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From the latter part of 1967 until I graduated from high school in 1971, I played with a group called the Royal Henchmen. I got this old clipping from our local library awhile back for my grandaughter. My good friend, the late Homer Bryant shot this photo for our local paper, promoting the dance we were playing at on Friday night, April 10, 1970. This particular dance was at the Beulah School Gym in Mount Airy, NC. Starting from the left is me on guitar, Phil Stone on tambourine, Dale Hawks on bass guitar, Jerry Bowlin on drums and Tony Holt on lead guitar. We had a great time during those years playing at teen dances in our area.
1966 was a great year. Batman premiered on ABC and I paid a buck for Johnny Rivers' "Live At The Whiskey A Go Go" record album. I learned every song on that album. I was working hard at realizing my dream to be part of a rock and roll band. That would happen in 1967.
The Lloyd Thaxton Show aired on channel 8 for a couple of seasons between 1964/1966. This show, along with the Dick Bennick Show, inspired me to want to learn how to play the guitar. Seeing all the great performers on the Thaxton show and the garage bands on the Bennick show were wonderful. I paid close attention and learned a lot from those perfomances.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Remember the Pro Wrestling shows presented by Jim Crockett Promotions in the old Winston-Salem Coliseum? I attended shows there from 1965 into the eighties. From 1964-1974, the Championship Wrestling program on WGHP channel 8 in High Point played a huge role in advertising these shows. Charlie Harville would interview the wrestlers at ringside about these arena shows. To me those were the glory years of wrestling in the Piedmont.