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.
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.
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.
Speaking of Memphis memories, weather, and Christmas, we were, weren't we? Here's a picture and a narrative written by a Central graduate that addresses all three.
My friend, I want to wish you a very Blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year!
Bob Pepper C.A.F.E. promo champ
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
As one of your on-air requests is for listeners to call in re: their 1st. car. I authored this article, a few years ago, in my monthly newsletter Smoke Signals,which I send to my CHS'63 classmates. Obviously, I can't call this in, but I thought you'd get a kick from it. Bob Pepper C.A.F.E. promo champ
Sunny Radio Concert with 20 Piece Orchestra
Piggly Wiggly®, America's first true self-service grocery store, was founded in Memphis, Tennessee Sept 6, 1916 by Clarence Saunders
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.
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
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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
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
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
Dr. Flinn ; "Top Ten Dance Party" Sponsored by the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Jan. 3 , 1959 Wink Martindale photo from RSVP Magazine May 2011 - Steve McFarland
Not sure what year! Face Book page friend shared it. Thought you would get a kick out of it! Also you see the movie " The Wrecking Crew." about LA studio musicians from the 1950'-60's that played on everything from The beach Boys to Frank Sinatra. They were amazing!!! They showed Phil Spector also in his early Days. It was fabulous!! Sincerely, Connie
Doctor Flinn ; Sunny1210
Dewey Phillips had more of an impact on Memphis radio music than anyone else that I can think of . He played Rhythm and Blues for the white listeners That was the cross over from "pop music " at the time to R & B ,which later became Rock & Roll. Dewey played Elvis Presley on the WHBQ airwaves the first time Elvis was ever played on the radio. If Dewey told you what record to buy and where to buy it ; that's what you did. I listened to him every night . Red Hot & Blue I don't think there was anyone in the city of Memphis my age that did not listen to Dewey . " That will flat get it " - Steve & Dean McFarland
Okay George Flinn.....
I may have to stop listening to your station in the morning on the way to work. First people at stop signs look at me like I am an idiot because I am just singing away. Second, it never fails that ya'all are playing something that I really love when I pull into the parking lot at FedEx. This morning I just had to help Mamma Cass sing "Dedicated to the One I love". One of our VPs walked to the door with me and I told him all about 103.1. Then I had to tell two managers about it too. I LOVE THIS RADIO STATION!!!
It was really nice talking to you Saturday. Hope to see you soon.
Hi, Wink. You would call my Dad in Memphis whenever it was too snowy or too rainy to fill-in the Mars Patrol gallery. Fortunately, that happened twice in 1955. Dad sold Pontiacs at Douthitt-Sanchez. Here are my two Mars Guard membership cards and I still have the ray gun. We're still doing a good job. Mars has never been invaded. (P.S.: Probably, because of such an early exposure to broadcasting I spent thirty years as a rock radio air personality.)
Dr. Flinn ; While I was listening to Sunny1210 the other day I heard you ask for Charles Atlas comic book add . Well here you are , along with a full page of comic book adds to send in for . Steve & Dean McFarland collection
Dr. Flinn ; Later than the 50's and 60's but a real classic on this album by Z Z Top titled " Eliminator " contains the classic " Sharp Dressed Man " Billy Gibbons Great album cover design Steve and Dean McFarland Collection
Dr. Flinn ;
May 2 , 2015 the passing of Ben E. King. He was the lead singer with " The Drifters " after Clyde McPhatter was no longer with the group. The Drifters were on the Atlantic record label. It took me some time to find this single , at first I looked among my Drifters records under "D " then later found it filed under " K " I did not remember that Atco record label was a division of Atlantic records The Drifters / Atlantic records after Clyde McPhatter left did not credit Ben E. King as the lead singer .
This may be why he went solo . " Stand By Me " a Leiber-Stoller Production Record McFarland collection - Steve