Friday, August 06, 2010

Robert Register Before the Civil War, only Irishmen were used to load cotton onto the steamboats because if one got killed, you hadn't lost anything.
"In the loading of cotton on the steamboats, the slaves stood at the top
of the hill and rolled the cotton down. It was received and stowed away
on the boats by the stevedores who were u...sually Irishmen, the
explanation being that,'Negroes were worth too much to be risked below
and if one of the Paddies were knocked overboard no one loses anything.' "

Sally Hey, now, you talkin' 'bout some of my ancestors! LOL!

Have you heard the one about the Thomasville, GA, natives saying that the Yankees who came down on the railroad after the Civil War and made T'ville such a rich town were worth about tw...o bales of cotton apiece and were a Hell of a lot easier to pick? I love that!

Robert Register The Irish may not have had much market value on the streets of Mobile but they damn sho' pulled their weight when it came to killing Yankees for the Confederacy. General Patrick Cleburne was THE BEST.
We named a county after him.
Found this... on the Web:
Cleburne was in favour of arming the negroes as soldiers, conferring upon them and their families freedom as a bounty. He, with several distinguished generals, signed a petition to President Davis to that effect, and he personally offered to take command of a division of such troops, when raised. But the movement failed on account of the opposition which it met with. In private conversation he said that the general sentiment of the world was against the Confederacy on the question of slavery, and that Southerners could look nowhere for active sympathy unless they made some such arrangement as he mentioned: and he unhesitatingly expressed his belief, that the success of the cause depended upon its adoption. He did not pronounce a decided opinion against slavery in the abstract, but he regarded the system in the South as having glaring defects and evils, especially the utter disregard of the married rights of the slaves, which, he said, was enough to deprive the States in which this evil existed of the aid of Providence in the war. The opinions held by General Cleburne were those emphatically expressed in writing and from the pulpit by the Catholic Bishops of Richmond and Savannah.;topic=847.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Wanted to let everyone in the INNER SANCTUM know that I am putting together a little Bill Farmer Combo tribute this week.

My mother, Kate, was a BILL FARMER COMBO groupie back in the day so I went through her papers tonight and found the November 10, 1976 Ed Driggers article in the Eagle, Bill's obit, the Eagle picture from "Bill Farmer Day" at the Elks Club, the Dothan Progress editorial "Bill Farmer, A Brave Man" and a picture of THE BILL FARMER COMBO in the MERMAID ROOM with Glenn Davis on piano, Bill Farmer on organ, vocalist Melannie Jones, Harry Stewart on clarinet and Jim Vickery on drums.

One of the photos has a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Andress. Andress played guitar for Bill.

I also have letters from Miss Minnie T. Heard, Miss Laura L. Ferguson and Miss Margaret McCall from 600 Dusy Street which made me cry my own handful this afternoon.

Anything ya'll can shoot my way will be appreciated.

Evahthang oughta be ready by the end of the week.


P.S. Here's a part of the Driggers' article:

The first band he played with was called the "Arabian Knights" and their theme song was "The Sheik" members included Harry Bedsole, Robert Morris, D.G. Farmer, Buddy Riley and Willie Coleman.

"We used to play for all the functions," Bill recalled. "At Dothan, Panama City, Port Saint Joe, and all around."

Some of the times he'll never forget were the weekend engagements at Long Beach, near Panama City. As a matter of fact, its casino used to be about the only sign of activity west of Hathaway Bridge. The rest was sand, sea oats and seagulls.

Back in those Depression days, Farmer explained, the band played at Long Beach for a percentage of the door. It would be Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and the band usually came home "broke and hungry".

"Mama would always have something cooked up," Bill said, "and I'd eat like I hadn't had a square meal since I left home-- and I hadn't!"

"Man, I wish I could get that hungry again!"

Another memorable place was the old BEE LINE CLUB. It was "exclusive" and dancers twirled away the hours in the unforgettable "BLUE ROOM" as Bill Farmer and his band played on.



Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Here are a couple of more pictures of The Mar-Teks.
The 1st one is The Mar-Teks backing Tommy McLean (Sweet Dreams) at a Peanut Festival show in Dothan in 1966. From left to right is Robert Mims, Charlie Roberts, Stanley Jones (hidden), Jimmy Johnston, Tommy McLean and Tommy's drummer.
We also backed Ronnie Dove and Billy Joe Royal at the same show.

The second picture is a publicity shot. The members are Stanley Jones, Robert Mims, Frankie Davis (replaced Charlie Roberts on bass), Jimmy Watford and Jimmy Johnston.

I hope you can use these,
Robert Mims

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

THE DOTHAN CITYFEST SONGWRITERS' ROUNDTABLE @ THE DOTHAN CIVIC CENTER, FRIDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 10TH!/pages/Dothan-Cityfest-Songwriters-Roundtable/107015962687043?ref=ts

5 incredible songwriters are coming together for one magical night during Dothan's Cityfest(Sept 10)..

