time,” said Buddy Buie, who attended the ceremony with his songwriting partner J.R. Cobb.

They’re responsible for such hits as “Spooky,” “Stormy,” “Traces” and “Every Day with You Girl.” Moman produced Buie’s song, “I Take It Back” for Sandy Posey and it became a hit.

Cobb said he came to LaGrange because “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.” “He’ll go down as a person who made a great contribution to music as a writer and producer,” Cobb said.

Others at the ceremony were some of Moman’s old studio session players from Memphis and Nashville - Reggie Young, Bobby Wood and Bobby Emmons, who was Moman’s co-writer on “Luckenbach.”

Also there was singer Eddy Arnold’s nephew, Jerry Arnold, who played drums in a band with Moman in the early Memphis days.

“Overall, he’s the most talented person I’ve ever run into,” Arnold said. “It’s unbelievable what he did. If my life depended on it and I needed someone to make a hit record for me, he’s the one I would contact.” Moman hitchhiked to Memphis at age 14 and three years later was playing with Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins. At his American Studios in Memphis, Moman produced an unprecedented 120 chart-topping singles between 1967 and 1971 by such artists as Elvis, Neil Diamond, Dionne Warwick and The Box Tops. In Nashville, he recorded stars such as Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard.

Moman has written more than 100 songs, starting with “This Time,” a love song for a girl at Rosemont School, which became a No. 1 hit for Troy Shondell.

“He’s up there with guys like Muhammad Ali and Johnny Cash,” Kristofferson said in a phone interview. “It’s like Hank Williams or something - if you’ve got what it takes. He does.” Sheriff Donny Turner got his guitar signed by all the musicians at Friday’s ceremony, including Young, who wrote, “Please Arrest Jimmy Buffet,” referring to a song Buffet recorded that referred to Young as being drunk. Turner, who has recruited Moman for fundraising concerts on behalf of the Pineland campus of Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, got the wheels rolling toward naming the South Loop after Moman. “It’s been amazing getting to know Chips, and to recognize his talent to put words and music together for our enjoyment for all these years, and to know he’s from right here in Troup County,” Turner said. “To be able to get him back into the community and have him help us put on some concerts and raise some money for the kids, it’s been an honor.”

The sheriff had received letter in August 2008 from Stan Daniel, a retired record promoter and longtime friend of Moman’s. “We are having more than our share of problems getting this famous record producer recognized in Memphis,” Daniel wrote. Daniel first suggested a museum, but decided visitors might infringe on Moman’s privacy. Turner went to County Manager Mike Dobbs, who showed the video about Moman’s career to the commissioners. “They said, ‘Yeah, this needs to be done,’” Dobbs said. “… He’s had many, many honors and this is just one more.” Lincoln Wayne Moman (he got the nickname “Chips” because of his affinity for gambling) was born in a house on Stonewall Street and lived in several LaGrange neighborhoods growing up as his parents got jobs with different textile plants run by Callaway Mills. He lived mostly in a two-story house at the end of Houston Street with his grandmother, mother and aunts, and all their children - a crew that sometimes swelled to 28 people under one roof.

Moman started playing guitar at age 3, accompanying his mother as she sang. He moved with his parents, Mildred Magnolia Deberry and Abraham Lincoln Moman, to the country when he was about 9 years old and attended Rosemont School while living on Rosemont, Smokey and Briley roads in south Troup County. He shares a birthday with his aunt, Bertha Lee Moman Robinette of LaGrange, who turned 97 today.

Moman returned to LaGrange in 1996 and lives on his family farm near West Point Lake with his wife, Jane. They tend to horses, and he enjoys his dogs and cats, and watching old westerns on TV. Moman can’t play guitar because of a stroke he suffered about two years ago, but he’s expected to make a full recovery.

“I really believe that caring about other people is an important factor in a person’s life and if you don’t have that, you don’t have anything,” he said. “If you can’t care about the people you love, what are you?”

The Boy Scout Reservation's Orange Jeep
courtesy of Frank Moss Gaines III


I (almost) learned to drive on that old jeep!

This drawing was done by Bob McRight in 1959.

Reggie Young, Troup County Sheriff Turner, Bobby Emmons, Ima Whithers ~ Chips' secretary at American Studios in Memphis, Tenn., and now executive assistant to the president of BMI, Reggie Young's wife- Jenny Hollowell, Lee Morris

Robert Register got to meet Reggie Young & his gorgeous wife, Jenny Hollowell, at the dedication of THE CHIPS MOMAN HIGHWAY in LaGrange on Friday. Incredibly, Reggie performed guitar on 120 TOP 40 records between '67 & '71. He came up with some of the greatest guitar riffs of all time. Clapton in his autobiography wrote that Reggie was "one of the best guitarists I had ever heard."

