An Encore Presentation………………#116 (the 60’s)

  • Willie Nelson and Friends

    Willie Nelson and Friends

Larry Burns was a loner,  Gary,  Jerry and Glenn  could be addressed as a group when on the road,  but the Untouchables reed player was solitary.   Wichita Falls Texas playing host to the four nocturnal covenant musicians at J.M. Carson’s Golden Coral Club  on the Seymour Highway west of town.   J.M. the Club’s owner was noted as the older brother of the late country singer Little Joe Carson who came on the recording scene in 1950  at the age of 16.  Little Joe tragically killed in an automobile accident two years ago in 1964.   When arriving in Wichita Falls the first order of business was to secure lodging  accommodations,  the band inquiring at a motel convenience not to far from the club,  but the expense was unacceptable to all but Larry,  the three continuing the search for an inexpensive room for three nights of refuge.   Venturing back across town, reconnoitering a previous unexplored part of the bounded city, stumbling upon a four-story hotel in what appeared to be the warehouse district on 7th Street.    The hotel being located in a detrimental area, a block from the bustling railroad switching activity, Gary, Glenn and Jerry having no problem accepting lodging location.   The three discovering a room with a kitchenette for $18 a night, the encampments location and the unkempt furnishings were somewhat precarious, but considering the insignificant monetary detriment the trade-off was acceptable.   A reminder of their location was prevalent especially when attempting to sleep, the constant sound of the train whistles giving notice of the locations shuffling labor.   The daytime hours would find Weeks Park Public Golf Course playing host to the band with the exception of Larry,  golf clubs always a stellar traveling  companion for the three on extended out-of-town engagements and when not researching their location for  new booking resources,  a competitive game of  three-handed pinochle fulfilled their idle time.

Glenn by far was the largest of the three, having the appearance of never missing a meal and was well over two hundred pounds of drumming exponent.   The group would budget their dietary public expenditures to one festive charcuterie feast per day.   Wichita Falls entrusted a renown favorite luncheon buffet,  Steers Cafeteria,  the establishment providing all you can eat for one dollar,  a single meat entrée inclusive,  with drinks and desserts extra.   Glenn never-failing to amaze those in attendance of his comestible capacity and ability to digest a capacious amount of the cafeteria’s  dividend asset for his single  dollar investment.  Gary concluding,  He and Jerry, the one hundred forty pounder’s, were  less partakers of the cafeteria’s culinary volume,  off-setting Glenn’s intake,  thus establishing Steer’s a margin of profit.

7th St Apartment Hotel

7th St Apartment Hotel

J.M. Carson

J.M. Carson

Weeks Public Golf Course - Wichita Falls Tx.

Weeks Public Golf Course – Wichita Falls Texas.

As the name implied the Golden Corral Club was primarily dressed in western decor,  but the Untouchables enlivened a diversified spectrum to the satisfaction of the clientele,  evoking other musical penchant.   The Saturday night 12:30  intermission,   the musicians departing the bandstand lingering with customers the crowd beginning to dwindle and with the final bandstand appearance about to commence Gary and Jerry noticing a sudden influx of patrons arriving.  A copious number beginning accumulating, Gary curious about the sudden arrival of so many people, discovering that the traveling Country Music Review featuring Nashville recording artists performed  at the Municipal Auditorium and had concluded their show and the influx was those desiring a night-cap.    J.M. recognizing and greeting a particular group, the band being informed that among those being seated were celebrities of the  auditorium program,  including  Charlie Walker,  Wade Ray, Hank Cochran and Willie Nelson.  Gary discovering that Marty Robbins,  Stonewall Jackson and Jeannie Sealy were also featured in the Country Music Review, but retired for the night after their performance.

Willie Nelson

Willie

A return to the bandstand,  the band ready to conclude the night’s performance  when J. M. approached and asked to tender an announcement.   Gary was astounded to notice the club had suddenly accrued a cardinal amount of customers, J.M. with mic in hand garnishing an introduction of the  celebrities.   Gary wasn’t as apt as Jerry in name recognition of the country musicians,  save celebrated ones who songs frequented the top forty charts.   The au courant of Charlie Walker and Wade Ray were unknown to him,  but he recognized the Willie Nelson credit,  because of his current country hits,  One In A Row and The Party’s Over.  With the introduction those in attendance could be heard wanting the visitors to sit in.

The country artists having been acquainted with J.M.’s late brother, obliging Little Joe’s memory for the  applauded fans ascended the bandstand,  Gary noticing but not surprised that their instruments materialized.  The four inclusive members of the Untouchable somewhat taken back at the opportunity to perform with true stars of country music, especially of Willie.   The country icons brief appearance concluded, the band finishing a memorable night, Gary mentioning to Jerry about the adroitness of Willie’s playing ability,  Jerry’s remark was one of resolve, ” He has the worst timing of any singer or guitar player I have ever experience.”  Gary agreeing that it was unusual but also unique, something that sets him aside from all the other up and coming country artist.

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