Dick Curless: The Forgotten Baron of Country Music

WSJR the little station in Maine that first played "Tombstone"

Google "Radio London" to learn what happened to Station Manager Rick Phillips, or read the story in "Crossing the Musical Color Line".
Google "Radio London" to learn what happened to Station Manager Rick Phillips, or read the story in "Crossing the Musical Color Line". | Source

Dick Curless in 1965

The WSJR Program Director left Maine and became the top Dee Jay at Radio London

Rick Phillips left WSJR and became the top jock on Radio London, the huge pirate radio station off the English coast.  He was a close friend of the Beatles
Rick Phillips left WSJR and became the top jock on Radio London, the huge pirate radio station off the English coast. He was a close friend of the Beatles | Source

by Bill Russo

Dick Curless didn't live long enough to cash even one Social Security check. He passed away in 1995 at the age of 63 after a battle with stomach cancer.

It has been less than twenty years since he died, why then has he been forgotten? Anybody who ever drove a truck or wanted to, or whoever worked on a farm, knew Dick Curless' signature song - 'A Tombstone Every Mile'.

I am proud to say that I was there at the birth of that song and saw it nourished and grow into one of the biggest truck-driving' hits of all time. I am going to post a video of the tune and tell the story of the man and his craft - but first some background.

If you look at a map of Maine, you probably won't be able to find where Dick Curless was born. That's because most maps, cut off the top of the state and put it on a separate page. That cut-off part is what the locals call "The County." Aroostook County - a largely uninhabited expanse of thickly wooded hills and valleys that is bigger than Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. The population of this vast area is only about 73,000. Presque Isle is the biggest city with over 9,500 residents. Caribou is next with about 8,000 people and the town where Dick was born, Fort Fairfield has a population of 3,500.

While there are not many people in this area, there are lots of potatoes. There are so many potato farms that in late September the schools shut down for three weeks so that the children can help with the harvest. In the 1960s every spud was picked by hand from cold clumps of earth and put in a barrel. Kids and grandparents would battle each other to see how many barrels they could pick in a day. Pay was something like 25 cents a barrel. Even today there are still farms that pick by hand, but most use mechanized harvesters. Kids still get out of school for three weeks though.

Fort Fairfield potato field

Truck drivers used to haul the loads from 'The County' to market in Boston - a trip of almost 500 miles over some of the most dangerous roads in the nation. The route that passes by the village of Haynesville (population 112) was especially tricky and it was this highway that inspired 'Tombstone Every Mile'. The hairpin turn by Haynesville is the most treacherous part of the haul. One report posted on the internet said that 13 lives have been lost at that curve.

This is the culture which surrounded the young Dick Curless. Hard work. Not much television - before cable, the TV signals had great difficulty getting through the mountains. Dick's father was a heavy equipment operator and part time musician. The younger Curless began singing and playing at an early age and even hosted a radio gig while still a teenager. Despite a chronic illness that plagued him through his career, Dick was drafted and spent 1952 to 1954 in Korea, driving army trucks and often getting to entertain the troops on Armed Forces Radio. When he got back to the states in 1954 he had a shot at fame and fortune when he appeared on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scout program. He got a few bookings and had a few regional releases but went all through the rest of the 50's and the first half of the 1960's with little success.

About the time Dick was getting ready to receive his big break, I had become involved in a pioneering venture in the northernmost town in the 48 contiguous United States - Madawaska. It sits at the very top of Aroostook County, which sits at the very top of Maine. Madawaska is so Northerly - that, if you drive Southwest for about three hundred miles, you will land in Montreal. More than 80% of the town's 5,000 people speak French at home and in school. So somebody had the genius idea to start an English speaking radio station in this town that is spread across a couple miles of the American bank of the St. John River. On the other side, is the New Brunswick city of Edmunston - where everybody speaks French.

I was the morning DJ on the station -WSJR-, signing on at six a.m. with the Star Spangled Banner, an "everybody up and attem", and a rousing rendition of 'Stars and Stripes Forever' - as I invited everybody to march around the breakfast table.

