Belle Meade Theatre

Belle Meade Theatre


Opened in 1940 the Belle Meade Theatre was thegrandest suburban theatre in the south. Mr. Ed Jordan was the Manager from the beginning and he welcomed Hollywood’s finest to Nashville.

In the preceding article Mr. Jordan shares his “Wall of Fame” with young movie goers. He discusses the formation of his”Happiness Club”. The club provided a Saturday afternoon variety stage show and movie combination for youngsters 15 and under. “Stimulating tomorrows leaders in their formative years”. Mrs. Drake was a “matron” at the Belle Meade Theater. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings she kept order among the many children attending the movies and the Happiness Club. The Belle Meade policeman who was best known for providing security was a rotund gentleman fondly known as “Big Joe”.…

Katie's Basset Hounds

Katie’s Basset Hounds

Katie & Ginger Hi! My name is Katie, I am 11 years old and live in Nashville, TN. This is a story about my new Basset Hound puppy, Ginger Boudreaux.

She was born December 23, 1995 and I got her as a surprise when she was 8 weeks old. These pictures were taken when she was only 3 months old. Ginger might look like a sweetheart, but she is actually a little demon dog!!!!!!!!

Brandy and Me

Ginger is my second basset hound. The first one’s name was Brandy. She was my best friend. I got her in first grade and she lived for four and a half years. She died about 1 week before Ginger was born . A couple of teenagers were speeding in front of our house and hit her . It was a tragic moment for my family and me. Every night I can feel her on my bed. Ginger will NEVER be off her leash!!!

The person who made Ginger a demon dog was me. I always rough-housed with Brandy, so I rough-house with Ginger. Once Ginger ate a little spool of thread and got sick. She eats almost everything in sight!!!! I collect Barbies and I got a new one with long hair and she tried to eat it, [the hair] Once I was waiting for the school bus and while she was waiting, she decided she was hungry and she tried to eat the door !

babyginger Also, when she doesn’t get her way she will bite! Any time I’m eating something I always end up saying ” Ouch Ginger that hurts!!!” Whenever she sees the tv remote she has to have it!

Let me tell you this, if you ever get a bassett hound, here are a few things you might want to know.
1. NEVER rough-house or else she might become a demon dog!!!!!
2. Keep thread out of reach!
3. Shampoo carpets as often as necessary.…

GROOVY SIXTIES

GROOVY SIXTIES

In the sixties bands were forming on every cul-de-sac and would soon bring the latest rock & roll music to every high school, teen center, ballroom, VFW, and nightclub in the country. The music they produced was Garage rock, a raw form of rock and roll that enjoyed its original period of wide success in the United States from 1963 to 1967. Garage bands that crept into the national charts included: The Kingsmen (Portland), Paul Revere and the Raiders (Portland) and The Gentrys (Memphis).

“Garage rock” comes from the perception that many such performers were young and often rehearsed in a family garage. Bands were mostly made up of middle-class teenagers from the suburbs. Garage rock peaked both commercially and artistically in 1966 and generally disappearing entirely by 1970.


1960’s Nashville Combos included:
Allman Joys, The Exotics, The Nobles, Ronny and the Daytonas, Deltas, Prophets, The Chessmen,
Lemonade Charade, King James and the Sceptres, Johnny Jones & The King Casuals,
Gremlins, Continentals, Kapers, Crystals, Jaguars, Remicks, Spinners, Barons, Jesters, The Citations,
The DeVilles, The Squires, The Chaparelles, Sam Robinson and the Nashville Shadows,
The Ministers of Sound, Jerry and the Buccaneers, The Loved Ones, The Marshmallow Mood,
Epidemics, Spidells, Fairlanes, Canned Soul, Johnny Jones and the King Casuals,
Anglo Saxons, Alex Harvey Band, Kenny and the Confidentials, Silhouettes, Glass Hammer w/ Joe Meador,
Charlie McCoy and the Escorts, Steve Davis Group, The Whole Damn Family, Counts of Nowhere,
Ugly Forest, Cavaliers, Taxmen, Feminine Complex,
We the People and hundreds more.


