Memphis Rock n Soul Museum Opening

The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum Is Open! by Colin Davies in Memphis, Tennessee I was fortunate enough to be invited to Memphis for the April 28, 2000 opening of the Rock n Soul Museum. My first stop was Lansky’s (no longer on its original site) where I bought a very smart, very expensive


Buddy Holly 75th Tribute Concert

Scene Alive: Buddy Holly 75th Birthday Tribute Chick Hall’s Surf Club, Bladensburg, Maryland, September 10th 2011 Following his success at the Buddy Holly 75th Birthday Bash in Lubbock on September 7th (Holly’s birthday), J.P. McDermott organized and hosted his tenth Buddy Holly tribute at Chick Hall’s Surf Club three days later. The Surf Club (which


Jerry Lee at Green Bay

Jerry Lee at Green Bay, Wisconsin, April 12, 2005 by Colin Davies Jerry Lee’s performance was originally scheduled for the previous day, but a thunderstorm down in Memphis meant his flight could not take off. Some of the crowd at the Rockin’ 50s Fest II were doubting if he would show up at all,


Robert Gordon

Scene Alive: Robert Gordon The 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C., August 14, 2009 This was a homecoming for Robert Gordon. He was brought up in neighboring Bethesda, Maryland, and two of the guitarists with whom he is most associated — Link Wray and Danny Gatton — were based in the area (Danny all his life, until


Clovis Music Festival

Clovis Music FestivalSeptember 8-10, 2005 by Colin Davies My visit did not start well. As anyone who has visited West Texas / East New Mexico knows, the countryside is flat and the roads straight. So I was motorvating along from Amarillo to Clovis at a respectable 75mph when a state trooper pulled me over, told


Jerry Lee Lewis Birthday Party

Serial Killer: Colin Davies was in Memphis on September 28, 2002 to help Jerry Lee Lewis celebrate his 67th birthday A year or so ago, I saw Chuck Berry perform in  a club in Washington, D.C. He played magnificently for over an hour. That evening all the bad memories of unrehearsed backing bands,



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