Robert Register watched a ton of Youtube videos tonight like I usually do when I got a little spare time. This is tonight's favorite for many reasons.

When I read this article in the May 27th issue of Rolling Stone ,
I called Buie immediately & read to him the second paragraph of Brian Hiatt's article entitled
MY MORNING JACKET TAKE NEW ORLEANS ~ Band follows Jazz Fest set with spooky show at tiny Preservation Hall

"Frontman Jim James has been sitting quietly up front next to his girlfriend, but as the sinuous guitar chords of the late Dennis Yost and the Classics IV's 1968 garage-noir nugget "Spooky" pop up on the bus stereo, he perks up and addresses the driver: "Can you turn up the radio?" Between sips from a cup of Maker's Mark, keyboardist Bo Koster chimes in: "Can you turn down the lights?" the song blasts, the bus goes dark. Everyone cheers. For two minutes we inch down a quiet side street, grooving in the blackness, with Hallahan playing air drums and James quietly singing along with the chorus: "Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you." Then the song fades and a loud insurance ad comes on, "You can turn it down now," James says, "But thanks- that was really a moment."

Bobby Emmons, Bobby Wood,Sach Arnold -----drummer in Chips first band , Chips,Stan Daniel-------singer in Chips first band , Buddy Buie, Paul Cochran

images from The Dothan High Class of 1970 Reunion
courtesy of Frank Moss Gaines III
The Bop Cats

image courtesy of Frank Moss Gaines III

image courtesy of Frank Moss Gaines III
The Bop Cats

image courtesy of Frank Moss Gaines III
The Bop Cats

image courtesy of Frank Moss Gaines III

image courtesy of Frank Moss Gaines III
The Bop Cats

image courtesy of Frank Moss Gaines III
Stan Jenkins, N.K.'s son, & Bama Queen

image courtesy of Frank Moss Gaines III

image courtesy of Frank Moss Gaines III
The Bop Cats

image courtesy of Frank Moss Gaines III

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Hey y'all~
Don't get much better than this weekend!

Great friends, great food, great music and A SUPER VIBE permeated all activities.
In the words of Buddy Buie, "There's lots of things I can't afford but there ain't nothing TOO NICE FOR ME!!!!"

Time's wasting so I'll get these images up but the commentary will be incomplete.

image courtesy of Jackie Kennedy
Chips Moman , Paul Cochran & Lee Morris

image courtesy of Jackie Kennedy
Chips with his son and daughter, Casey and Monique.

Chips & Buddy Buie

Buie & THE OLD MAN (Paul Cochran)

Gloria Buie & Chips

Bobby Emmons,, J.R. Cobb , Chips, Sach Arnold -----drummer in Chips first band

Bobby Emmons, Bobby Wood, Sach Arnold -----drummer in Chips first band, Chips, Stan Daniel-------singer in Chips first band, Buddy Buie, Paul Cochran

Bobby Emmons, Bobby Wood, Sach Arnold -----drummer in Chips first band, Chips,Stan Daniel-------singer in Chips first band , Buddy Buie, Paul Cochran, J.R. Cobb

Gloria Buie Looking Over Chips Memorabilia @ The Troup County Courthouse. (great story behind Willie Nelson's jacket)

J.R., Paul, Buie, Gloria

J.R., Paul, Buie, Gloria

In the center of the picture you see Paul Cochran talking to Reggie Young

Reggie Young, Troup County Sheriff Turner, Bobby Emmons,Ima Whithers ~ Chips' secretary at American Studios in Memphis, Tenn., and now executive assistant to the president of BMI , Reggie Young's wife, Lee Morris

LaFayette's statue in LaGrange

Confederate Naval Officer's Coat Patterned After The One Worn By Selma's Catesby Jones during the first battle between two ironclads, The Monitor & The Virginia (a.k.a. The Merrimac).
Catesby's family donated the original coat to the Civil War Naval Center in Columbus.


Cleaned Up The Register Plot In The City Cemetery. Unable to get fresh gravel because Southside Granite was closed on Saturday. Visited a lot of my friend's family's plots while I was in the cemetery.

They've cleaned up the Buie plot but haven't carved Mrs. Buie's death date yet on her stone.

In the Summer of '68, Richard Burke did a good deed & climbed up on this tombstone & replaced the marble flame that sat atop it. The flame is now missing. These are the graves of Fred Moody's Great Grandparents, Dr. & Mrs. Fleming Moody who both passed within one week of each other in May of 1900. The inscription says,


The City Cemetery is one of few places in Dothan where Spanish moss grows.

It were HOT down on Rube Lewis' Place!

The Bop Cats Rocked 'Em Out @ The DHS Class of '70 40th Reunion!


Bobbie Howard & her fiance. I went by & visited Bobbie's Mama, Ms. Dot, @ Extendicare while I was in town.