Thursday, January 25, 2007

Subject : WBAM
Click here to hear Dan Brennan do a rock 'n roll show promotion!:
This is an unbelievably GREAT Lou Christie in Alabama page:
Tons of WVOK SHOWER OF STARS Photos on Harold Brown's WVOK Memories:

The following BIG BAM posters courtesy of

You MUST remember that I was a mere babe in arms during the Big Bam era...heh...heh...heh!

My aunt & uncle used to take me & one of my girlfriends to almost every show. I think we just bought general admission tickets at the door. We always spent the night at the Holiday Inn on the corner of the Eastern bypass & what is now 85N. Once, Paul Revere & the Raiders stayed at that same Holiday Inn...we weren't very impressed with them at the time since they thought everyone at that hotel should be bowing down to them (and there WERE those that did...but not us!).

At the Winter Spectacular, our main reason for going was to see Roy Orbison.
We shared one pair of binoculars & argued over whose turn it was to use them. Of course, Roy WAS the king in our eyes!! And naturally, he & The Candymen stole the show as far as we were concerned. We weren't too impressed with Sonny & Cher
though, just curious as to why they had on thos e fuzzy boots & vests! They looked rather weird to us.

? & the Mysterions
were fun to see since we had never even seen a photo of them & wondered what was so mysterious!

I do remember The Rockin Gibraltars
& their "Bavarian" outfits...but we forgave them for that cause we loved them, too.

The McCoys
were another favorite.

My uncle LOVED "Bread & Butter" by the Newbeats,
so he had to sing along with them. We were sooo embarrassed! I remember the parking lot was filled to capacity & someone had broken off my uncle's the antenna on his VW. Or maybe it was his Cutlass...can't remember.
Well, I guess that's all I have to report for now. Wish I could remember more, but you must realize that there were a LOT of brain cells that were deleted during the late 60s & it comes back to me in bits & pieces!!
Oh, I do remember seeing The Who tear up their instruments at the end of a show, remember Lightin' Lou Christie (my uncle said that my aunt never got the binoculars above his waistband while looking at him!), Billy Joe Royal, Tommy Roe, Pat Paulsen (running for President!) & many more. If you'll supply the names, I'll tell you whether I was there! I just need a little "prompting"!! We ALWAYS had to stop by the WBAM station & go in to fill out a request & put it through one of those "bank teller" looking drawers & rode back to Dothan with baited breath until our request was played & our names were announced on the radio. Boy...we wuz Big Time then!!!
Later Tater,
da Queen

Thursday, January 11, 2007


From:"Rodney Justo"
To:"robert register"
Date:Sun, 5 Jun 2005 09:12:45 -0400

I'll tell you a story about that WBAM show in Montgomery.

We were co-headliners with Sonny and Cher.When I say we, I mean Orbison.Well, Roy was the most docile and non-confrontational person you could imagine.We were congregating backstage talking with some of the other acts that were on the show,
( I think we were talking with the Mc Coys) but when Cher's people started walking the backstage area where the dressing rooms were, saying that she wouldn't go on till the area was completely clear,Roy said in his soft south Texas accent "I'm afraid that she might be a little late for her show" meaning that he wasn't going to leave till he was good and ready.
I think that the Rubber Band was on that show and did "I can't help myself"
Robert also ran into Mac Rebanek, later known as Doctor John, who he knew from Jacksonville and was playing piano in Sonny and Chers band.


From:"Robert Dupree
To:"robert register"
Subject:Re: O.K., ROCK PILGRIMAGE Tour Guides, Get Out Your Pencil & Paper! I'm Gonna Teach Ya Sumthin'.
Date:Sun, 5 Jun 2005 18:30:12 -0500


Tell Rodney that was a great story about Roy and Sonny and Cher. Also tell him that the band playing "I Can't Help Myself" was us, The R.G.'s. That was one of our original songs, inspired by our love for Otis Redding and the influence he had on us trying to be a "SOUL" band. Also, ask him if he remembers us wearing the Bavarian yodler outfits. That story is in Greg Haynes book, and an excerpt of that story is here:

“We played the 1967 Big Bam Winter show at The Coliseum in Montgomery and were joined by our old friends The Rubber Band. They originally were named the Magnificent 7, and after they got the recording contract with Columbia, they had to change names. You see, Columbia had released a movie in 1960 called “The Magnificent 7” and the execs at Columbia had the name “The Magnificent 7” copyrighted and didn’t want a movie with the same name as a band. So Wyker called us and asked if we wanted to sell our name. We, of course, told him no, and so he had this idea to name his band “The Herald Angels” and said that the first album released could be titled Hark ! The Herald Angels Sing.

