1953 Pontiac Chieftain with light up orange hood ornament.
Local Memphis group Tommy Burk and the Counts - Hear them on Sunny 1210
Chicken and Piano video sent to us from a SUNNY Listener.
The passing of Chuck Berry
photo credit ;
Rolling Stone magazine
May 4 ,2017
comp by Hard Rock Casino Biloxi , Miss.
Please pass this along to Dr. Flinn.
I’m sure that he will enjoy it.
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.
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
This is one of our 11 year old listeners!
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!