Sunday, January 30, 2011

In The Pines
  My friend John Childress used to sing this song. I always thought Leadbelly wrote it. But there is much more to this song as you can learn in the link above.
 There are many different versions on Youtube by many different artists. Here is one by Dolly Parton with the more contemporary lyrics.

In the pines, in the pines, where the sun never shines

And you shiver when the cold wind blows

My love, my love, what have I done

To make you treat me so

You've caused me to weep, you've caused me to mourn

You've caused me to leave my home

In the pines, in the pines, where the sun never shines

And you shiver when the cold wind blows

The longest train I ever saw

Went down that Georgia Line

The engine passed at six o'clock

The caboose went by at nine

In the pines, in the pines, where the sun never shines

And you shiver when the cold wind blows

I asked my captain for the time of day

He said he throwed his watch away

In the pines, in the pines, where the sun never shines

And you shiver when the cold wind blows

Hoo-hoo, hoo-hoo, hoo-hoo

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Louvin Brothers Satan Is Real LP And Obituary From The Washington Post For Charlie Louvin

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Here they are singing this song.

   I have been collecting old LPs for over 30 years and I have never seen a copy of this LP. It
Here they are singing In The Pines.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The New Weidmann's Restaurant In Meridian Mississippi Is Open And Is Bringing Back The Good Times Again

The above picture is the old Weidmann's Restaurant counter.
Click on the link below to read about the new Weidmann's Restaurant and see more pictures and also you can see their new menu.
   And the link below is good on the opening of the new new Weidmann's.
And for those who don't know the history of the restaurant(open since 1870)here is the story of this fine restaurant.

1956 DeSoto Convertible And 1956 Chevrolet Convertible

The 1956 Desoto Convertible sold at the Barrett- Jackson auction in Scotsdale,Arizona this past weekend for 335,000 dollars.
The 1956 Chevrolet Convertible sold last year(2010) at the same auction for 143,000 dollars.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Joe Bussard King Collector Of Old 78 RPM Blues Records

     Go to YouTube and you will find many more videos about Joe Bussard and his 40,000 78 rpm record collection of old time blues records.
  And click on the link below to find an interview with Joe Bussard by Nick Spitzer on his radio show American Routes. You can listen to the show on line.
   More on Joe Bussard below.  The video below shows Joe sitting in his favorite restaurant in Frederick,Maryland. It is called The Barbara Fritchie Restaurant. Outside stands a large candy cane.
The place has a distinctive 1950/1960's feel. Great pies and desserts. 

And here is a link to the Barbara Fritchie Restaurant. You can check out their menu.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

6 Whole Minutes Of Golden Silence

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Taking Customers In A Yellow Cab To A Motel Brothel Outside Mobile, Alabama In 1964

This is another story in my adventures as a cab driver in Mobile Alabama in the Fall of 1964.  I drove at night and like all cab drivers I had men who asked me to take them to women. In Mobile at that time(1964)there was a brothel working out of a motel outside the city limits on Highway 90 heading west.
And the deal the brothel offered was a good deal for the cab drivers. We were told that the brothel would pay us one third of whatever a customer spent. So we got not only the cab fare but also one third of what the customer spent. Back in 1964 prices were much different from now. The going rate was ten dollars which in todays money would be about 100 dollars.
This No Tell Motel had 2 or three very nice young women from Birmingham working there. They also had a very friendly madam.
 So one Friday night I got a call to pick up a fare and when I found him he was a eager young red headed fellow about 18 to 20 years old who told me to take him to the aforementioned brothel. He had just gotten paid from his job and wanted some action right away.
    I drove him out to the Motel. It was my first time at the place. In fact he may have shown me how to get there.  Not knowing how the place operated I parked in front. We went inside.
The madam got him a girl and then told me to move my cab around back. It was an old heavy Checker Yellow Cab and she didn't want it seen from the nearby highway 90.
I went out to move it. My foot slipped off the brake and it rolled down a hill into a ditch and got stuck there. I went back inside and called to cab company to send their tow truck out to pull it out. I gave them the address. The dispatcher said, "You are where?" He knew where I was all right.
   Meanwhile the young man had finished and when he came out I told him we would have to wait. He said if that is the case he would go with another girl while we waited. He did this one more time while we waited. That amounted to 30.00 of which I would get ten.
Meanwhile an old time cab driver had shown up and told me he thought I stuck the cab on purpose. He said, "I know what you are up to".
   Finally I drove the young man back to Mobile. I got paid the cab fare and the other money as well.
That is known as beginner's luck.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Julian Bond Was A Poet Before He Became A Politician Here Is What Bond Had To Say About Martin Luther King In A Poem Back In The Early 1960s

Back sometime in the early 1960s I was in the old Mobile, Alabama public library on Government Street looking for something to read and I ran across a book of poems by Julian Bond.

   One of them caught my eye. I had heard of the young politician Julian Bond and I thought it unusual that he wrote poetry so I starting reading the poems. One of them had these lines in it:
 " Look at that girl shake that thing, we can't all be Martin Luther King".

   I had always wanted to ask him about that poem so when about 10 years ago he appeared on a local tv talk show here in Washington D.C. with host Armstrong Williams I called in to talk to him. I got to speak to Armstrong and then Julian Bond.  I introduced myself and told him I had read his poetry and wanted to know if he remembered the one that had lines in it that began "Look at that gal shake that thing". Armstrong interrupted as if to stop the conversation but Bond said "No, I will answer that." They took a break and then came back and Bond quoted the line "We can't all be Martin Luther King". Bond then went on to describe how when he was a student at Morehouse college in Atlanta(1957 to 1961) they would have tea with the white students from Emory University and since that was still back in the days of segregation this was considered a big deal.

   Bond(who some civil rights activists used to call ("light and bright")said the white students would say to him, "Why can't all the others be like you?"   Bond was still head of the NAACP when this tv talk show took place around 10 years ago.
And here is some more information I found on this matter just today.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Where Does "The South" Start? On the Southern End of Key Bridge in Arlington, Virginia

This wonderful southern restaurant just opened in Arlington, Va. This is an example of Louisiana and southern cooking moving north. Watch out Yankees if you eat any of those beignets you will be hooked. Not to mention the delicious gumbo.
The link below is to a Washington Post article in today's paper about the disappearance of the word Dixie on stores and other places in Washington, D.C.
But the Dixie Liquor Store hangs on. It has been there for the last 50 years.
Read the comments section in the article below for a vigorous discussion of the never ending debate between North and South in America.

The Dixie Liquor Store in Georgetown, Washington D.C.
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Nice nightime photo of Dixie Liquor Store in Georgetown just at the foot of Key Bridge.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Sanibel Island Bobcat

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sanibel Island Think Tank

I saw these guys sitting outside Rosie's Cafe on Sanibel Island, Florida and decided to check them out. Nice  friendly guy gave me the card below and told me, "Now you are an official member".

Click on the above picture to enlarge it. And click on the link below to read a good article about the Sanibel Island Think Tank.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Big Joe Williams Low Down Dirty Shame

I now have written 13 posts on this blog about Big Joe Williams. Click on the name Big Joe Williams in the labels box below to read all of them.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Fate Magazine January 1956 Magic Land Of Mescaline

As always click and double click on the above pictures to enlarge them.