After that, they changed the name of the band to “The Rubber Band”. Anyhow, they had a great song out called Let Love Come Between Us and it was on the WBAM charts the same time that our song Bug of Soul was. It was, I thought, one of the best soul songs of the 60’s and James and Bobby Purify later covered the song.

When The Rubber Band came back from New York after signing with Columbia they all had bought these really cool Paul Revere and the Raider boots, leather vests, etc. We knew they were going to try to out dress us at the Big BAM show, so we decided to come up with the most outrageous outfit that we could. We went down to Weil’s, a local clothing store in town that carried the “hippest” threads around. We found these lime green pants, black shirts with iridescent flowers, white suspenders and white clip on ties, and bright orange suede slip on Johnson-Murphy shoes. We cut the pants off and made them into shorts, and bought thin knee-high black silk socks to wear with them. We kept the outfits hidden until we were ready to go on stage.

The Rubber Band opened the show and we listened to one or two songs, and then went to our dressing room. We stayed in the dressing room until they had almost finished. When the Rubber Band finished, we were just coming out of the dressing room and when they saw us, they knew we’d outdone them. They got a big laugh out of that, and what’s funny is we actually had girls screaming when we came on stage.

To tell you the truth, we looked like a bunch of Bavarian yodelers.

It was a stunt to try and out-do the Rubber Band, who had all those cool clothes they got in NYC. The Rubber Band was also at that show, in fact opened it up. They had "Let Love Come Between Us" out.

The night was November 25, 1967.

I remember watching the McCoys from backstage and what struck me as odd was that their drummer stood up and played drums. I'd never seen that before. I believe his name was Randy Zehringer.

Rick, their monster guitarist, later changed his last name to Derringer. Rick played with the Winter Brothers, and later had out "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo".

Ed Sanford and I left back stage before Roy and the Candymen came on and got seats out front on the side of the stage where "Little Bobby" was set up. Ed kept saying, "Listen to Little Bobby". Rusty even remembers how great Roy and the Candymen sounded. They knew how to play the room!

Bobby Dupree


To:"robert register"

Subject:Re: O.K., ROCK PILGRIMAGE Tour Guides, Get Out Your Pencil & Paper! I'm Gonna Teach Ya Sumthin'.

Date:Sun, 5 Jun 2005 16:11:52 -0500

Dear Ka$h !

Yes The RUBBER BAND was on that Big BAM Show in MonkeyTown...Sonny and Cher were the headliners and fought like cats and dogs the whole time...

and on that show there was ROY ORBISON and THE CANDYMEN,The McCoys,? and The Mysterions, The Seeds,The Byrds and about everyone else that had a hit record at the time...If you had a hit you were on the WVOK Show which was before the Big BAM Show...

I already knew Robert Nix and most of The fact I left my first wedding ring at Robert Nix's apartment in Atlanta when I took it off because it was making a rattle when I played the guitar...that marriage did not last long...

Anyway at The WVOK Show Nix was tellin' me about The Byrds drummer....and he said don't miss his playin' he stood right by my side when The Byrds came on...The Byrds drummer was Michael Clark and basically he learned to play on Cardboard Boxes....and he might have been takin' acid or somethang....

Before the show all the dressing rooms were filled with the acts that were goin' to play....I was lookin' for The where to be found...The McCoys had the biggest candy stash I've ever seen....I guess they got the munchies a lot...I remember Roy Orbison's father and maybe his brother were backstage....I remember thinkin' that they all wore Coke bottle thick glasses....they were real nice people...

And then about half way through the show we got word that a mysterious motorhome had pulled up beside the buildin'...and maybe it was The Byrds...a few minutes later the backstage doors flew open and the indefinable smell of Patchouli Oil permeated the whole auditorium...And Roger McGuinn...took a quick look around back was almost like he was runnin' and lookin' at everybody there from head to foot....when he scanned me or looked me in the face he was about a foot away and I could tell he was wearin' bright GREEN contact lenses...and then he was back on his mysteries motorhome..

The promoters started to relax a little bit...and when the announcer announced The BYRDS the teenage girls started screamim' so loud that it completely drowned out the band..

McGuinn plugged his 12 string into some big ass amp and he stepped up to the mic and let loose with a solo version of one of their the meantime Chris Hillman and David Crosby were tryin' to get plugged up...but they seemed to be more interested in lightin' their cigarettes...and they were havin' some kind of argument at the same time..But McGuinn plowed ahead solo and nobody missed the rest of the band..the screamin' was so deafing..

