Jan Lawhon – Vocal Nonpareil….#122 (the 60’s)

Jan Lawhon

Jan Lawhon unambiguously unpretentious,  an authentic personage of pragmatic fortitude,  an exemplar of congeniality and a vocal attraction at the Pirates Cove Club.   Gary finding her musical  repertoire capacious,  never experiencing a person with such lyrical recall.   Her quality of voice totally acceptable and her timing impeccable,  but standing before the upright percussion set of drums for some reason diminished  her ambiance.   Gary distinguish part of regular a trap-set from his residence and according to Jan it was more comfortable and a relaxing seated, especially between vocals.

Jan with her trap-set

The two discovering immediate success entertaining six night per week,  the piano-bar and small platform stage highlighting Jan’s vocal and developing percussion expertise.   The Pirates Cove decor was unique and the newly established Holiday Inn West providing seclusion for the road weary salesmen thru the weekdays and a Friday, Saturday evening excursion attracting the local residence.   Gary making the acquaintance of  Carl Ware  the Inn’s building contractor,  George Moore the innkeeper,  Carl Wilcox the day clerk, Bob Henderson,  the night clerk,  all installed by the cover-all attired Lloyd Hobbs,   Holiday Inn West owner and CEO of  H & H  Motels,  Little Rock U.S.A..  Gary discovering the clubs franchise owner who you addressed as Herb when talking to him but as Herbie when talking to others, also delivering  a star-studded cast, Wanda and Mary,  long-standing employees from the Hi Lo Club when making his transition to the Pirates Cove.

The Holiday Inn West

The 55 room Holiday Inn West

Gary understanding the significance of Gulf Oil Service Stations and its new affiliation with the Holiday Inn Corporation,  its credit card being honored by the Inn’s,  enabling lower wage earner the same opportunity as American Express courtiers,  thus greatly advancing  the occupancy.   The Holiday Inn West remaining in an expansion mode, opening with only fifty-five available rooms, the additional accommodations soon to  be recognized and with  Hilton and Ramada  lodging opportunities under construction on Meridian Avenue.  competition  would prevail.

A dedicated OU fan

Guitarist & Sax – Jerry Willis

Jan’s educational enrollment at OU limiting Gary and her rehearsals to  accommodate her academic  schedule,  Gary according an index card approach for recording novel indemnities with unusual chord structures to facilitate unfamiliar new songs.   The musician was sustained with the inaugurated accomplishment of the Pirate Cove,  a limited responsibility and a charismatic vocalist satisfying the customer assemblage with the past and  current array of musical intuition.   Gary suggesting a portioned  accompaniment,  approaching Herb,  suggesting a trial,  a weekend augmented with the talents of his good friend Jerry Willis.   The Pirates Cove having finally come to full fruition,  the weekend addition of Jerry ensured the continuance of the clubs capacity and success.  Gary experiencing the best of two worlds, a piano bar paradise, the Pirates Cove Club and a pianist dream, the talent of Jan Lawhon.


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