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Wild Bill: The Gunslinger

WIld Bill:  The Gunslinger
In September 1963, between gigs with the Salt City Six, WIld Bill Davison and some musicians played at a private party in Aspen, Colo.  As he was leaving, the host, knowing Bill was a gun collector, gave Bill a .357 magnum pistol and a .22 caliber pistol.  The host had even provided bullets. On the way to the airport, the drunken musicians loaded the guns and took some shots out the bus windows.

Original Dixieland Jass Band Legacy


ABC-TV's Hootenanny Show

In 1964, one of the most popular tv shows was ABC-TV’s Hootenanny TV show. On 1/31/64, the band was offered to appear on the show for $4,000 . The producer wanted one tune for 3 1/2 minutes. Later, I told the producer we decided on "South Rampart St. Parade". He said he wanted it done in 2 1/2 minutes.

The Beginnings - by Pat Carroll, Editor, JASS

Bob Cousins was there when it all began. He was a drummer in the Syracuse University Marching Band ("100 men and a girl") in the early 50's. As "Cuz" recalls the historic moment,  "We were taking a break in the nighttime formation rehearsal when my friend, Jack Maheu and I began fooling around with  'After You've Gone' with field drum and clarinet ! A trumpet player (Don Hunt) wandered over and joined in, contributing to the extemporaneous effort with wonderful time-oriented phrasing and great wit.

Arthur Godfrey by Arnie Koch

In 1952, Arthur Godfrey dominated radio and tv with Talent Scouts on tv Monday evenings and Arthur Godfrey and His Friends on Wednesday evenings plus a radio program every weekday morning.