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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Jingle, jangle, jingle

Here comes Mr. Bingle

With another message from Kris Kringle

Time to launch your Christmas season

Maison Blanche makes Christmas pleasin'

Gifts galore for you to see

Each a gem from MB!

Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning on SUNNY 1210

Wink Martindale's "Top 100 Christmas Hits of All Time." 

Eight hours of songs compiled from Billboard and Cashbox Top Hits Listings. Mariah Carey, the Lettermen, Bryan Adams, Bing Crosby, Amy Grant, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley – they are all there, and more, and for fun, there are novelty hits from Stan Freberg and Spike Jones.

Dr. Flinn ; I heard you talk about " Monk "  on your radio station Sunny1210 Callers asked you about him . I told you that I would send you these  great photos of Monk in our collection . photo Monk 1 is the way that he was always dressed  when I would  see him in downtown Memphis  mostly in the Hotel Peabody area . No matter what time of year , he always wore  several shirts  and the coat that you see , held together with a safety pin . A pocket chain with keys and a  lub. He was always O K  Monk 2 & 3 photos ; I wish I knew , he is dressed in top hat , tux and dress cane . I can not I D the ladies in the photos . Photos by Lou Lowry  1396 Vance Ave  Steve & Dean McFarland collection 

Monk's real name was Tony Cassatta . He died in Oct. 1979 at age 74  I heard that he was struck by a car . for more information there was an article  about him in one of the  .  1979 issues  of Memphis Magazine 

Read more: Monk Memphis, Tenn.

Dr. Flinn ; I took this early color photo at the Plantation Inn , West Memphis , Ark. June 14 , 1958 " Having Fun with Morris " I have heard you talk about Charles Turner on your radio station Sunny 1210 A M Here he is the lead vocal singer Charles Turner with his back -up group " The Famous Vel - Tones " " This is Dedicated to the One I Love " originally done by the 5 Royales but preformed nightly at the P I -  Steve & Dean McFarland Collection   

Dr. Flinn ; Here are a couple of photos for you of Pat Boone's visit to Memphis .

1. Pat Boone  with Ruben Cherry co-owner of 

   The Home of the Blues Record Shop on Beale St.

    That is were Daddy-O Dewey told us to buy our records .

    How about that Juke Box ?  Compliments of Southern Amusement Co.

     Photo by E H Jaffe

Read more: Pat Boone's visit to Memphis

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