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...........with the pbs special going on right now, I thought I would tell my only country-music-related experience. even though I was born and raised in tupelo, miss.(same as elvis), he was 2 years older than I was, only memory I have of him was when I was in 5th grade, he was in 7th grade and we were in the same jr. high school building for 1 year before they moved to Memphis. when I was a sophomore in h. s. I got my first job as a carhop at carr-myers(no relation) dairy on hwy 45. I was sitting on my orange crate outside one night(whittling with my CAMILLUS) when this brand new purple Cadillac came tearing down the street at 30 miles an hour and turned in and screeched to a halt about 6 inches from my orange crate. I jumped up and ran to the drivers window and it slowly opened and there was jerry lee lewis!!.....totally plastered!!!...he looked up at me and said "son, can you make a thick chocolate milk shake"???...I said , you bet and I ran in and made it myself. when I got thru, you couldn't put a straw in it, they just crumpled up!!...I ran back out with it and he tried to stir it and the straw just folded up, and he looked up at me and said "son, that's a thick chocolate milkshake" and handed me a $20.00 bill and drove off in a cloud of dust!!...he was a favorite of mine till he got so messed up!!!.........
Great story Tommy - thanks for sharing. When I was about 17, still in high school, I took a date to see "The Killer" . Great entertainer, just him with a grand piano - no backup band, no nothing. Played, sang and told stories for a couple of hours, had about a 30 minute intermission, came back and played about another hour.
He talked about being cousins with Mickey Gilley and Jimmy Swaggart, and about getting expelled from seminary - he said for playing "Jesus Loves Me" boogey-woogey style on the piano. Not sure if that's true or not but got a good laugh. Over the course of the performance he played that piano with his fingers, his elbows, his fists, his feet, and his butt. He danced on top of it, danced on the piano bench, and danced all over the stage, all while singing. Once in mid-song while singing and frantically pounding the keys on that piano, he jumped up from the bench he was seated on and somehow hitting the bench with the back of his knees, sent the bench flying across and all the way off the stage behind him. And never missed a note. I'm sure all well rehearsed but what a showman!
Such a shame that alcohol and drugs take so many from us too soon.
This song by Fred Eaglesmith kinda says it all.
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carrmillus wrote:......anybody on here remember Mickey Newbury????.......I'm anxious to see if he is mentioned on the pbs special???............... ....................
I heard Sam Allred of the Geezinslaws mention his name more than once. I have watched all the chapters of the Country Music show and I have not heard his name mentioned.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the show and look forward to the additional chapters.
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