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03/03/13     George Allison  (1965)      gallison@triad.rr.com
Watching a PBS Special of the British Invasion music from the 60s. Brings back a lot memories (the ones that I can remember). Some old videos of the group or the group now if still alive. Great music. Toe tapping too.
 
03/07/13     Jenkie Willard  (1965)      Flwillard007@aol.com
Re: PBS Special
Talkin' about memories: I saw The Beatles in the spring of 1966 at D.C. Stadium! It was probably the worst concert
I ever went to. Couldn't hear anything 'cause the girls in
attendance were constantly SCREAMING! The absolute best concert I ever heard was Chuck Berry..."Oh Carol, don't let them steal your heart away, I got to learn to dance if it takes me all night and day...". How about you guys--what's your WORST and BEST concert experiences?

P.S. Mary Jane Powell would have loved to correct the grammar in the above.
03/07/13     George Allison  (1965)      gallison@triad.rr.com
Re: PBS Special
I have not been to only a couple of concerts. The best would have to be a Vince Gill concert. Also, saw the Dave Clark 5 in Greensboro back in 65. The NCO club provided entertainment during my 20 AF years. I don't like crowds and do not attend concerts anymore.
03/09/13     Sandra Young O'Malley  (1965)      sandyk4305@aol.com
Re: PBS Special
The best concert I ever saw was Keith Urban a few years ago at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He sang 4 1/2 straight hours...I think that was when he was doing coke and before Nicole Kidman. He plays a mean guitar. We also used to have some good concerts at Longwood such as the Coasters, Temptations, etc.
03/13/13     Wes Shumate  (1965)      ses2@optonline.net
Re: PBS Special
Best concert was Jim Croce / Doobie Brothers / Loggins & Messina --- one amazing evening in Knoxville, TN 1972.

Worst experience was a Four Tops or Temptations concert in Roanoke in late 60's (performers failed to show up).
03/19/13     Archie Thomasson  (1965)      Archer1710@msn.com
Re: PBS Special
Guys, I am embarassed to tell you that my best concert was an Elvis concert in 1974 at the Roanoke Civic Center. My wife bought the tickets, made me get out my best 'leisure suit', and off we went to see Elvis...I am going to let this clip say what I thought of the concert....it was just a few weeks ago on the Letterman Show....I became an Elvis 'groupie' in 1974....archie (copy and paste)
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=G8fjHJbF9Es
03/21/13     Sam Hedgecock  (1965)      fiveshrubs@cox.net
Re: PBS Special
My wife and I also were at the Roanoke concert; we got a lot of flack for even going, but it was great! In 1977 we also caught the flack for going to a Frank Sinatra concert here in Norfolk, which was even better.
03/28/13     Bush  (1965)      fiveshrubs@cox.net
Re: PBS Special
On second thought, the best concert I ever went to wasn't a concert but a dance. It was Spring 1968 and Ring Dance weekend at Va Tech, we had Duke Ellington and His Orchestra for 2 nights. To borrow from Mr James Brown (also a great show), it was "up tight and out of sight!" I think Duke past on the following year.
03/31/13     Greg Norton  (1963)      sgnorton@hotmail.com
Re: PBS Special
One of my "best" was in 1998 or 1999 - went to the Doral Pro Am Celebrity Dinner Concert with Kenny Rogers performing - there were only about 100 of us there and I could have sat on the front row about ten feet from Kenny but opted to sit back to avoid the loud speakers - this is after a dinner with Brian Greise and Bill Russell and some others I do not remember now.

Also sat at the feet of Doc Watson in a coffee shop in Blacksburg VA in 1964 as he played to celebrate the openning of the shop - did not know who he was then!
03/31/13     Archie Thomasson  (1965)      Archer1710@msn.com
Re: PBS Special
Reflections stir the soul, Greg and Sam….lately I have had a lot of time to reflect, and the question of ‘the best’ relates to stages of my life. When I was young and crazy, A James Brown concert at the newly opened Salem Civic Center awakened my ‘soul’ to a frenzy….I went to the parking lot three times to ‘fill up my chrome flask’ with Jack Daniels. I had been to ‘Herman’s Hermit’s’, ‘The Happenings’, ‘The Association’, and even a ‘Ricky Nelson’ concert. I thought I was the ‘man’ in dancing, til a black girl walked up to me and asked if I learned to dance from Arthur Murray….I think what she taught me was the ‘dirty dog’....and then there was me, my date (a blue eyed blonde) and 7000 blacks celebrating our new found friendship….but a necessary life experience for the ‘kid from the ville’….
04/02/13     Greg Norton  (1963)      sgnorton@hotmail.com
Re: PBS Special
Archie - in 1974 I was in the Bedford, VA Army National Guard and was a member of the Virginia Army National Guard pistol team. Another member of the team was a Roanoke policeman whom I knew well and who was selected as Elvis's personal body guard for that concert. Elvis gave him about 15 of the neck scarfs he would rub around his neck and throw to the crowd. He said Elvis was real down to earth guy.
04/03/13     Archie Thomasson  (1965)      Archer1710@msn.com
Re: PBS Special
Greg, You’re probably talking about Dennis Murphy. Dennis is a retired Salem City Police Officer. He was assigned to Security for Elvis in 1974 at the Salem Sheraton, on 419 at Interstate 81. Dennis has written about this several times in the Roanoke Times, but I will attempt to paraphrase what he said about Elvis. He said that about 2 or 3 am, Elvis’ room door opened, and out stepped the man. They chitchatted for a few minutes, and (I always thought this was BS, but now I really believe) Elvis asked him where he could get a good cheeseburger. Dennis told him that the closest thing was the 220 Truck Stop, on Franklin Road (where Outback is now). He told him that he was on duty til 7, so ‘hop in the cruiser’, and we’ll ‘go get a Cheeseburger’. Murphy said that Elvis sat in the car while he went in and retrieved a couple of CB’s and a couple of fries. He reported that they rode around the Star City for an hour or so, and he returned Elvis to his taped up motel room. The City of Salem kept the car for another 20 years, and tried to sell it to a collector, as everything was ‘documented’. I don’t think they got as much as they wanted, but they did get as much for it, as they had ‘paid new’. Just as your friend reported, he said that Elvis was a ‘nice guy’….but then again, Richard Nixon made Elvis a ‘Special Agent’ in the War on Drugs….archie
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