Me and Robert Nix were back stage watchin' Michael Clark The Byrds drummer...and Nix would punch me and say "now watch this part "...Clark sat down on the drums and closed his eyes and started movin' to the beat....he got his chewin' gum goin' ....and then he got the bass drum goin'....and a little later he added the snare drum...and when he had those two actions down he added a cymbal....his eyes were still tightly closed and he was chewin' that gum a mile a minute....And Robert Nix said to me "Now watch what he does next "...and sure enough when he finally had it all goin' at one time he decided to go for a roll....and when he did he missed about four drums and a cymbal and almost fell off his drum stool...When he collected himself he started the whole process over again....first he got his gum goin'...and then he added the bass,and later the snare...well you know the story..But me and Robert Nix laughed all night about Michael Clark's "learnin' experience on The Job"And McGuinn never looked back at all or left or right for that matter....he just stood there with his 12 string wide open and played the whole set almost by himself !

I'm still laughin' about seein' The BYRDS that night in Birmingham and I'm sure Nix is still laughin' about it too...

The Tour went from B'Ham to Montgomery or MonkeyTown and ended in Jacksonville ,Fla, at a Big APE Show.

Sonny and Cher were The Headliners...and I remember that Cher wore a ring on her index was in the shape of a ball about the size of a big marble and I think it open up....funny how you remember thangs like that...but I'll bet she kept her stash in there !wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwyker

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From Bobby Dupree, drummer for the Rockin' Gibraltars:

Great story on this pix. This is a Warner/Reprise promo picture, taken at Griffith Park in LA, announcing the release of the first Heart songs “Heartbeat” and “The Train”. (L-R Bobby Dupree, Ed Sanford, Johnny Townsend, Keith Brewer, Rusty Crumpton) We had played a Mexican club in East LA a couple of nights before this picture. There was a Mexican band, The Cartoons, who alternated sets with us, and the whole thing was MC’d and produced by Wolfman Jack. Well, at about 3 or 4 in the morning we were packing up the equipment, and Keith says, ”Hey man, I got these two Mexican chicks over here, and I going home with em.”
So the morning of the Warner Brothers photo shoot, Keith walks back into the Heart house on Ventura Blvd. Everybody fell out on the floor laughing at his new coiffure. What Keith didn’t know was that the two Mexican chicks were hairdressers. They had convinced Keith, probably with several bottles of tequila, to let them “STYLE” his hair, mustache, sideburns, and eyebrows. I remember Ed described the look as “The German Army Helmet”. But the most memorable thing was that they had died it “WHORE BLACK”. EVERYTHING HAIR, MUSTACHE, SIDEBURNS, AND EYEBROWS!!!!!!!!!!!!God, we got a laugh outa that. After that, we had to put KB on haircut restriction for two weeks before any promo shoots. HHHHHAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!! I love ya’ KB.


From my old Dothan buddy, Jim Hodges:

Jim sent us these incredible links-

Here's a great article about Goldsboro's early days in the music biz-

Here are two John Rainey Adkins albums recorded at Playground in VP-

Here's an Orbison album with a lot of Buie/Adkins tunes-

The album by Promise
was published after John Rainey's death. Maybe his last recordings? I know he was writing religious songs at that time.
I was away from Dothan when he died, but David Pittman, an old friend,told me John Rainey died in bed holding his bible to his chest.

Take care, and best wishes for the New Year.

Jim H.

Here's a link to YouTube with Bobby Goldsboro doing"Little Things" on Hullaboo A Go Go in 1965. He wasintroduced by Sammy Davis Jr.

Jim H.


A few years ago I bought a VHS from England of Roy Orbison and the Candymen - Live in Holland 1965.Unfortunately, the format is PAL and cannot be played on American VHS. The band included John Rainey, Billy Gilmore, and Robert Nix. The guitar player with John Rainey was Billy Sanford. I'm not sure who the organist or the piano player are.

Well, now that science is catching up with our dreams,someone has loaded the concert to YouTube.Here is a link:

Jim H


Back in '61 or so during the Twist Craze, the Candyman(who proceeded our beloved Candymen) were a knock-offgroup of Joey Dee & The Starliters. The Starliters headlined the Peppermint Lounge in NYC and their big hit was "Peppermint Twist." Although they had been recording rock (and some pretty damned good rock) since '58, the Starliters are best know as a twist band.

The Starliters band included at one time or another Eddie Brigati, Gene Cornish, and Felix Caviliere who later joined with Dino Dinelli to become the "Young Rascals."

