Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hey y'all~

Jerry Ragovoy

Al Kooper
, Jerry Ragovoy, Andrew Oldham

MUCHAZZZZ to our old buddy, Al Kooper, for shooting us the preview of his Morton Report column entitled OLD MUSIC FOR NEW PEOPLE which will be published Friday. Al should be mighty proud of himself because he has written a moving tribute to Jerry Ragovoy that includes a photo of Al, Jerry & Andrew Oldham, manager & producer of the Rolling Stones & THE SMALL FACES. Andrew produced the Rolling Stones' first American hit, TIME IS ON MY SIDE, a Jerry Ragovoy composition. Also included are 10 rare recordings of songs Ragovoy wrote, arranged or produced. Included is a duet with Howard Tate of the Ragovoy tune, GET IT WHILE YOU CAN, recorded in Jerry's Alpharetta recording studio.

THE CANDYMEN's old buddy, Ian "Mac" McLagan, keyboard player for THE SMALL FACES, has a headline on the cover of the August issue of MOJO. Inside he's got a 5 page article & interview with tons of pictures. He's been living in Austin where he plays regularly @ the LUCKY LOUNGE. Now he's touring the UK & Ireland with a new version of THE FACES. They're flying to Japan next week to play in a rock festival July 30.

More sad, sad news, my friends. Jerry Ragovoy, songwriter of "TIME IS ON MY SIDE" & "PIECE OF MY HEART" and Grammy winning record producer, died Wednesday, July 13, in NYC from complications resulting from a stroke. He was 80. Our old Yankee buddy, Al Kooper, wrote Jerry's obituary for THE MORTON REPORT & he emailed it to me yesterday. THE MORTON REPORT is Al's newest gig. In addition to his music, his website & his best selling book, BACKSTAGE PASSES & BACKSTABBING BASTARDS, Al now has a regular column in THE MORTON REPORT called NEW MUSIC FOR OLD PEOPLE.

"Art- as well as life - is not a static process. Hopefully, the dynamics of creativity have kept us moving forward & evolving, into places we never thought of." Jerry Ragovoy, Billboard Magazine, Aug. 11, 2001

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hey y'all~

Steve Gellerstedt passed away Thursday. I grew up with Steve & the Gellerstedt family. My prayers go out to them.

Here's an email Steve sent to ZERO, NORTHWEST FLORIDA:

I was born and raised in Dothan, Alabama,
and I can remember many evenings going to
the Skyview Drive-in Theater, which was
owned and operated by the Davis family, who,
at that time, owned and ran ALL the theaters
in Dothan. This was back in the 60,s ..

I remember Rufus, the son, seeing me out
walking one day, and he turned around and
picked me up in an exact replica of Herbie-
from The Love Bug movie that had been loaned
to them by the production company, so that
they could drive around town to advertise
the Love Bug film, which had just opened.

Steven Gellerstedt,
Lakeland, Florida

his confusion was rectified with the name change of the Jackson County Bartow post office to Beauregard sometime in 1862. The cover in Fig. 1 is the known example recorded from Beauregard. It has a manuscript postmark of Beauregard Fla, Oct 24th, with a pen cancelled #2 with usage to Attapulgus, Ga. How the mail was handled at the Beauregard post office is unclear. There is no record of any mail routes specifically mentioning Beauregard as a town serviced on any of the postal routes of Confederate Florida detailed in three separate 1992 articles by Stefan T. Jaronski in The Confederate Philatelist (3). There is, however, in the records in the National Archives (4) a written pen notation "Beauregard, Jackson County, Fla." at the top of a mail contract for Route 1538, Marianna Fla to Campbellton and back twice a week, offered on 15 May 1863 to Thomas L. Bevis for $28'5 per annum. It is likely that Beauregard was located somewhere between Marianna and Campbellton. Jaronski recorded in his article that this route 1538 had been in service in 1861 with J. Y. Register of Geneva, Ala. as contractor, re-let to J. Daniel on November 11, 1861, advertised in 1862, and that Thomas L. Bevis, of Beauregard, was actually awarded the contract on July 2, 1863 for $285 per year.
Figure 3 -- ATLANTA/Ga. JAN 30 1862 postmark tied 5c Green Lithograph use to Bartow, Jackson Co., Florida.
A copy of the contract offered on May 15th shows that it was not certified or signed by the Beauregard postmaster Boroum and a subsequent letter from Boroum to George Offutt, Chief of the Contract Bureau may shed some light (5).

Both the Confederate & Union Armies got their cherries popped 150 years ago this week during the First Battle of Manassas, the first major land battle of THE CIVIL WAR. Four days of events are planned in Manassas, Virginia beginning Thursday, July 21, the sesquicentennial of the battle that let both sides know THE CIVIL WAR had begun in earnest.