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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11240
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 - 3:34 pm:   Edit Post

This is very good. If you didn't see the broadcast, you can click the link and stream it from PBS. It's an excellent biographical overview of his life, with some great cuts to interviews with various folks, lots of great footage, and of course amazing music.
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1920
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 - 7:48 pm:   Edit Post

Nice film!
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2077
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 - 9:45 pm:   Edit Post

Back in the 50's and 60's, Nashville had quite the R+B Scene centered around Jefferson Street, near the Fisk and Meharry college campuses, which are historically 'black colleges', both dating to just after the Civil War.

A parallel scene to Country Music, the clear channel 50,000 watt WLAC was an R+B and early rock and roll powerhouse which covered most of the Southeast, just like WSM pushing the Opry over the same real estate. Nashville is unique in having TWO clear channel AM stations, WSM (650AM) and WLAC (1510 AM, sadly no longer that format, but a Rush/Hannity/FOX talk radio these days). I remember an interview with Jimmy Vaughn where he spoke of him and his brother staying up and listening to WLAC for the blues and R+B.

Nashville in those days was ferociously segregated, like so many bigger cities in the South. So the R+B clubs were in this neighborhood, and after he was discharged from Uncle Sam's Army just up the road at Fort Campbell, Kentucky (home of the 101st Airborne) where he served, he gravitated here and paid his dues with various local acts, and learned the playing behind his head, with his teeth, etc., all moves which were common stage antics in the R+B bands, but were showstoppers for the later white kids who'd never been to those kind of clubs. It's amazing that he learned a lot of his moves across town from Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl !

I saw this, and like most of the AMERICAN MASTERS broadcasts, it's really top-shelf.

J o e y
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2079
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 11:47 am:   Edit Post

Here's a review of the now-past NIGHT TRAIN TO NASHVILLE exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame, about that R+B Scene, from CMT:

Music City, indeed.

J o e y
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Username: moonliner

Post Number: 195
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 2:40 pm:   Edit Post

The Hendrix program was fantastic. Lots of footage I had never seen before. Really great.

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