The Starliters also once had a sax player named Charles Neville and a guitar player named Jimmy James who later used the name Jimi Hendrix.

After the Beatles broke in America '64 and Twist music died, The Candyman changed their name to the Manchesters and became a Beatles knock-off. About that same time, The Webs became the Candymen after joining Roy Orbison.

Keep on Twistin'

Jim H.

From Randy Poe,author of SKYDOG:

Hey Robert,

Hope all is going well with you. The Duane bio is
finally finished and will be coming out shortly. Check
out the website at

All the best,


“The 17th Chapter of the Book of Duane [DUANE, ERIC & LAYLA] is as close as it gets. It’s the next best thing to being there. I know. I was.”
– Bobby Whitlock, Derek & the Dominos

In The Beginning by Jerry W. Henry [this is Jerry's regular column in The Planet Weekly Magazine]

Skydog, The Duane Allman Story, (Backbeat Books) is hot! How hot? Skydog was released just 2 months ago and already it's in the 3RD printing. Skydog is first class all the way with the foreword by ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons. Glowing reviews by Chuck Leavell, Drive-By Trucker's Patterson Hood, Bobby Whitlock of Derek & The Dominos, Gritz Magazine's Michael Buffalo Smith, Ron Wynn at Nashville City Paper, David Ritz the 4 time Ralph J. Gleason music book award winner, Eric C. Shoaf with Vintage Guitar Magazine, Dirty Linen's T.J. McGrath, Hittin' The Note, and many more including myself.

On this page, in issue 267, I wrote "Reading this book makes you feel that Randy opened the door to the details that you wanted to know. It's the most complete work I have ever seen on The Allman Brothers." Within this book Tuscaloosa and it's early music scene is mentioned over and over.

The author is Randy Poe. He was born in Fayette, Alabama and raised in Muscle Shoals. This Grammy nominee moved to New York City in 1980, where he became executive director of the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. In 1985 he was named president of Lieber & Stoller Music Publishing. Poe has written 2 other books, dozens of articles for various music magazines, and the liner notes to over 100 albums. A recipient of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism, Randy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Mina, and son, Riley. I called at his home in LA.

Randy, you've written quite a book!

Aren't you a musician?
I pretend to be. (laughter) Let's put it this way, I own some guitars.

Did you play with any of the bands mentioned in your book?
No, No! I'm quite a bit younger than those guys were.

How did you get from Fayette, Alabama to Los Angeles, California?

My parents moved to Muscle Shoals. I went to the University of North Alabama. I took the commerical music program there. I didn't graduate. I dropped out because I had this theory that New York was the place to be if one wanted to make it as a writer. So I hopped on a bus there at James Joiner's bus station in Florence and moved to New York City. After a very short time there I got into the music business, which was my other love. I got a job with a music publishing company and worked there until I moved over to the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. I stayed there until I had the opportunity to run the publishing company for Lieber & Stoller. They are the songwriting team that wrote, "Hound Dog", "Jail House Rock", "Kansas City", "Love Potion Number Nine", "Stand By Me", and a lot more great songs. Then in 1989 Lieber & Stoller decided they wanted to move to the west coast. Where the weather is a lot nicer. That's where we've been ever since.

What inspired you to write this book on Duane?
It was a number of things. Growing up in Muscle Shoals is part of it. Another part of it is when Rolling Stone Magazine put out that story about the 100 best guitar players of all time. They listed Duane as number 2. Then next to his name, they put in parentheses "of the Allman Brothers Band". That surprised me. I thought, Why would you have to say who Duane Allman was? You know what I mean?

They didn't say Jimi Hendrix of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The only reason I could come up with is maybe Duane is starting to fade from memory. He's been gone so long. There has never been a book written about him. There was only one major magazine article written about him and that was in Guitar Player Magazine in 1981. My motivation came from a combination of these things that made me realize that his popularity was not near as much as what was it was in my head. Also I had done a lot of interviews over the years with the studio musicians, recording studio owners, record producers, and such in Muscle Shoals. I had always asked whoever it was, Jimmy Johnson, Rich Hall, David Hood, whoever, if they had any stories about Duane? These interviews go all the way back to the 70's. I managed to hang on to those interviews, even after several major moves, some more than 25 years. I went back and started reading all these great stories from these guys that knew Duane and realized that I had a good start for a book. So basically I wrote the whole Muscle Shoals section of the book first. Then I went forward or backwards from that.