To swap stories, share unforgettable moments and raise awareness to ALS.

Proceeds benefit the Alabama ALS Foundation.

RSVP: (334)596-2352


Buddy Buie - Buddy has produced music for the Classics IV, Atlanta Rhythm Section, B.J. Thomas, Billy Joe Royal and countless others. He and J.R. Cobb have written several timeless favorites together(i.e. "Traces", "Spooky", "Everyday With You, Girl", "Stormy", "Rock Bottom", "Do it or Die", and more). Buddy was also the road/tour manager for The Candymen and Roy Orbison!

J.R. Cobb

J. R. Cobb - As a musician, J. R. played with the Classics IV, Atlanta Rhythm Section and The Highwaymen(touring band). With Buddy Buie, he co-wrote some of the greatest music of all time: ""Traces", "Spooky", "Everyday With You, Girl", "Stormy", "Rock Bottom", "Do it or Die", and more. J. R. has also accomplished a feat that no one else in the music industry can presently claim... He is a THREE-time inductee of the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame!!!!!!!

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Bobby Emmons - Another Southern Gentlemen whose musical touch will change almost anything to gold! He initially taught himself to play music. A professional musician/songwriter since 1959, Bobby played with the Bill Black Combo; and, later, with the Memphis Boys(behind Elvis Presley). Top songs written include "Help Me Make It To My Rockin' Chair" (B.J. Thomas), "Luckenbach, Texas," "Women Do Know How to Carry On" and "Wurlitzer Prize" (Waylon Jennings, (1978 and Nora Jones 2004), "Love Me Like You Used Too" (Tanya Tucker) and "So Much Like My Dad" (George Strait). Received 2 nominations for "Song of the Year," nominated for 3 Grammies, received 6 Citations of Achievement and 3 Millionaire Awards from Broadcast Music Inc.(BMI) for radio airplay, and was honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association International for "creative genius in words and music."

Chips Moman

Chips Moman - Began his musical pilgrimage at the age of 14. Besides Sam Phillips, he was the only man to effectively produce Elvis Presley -- helping midwife The King's creative rebirth in 1969. And it was Moman who helped build and shape American Sound Studios and its house band -- generating the most prolific run of chart hits ever! His songwriting hits include: "(Hey, Won't You Play)Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song", "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man", "Dark End of the Street", "Last Night", "Luckenbach, Texas(Back to the Basics of Love)", and others.

Wayne Carson

Wayne Carson - His songs have sold in excess of 75 million records and have been recorded by a list of artists that read like a Who’s Who of the recording industry. Mr. Carson has written such American classics as "The Letter" and "Always on My Mind". Equally at home with rock-n-roll, country or rhythm and blues, his music has successfully crossed all boundaries throughout the world. Mr. Carson is probably represented in every popular music collection in the world having composed 20 number one records and 5 platinum albums. He has also won 2 Grammy Awards and has recently been inducted in to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

From The Dothan Eagle:

Songwriter Event To Kick Off Cityfest

Local music legends will gather in Dothan in September to kick off the first Dothan Cityfest and help a friend.

A group of songwriters will take the stage at the Dothan Civic Center at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10 for a unique performance to raise funds and awareness for ALS in honor of Terry Collins.
Collins, a former Dothan High baseball coach and founder of ScreenTech, has the illness. Friends Buddy Buie, Gil Anthony and others joined together to raise money for research into the illness.

ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. It attacks cells in the central nervous system responsible for movement. As the body loses control over these cells, the muscles responsible for movement deteriorate. Over time, the disease can eventually cause respiratory failure as the diaphragm and muscles related to breathing weaken.

Collins said the disease doesn’t get as much attention and research dollars as other illnesses because it affects only a few people.

“It’s frustrating, but I understand it from an economic standpoint,” he said.

At the Sept. 10 performance, songwriters Chips Moman, Wayne Carson, Bobby Emmons, J.R. Cobb and Buddy Buie will perform some of the famous songs they’ve penned for music stars. The songs will be performed on an acoustic guitar alone, just like the way they were often pitched to musicians in the early days of rock ’n’ roll. The songwriters will also discuss the songs and how they were written.

“It gives people the chance to see it from the inside,” Buie said. “Most of them have probably never heard it on just one guitar. This will let them envision how much production goes into the song.”

Buie has written more than 300 songs, including songs for Roy Orbison. Buie was born in Dothan and was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

Individual tickets for the event cost $25. Couples’ tickets cost $100. Gold tables can be
bought for $800 and silver tables can be bought for $500. All proceeds from the concert will go to efforts to fight ALS.

