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Music Legends

Any ideas on who…

Charles Albert Brock is? He wrote this song way back yonder.

C A Brock wrote this gospel song

C A Brock wrote this gospel song


David Johnson got me to thinking…

with the event he and Ian Sanford are putting together for downtown Sheffield. The event is called Back to the Sixties on Saturday Night. It will be held Saturday, May 28, 2011 on Montgomery Avenue 6:00pm – 10:00pm. Included in the performer lineup for the event are the Weejuns. Weejuns I asked? What are weejuns? Perhaps they are ‘Long Tall Texans’ with a penny in their shoe.

Weejuns

Girls, did you wear a penny or a dime in your Weejuns?

Photos of Norwegian farmers wearing loafers to perform work inspired the re-introduction of them here in the United States. That was back in the 1930s. In the 1950s they were again popular, very popular.

The shoes featured no buttons or shoestrings, had a low heel, and fit below the ankle. Loafers suddenly became quite popular, and were manufactured by both Spaulding and the Bass Company. Bass retained the Norwegian name for loafers, calling them Weejuns. One can still purchase Bass Weejuns today, though technically they only differ from other loafers in name.

The shoe had a mouth opening which soon was used to hold an ornamentation – perhaps a penny and thus penny loafers became a style. Penny loafers often held a dime instead of a penny. If a girl’s date got out of line she could call home on a pay phone. We called the dime or dollar mad money.

Never having been a material girl, it is just now that I realize that you were not cool unless your penny loafers were Weejuns. By that statement I’m not confessing that anyone was or was not cool in high school, I just did not care if the brand name of my penny loafers was Weejuns.


Tell us all you know about Ava…

you know, the inside scoop, the real tidbits that make her human, and all about her talent for we know that there are many still around here that knew and worked with her. First hand accounts of any story or person are always the best.

Ava Aldridge was born 21 Feb 1946 and died 12 August 2003 of cancer. She was a Sheffield girl; a river rat. And a very talented one at that.

Ava Aldridge was an acclaimed songwriter and vocalist and beloved figure in the Muscle Shoals music industry, who recorded as a solo artist for MCA in the 1970’s and sang backup for artists like Hank Williams Jr., Delbert McClinton, Amy Grant, Crystal Gayle, Percy Sledge and Wilson Pickett

She is probably best known as a songwriter, however, whose compositions include “Sharing The Night Together” for Dr. Hook and “Treat Her Right” for Sawyer Brown.  Ava was also renowned in the Muscle Shoals music industry for being one of the area’s finest songwriting mentors, always eager to assist young talent as they navigated their careers and burgeoning talent.  Sadly, Ava died August 12, 2003 of cancer in Sheffield, AL at age 57.  Her impressive legacy of music continues to inspire countless Muscle Shoals musicians.

Singer, Songwriter. Her songwriting crossed several genres, and she wrote songs for country, rhythm and blues, gospel, and pop music, with two of her songs reaching high chart status twenty years apart. In 1976 she co-wrote theAva Aldridge song “Sharing the Night Together” with fellow songwriter Eddie Struzick. After being recorded by several artists, the 1979 recording of the song by the group “Dr. Hook” reached Number 6 on the Popular Music charts. In the 1990s she co-wrote “Treat her Right” with singer-songwriter Lenny LeBlanc. It was recorded by the country music group “Sawyer Brown” and his rose to Number 3 in the Country Music charts in 1996. More than 150 of her songs have been recorded. (bio by: Chuck Kearns) 


Vote now, vote early, vote often…

in our poll for your favorite version of  the song “Loving You Could Never Be Better.” This little jewel was written by the Shoals’ own Peanut and Charlene Montgomery. One version was recorded by the little hairdresser from Red

Loving You Could Never Be Better Than It Is Right Now

Loving You Could Never Be Better Than It Is Right Now

 Bay. Another version was recorded by someone who lived at one time in the Shoals. I would be surprised if they were not all recorded in the Shoals. The youtube videos of the performances will follow the poll.

So vote, get your children to vote, get your parents to vote, get your relatives to vote – dead or alive – just like in the real electoral process. Vote early and often. The singers are in this order: Tammy Wynette, George the Jones, Tanya Tucker, and Mel Street.

NOTE: For the Tammy Wynette version and the George Jones version you will need to click on the ‘watch on youtube’ hyperlink to view the video. Bummer.

 


One of my many favorite…

cornbread fed and southern bred GRITS!

Angela Hacker. Nuff said.

Angela Hacker

Angela Hacker

Of course Zac Hacker ain’t bad either, nor Randy Owen


Happy birthday Sam…

Sam Phillips at Sun Records

Sam Phillips at Sun Records

says Terry Pace a friend of Remembering Sheffield. Terry posted the following:

Today marks the 88th anniversary of the birth of one of the best friends I ever had — the late, great Sam Phillips (1923-2003), native of the Muscle Shoals area, founder of Sun Records, “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and the musical visionary who discovered everyone from Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Rufus Thomas, Little Milton, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Ike Turner to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis (shown here with Sam in 1958), Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich. We miss you, Sam — and we need you more than ever!