The citizens may not have spoken great English and probably didn't understand all of what I was saying, but they sure liked The Beatles, 'Helvis' (that's the Cajun pronunciation), Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and whatever else was at the top of the charts. Being located about ten hours away from Boston made it hard to get all of the hits, but we had some help.

Bob Clayton of WHDH (Boston Ballroom) provided me with some of the hot 45's, others were sent by record companies, and some we purchased ourselves.

For a time we had a DJ who came from New York City and every week his Mom sent a care package of the 45's we were not otherwise able to obtain.

Somehow, with the blessings of the angel who founded the station, Mr. Vaughn Currier, of the Maine Public Service Company (the electric company) we kept the station on the air and had pretty fair success generating advertising revenue. People began talking about us and we had a decent following all the way to Fort Kent and on down to Frenchville. Playing mostly Rock , we slipped in a good amount of country crossover stuff like Sonny James, Johnny Cash, Skeeter Davis, George Jones, etc.

The local J C Penny's put in a rack of 45s and they sold out just about everything that they were able to bring in. We even started to get fan letters and people visiting the studio.

One morning near the end of my shift at 10, the station secretary came in to the studio. -"There's a man outside who has a record he wants you to play," she said.

"Well if it is a French record, please tell him that we appreciate it but we only play English records," I said. There were a number of area groups who were recording, but all of them were in French and they were playing 1940s music.

"No," she responded, "he's American. I think he's a cowboy."

"Okay, send him in.", I decided.

I was not prepared for who came through the door. Tall and spare - the man was sporting brown jeans and shirt with a string tie and ten gallon hat and fancy boots that seemed to bring him up to about six and a half feet tall.

"My name is Dick Curless and I am a singer from right here in the County," he told me in a soft voice that was as deep as a well that doesn't dry up even in a heat wave. "I've got a new song here, I'd love for you guys to play. It's about trucking and its about potatoes and it's about Maine."

He handed me a disc that proclaimed "Allagash Records" presents "Dick Curless and A Tombstone Every Mile". He explained to me that he was from Fort Fairfield and he and his partner had started the new record company themselves, pressing the discs and even distributing it themselves.

I gave the '45' a quick preview and instantly fell in love with it. Moments later, I introduced Dick Curless to the St. John Valley and played the record on the air for the first time..

Here's the song and my story of how it became a hit

The Music Spreads Beyond The County

 

We played the song probably a dozen more times that first day and reaction was immediate. Dick drove down to Penny's and sold them a trunk full of records and he headed off for Presque Isle to see if the WAGM jockeys would play it. They did. WFST in Caribou picked it up. On he went, all the way down to Bangor where WABI played it . Dick marched into Portland and they spun it. Everywhere he went Dick sold a trunkful of records and people began to notice the little country Truckin' tune from Maine. . The Boston stations got involved and then Capitol Records came into the picture. They bought Allagash records and signed Dick to a multi - record deal and "Tombstone" became a top five country hit all over the nation. During the next couple decades Dick placed almost two dozen more songs in the top forty.

I want to clarify something about the eye patch. He did not wear it in the 50s and 60s...as you will note in the 1965 photo. In the late 1980s I saw him at a State Fair and he was wearing the patch, but it seemed to be the least of his health problems. He did not go into detail, except to say that he had fought the battle of the bottle and was on the verge of being knocked out, but when he was down for about a nine count, he found Jesus and his life was saved and he found sobriety.

Pete Hoppula has written a fine bio posted on the internet that says Dick always had a bad eye and a bad heart. I knew about the heart problems that had plagued him even before he went into the service, but I didn't know anything about the bad eye.

At that show in the late 80s's Dick went on stage before a full house and sang stately and sedately. He was very good, but he was a changed man. He sang "Since I Met You Jesus", to the tune of the Ivory Joe Hunter Classic, "Since I Met You Baby". Some people did not like it.

"Sing the 'Ice Man'," somebody shouted. Dick ignored the request for the 'off color'  party tune that  had been a popular feature of his live shows for many years.  Pressure grew as the call for the raunchy ditty was taken up by  more and more people.

"Come on!!! , Sing the Freakin' Ice Man!!!," they persisted, getting noisier and rowdier.

