Do I sense an approaching Lauderdale remake of Grey Gardens?
Sometimes I'm too practical, but how did a death-trap like that vault pass fire inspection? Aren't multiple exits required? Or am I just reacting to my claustraphobia?
I've been looking for a '25 Central yearbook! That's when my father graduated. Were there any more Central books from that year?
I was a high school kid when the monstrosity arrived at the downtown Post Office. Our mothers thought it was hideous. My friends and I simply saw it as a target. We were among the happy pranksters who drove downtown from East Memphis to pour soap in the ugly fountain. The bubbles were great, and it looked to us like the designers were asking for it.
My husband is long-time Memphis musician Mike Plunk and he's pretty sure of some of the IDs. Bass player in the top photo is Ben Wages, now deceased. In the botton photo, the bass player is Ronnie Moore, also deceased, and the guitar player is Tony O'Teri who also played with Eddie Floyd (Knock on Wood).
Mike played some at the Whirlaway and remembers that ties were required. If a guy showed up without one, they'd rent him a tie. Legend has it that the Righteous Brothers showed up at the Whirlaway, had no ties, refused to rent ties -- and were turned away.
BTW -- we wanted to point out that it was not unusual for bands to be integrated in that era, and there was one integrated club in Memphis -- The Riviera -- although black guests sat on one side of the dance floor and whites on the other.
By Toby Sells
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