[Dixielandjazz] Re:A Red Nichols True Story?

DWSI at aol.com DWSI at aol.com
Thu Jun 1 03:27:17 PDT 2006

A question for anyone familiar with the true Red Nichols history. Tell me  if 
this is a true story or was someone putting the new kid on? In 1954 I took a  
job in a department store in Champaign, Illinois, to help pay for my college  
education. I also had a steady job in a Dixieland band, (how sweet it was!). 
In  that department store was a clerk with immensly thick glasses. The older 
guys  said he played drums with the Red Nichols band and developed cataracts. 
On his  way through Champaign, this drummer dropped out and took the best job 
he could  find, I guess. He said little, when I questioned him, but he didn't 
deny that  the story was true. Does it sound true to you guys?

Dan (Backup Piano)  Spink

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