730 During Paul Marshall's opening song "Good Rockin' Tonight," strange fireballs fell from the ceiling, first once, then like rain. It took host Art Fein ony 40 seconds of watching the flaming intrusions to realize something was wrong, after which he suggested the band stop playing. (They hung in for a long time, firm believers that "the show must go on.") The house fire crew was called in, and the flaming gel removed from the overhead light rig.
745 Harry Orlove (Blue Christmas) See YouTube Video
750 Neil Morrow (One Night) See YouTube Video (Never Been To Spain) See YouTube Video
755 Fleagles (Longlegged Girl, Flaming Star)
805 Truly Lover Trio (My Baby Left Me, Burning Love)
815 Billy Sheets (White Milky Way, Good Rockin Tonight?)
825 Dawn Shipley (Paralyzed, Hound Dog)
830 Crash Justice (His Latest Flame)
835 Justin Curtis (Thats Alright, Heartbreak Hotel)
845 Del Casher (Cant Help Falling In Love, other) See YouTube Video
855 Dusk Devils (Down In The Alley, Little Egypt) See YouTube Video
905 Count Smokula (All Shook Up)
910 Rod & The Tonemasters (Dont Be Cruel) See YouTube Video
915 Crown City Bombers (Fool Such As I, One-Sided Love Affair)See YouTube Video
930 Fur & Steve (Follow That Dream)
Glen Glenn• Fred Willard • Carlos Guitarlos • Russel Scott
photos: Elizabeth Blozan
A wonderful time was had by all. Money was made for charity, The L.A. Firemans Museum, selected by City Councilman Tom Labonge, who arranged for us to get this place, which rents for $20,000 a night, for free.
Started off with a bang, when fire dripped from the ceiling. Billy Sheets did Roy Browns version of Good Rockin Tonight, (right after Truly Lover Trio did GRT - I get the song list ALMOST straightened out every year). Fred Willards Faded Love included a false ending, where he came back after breaking down and sobbing. (Fred is a rock & roll nut, with a penchant for The Coasters.) Phil Alvin disturbed the theme of the night - because hes a disturbin guy - by leading off the Blasters set with Please Please Please as a tribute to James Brown. (Hey Phil - James Browns Birthday Bash is May 3rd!) It was sensational.
This years 21st show - however you count it, James Intveld and Ronnie Mack did the first one Jan 8, 1986 - was marked by the absence of nearly all the Class of 86: Ray Campi got sick, Levi got stranded, Candye Kane had a recording session, James Intveld and Rosie Flores were performing at Ted Roddys show in Austin (!!!), Dwight Yoakam nowhere to be seen, Ronnie Mack stayed home, The Paladins I dont know nuthin about, what ever happened to the Rockin Rebels? Russell Scott was our main mainstay carry-over from Ancient Times, but the show was as great as ever with its mix of old and new faces. Good times! Long Live Elvis!
Also on hand was Elizabeth Blozan, who was selling and signing her comprehensive documentary about rockabilly in L.A. Rebel Beat, in the lobby. Its a terrific overview of our slice of The Good Life in sunny Cal.