The event will kick of Cityfest, which will be held from Sept. 10-12.

from the Apalachicola Times

Penning The Life of a Southern Belle

On June 10, a book signing was held at the home of David and Kathy Swigler in Apalachicola. About 40 people enjoyed lemonade, wine and hors d’oeuvres in the charming Victorian setting. The event highlighted Olivia deBelle Byrd’s new book, “Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle,” and was hosted by Perianne McKeown, Kathy Swigler and Elizabeth Kirvin. Kathy and Olivia have been friends for many years and were soccer moms together in Panama City when their daughters were growing up. In photo above, Byrd, seated at right, signs a copy of her new book for Martha Pearl Ward, of Apalachicola, standing. Earlier in the day, a signing was held at Downtown Books in Apalachicola where Byrd’s book is currently on sale.

Monday, August 02, 2010

I saw an old blog of yours about Ray Whitley....
I was sorry to hear of his living conditions as of a year and a half ago.... any idea if anything has been done to help him? I'd very much like to get in touch with Ray if you have any way of possibly making that happen.

Thanks and take care.

--Tom Diehl


On at least two occasions we have heard from people who have interacted with Ray at either a homeless shelter, mission or similar type of facility. Their reports have been similar and not so good. We wanted to assist Ray by organizing some type of group effort consisting of fans of his or his music but the message we got back was that any type of help should be done through his family members, contact information that we do not have. As far as contacting Ray directly, my understanding is that Ray is in the Athens Gainesville area but I do not have any direct contact info.

If you can establish contact and need any help or assistance in any resulting plan or effort, please count on me for any help I can provide.


Greg Haynes

Jimmy Johnston performing with THE MAR TEKS in the Houston County Farm Center

Jimmy Johnston in a 1967 MAR TEKS publicity photo

from the 1967 Dothan High School yearbook, THE GARGOYLE

Jimmy Johnston, voted MOST TALENTED by his Senior Class

Many thanks to you for doing this, Robert!
I love that picture of my brother, Jimmy.


That's Jay Scott on the left on sax & Jo Johnston is the lady on the right

Carole Johnston Brennan,Jo Johnston's daughter & Jimmy Johnston's sister,&
Laura Scott Adkins, Jay Scott's sister & David Adkins' wife

David Adkins & Jo Johnston

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Jimmy Johnston's sister, Carole, asked me to dig up all the stuff I had on her brother & post it so here goes.

Here's a portion of an email from Richard Burke from back in '05:

We also need to include information on the great guitarist Jimmy Johnston,[ed. note: voted Most Talented Seniors '67, Dothan High School]
Dr. Furnie's and Jo's son
, Jo is a well established composer songwriter from
Dothan. She and John Rainey were working together before John Rainey's

I believe Jimmy Johnston played with the Mar-Teks during this time
before he died in an automobile accident between Enterprise and Dothan. He
and I used to pick at his house and ride horses together.


The Mar Teks performing at The Farm Center.

Just thought I'd pass on the following link on ebay for a Mar-Teks record. Maybe it'll make you feel better (look at how much money WE could be making) or maybe feel bad (it ain't gonna happen).

Just think, if this one record (2 songs) is worth that much then the CD I sent you must be worth $171.63 or $171.92.
Hell, we didn't make that much money on the whole lot of discs we sold in '67.
Robert Mims
The Mar-Teks
P.S. I'm gonna follow the bidding and see which loyal, faithful FAN buys it.....or not.

The Mar Teks ~ I had forgotten about this picture. It was a publicity
shot taken in 1967 somewhere around Dothan.

The members of the band (l to r): Jimmy Watford
(vocals), Stanley Jones (drums), Jimmy Johnston (lead
guitar), Charlie Roberts (bass), and Robert Mims
-Robert Mims

Here is The Mar-Teks CD I promised you.

"If I'm Gonna Be Your Man" and "Don't Take It Out On Me" were recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

"You Left Me" and "Mar-Tek-ing" were recorded at Owen Bradley's Red Barn Studio in Nashville ("Twinkletoes" and "Merry Christmas To Michael" are both owned by Owen Bradley. He asked us to record a demo for him while we were recording at the Red Barn.)

"I Played Around With Love Too Long" and "My Homework Must Be Done" were recorded by Jimmy Watford after The Mar-Teks broke up.

I hope you enjoy our "crack at stardom" and once again, Thanks for bringing back memories of the Fabulous 60's.

Robert Mims
The Mar-Teks (1967)

P.S. Please excuse the recording quality. The CD was burned from some old 45's that I found.


I'm Mar-Tek-Ing as we speak.
Can't quit replaying that song!

Luv it!
Thank you so much for sharing this with me.

Heaps of the best,

Hi Robert... FYI... Jimmy Hartley was the original vocalist for the MarTeks... I don't have any pictures, but I did see thm play a few times at the Rec-Center... at the time I didn't realize I would later marry his little sister Cindy...
Frank Tanton