Larry Walton Entertainment - St. Louis
larrys.bands at charter.net
Fri Nov 17 11:09:33 PST 2006
That's really a funny story - I'm surprised the band could even play. I
would have been laughing too hard.
I have to tell the story to the band.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Barbone" <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
To: "DJML" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Friday, November 17, 2006 12:14 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Megaphones
> Tom Wiggins posted about the California Highway Department "Megaphones"
> which reminded me of a funny story.
> In the late 1950s I was gigging with Kenny Butterfield's Beale Street
> Stompers at the Melody Lounge in Sunnyside NY. The Melody was a rough
> young people audience and some who were fighters. There was a fight there
> about every other week.
> One of the tougher guys had just been released from jail. A nice, but real
> Dead End Kid. He loved the band and would buy us drinks etc. Fought often
> the bar there. Big guy, always dressed like a bricklayer just coming in
> One night, he came in and asked to sit in. We were afraid to refuse and
> sure. He had a suitcase with him that could have been a Tenor case. He
> proceeded slowly onto the stand and made a production of slowly opening
> case. Then he took out a large traffic cone. Beautiful orange color with
> NYPD stenciled on the side. Held it up, to his lips and proceeded to sing
> loudly (really a guttural hum) through it on Bill Bailey which he had
> requested. Tore the place up and got a standing O for his "solo".
> He never cracked a smile, slowly put it back in the case when done and
> the stand to a cheering crowd. Then bought us all a drink to thank us.
> It was a very funny scene.
> Steve Barbone
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