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A touching bit of history.----I hope you love this as much as I did.  

This is patriotic, not political.   

Frank  Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing "God Bless  America" on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a  tear or two.

Here is one that I knew that I had somewhere.
Have wanted to find it for months now .
The other day I found it and played it for the first time in years
Just as good as I remembered it
Great album ! 


Steve McFarland 

The passing of Chuck Berry

photo credit ;

Rolling Stone magazine

issue 1286

May 4 ,2017

comp by Hard Rock Casino Biloxi , Miss.

- Steve

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?

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. 

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 



From: "Robert W. (BOB) Pepper"


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

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