Featured Photo: Downtown Jacksonville in the mid-1950’s.
Tribute to John. “R” Richbourg DJ over 1510 WLAC Nashville Tennessee. The Man and the Radio Station Who Turned Your Editor onto The Blues
by Dennis Crenshaw
Many of you will care less about this posting. But as someone once said, (don’t ask me who, but it sounds good) “If you own the vehicle, you do the driving.”
With that in mind I’m taking over the site to present to the few who might care an open window into my early life. So come with me back, way back to about 1958. This was a time of innocence. We had never heard of pot. Sex was taboo for most young people. And the Illuminati was a word I had never even heard of.
Image: 1950’s Rock and Rollers in their local hangout.
I was 15, a Rock and Roller in my last year of Jr. High and the music was my life. It was the time of waiting weekly for the latest hits of Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and all the one time wonders of the times. I wore my hair in a D.A. (Ducks Ass) greased back with Royal Crown Hair Dressing, jeans folded up into cuffs at the bottom outside my Fred Myers engineer boots. and went to City sponsored dances at one of the City parks on Friday nights.
Summer days were spent at Jacksonville Beach or at one of the many theaters downtown where you could set in “Air Condition” for a few hours and watch Artie Murphy or Randolph Scott outdraw the bad guys. A quarter (plus 10 cents for popcorn and a nickle for a Coke) got you a double feature, a few cartoons, a News Reel and Coming attractions.
The television shows of the times were lousy and we only had AM Radio. The only Rock and Roll show on our local radio station “Scotty’s Music Box” with local DJ Scotty Furgenson only lasted for two hours on Saturday night. We learned of the new music from jukeboxes which were everywhere and by going around to the many record stores in Jacksonville.
In the summer of 1958 my best friend and next door neighbor Willard Roman bought a 1949 Nash Rambler. Probably one of the ugliest cars of the times. But don’t tell him that. This transport opened a whole new world for us. Mainly Drive-in Theaters, double-dating and weekends at the beach without our parents. What little money we could scrape up we saved for the weekend double dating at the drive-in or to go to the beach. After all gas was 29 cents a gallon.
So we would set in his Rambler in the driveway and dream of making that California Trip. We also discovered another thing. Late at night his powerful AM car radio would pick up 50,000 watt stations all over the eastern portion of the country, like WCKY Cincinnati Ohio.
One night as he was searching the dial why down in the high numbers, 1510 to be exact he picked up a different sounding voice from WLAC Nashville Tennessee. that voice was DJ John “R”.
We discovered the world of Blues – the roots of Rock and Roll. My life and love of music was never the same. I became an instant Blues-man and have remained one ever since and I never missed another night listening to John R. until I joined the Army January 4, 1961.
Image: WLAC – DJ John R. who developed a cult-like following across the Southern United States as a white man who sounded black and introduced black blues music to a whole generation of listeners both black and white.
So without further ado meet the one and only . . . John R., WLAC, Nashville Tennessee and the magic music we heard those late nights long ago setting in a driveway in Jacksonville Florida, coming from a place we had never seen many, many miles away. And while I’m at it I’ve put together a little blues show of my own. Excuse me while I indulge.
I recently became acquainted with a young man named Austin Hughey and I’m impressed. “All instruments”, “self produced”, “self-harmonies” are all usually a recipe for disaster. Not with this guy. His talent overrides my usual disdain for techno remixes. Plus – and this is a HUGE PLUS — he is polite and unassuming, a set of qualities I hope he can retain. Add a dash of professionalism and he may go far.
Give it a listen and if you enjoy it, go to his Youtube channel for some more
My personal favorite is his redux of an old TV theme
**i won the contest for October with this video! yay!! (I really didnt’ expect this video to win crap, lol)**
I made this to enter into the Disney Song/Movie of the Month group contest. If you don’t know, that group has a contest every month with different themes to follow (they’re all disney, though, of course!). This months was a Dance theme, and I figured, why not a Halloween dance?
So yea, this video was made for 3 purposes. Not only to enter into that contest, but it was made as this years first Halloween video, and it also was to premier The Horned King, lol. Yes, I only used him once, but that’s all I needed!!! hehe
All clips belong to Disney.
The song is Monstr Mash by Bobby “Boris” Picket.
The ending song is A Gorey Demise by one of my favoritest bands ever, Creature Feature!!!
They’re Coming To Take Me Away Ha Ha (with lyrics) ::: Halloween
Uploaded on Sep 21, 2008
They’re Coming To Take Me Away a hit novelty song by Napoleon XIV (aka Jerry Samuels) it reached no. 4 in the UK chart which fits just right for Halloween and Trick or Treat …
It caused a lot of controversy in the States due to the references to mental illness although in the UK owing to ignorance of American stuff (A.S.P.C.A etc) it was just seen as a funny record. Just wanted to do something for Halloween (which we barely new about 20 yrs ago) I guess its all due to marketing by celebration card companies andToy Manufacturers to make the consumer spend their money willy nilly just another import from the US of A.
As for the music section of this report, then again it could be that music writers and performers think using the devil and his work in their music is cool. I’m just saying. And I’m not much on “Reverse listening.” But for those of us trying to make some sense out of the big picture it’s worth watching. . EDITOR
We want to welcome Tha Jackal back to the pages of THEI. He’s been a very busy guy and I hope after the little coaxing I performed today he will find time to post to his personal column here on THEI. Looking for more thought’s from the Jackal’s head. . . EDITOR
Like to listen to music? Soundtrack themes? How about show tunes?
Well this show might be up your alley! Mr Oscar Benjaminis the leading host on the PSN Radio network when it comes to music.
He’s one heck of a nice guy also…. and I, Tha Jackal, [ “[Inside] Tha Jackals Head” ] as a fellow host on the network, would like to give a special shout out to one of the original shows on the network.
A Show like no other.The Hour of the Compassionate Wolf brings you a nice blend of all sorts of music, and stories from a world known photographer. He is not only a Professional photographer but also a writer, columnist, radio host, a fan of life and a man who is willing to manifest his dreams!
“What a unique paradox it is to write about yourself. On the one hand if we stress our virtue then it appears that we are in league with Narcissus himself! On the other side of the same coin if we nitpick all our failings then take the risk of wallowing in morose self-pity! It is my belief that man(and by extension-this man) is a fallen angel upon which he tries to redeem himself by incredible acts of kindness, courage and astonishing accomplishments of sheer beauty.
“Touching upon our dual nature is the fact that many of us are seduced by an inexplicable desire to cause great destruction and cruelty upon ourselves, others and our world! By understanding this fact-you will come to understand yourself and who am I in time!” . . . Oscar Benjamin
Check out one of his episodes on the player below, and make sure to listen live to his show every Tuesday at 1am! Only on www.psn-radio.com
Ever wondered what your brain sounds like when it thinks? Researchers in China did — so they invented a way to translate the brain’s waves into music.
In initial attempts, the scientists had ended up with tunes that were jangly and sometimes discordant, but more recently they discovered a way to make brain music sound better by combining data from the brain’s electrical impulses with brain blood-flow measurements. Besides combining science with art, the researchers hope that, one day, brain music can be used to help people control their brain waves, easing conditions such as anxiety and depression. . . . Read Complete Report
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