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The passing of Chuck Berry

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Rolling Stone magazine

issue 1286

May 4 ,2017

comp by Hard Rock Casino Biloxi , Miss.

- Steve

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On the morning of June 6, 1944, Allied forces staged an enormous assault on German positions on the beaches of Normandy, France. The invasion is often known by the famous nickname “D-Day,” yet few people know the origin of the term or what, if anything, the “D” stood for. Most argue it was merely a redundancy that also meant “day,” but others have proposed everything from “departure” to “decision” to “doomsday.” Why was it called D-Day?

 

Complete D-Day Broadcasts:

From 73 years ago this month: hear the original full day broadcast from the day of the invasion June 6th, 1944 including news bulletins, comedy and variety shows. These recordings illustrate the response on the American home front to the Normandy Landings called "the greatest invasion in the history of the world." Old Time Radio Show

  

Old Time Radio Memory: 

Listening to the Complete Broadcast of the D-Day radio broadcasts of June 6, 1944 brought a flood of memories to me, but I have never heard them before. That may sound strange. I was right in the middle of the D-Day Invasion -- witness to one of the most important military events of our age yet had limited information. We only knew what we could see and hear and feel in our immediate surroundings. We received briefings from senior military but only what we needed to know... Read More

The story of “C.C. Rider.” The very first to call out the name was pioneering blues babe Ma Rainey. In 1924 she waxed a number called “See See Rider.” That’s S-e-e S-e-e. She wasn’t sayin’ a name, she was tellin’ you to look out. Ma Rainey was the first to record it, but those in the know figure the Wee Bea Booze version to be “the original one”. In all, there’s been over a hundred different versions of CC Rider recorded. Mitch Ryder, Lead Belly, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Elvis, the Everly Brothers. Over a hundred versions–and every version has it’s own interpretation. Some say C.C. is an Easy Rider, a good lover.  Others say C.C.’s a freeloader. Maybe it’s a train—the Colorado Central—or maybe someone who hitches a ride on those rails. Probably the most famous recording of “C.C. Rider” comes from Chuck Willis, a rock n’ roll pioneer known for comin’ up with a dance called the stroll. 

Cheers.
Brian Miller
Olive Branch, MS

hello to all ;

Here is our Chuck Willis record collection 

on the Atlantic label 

In order of release 

1. It's Too Late ( She's Gone )written by Chuck Willis 

2. Juanita /  C W  co-writer 

3. C.C. Rider / C W writer 

4. love me Cherry / C W writer 

5. My Crying Eyes / flip side / I M O / both hits / Betty and Dupree 

     both  written by C W 

6. Thunder and Lightning  C W writer 

7. Hang up my Rock & Roll Shoes / C Willis writer 

    I M O another 2 sider / What am I Living For 

 

that's the last Chuck Willis record that I bought 

 

Steve

From: "Robert W. (BOB) Pepper"

RIPPED FROM THE PAGES OF SMOKE SIGNALS

Speaking of Dewey Phillips, we were, weren’t we; “Does anybodywanta buy a  duck?” Born in Hardin County Tn in 1926, the first “Wild Man” of the air waves  moved to Memphis and began working as a record store clerk at W.T. Grant’s  Department Store, downtown. He eventually moved across the street to the Chisca Hotel where the studios of WHBQ Radio were housed. Memphis radio was in for some big-time shock and awe

Dewey raised the bar for DJs with his absurd, seeming maniacal antics. In 1949, Red Hot and Blue began its nine-year run. Airing nightly from nine to midnight, Phillips played a mix of R&B, Country and the newest music fad, Rock and Roll. His hyperactive on air persona was, according to many, no act. Some have described him as ‘nuts’.  When Ivory Joe Hunter’s “Since I Met You Baby” was released, Daddy O Dewey made a double track recording which he aired billing it as “The first Stereo radio” broadcast.

Read more: Dewey Phillips

Sonny,

I saw you at the Church, but I was unable to go out to Shelby Farms.

I met Lynn when I was 9 and played on a baseball team of 10-12 year olds that included Lynn, Jerry, Lee Harber, Charles Kelly, and Doug Strawn, later from Central . He was always a nice guy and his parents were lovely people.

Read more: Lynn Conrad

This morning, Linda found Larry on his favorite heat vent, but he wasn’t moving or breathing; his pupils were fixed and dilated, and he was without a heartbeat. He was dead. 

He was the last of a pair: Larry & Leo, gray tabby and orange tiger. In 2003, we fostered for a no-kill animal shelter in Franklin, and they came to us as a matched set: brothers and litter mates, who had been declawed by their previous owner. We immediately recognized their potential; they were magnificent cats: tall, graceful, long tailed. They were kind to our smaller wards and took to humans with equal charm. They were keepers and became part of our permanent household. 

Two years ago, Leo died of kidney failure. Standing over his brother’s still warm body, Larry let out a long, mournful howl. He knew. Leo had been Linda’s cat. Under the covers, he’d curl up next to her as her personal heater. Larry was mine. Most nights, he’d ball up under my right arm. 

Larry was a cat diplomat. If strays came into our back yard, he was there to greet them. In the old days, when we got another foster, Larry was the first to befriend him. Three months ago, we got Gus, a re-homed border terrier, who came in like a furry tornado. He’d spent 7 months in a condo and in a cage. Our other cats fled in panic; the pup was more than happy to chase them, but not our old, gray tabby. When Gus met Larry, in his excitement, the puppy was about to bowel the old guy over, but Larry sat back, boxed him on the nose with his clawless paws, and they settled down to a sedate friendship. He’d give Old Lar a passing sniff, and only occasionally would the tabby bother to open one eye. 

We’ll miss Larry almost as much as Gus and our other cats will. 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Bill Kenner

Dr. Flinn ; I found this yesterday . No date on it , but early Memphis radio Hotel Peabody I think W R E C  was in the Peabody hotel ? I do not know of " Buddy Fisher and the Union "Maybe a band playing there at the time .Steve  & Dean McFarland  collection - Steve

 

Dr. Flinn ;

I heard you yesterday on a call about Clarence Saunders and the Pink Palace . Here is a great photo of it for your site with brief information on the back of it - Steve McFarland collection ,  Steve

 

Sonny,

I have heard some talk about the baseball and softball diamonds that were at the Fairgrounds in the 50's and 60's and I thought I would put in my two cents worth.

As I recall, there several diamonds there over the years and they were numbered in the order that they were built. This could lead to some confusion later as diamonds were added and they were not renumbered. The smaller fields were used as baseball fields for Junior League baseball and for softball games at night under the lights while the two bigger parks were used for High School and American Legion games as well as Senior league play.

Read more: Fairgrounds Baseball Diamonds

George I'm the one who called in about MSU day Sept.16. I promised to send a picture of my MSU jacket and here it is.

- T. Cox

George, I bought this album in Seattle at a rare records shop a few years ago just because it was such a unique collection of Memphis music. I was surprised to see the photo of the McDonald’s on the cover as well as the rare photos of the artists including Wink Martindale, Dewey Phillips and Harry Fritzius on the back. The photo is sharp enough that you should be able to read all the notes. The photo of the McDonald’s is credited to Colin Escott and gives the location as Northgate Plaza 1959. Enjoy, Robert Vaughn

Read more: Memphis Saturday Night

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