"I don't sing those songs any more," Dick patiently and quietly stated. There was a sadness about him that saddened me. He stilled the crowd and won them over with two of his best songs. He performed " Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee Juke Box Man " and closed out to enthusiastic applause with "Tombstone".

As long as he lived, he never again performed the "Ice Man" and I respect him for it. But I also think that the song is hilarious and harmless, so I hope that he wouldn't be offended if I post it for you to hear. I am also prompted to post it because of Boston radio great, Norm Nathan , who always advised, "Leave the world a little sillier than you find it." So here's "The Iceman".   Please let me know if you like it.

Dick's Biggest Live Hit was the rowdy Ice Man song

Dick Curless 1980's

The Jukebox Man

The Baron sings"The Baron" - introduced by Buck Owens

Haynesville Road-Hairpin Turn Claims 13 Lives

Miscellany

Well that's about it. I hope you will enjoy discovering or re-discovering Dick Curless. Just a couple more things. Some reissues of "Tombstone" have cut out the swirling wind at the beginning of the song. If there is no wind, it is not the original.

If you live in Miami and feel like a little road trip, just get on Route One and you can drive all the way to the very beginning of the Road in Fort Kent, Maine.It's only 2,312 miles. After going about 1,900 miles you will think you have traveled back in time, for you will be near the Haynesville Woods and 'The County' where the forests are still as they were in the year 1600.

Keep on driving another hundred miles then pull off the road for a quick meal of a County Hot Dog. It's a treat unlike any hot dog you have had. In Northern Maine, they are RED and delicious.

Go another few hundred miles and you will start to see a fair number of moose and deer along the roadways...slow down..you don't want to hit one of them.

If you have a taste for venison, and moose, there are plenty of eating places in the county where you can find them and other game on the menus. There are many bootleg places and private clubs catering to eaters and drinkers - but you'd have to email me for that info: it cannot be published.

If you would like to fly into the County, come to the Presque Isle airport....there's a 7000 foot runway and the planes need every single foot, because there is a mountain at the end of it. And when you fly in during the winter, you'll enjoy they way the plane slips and slides along those 7,000 feet of runway before finally swaying to a stop.. Did I mention they get a lot of snow in "the County" and it can get to twenty below on a sunny January day?

Famous people from Madawaska, Maine. Clarence White of the Byrds. (He's really Clarence LeBlanc). Almost everybody up there is a LeBlanc, a Daigle, a Pelletier, or similar name.

Also from Madawaska is John Vollman. He invented a little product called Jade East Cologne. In the 60s everybody was wearing that new exotic Asian scent - they had no idea that it was bottled on Main Street in the Northern most town in the contiguous 48 states - Madawaska.

Ces't Tout. Au Revoir Mes Amis.


Bob King's version of Don Peters' hit - Working on the County Road

Dick Curless singing County Road repurposed as "County Bank"

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Dick Curless' amazing story is one chapter of "Crossing the Musical Color Line and other Adventures of Singers and Players", by Bill Russo. In 134 pages, the reader gets to meet some of the greatest figures in music. Some are famous while others never achieved great commercial success but all have fascinating back stories. Some of the artists were friends of the author, such as the first man to break the color line in a big band in the 1940s. There are more than a dozen narratives in the book, which is just 99 cents. It's available in the Kindle Store for 99 cents. http://www.amazon.com/dp/ B00PJQQHSO

Below, is a video of "Two Timing to a Two Step", written by Don Peters of Caribou, Maine for Lloyd Snow, a great traditional country singer from Canada. Don also wrote a song for Dick Curless: and there's a pretty interesting story behind that song, called "Working on the County Road". Read that story on Hubpages. It asks the question, "How Long are you Willing to Chase Your Deam?" Follow the link below to read Don's story....(It's also included in the book)

http://billrrrr.hubpages.com/_eg8y4okdyscz/hub/How-Long-Are-You-Willing-to-Chase-Your-Dream

Here's the link that will tell you about a country singer who's got the chops of George Jones, Conway Twitty and Hank Snow, all rolled into one!!!!! Read about and listen to, Lloyd Snow:


http://billrrrr.hubpages.com/_eg8y4okdyscz/hub/Keeping-the-Country-in-Country-Music-Lloyd-Snow-the-Down-East-Boy

Two Timin' To a Two Step - Lloyd Snow ... Written by Don Peters of Caribou, Maine. Don's been writing country songs for over 60 years and still going strong.