While reading I wondered why you didn't interview Dallas Smith?
Because he's not living! (laughter)

That's a great reason not to interview him. (laughter)
Yea, that got in the way. That's why I didn't interview Duane either.(laughter) That got in the way of my interviewing a lot of people. There were so many that I would have loved to interviewed. Like Phil Walden, he was so ill at that time. I was just getting ready to interview Wilson Pickett, when he died. It is sad because none of these people are dying at the age of 90. So many that were important to Duane's life died younger than any of us want to.

Did you meet Duane?
No, I never got to meet him. I had the opportunity to meet and interview Gregg. I corresponded with Duane's daughter. But to put it in perspective, I would have had to meet Duane when I was like 15.

Are you surprised with the success of this book?
My publisher has been pleasantly surprised. I wasn't that shocked. And it has nothing to do with the fact that it was me that wrote it. It turns out that that the fans of Duane Allman are rabid fans. I couldn't be more thrilled with the books success as far as sales go. But I am even more thrilled with the way you critics see it. You have all had really nice things to say. Just this past Sunday there was a beautiful review in the Tennessean. Which I thought was great because that's where Duane was born. It's been in the Orlando Sentinel in Florida near where they grew up. The reviews have been great. Even those super hard core fans that blog on the Allman Brothers' web site have been saying really good things. These guys also pointed out a mistake I made in the book. I was 1 day off of a concert date in the book and they caught it. (laughter) Other than that I guess everything else is alright.

If you had it to write again would you change anything?
Only that date and when it goes to paperback we will change it then.

You have written other books, haven't you?
Yes, I wrote a book that was very much needed because the book that was being used to teach music business in college was so hard to understand. It's a book about music publishing. It's easy to understand and it has been through 10 printings and I have revised it with the changes that time brings because it originally came out in 1990. It's been hugely successful. The original title was Music Publishing: A Songwriters Guide. It's now called The New Songwriter's Guide to Music Publishing.I also wrote Squeeze My Lemon: A Collection of Classic Blues Lyrics. The forward to it was written by B.B. King.

Our old Hollywood buddy, Lance Miccio, is gonna sponsor a film festival!


cool ,
I was given a Merry Prankster- Hells Angels poster for Big Brother and the Holding Company by Ken Babbs
attached is a Press release for my VENICE BEACH FREE WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
and Poster for event.
For a schedule of events -go to News page

Live Free or Die

Lance Miccio

Free in LA

The Venice Beach Free World Film Festival will be held at 7 Dudley Cinema in Venice Beach on January 30 -31st from 5 pm until 10 pm.

The founder of the Festival, Lance Miccio, and his film production company, Happy Trailers HD LLC
, will be sponsoring the event.

The festival was started in hopes of bringing the counter-culture and the mainstream together in an effort to connect the free ideals of the 60s with 2007.

Iconic Woodstock legends Country Joe McDonald and Fito de la Parra (Canned Heat) have films that will premiere at the event, along with young idealist Venice film makers who will show alongside them.

The event kicks off at 5 pm at 7 Dudley Cinema (7 Dudley Ave., Venice Beach CA 90291) with a drum circle followed by Living the Blues, a 13 minute documentary about the band Canned Heat, who originated in Venice, and their impact on Blues. Fito will be on hand to do a Q&A.

Following will be Venice filmmaker Christopher Gallo's short film about Venice art legend William Attaway, ATTAWAY (8 minutes). This will also be followed by a Q&A.

Gerry Fialka will interview Country Joe before a live audience
The showing of The Vietnam Experience ( 30 minutes), followed by a performance of some of his new material.
When asked about his goals of this year's first event , Miccio stated:

It is two-fold. First, I want to show today's generation what they have in common with the free radical youth of the 60s and that artistic media such as film can help steer the future in a more positive direction.
I also wanted an event that was Free! I wanted to have a film festival the Diggers would be proud of. Every aspect of the event is free. Free admission, free to enter your film, free of competition and free of corporate themes.

The festival will feature mostly shorts with the exception of two one-hour pieces, Venice's Frank Sufert's Desert Dreamers narrated by Peter Fonda, and The Jukebox; from Edison to iPod directed by Venice filmmaker Lance Miccio and Matt Turner's linear history of the Jukebox, narrated by Peter Coyote.

Francesco Quinn expresses freedom on Life on a Bike.
Venice filmmaker Andrew Koenig will present Run for your Life.
To learn more about the Venice Beach Free World Film Festival go to news page for schedule and details.
If you have any questions please feel free to call me
310 581 4130
Lance Miccio
President, Happy Trailers HD LLC
202 Main Street Venice CA 90291
310 581 4130