I think we all listened to George Harrison's sister, Louise Harrison Caldwell, as she updated us on weekly Beatles news on the nightly Ted Greene show on WTIX. It was also exciting listening to the daily reports on WTIX from Jack Powers, who was on the Beatles' '64 tour and reported each day's news on each concert stop as the Beatles tour got closer to New Orleans. Well, you didn't get to see the Beatles but you DID get to visit the luxurious WTIX studios in the swamp on Paris Road, where DJ's used to bring shotguns to shoot nutria as their records played!
Rhonda Shear- a character .
Television Personalities ..... Captain Sam and Bayou Bill (a short term kid tv show on WDSU), Wayne Mack (the Great MacNutt), Terry Fletchrich, Ron Hunter and Alex Gifford ...still around , of course .
Radio ..... Ugly Jerry Lousteau ( a real sweet character ) B-97 and Scoot , Captain Humble and John Larroquette with 'Mother Radio' in the early underground FM period .
I still cry out in the middle of the night for McKenzies, Frost Top
and my K & B Fountain treats, those wonderful chocolate covered graham
crackers from Maison Blanche's candy counter and the grilled cheese sandwiches
from Kreeger's Dept. Store on Canal Street (nickle and dime store) with
a canned peach on the side . Thanks for the trip back . I gotta return to
reality and go explain to my kids ... I REALLY did sit in City Park Stadium
and yell for hours until the Beatles came out and then , I yelled for several
more hours ! Smile .... thank you.
I wonder if 50'ish Rhonda Shear is still "Up All Night" or if she gets sleepy when the sun goes down these days like the rest of us old-timers!
My mother and I were in there eating fried chicken ... back then it was all you can eat for $1.99 cents ... and in came Jayne Mansfield. My mother had blonde hair and it was of course dyed back then in the 60's, and I said "Here come's a lady with blonde hair just like yours." Then the word out of my mothers mouth ... "OH my GOD, its Jayne Mansfield! She went to the ladies' restroom, then she came out and believe me I was watching. She got 3 small bottles of Coca cola and some candy ... the candy was the small GOLD BRICK about the size of a person's small finger. She walked over to my mother and said "Lady, that is one hell of a 'do you have on you head," and it was. My mother had a wing on one side the size of the state capital and had on more war paint and makeup than 8 women could wear.
I went to the door and watched Jayne get into the car. As well as I remember is was a BUICK ELECTRA 225, about a 1965 or 1966. My mother was driving a 1967 OLDS 98. My mother told me on the way home that Jayne Mansfield was supposed to be on the Midday show with Terry Fletchrich. The next morning I got up about 7:30 to cut the grass and my mother came out and told me Jayne Mansfield had died in a car crash. It really upset my mother. We got in the car and went to what has always been "Dead Man's Curve," and my mother had me cut some roses from her rose trellis in the yard and we laid them on the right side of the road.
I too will never forget that day. I can remember like it was yesterday. We almost did not go to the White Kitchen that night. At the last minute we changed our minds and went to that one instead of going to Bosco's on Highway 11, the reason being Bosco's was too crowded and I made the suggestion for us to go and eat some Chicken at the White Kitchen.
You know I have not been back home to Slidell since my mother died in 1980 but you can believe one thing. I am planning a trip to Louisiana around the holidays. I will make it a point to stop by and lay some flowers on the side of the road where her life ended. Thanks for letting me share this story with you.
Wow, Drew, that's a great story. Thank you for sharing. Let me know when you come in and we'll put some flowers there together in her memory, along with the memories of Sam and Ronnie.
TONY RUNFALO, LAFAYETTE, LA
Bob, the pizza place next to the Tiger Theatre was Artista's....best pizza ever and the one against which I judge all modern pizza (none of which can match it).
That seems to be the pizza place most writers remember fondly. And today's kids think Domino's and Papa John's are the best. Harrummmpfff !!
I LOVED MC KENZIE'S BLACKOUT CAKES. I WOULD LOVE TO FIND OUT IF ANYONE HAS THEM ANY MORE OR IF ANYONE HAS THE RECIPE FOR THE BLACKOUT CAKE LIKE MC KENZIE USED TO MAKE. IF ANYONE HAS THIS INFORMATION YOU CAN E-MAIL THIS TO ME AT: Moedee_70072@yahoo.com
I WOULD VERY MUCH APPRECIATE IT. THANKS.
