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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
How things have changed in the music world ! Do you think the F B I is doing an investigation to see if Rap music is obscene ? Give me that great old music form our 1950's ! Sunny 1210 Steve
Here is a vintage B & W photo of the W W I dough -boy monument in Overton Park that we bought at the Hunt -Phelan home sale . Steve
Hello to all ; It is time to start to move some things My wife and I had sold on EBay a few years ago but have not done so in some time we have the following if you know someone who might be interested M U S annuals 1927 and 1928 that is when the school was at Madison & Manassas around Forrest Park owner was Pipkin add in back for A E Pipkin insurance Central annual 1924 - Steve & Dean McFarland
Also we have paper wraps booklets from Central High School 1930 -31 and 32 I guess these came out every month ? like a school newspaper we have 12 issues we also have a 1934 Southwestern annual - Steve & Dean McFarland
Dr. Flinn ;
Here is the latest from Memory lane
music from the 50's ; L P covers ; remember "Hi-Fi " ?
Rick Nelson ; from the teenage son on a T V series to teen idol
The Platters ; "Only You " lead singer , Tony Williams
Bring back some memories ?
Steve & Dean McFarland Collection
Here is the rest of my movie house photos
Lowe's State 2 ; Traffic safety week
Malco; the only one still standing downtown ; the grandest of all of them
Two away from downtown
Linden Circle and the Crosstown
I know that the Crosstown still stands
Use the photos if you want to
Memphis Movie houses downtown Memphis 1950's
Dr. Flinn ;
I knew that I had these and just found them filed away
Do you have this one ?
Barksdale district Station 1936
I know that you have the vintage postcard
with the police mounted on horseback
when it was a mounted police station
For some reason the photo in the middle
a couple of people are "blacked out " on purpose
Tri -State Fair Memphis
back when cotton was King
Sorry , someone spilled ink on the photo
It was that way when I bought it
Steve & Dean McFarland Collection
Here is my early Johnny Cash Sun album
I wonder how many Sun 33 & 1/3 R P M albums
are out there ?
I bet not too many
One of my Memphis favorites ; The Hotel Peabody We collect about anything related to the Peabody Back in 1995 when we still had an active postcard club in Memphis we put together this little booklet of Peabody items in out collections Peabody 1 ; the cover ; shows the original Peabody Hotel at Main & Union ; this building burned and in 1925 the current Peabody was rebuilt at it's new location Peabody 3 & 4 ; an original invitation to the Grand Opening 1925 Peabody 5 ; back then there was a separate " Ladies Parlor " How about the "Green Beetle " Café ? Peabody 8 ; 1933 Hard Times Ben Cox ; That was 1995 ; 70 years for the Peabody It is now 2015 ; It don't seem like 20 years ago for our little postcard club . I hope that you are doing well Best Wishes Steve & Dean McFaralnd
Charlie Rich before he got so famous he played this little night club in downtown Memphis in a parking garage across from Court Square on Second Street I think it was called the Night Lighter? John Knott would write about the night life in the newspaper Charlie was great in person The first drink of the night went on right on the piano by the end of the night , the empty glasses went from one end to the other Martin Willis who also played with Billy Lee Riley is on the horn this would have been the early 1960's McFarland Collection Steve
Jimmy Reed in Memphis circa early 1960's McFarland Collection Steve
All the grand hotels seemed to have a roof garden here is the Claridge and The Silver Slipper night club Memphis in it's Hay -Day McFarland Collection
Any of you remember this one? McFarland Collection