Precept of History……………..#106 (the 60’s)

Gary and Kermece exchanging vows

Gary and Kermece exchanging vows

    The celebrated time  having arrived, Gary Willson and Kermece Rice having announced their engagement on September 10th, setting October 18th as the day to be joined in matrimony.   Gary having been introduced to his bride eight months prior to the day on February 18th, the date firmly imbedded because it was the birthday of Jay, a friend and employee of the Horseshoe Club where the band performed.   The wedding ceremony to take place in the judges chambers at the Oklahoma County Court House at 11:oo a.m..  The couple and the wedding entourage was well represented, Kaye’s mother and grandmother, Helen Street and Sarah Jones in attendance, along with band members  Glenn Froman, his wife June and daughter Kim, Jerry Willis serving as Best Man and of course Close friends Deana Bray and Billy.  Never having attended or been party to a wedding, Gary  remained confident but unsure of the addendum and proceedings,  hoping the suspiring ceremony would remain indelibly inscribed,  not fleeting like so many celebrated memories.  In the Judges Chambers the rush of reality setting in, a tidal wave of meaningful consciousness,  sensing the presence of mind and surroundings, but for a brief moment, a pause.  Gary beholding the captivation of his bride standing beside him, Kaye emanating an inner essence of serenity, fulfilling the warm glow of completeness.  Once again the quickening,  the judge’s oratory “Do you take” and “I now pronounce you husband and wife”  the visual happening whisking to conclusion, it was over,  the ceremony becoming a precept of history.   The congratulations, the pats on the back, the hugs,  traversing from the courthouse a whirling vision of recollection,  already the past and yet a future to be realized.

You may kiss The Bride

You may kiss The Bride

Mission accomplished

Mission accomplished

Glenn, June and daughter Kim

Glenn, June and daughter Kim

Mr & Mrs Willson

Mr & Mrs Willson

The newly weds at Kips

The Newly Weds at Kips

    The nuptial cascade all journeying to N.W. 32nd and May Ave.,  the established edifice for the celebrated dispatch of  dietary wedding compliments.  The stewards of service acknowledging the acclamation of festivities, providing recognition and extending congratulatory applause from all the representatives of Kips Big Boy Hamburgers.   The exclamatory endowed event coming to closure, the ritual of employment asserting its call with the band fulfilling it obligation.  The Untouchable playing a thursday, friday and Saturday at a relatively new place mark with the unseemly name of The Bongo Congo Club.  The new establishment was an addition to an old establishment The Lakeview Club, operated by a Jacque Lacotte, a renegade Cajun from the bayou  better known as the Crazy Frenchman, his advertising colloquialism “chicken today, feather tomorrow”.   The couple settling-in with Deana awaiting an opportunity to present itself enabling that first big step in a marriage, a home of their own.

1957 DeSoto

A friends departure Gary’s 1957 DeSoto 

A new family member - a 1963 Mercury Comet

A new family member – a 1963 Mercury Comet

    Gary perceived this day would finally come, he had provost a commitment and it was time for closure,  the day of reckoning having arrived.  To Gary the DeSoto wasn’t transportation,  it was affirmation of accomplishment,  a publication of success,  a symbol of stature.   With Kaye seated at his side,  the intrepid DeSoto traversed north on May Ave. towards an assimilating Ford Mercury dealership.   The musicians propensity for a transaction was debilitating,  but he had commissioned a prospective of availability concerning their financial sphere and was prepared to negotiate.   A final despondent adieu to the credulous DeSoto,  finding the couple sporting a new 1963 Mercury Comet,  a fitting adjustment for the petite lady whose disposition was honored and  the new accommodation  providing  for her daily journey to work.

Boss Speaker Systems column speakers

Boss Speaker Systems column speakers

    Glenn and Gary ascertained the public address systems found in most of the Oklahoma City Night Clubs to be inadequate to compliment the vocal aspirations of the musicians,   discovering most of the in-house P.A. Systems were  generated by the Juke Box Venders.   The engaging musical groups using a variety of systems,  ranging from a single guitar amplifier to outdoor Altec-Lansing voice of the theater units.   A new system having been  developed  and had yet to be recognized in the City,  it was the column speakers.   It operated on the principle of distance,  a column of six eight inch speaker would provide an expanding assembly of sound coverage as the distance  increased, simply stated. the further away, the more speaker you heard.   An acknowledged account with McGee  Audio Wholesale in Kansas City  finding the two promoters envisioning Boss Speaker Systems and assembling column PA speakers systems for retail sale, attempting to embark orders  with numerous Oklahoma City Clubs and performing ensembles.   The first group, other that the Untouchables to activate a Boss Speaker System proved to be the celebrated Night Beats,  their nightly appearances displaying a live demonstration for future prospects.   The business struggled to prevailed on a local scale,  but couldn’t compete with the national trends and improvements  but the two entrepreneurs having expanded  their horizons and  were already having thoughts of  venturing into a larger sphere of the musical domain, recording and distribution on their own  record label.

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One Response to “Precept of History……………..#106 (the 60’s)”

  1. Tricia Kilfoil Says:

    Loved it.

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