For the past two years Riffin’ on Asheville FM has been devoted to rediscovering the lost gems of regional Carolina rock ‘n’ roll. The project has brought me into contact with so many great folks I can’t count them all, even with my socks off.
Every little while something great comes my way, usually with a simple note, “Thought you might like this.” Here’s the case of something extra special.
In 1970 DJ David Beecher at WFLB AM radio in Fayetteville, NC put together a two-hour showcase of local rock ‘n’ roll representing the area’s wide range of neglected talent covering the entire previous decade. His guest host was Jay Spell, a blind piano player (actually a multi-instrumentalist of the first order) who went on to play with dozens of big names. Just Google him for a sampling of his artist credits.
Heavily featured is the work of Dave Butler (often credited as Dayv Butler) who had played and written with Jay Spell since they were teenagers. Their two early 45rpm singles as The Delmars include drummer Mike Butler. At the time (1970) Mike was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and his brother back home recorded the broadcast on a tape reel and mailed it to him.
Over the years Mike had the tape transferred, first to cassette tape and later to CD. It really is a regional time capsule, including songs of every imaginable style complete with comment and commercials of the era.
Mike was kind enough to share this broadcast with me a few months ago and encouraged my dabbling and discovery. I finally came up with an attempt to share the complete show, along with relevant illustrations where available, as a series of video segments. These have been uploaded to Facebook where I have solicited further comment and reaction in connection with the group Carolina Rock ‘n’ Roll Remembered. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ncrockhistory/ and various other hometown “back when” groups.
The videos are public and can be viewed/listened to even WITHOUT a Facebook account.
Of course, at some point they might receive wider attention when uploaded to YouTube. For now, they are one of our best kept little secrets.
At the bottom of this post are links for the 8 segments comprising this great musical artifact.
The music appearing runs roughly as follows:
Tommy Godbold: I Wanta Hold Your Hand; The Waylites: Summertime; Kip Anderson: I Get Carried Away, Without A Woman, A Knife & A Fork; Arlin Miller: Juicy Brucie; Jimmy Barden: Till I Met You; Lucky Landy; Lyndon Johnson and His Great Society; Dayv Butler: If I Had A Girl; Corporate Image: Not Fade Away; The Symbols: Can I See You Tonight; Dayv Butler: She’s No Baby; The Malabous Ron: She’s A Doll; Dayv Butler: Watch You Work It Out; Kip Anderson: You’ll Lose A Good Thing; The Marke 5: Pay; Psychic Motion: Big Teaser; Wrong Rain: I’m So Proud; Dayv Butler and The News: The Boy Who Only Smiles, Blue Shoes, I Love Everybody; The Playthings: You Were Gone, Confused Again; The Waylites: If You Find It In Your Power; The Highsteps: Thank You John; Plant & See: Henrietta, Leaving; Dayv Butler: Say You Believe In Me; Neon Rainbow: Ain’t No Reason For Believing, Can’t Leave Me, Where Tomorrow; Liquid Smoke: Warm Touch; Dayv Butler: Tryin’ to Get to Memphis.
Many of the recordings featured are from extremely scarce 45s and others from actual demo tapes on-hand at the studio that day, thus not released or available anywhere else.
Enjoy this most excellent blast from the past and experience the sort of stuff that drives Riffin’ to uncover and share with our listeners the sort of lost treasures that are truly worth digging for!
pt. 1: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152749580251747&l=8758210549316063063
pt. 2: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152758711851747&l=1881447467066387614
pt. 3: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152687860371747&l=1762816545300608437
pt. 4: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152761815761747&l=5645693294331610137
pt. 5: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152767172241747&l=3524632909242185099
pt. 6: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152767208246747&l=6508084745035773472
pt. 7: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152768791901747&l=3135857684815842664
pt. 8: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152768806121747&l=7152473954253396781