Good luck, Dianna. Maybe the recipes for McKenzie's delicious King Cakes and Turtles won't be far behind.
JOHN J. HEWITT, CHARLOTTE, NC:
I just found your great N.O. music site. What a great job!! I want to get the Joker's CD. Can you help me?
I came from Warren Easton High School, Class of '62 and I came up with the bands in that era ... the Jokers, Nobles, Rhythm Kings, Counts, Contours, etc. Back during that era (1961-65), I played keyboards with a couple of "run of the mill" bands, but I also played with the Rhythm Kings. Joe Jopes, Wibby Tank, Guy Trippi and his brudda Ant'ny, Allen Vial, Anthony Anderson, Wade Wright. Played @ Sacred Heart and St. Anthony. Also sat in numerous times with the Nobles They really didn't need a keyboard, but they accommodated me because I was good friends with the leader, Don Courtade. The other members were Tony Manalla, Don Sixkiller, Billy Hayden, Billy Murray, Eddie Powers, and Joe Liuzza. I'm surprised I can remember all those names. Played @ Metairie Lodge, and Germania, but mostly SBARD.
Went to Southeastern with Frank Sanders and was in the same "Suite"
in our dormitory. What's Frank doing now? Final question....how did Roland
(LeBlanc) Stone die?
You have done such a great job with your website and, of course promoting the legends of our day.
According to what Mike Ancona told me a couple of weeks ago they are remastering the original CD "Why N.O. Can't Forget Them" for re-release shortly. Email Eddie Roth from my JOKERS page for more info.
The story with Roland was pretty bizarre and shocking, as we were robbed forever of his talents and friendship.
Roland was a picture of health at that stage of his life, and he was a devoted husband and father. He was enjoying the resurgance of his popularity and the now-frequent gigs he loved so much. He was "in his glory" on stage, communicating with loving audiences and entertaining them as only Roland could. He was born to be on stage. What a tradedy that it was all cut short.
He had a hernia operation in December 1999, a same-day and routine procedure. Complications arose and Roland passed away so quickly that it was hard to believe he was gone. It is still hard to believe.
Did you hear the end of my internet show "Rare Ones"? The end is my tribute to Roland, then we go to the track from the Jokers Live CD, on which I introduce Roland on stage in May 1999. We carry on a bit back and forth, then he sings "Go On Fool." Listening to that still fills me up today.
I'm not sure of what Frank's doing but I know he's still around and
making music now and then!
I know all about those memory tricks these days. That's why I'm writing them down here before we all go to the old folks' home!
If I recall correctly, it was Danny Dark who threw the money off the roof of the Central Savings & Loan Association building at 624 Canal St. It was a four story building and the TIX studios were on the third floor, back in the days when stations could get away with outrageous publicity stunts. Danny threw the money off the roof in about '58 (?) and, of course, WTIX followed the event very closely on the air. VERY closely. They ended up with a mob scene in front of the building and police intervention was necessary as he did indeed throw money down. Afterwards it was announced on WTIX that Danny Dark had been fired. They followed that up a couple of days later by broadcasting that Danny Dark was missing and hadn't been seen since he got fired, and the station asked for help in finding him. His loyal fans undertook a citywide manhunt, and he was "found" shortly afterwards wandering along Airline Highway (or was it Chef?).
These days a station would be heavily fined for putting on such publicity stunts. But they sure were fun back in the days when radio itself was fun...a FAR cry from today.
Which reminds me of the stunt a northern station pulled in the 60's.
They threw live turkeys from a helicopter down to an eager and huge crowd
at a shopping center. They just forgot that...turkeys can't fly!
You too huh? I met my date for the Senior Prom on the Spookline. Blind date...I lucked out though. WHEW! That elephant key and TIX Tenna Topper are indeed rare collector's items. People keep ax'ing me about Tenna Toppers but you're the only person I know who still has one. Email to me closeup pics of the key and da Topper and I'll post them here from you.