Typical equipment setup for the sixties.

RONNY AND THE DAYTONAS

John (aka Ronny) Wilkin, vocalist, songwriter, guitarist John “Bucky” Wilkin was the “brains” behind Ronny & the Daytonas; the group was comprised of mainly Bucky, but with input from Bergen White, who went on to become an extremely sought after arranger in Nashville; Buzz Cason, who filled in for Jerry Naylor as a Cricket, as well as having a hit under the name Garry Miles on “Look For a Star,” and finally Bobby Russell, who composed hits such as “Sure Gonna Miss Her” (Gary Lewis & the Playboys), “Popsicle” (Jan & Dean), “The Joker Went Wild” (Brian Hyland), “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” (Vicki Lawrence –his former wife), “Honey” (Bobby Goldsboro) and “Little Green Apples” (O.C. Smith).…

MIDLIFE CRISIS for DUMMIES

MIDLIFE CRISIS for DUMMIES

Welcome to the wonderful world of Mid Life Crisis!! You are about to embark on one of the most perilous journey’s you have ever taken. A journey fraught with intrigue and guaranteed to turn you inside out! Here you can learn “how to” answers to the questions you have been asking yourself about damaging as many people as you can along the way. Come on and dig in, it’s time to get this Roller coaster rolling on down the tracks!!

Chapter 1

Choosing the correct speech

There are 4 basic speeches for you to choose from. They are:

a. I love you, but I don’t know if I’m in love with you.

b. I’ve never loved you, and we should never have gotten married.

c. We got married to young. I never knew anything besides you.

d. You tricked me into marrying you, I would never have done it otherwise.

Once you have decided on which speech to give, you need to cause as much anxiety in your spouse as you can before you actually give it. Continue to the next chapter for Lessons in building anxiety.

Chapter 2

Lessons in building anxiety

You will find these lessons to be helpful in causing anxiety in your spouse and others (depending on the level of pain and damage you want to cause), not just prior to giving the speech, but throughout your MLC.

Lesson 1

Monstrification of your Spouse

This is easy to accomplish. Simply think of only the “bad” things that your spouse has done throughout your entire relationship. Have one of those “angel” spouses? No problem, just remember how bad she/he always makes you feel. DO NOT under any circumstances remember fondly your spouse, or anything they have done for you. Remember, they are going to be the cause of all of your problems, so it is imperative that you convince your self of this first.

Lesson 2

This will be very easy to do after accomplishing lesson 1. All you have to do is start reminding yourself that you don’t care about them, what they feel, what they want, or if they hurt. Simple! Every time you remind yourself of this, you will get further and further away from your relationship emotionally. Now, that wasn’t too hard was it? On to lesson 3

Lesson 3

Mass confusion and Indecision

This lesson requires a little more thought and attention. You must constantly practice saying “I don’t know” to ANY and ALL questions. That is imperative!! Your spouse (and others) must never know precisely what is going on in-side your head. Also, never let them know where you are going, where you have been, who you were with (this will go hand in hand with the lesson on the Other Person, or OP), or whether or not they can expect you to return home.

Lesson 4

Lies and Deceit

To get the most damage, and cause the most pain, you must lie and deceive at every opportunity. And to really achieve hall of fame status, you should be very inept at it, so that everyone knows that you are lying, or suspects, but can’t prove it initially. This works very well for the following chapters, OP and Cake Eating.

Chapter 3

The Other Person (or OP)

Now it is time for you to succumb to temptation. You KNOW all of those other women/men want you! They have been coming on to you for years!! It is time for you to give them their chance at having some of you. Make sure that you leave a very confusing trail for your spouse to follow. One that lets them suspect, but have to dig and sneak (to make them feel worse about themselves) to find the information they need to prove it. Hold out admitting the affair as long as you can, and don’t admit it ever, if you can get away with it. If you do get caught rub it in his/her face. For extra points pick a married OP with a family. Drag as many people as possible into your crisis.

