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  1. The Houston Chronicle only says that Tony Sepolio wasn't the operator of the Paladium after 1957. I haven't found the date the club closed.

    The Paladium was owned by Johnny Martinez. Tony Sepolio was the booking agent. It probably closed in 1957. Don't know when it was torn down, but there was no demand for huge ballrooms after 1957 (except the Pan American club).

  2. I found this in Billboard about the live broadcast from the Texas Corral on radio station KLEE in 1950.

    Billboard Nov 18, 1950

    Sleepy Bob Everson, KLEE, Houston, reports that Slim Williams has settled in Houston. Everson is emseeing the Houston Barn Dance, held Wednesday nights at the Texas Corral there. Harry Choates, Pete Hunter, Tommy Sands, Hank Lochlin, Jerry Jericho, Hub Sutter and Jimmy Heap are featured.

    I've found no further mention of broadcasts from the Texas Corral or the Paladium/Palladium Club after 1950.

    PJ Proby describes the Hitching Post of 1954 as a cowboy bar. It's odd they would change the name of a cowboy bar to a swanky sounding name like the Palladium Club unless they also changed the decor and provided entertainment besides C&W.

    The Paladium Club was never called The Hitching Post. It wasn't a "cowboy bar," but a huge ballroom that could seat over 2,000 people.

  3. P.J. Proby's staff say it's definite that Proby sang at the Hitching Post in 1954 and so did Elvis and Tommy Sands.


    Musicians make a lot of claims. Bear in mind that they often exaggerate, distort, and invent memories and events in the process, especially if famous celebrities like Elvis are involved. It's quite possible that there was a bar called the Hitching Post and all these people played there, but just as likely, if not more so, that Proby either invented this event or confused the name of the Paladium Club.

  4. Found this ad in the book "River Oaks: A Pictorial Presentation" (nd, c.1930). Does anybody have any issues of "The Gargoyle," the magazine for the discriminating Houstonian?


  5. I agree, the photo is deceiving. Maybe the camera angle, who knows. You're way over my head with George Champion. I heard of the Champion Sisters, but never heard their music. Were George and Bennie local before they, "Made it"?

    The Champion Sisters are George Champion's daughters.

    George and Bennie were Houston artists. They never "made it big" nationally. Which is meaningless, anyway.

  6. Hey Don, Check out this link, http://governor.state.tx.us/music/tour/pioneers I had to look, and refresh my memory, but in this article it states that Utah Carl was 6'6" tall, and gives his full history. I called an old-timer ( Don't want to say his name without his permission ) who has lived in Alvin, Texas all his life, who knew Utah Carl. He confirmed that he was a tall man, with very big features. He chuckled, and stated that he never measured him, but did stand next to him mnay times. He stated that he would judge him to be about that tall, as he is 6'2" tall, and he stated that Utah Carl was a good bit taller than him, and was really wide, with big hands, and feet. I always wondered what happened to Carl Jr. and why there is very little info about Utah Carl. Interesting trivia!

    Come to think of it, I did talk to someone who knew him, and described him as "a big, tall fellow." But he doesn't appear to be much taller than the rest of the band in the photo. Oh well.

    Anybody remember the pianist, George Champion? He played a lot with Bennie Hess as well.

  7. Here's a good pic of Utah Carl and the Gulf Coast Playboys in Channel 13 Studios. 1958?

    Left to right: Herbie Treece, Utah Carl, Clem Kujawa, Sam Reece, Wiley Barkdull, and George Champion on piano.


  8. Here is the complete text of the Marie Phelps article.

    Visit to Frenchtown

    by Marie Lee Phelps

    (Houston Post, 22 May 1955)

    "Comment ca va?"

    It was a soft voice from the Bayou Teche country of Louisiana.

    "Oh! Pliz scuse. How you?" Black eyes rolled in mischievous welcome. "You come into my house?"

    I stood on Deschaumes Street, or was it Delia, Adalia, or Lelia? Or was I in Houston at all? The air was heavy and sweet with a tropical abundance of oleanders, cape jasmines, vines. The sumptuous smell of creole gumbo sifted lazily out of a kitchen window.

    Was I really only a stone's throw from that roaring artery of the city -- Jensen Drive? You're farther than that, sister. You're as far away from Jensen Drive as the Evangeline country is from Houston. You're in Frenchtown.

