photo: Faye Huffman

photo: Faye Huffman

HEMBSY, MAY 2000 - This is the group photo of the Hemsby 24 American headliners taken at the Press reception on Friday 12 May 2000. Tommy Sands appeared on Thursday and had to leave Friday morning to drive to another booking. From Left to Right - Freddy Bell, Johnny Faire, Olympics, Ronnie Dawson and Larry Donn

Ronnie Dawson's dad's band, Dallas, TX - Pinkie Dawson's Manhattan Merry Makers, circa 1937: L-R: Bill Vitovsky, Aldan (Whimpy) Hutson, George Donahue, Coursey & Merriman (owners), Lowell Thomas, Leaford Hall, Aubrey Gass, Jimmy Smith, Mack Regsiter, Pinkie (Pinky) Dawson. KRLD Radio.

May 3, 1998 at the last honky tonk in Bakersfield for a benefit for Henry Sharpe, a local musician that had passed away. Left to right: Bill Woods - Billy Mize - Glenn J. Pogatchnik and Roy Nichols.
(Above 2 photos courtesy of Glenn J. Pogatchnik)

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Roy Orbison and Bob Moore going over some music in the studio. The man seated with fiddle is Brenton Banks. He played piano at the famous "Riot at Newport" along with Boots, Bobby, Hank and Buddy. You may have also seen him in the Sting Video of "Every Breath You Take" playing fiddle. Brenton's hair is white now.

McCartney teams with Elvis veterans to form Blue Mountain Boys.
Gibson artist, guitar legend, and former Elvis Presley sideman Scotty Moore was in New York City recently to be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was the first year that sidemen were recognized by the Hall of Fame. Scotty Moore was accompanied by Elvis' other early sideman drummer D.J. Fontana. While in the city a recording session was arranged as a segment for a documentary about the famous Sun Studios in Memphis where Elvis and the boys and dozens of other early rock pioneers first recorded. The third member of the recently formed Blue Mountain Boys is none other than Paul McCartney. Paul played bass and sang on the new recording of the Elvis classic "It's Alright Mama". Paul also contributed vocal harmonies and acoustic guitar. Producing the session was the legendary Atlantic Records executive Amet Ertigan. The entire session and activities surrounding it were filmed for inclusion in the documentary. The fourth member of the group is Scotty's Chet Atkins Country Gentleman guitar. The term Country Gentleman has been synonymous with Chet Atkins since the 1950s. Gibson revived Chet's famous archtop model in 1987 and modernized it with a solid, sustaining center block and special design humbucking pickups. For more information about the Country Gentlemen and other fine Gibson instruments call 1-800-4GIBSON. (photo courtesy:

Dave Robel, Bob Timmers, Pinky Semrad, Bobby Lowell, Michael B. Smith and Sean Benjamin outside Jam Palace Studios in Lincoln, Nebraska on March 5. The musicians united to help Michael record a new CD, "Layin' it Down in Lincoln," a tribute to Bobby Lowell. (photo courtesy:

The New "Rock Around the Clock" Museum
27190 Holly Lane
Bonita Springs, Florida
James E. Myers ("Rock Around the Clock" writer), prop.

ON STAGE IN THE UK, 1999. (photos courtesy of Rocker Donegan)