Chapter 4

Cake Eating

This chapter is designed to string your spouse along in uncertainty as long as possible, …

Rock Combos of Nashville 1950's-1970's

Rock Combos of Nashville 1950’s-1970’s

THE CRESCENDOS
The Crescendos Do-Wop Group With Noel Ball

The Crescendos were a Cumberland High School group that won a talent contest about 1955. As a prize they were given a recording date with a record company. The result was a 1957 release of a tune titled “Oh Julie” which was a large regional hit. Noel Ball pushed the tune hard on his DJ shows and they actually made it to American Bandstand later that year. Like the Casuals they made quite a few appearances at local and regional rock-in-roll shows. On the release of “O Julie” there was a prominent backup part that was filled by a girl named Janice Green. On the strength of that record she crafted a string of personal appearances and some recordings. She was billed as Janice Green; The O Julie Girl.

THE CASUALS

Nashville’s first Rock n Roll Band 1956
1958 Lineup:
Saxophonist Joe Watkins
Vocalist Buzz Cason
Accordionist and Pianist Chester Powers
Drummer Bill Smith
Vocalist and Pianist Richard Williams
Guitarist Johnny McCreery

By 1959, The Casuals had become the Casual Teens and toured as Brenda Lee’s backup band and recorded for Dot Records. The picture to the left is of the band in 1960. Band members included:

Left to right
Snuffy Smith, Double Neck Bass
Billy Smith, Drummer
Buzz Cason, (Gary Miles) Vocals
Richard Williams, Keyboard & Vocals
Wayne Moss, Guitar
Joe Watkins, Tenor Sax
The pictures below were taken in July 1960.

THE MONARCHS

first got together in September of 1957 playing dances at what was then the Madison Fire Hall. John Sturdivant on baritone sax, John Richards on Tenor sax, Ernie Winfrey on drums, and Donny Green on guitar. We picked up Willo Collins on guitar and Hershel Hopper on electric bass, piano and drums. Hershel was a versatile guy. The five of them played University of Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, U.T. and Vanderbilt frats as well as other college and high school frats and sororities throughout the south on a weekly basis for the busiest part of four years.


The Monarchs opened shows for Johnny Cash (before he was country) Brenda Lee and Al Green. Hargis (Pig) Robins played piano on a lot of local gigs but could not travel with them due to the session obligations he had at the time. In between jobs they played sessions for Revis Studios on lower Second Avenue.

Submitted by Donny Green

Puppet

Puppet

Tom Tichenor was a Nashville native who became known for his puppet work at the downtown library and on TV. In the late 50’s he went to New York and did the puppets for the Broadway hit musical CARNIVAL and directed a children’s TV station, producing early kiddie shows like BIRTHDAY HOUSE with Paul Tripp. He also did a Puppet production of THE BREMENTOWN MUSICIANS there.
Tom Tichenor

Tom Tichenor Puppet Theatre
Tom Tichenor Theatre – Marionette Stage

In the late 60’s he returned to Nashville and did an adaptation of THE GOLDEN GOOSE at Children’s theatre. He then stayed in town and was at the Library. The weekly puppet and marionette shows became a fixture in Nashville. Some shows combining the puppets with live performers were also done, notably a children’s musical called “Sir Patches And The Dragon” that later was adapted for a popular children’s book. The Story Hours in the Story room were a big thing too. A live story teller as the Rainbow Fairy or the Lollipop Princess told stories while the most popular puppet characters (Felica Fieldmouse, Marco Polo Bear, etc.) acted them out. Tichenor also did a number of popular children’s television specials, “The Toymaker And The Mice” and “Christmas At Creepy Castle” were on PBS.

The Witch and Rapunzel


The Story Hour room at the Nashville Public Library.Shown here are the storyteller with Marco Polo Bear in the Puppet Playhouse.…