In case anyone needs definition or a standard to judge by, avellinos is a true Memphian.
Just heard about the passing of the Fabulous Jackie Fargo,Today would of been his birthday. He will be greatly missed. I remember when I was 14 yrs old. Every Tuesday night we went to Louisville Gardens to watch Jackie Fargo & jerry Jarrett wrestle against the bad guys. On September 24,1971 they had a mink coat match where every wrestler had a ballot box on who you would think who would win the overall match , then each wrestler would pull a name out of the box, my name was pick out of Jackie Fargo's box , after each round one girl would be eliminated, I was the last one standing and I won the mink coat from him, you would of thought that I won a million dollars , that is the year that I met my husband at wrestling, and as of today Im still married to him. I am so sad to hear about his death , wrestling has lost a great legend. RIP Jackie Fargo, you were a great entertainer.
I remember one week many years ago, when I was in kindergarten, a friend invited me to go to breakfast with him and his father at Graceland. They were having breakfast with Elvis himself, as my friends dad was friends with the "King". I thanked him kindly but declined as "Saturday mornings were reserved for watching Wrestling with my grandfather." Jackie's on again, off again feud with Lawler provided me with countless cherished memories with my "Pap Paw". Never regretted the decision I made that day over 40 years ago. RIP Jackie, thanks for the memories!
I too used to watch Saturday morning wrestling in Nashville...When Jackie was on, it was required viewing....My favorite tag team was Jackie Fargo and Len Rossi....They used to terrorize Saul Weingroff and Tojo Yamamoto....It was classic fun....Those old ladies on the front row yelling at the wrestlers was the best part...I went to a match one night at the old Fairgrounds Coliseum in Nashville. Jackie and Len Rossi were going up against The hated Carson Brothers, Don and Ron....Jackie went "Berserk" and started throwing chairs....Police had to restrain the crowd...It was awesome how he could entertain and captivate a crowd....He usually won and ended with the famous "Fargo Strut"...I`ll always have fond memories of the "Fabulous One".
RIP to two total legends. The best in their respective genres in Jackie Fargo and Bobby Blue Bland. For any of us who knew him, Jackie was a complete gentleman. And easily could still "Go" on the mike. Love and thanks to both greats.
We have lost a true giant of American music. I got to hear him live only a few times, but those beautiful sounds still echo in my memory. Rest in peace, and thanks for all the amazing music over the years.
I moved to Memphis in 1967 at the age of 12. I remember Jackie being on tv wrestling, which was on at 3:30 pm on Saturdays on WHBQ until it moved to the 11 am slot. The first time I got to go to Ellis Auditorium to see the matches, the main event was Jackie and Roughouse Fargo against the superb heels, Don Carson and The Red Shadow. That was July 1, 1968, and I can remember it as if it were yesterday. Thanks for a lot of fun memories, Jackie. RIP.
RIP Jackie and thanks.
Man, I can't take it anymore.
I remember his late night sets. Years ago, so long gone.
God Bless You, Mr. Bland. May you live forever in your musical echoes.
Prayers for your family.
No worries OTP. For the record "Lead Me On," is one of my favorite singles in the history of recorded sound, and when I heard the news it went on repeat, and has stayed on repeat. I'd have certainly written an obit for Bobby Blue Bland, but performance art is more my forte, and wrestling counts.
As a rather large human being, I never had any doubt that Jackie could kick my ass, well into his 70's. Great schtick.
Shame on you Chris, and your klan buddies.
Club Paradise had to be a premiere location to hear Bobby Blue Bland. Mostly though, I remember his band as kicking it so hard. He must've been quite the band leader as well as vocalist.
MY APOLOGIES TO CHRIS DAVIS AND THE MEMPHIS FLYER STAFF!
Thank you for the Bobby Blue Bland piece.
Thank you LeftwingCracker for the heads up!
Yo, OTP, heads up:
I liked Fargo and Sputnik Monroe. They were great and great for this city.
Why nothing about the passing of world reknown blues singer, Bobby Blue Bland? Do you not think he was as popular, after all he had world-wide fame. He was often called the Frank Sinatra of the blues.
I guess it was just an oversight!
This is what I posted at the CA.
I, too, was glued to the Saturday morning wrestling shows every week. The guys were great. They won the hearts of thousands of Memphians in the arena on tv and at the coliseum. There were so many feuds and rivalries. Bad guy, babyface, bad guy, babyface. I couldn't keep up with all of Lawler's turns. I wished I'd known more about their relationship way back then. One of my memories of Fargo was back at the coliseum. There was a main event that got out of control and the good guys were losing. Can't remember who was wrestling. That bell rang, ding-ding, ding-ding...ding-ding, ding-ding. Finally out from the back Jackie Fargo runs out. His hair had a full lather of shampoo and his pants were not fastened. He had just come from the shower. He jumped in that ring like a young man and opened his can of whoop a.. on the bad guys. He would hit the bad guys, then his pants would fall down, showing his boxers. He'd pull'em up, hit the bad guys, and down they went again. I thought it was funny. Fargo was the enforcer for a long time in Memphis Wrestling.
Rest in Peace Jackie. You gave us much entertainment in the Memphis area over the years. Due to folks like Jackie, and later Jerry Lawler, Memphis had one of the best, weekly, TV wrestling shows in the nation. I'll never forget traveling to Dallas, and watching Wrestling on TV there. Dallas, a much larger TV market, did not have a clue how to entertain the fans, like the Memphis wrestlers could!!!
I wish there was a demand for a mens section of this. A demand = someone besides me.
I didn't catch which store has the flats. They are adorable, and I'd like a pair!
I've found, over the course of the last half century or so, that I have come into and gone out of style a few times and I have not changed.
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