Reviews & Interviews

David Box

DAVID BOX The David Box Story — Vol. 2 Rollercoaster Records RCCD 3071 CD 1:  She Does The Best She Can / Selfish / Lucky Penny / That’s Too Bad (Take 1) / That’s Too Bad (Take 2) / Getting’ In Good / Raining in My Heart / Peggy Sue

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Elvis: My Best Man

Elvis: My Best Man George Klein with Chuck Crisafulli (Crown Publishers) In conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery’s Echoes of Elvis exhibition in Washington, D.C., the gallery organised an Elvis Day on January 22, 2010, which — among other things — featured a talk and a book-signing by George Klein. At his talk, George

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Johnny Otis Bio

Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story George Lipsitz (University of Minnesota Press) This is an extremely interesting book, but probably not as interesting to NDT readers as it could have been. Johnny Otis’ story is certainly a fascinating one. Born in northern California to Greek immigrant parents, he

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Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?

Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue? A Memoir by Buddy Holly’s Peggy Sue Peggy Sue Gerron and Glenda Cameron (Togi Entertainment) I enjoyed this book much more that I thought I would. It is what I expected, but better. What does it tell us that we did not already know? Jerry Allison (ex-husband of

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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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