Everybody's mad at me right now because all I did was take a week off from work in order to conduct a holy religious pilgrimage to Dauphin Island so I could contemplate the cosmic meaning ofTHE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ADVENT OF THE BIKINI!http://www.bikiniscience.com/chronology/1945-1950_SS/LR4601_S/LR4601.htmlI would think at least some of you could sympathize with the pain I suffered today at noon when I looked out on the beach for the last time [High temperature: 77 degrees] & sadly pointed my trustee Ford Exploder north to head across the bridge spanning The Mississippi Sound and back to lovely Tuscaloosa.Got back to the office to find about a hundred emails. Some of the most interesting stuff came from the yahoogroup CHAMPAGNEJAM.One of the contributors included the web address for Chuck Rinaldo's website. Chuck once owned two notorious Atlanta rock venues, C.W. Shaw's & Baker Street.
Dean,Robert & Chuck in a Tom Hill copyright photo from Chuck's websitehttp://www.cwshawsbakerst.com/
From: "Alison Heafner"
To: "robert register" Subject:
Re: The Mysterious Saga of the Allman Joys Poster
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2005 20:12:12 -0600
ROBERT, I COULD TELL YOU A MILLION STORIES ABOUT MAYNARD. HE PLAYED IN THE HOUSE BAND AT C.W. SHAW'S
IN ATLANTA IN THE HEYDAY OF STUDIO ONE. SKYNYRD, A.R.S., MOSE JONES, .38 SPECIAL, AND ALL OF US HEATHERNS HUNG OUT AND JAMMED EVERYNITE WITH THE SHORTY AND PAM WATKINS BAND TIL' DAYLITE OR WE PASSED OUT. OUR GREAT HOST WAS A GUY NAMED CHUCK RENALDO
WHO SHOWED UP EVERY WHERE WE PLAYED IN THE WORLD, INCLUDING KNEBWORTH, ENGLAND IN FRONT OF 205,000 ROCKIN' ASS LIMEYS! THEY WERE THE GREATEST FANS ON THE PLANET!! MUCH MORE LATER!!!
RENEGADE ROBERT NIX!!!.....
P.S. MAYNARD AND THE SHORTY WATKINS BAND WAS PROBABLY THE BEST UNKNOWN BAND I EVER HAD THE PLEASURE TO KNOW!!!!!!.........................................
Robert was also kind enough to send us over a hundred photos taken by Kerri Pyle http://www.apbband.com/
at a recent studio session for Artimus Pyle's ANTI-VENOMhttp://www.snapfish.com/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=39462586/a=48287810_10332578/t_=48287810
I really enjoyed watching Artimus play on Freebird during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame awards program on VH1 this week.
Here's the link for the Atlanta Rhythm Section group discussion on yahoo.comhttp://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/ChampagneJam/
AL KOOPER WID DAH MOSE JONES GANG-check out the cat in the ARS t-shirt
photo courtesy of Marvin Taylor http://www.java-monkey.com/home.htm
"Mose Jones" band from the seventies at C W Shaw's
in Atlanta around 1977
Chris Seymour, drums; Randy Lewis, bass; Marvin Taylor, guitar (Steve McRay is behind the Hammond B-3 on the left just out of the picture)
From: "Al Kooper"
Subject: Re: Hey, AL Kooper: After Reading Dean & Nix , Check Out The Stuff On Randy Lewis of MOSE JONES
Date: Thu, 26 May 2005 02:45:18 -0400
To: "robert register"
The Mose Jones story took a totally bizarre turn in 2001.
was dying in Florida, Bryan Cole and Jimmy O Neil who lived in Atlanta,
went down to pay their last respects to Randy in FL. Upon their return,
they BOTH were admitted to the hospital in serious condition with two
Jimmy O Neil (guitar-MOSE JONES) passed away after
a week in the hospital. Bryan Cole (drums-MOSE JONES) lost a leg but
pulled through and lives today. You couldn't find two sweeter guys in
the world. Steve McRay (keys-MOSE JONES) is the only one who hasn't
been sidelined by this weird Mose Jones "curse", but he was NOT
actually an original member. He replaced Clay Watkins, who decided drug
dealing was more important at the time. He died shortly after making
If you couple this with Skynyrd's life losses (Ronnie
Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Allen Collins, Cassie Gaines,
Leon Wilkerson) and the tough fight I myself had in 2001 (lost 2/3 of
my sight and had unrelated brain surgery) you must surely give some
creedence to a SOUNDS OF THE SOUTH curse of some sort.......
and Kooper live on nonetheless (....so far)
- Al Kooper