    This fascinating community, the least known facet of Houston's multiple personality, has been in existence near Liberty Road on the northeast side of the city since 1922. It is about four blocks square. The heart of the settlement may be said to lie between streets with the musical names Lelia and Roland.

    Here in an atmosphere as foreign as French pie and rub bo'd (sic) music live about 500 people of French and Spanish descent. They come from Saint Martinsville, Lafayette, LeBeau, Louisiana. They call themselves creoles. Most of them have very fair skin, lustrous, expressive eyes, beautiful black hair. I was struck by the patrician features of those I met, the long nose, the thin, sensitive lips.

    What brought these people from the Bayou Teche country to Houston, where they have stuck together thick as a family clan, yet ever apart from the city? Father Cornelius Sullivan, their priest who holds mass, teaches their children at Our Mother of Mercy Roman Catholic Church nearby, says they came when jobs got scarce in Louisiana. The Southern Pacific Railroad in Houston was offering many job opportunities in the

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  9. A great deal of Frenchtown was destroyed when I-59 was being built, as this front-page article from the Informer (January 12, 1952) details. This included The Creole Club at 3101 Jerrell, which may have been the birthplace of zydeco music. Just one of the hundreds of Houston landmarks bulldozed, forgotten, and written out of history.


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  10. I love watching movies back there.

    With a bit of luck, my own films will eventually be included in the Domi show. I shot ten thousand feet of 16mm film in the late 60s and 70s. The Hill (Herman pk) Dallas Pop Festival (1969), Deuce is Wild (promo film shot at the Catacombs) and much more..just waiting to hear from these people.

    That sounds great.

  11. Think it was Part 1, would have alerted you guys, but didn't know until a friend called to tell me (after it started).

    A few things featured were:

    1. Lincoln Treater

    2. Phenix Dairy (showed delivery trucks)

    3. Pilgrim Temple (constructed for fraternal order)

    4. Prince's on 4500 Main

    5. Shamrock Hotel

    I was very intrigued by the story of the Pilgrim Temple. Built by Alfred Finn. Must have sat in one of the wards. Had an auditorium for meetings, held 600-800 people, had physician & attorney offices, a labor union, the NAACP, they held Debutante Balls there, even Duke Ellington & Cab Calloway played there.

    Does anyone know what happened to this bldg. & where it was located, exactly?

    The Pilgrim Temple was on the eastern edge of the Fourth Ward, and its most important building.

    I was surprised to see a photo of the building. Actually hearing people who went there was an amazing bonus.

    60 cents to see Earl Hines...

    Houston Informer, Feb. 18, 1939:


  12. Ive passed this store a few times recently and never find it open. So I stopped there this afternoon and looked in the windows...it's something else. An old-style original counter and soda fountain, old-time shelves...I know it's all legit in age: the neon sign out front has got to date from the 40's.

    Whats weird and SO cool is that it looks like someone just left the store as is, many years ago. There are old products...greeting cards, mags, make-up, etc. still on the shelves. Looks like its been closed for many years. I went round back and checked the electricity meter, and the power is on. Looked inside and spotted a clock on the wall which was working.

    Again, its called Huston's Drugs and it's on Washington, just outside of downtown, across the street from Salvation Army. The neon sign outside appears to be broken but it's blue in color.

    ANY info on this place or who owns it would be appreciated.

    It was still open when I lived in the neighborhood (1990....). I can't seem to recall if the fountain was still working at that time. I seem to remember that it closed not long afterwards, but, like you say, it was ambiguous, because everything was still in the store.

  13. Lockmat, you seem to make the argument that

    A) The universe is perfect; if measurements were only fractionally different, life couldn't exist -- ergo, God. (The "fine tuning" argument.)


    B ) The Bible is the inerrant word of the same supreme being that created the universe, i.e. God.

    This is a completely contradictory position. If the universe is fine tuned, then Moses could not have parted the sea, to name but one of many, many examples. The whole strength of the "fine tuning" argument rests on the premise that the natural order of the universe, having been created and fine tuned by God, is utterly inalterable in its order.

    If A is true, then B is false.

    If B is true, then A is false.

  14. So exactly what part of going before the public to profess hatred for someone do you have a problem with? :rolleyes:

    Note: I'm not defending Limbaugh.

    If I'd devoted 15,000 hours of my life to the single-minded goal of pouring hatred and ridicule upon stereotypes of what I imagine conservative Republicans are on national radio -- and convince myself I was being "patriotic" in the process! -- you might actually have a point.

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