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Stan Fletcher 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

Holy Cow - what a voice! Thanks for the introduction and for this excellent piece of musical history.....


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Billrrrr 5 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Thanks for reading and listening Stan. It's simple, honest music - not oversung or overproduced.


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rozcalvert 5 years ago from New York

So Faron Young. I wonder if Ice Road Truckers would play Tombstone? Nice work. I love the voice and never heard of him. Now I know.


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Billrrrr 5 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Thank you so much for reading. I am so glad you discovered Dick Curless. He was never flashy but for a couple decades he did his best to keep country country.


Jason Odd 5 years ago

The first LP cover with Dick wearing the eye-patch was from 1968.


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Tinker47 5 years ago

I discovered Dick back in '59 or'60 as a kid living on a farm in Canada. He had a show on a Canadian TV station. Have idolized him eversince. I'm a guitarist myself and had the privilege of backing him up on lead at the Lone Star Ranch in Merrimack NH in early 80's. A class act...


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Billrrrr 5 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hey Jason! Thanks for the info.


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Billrrrr 5 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Wow! The Lone Star Ranch....that brings back some memories. Back in the 50s, 60s and in to the 80s,I followed the music all the way from the coffee houses in Cambridge, thru the jazz clubs like Lennie's on the pike, and all the way up to the National Hotel in Madawaska. I might have been lucky enough to have seen you at the Lone Star. Keep on playin'.


Tinker47 5 years ago

Thanks for the return. Yes, I was playing with Dwight Davis and the Linemen. Dwitht who at one time was in Dick's band passed on in '90. Good memories...


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Billrrrr 5 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Yes sir Tinker. Some great times. I feel like making the 600 mile drive up to the County before the snow sets in. I would like to get me a couple of red hot dogs and a Molson eh?


Tinker47 5 years ago

Being kind of a fan of Stout and Dark, ayup, I could handle the red 'dog with a Molson dark; get into some old fashion house jamming with nothing but a good old "flat top". Now, that's something we don't see much of anymore.


Mark 4 years ago

I can't believe that most of what I have read on Mr. Curliss here on the Internet doesn't mention that he was the father-in-law of Bill Chinnock...a great musician from the Shores of Jersey to Hollis, Maine!


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Billrrrr 4 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Thanks for checking in Mark. Dick Curless was one of the all time greats. Glad you gave us the information on his Bill Chinnock.


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KF Raizor 4 years ago

Dick Curless was an outstanding performer. I wonder how much further his career would have gone if he had been based in Nashville instead of from Maine. He did get a mention a couple of years ago at a presentation at the International Country Music Conference on northeastern-based country performers, so he hasn't been totally forgotten.

Great hub about a great singer.


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Billrrrr 4 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Thanks for the comment KF. It's good to hear that Dick did get some fairly recent recognition. Playing & Singing C & W up here (New England) is kind of like trying to keep a palm tree healthy in a snowstorm, but there actually is a great fan base in the Northeast. The Boston country radio station gets very high ratings. We even have a first-rate country radio station in Cape Cod.


Francis 4 years ago

Cool article, love this Tombstone song...anyway, does anyone have more info on Dwight Davis and the Linemen? I found a signed copy of Dwight's record at a thrift store in Brattleboro, VT complete with a 'Keep on Truckin' bumper sticker! It's a great album, but I can't find any info about Dwight or his band online aside from Tinker47's comment in this thread. Thanks!


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Billrrrr 4 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Thanks for joining in Francis. There's not a whole lot of info out there about Dwight, except what Tinker shared with us. Somebody on Ebay has one of his 45 rpm records for sale. It's on Linemen records, manufactured in Lewiston, Maine.


Don E. Saint Onge( Don Kelly-wsjr) 4 years ago

Many years have gone by since 1967 through 1970 when I to was a DJ 5 - 10pm shift. I can just see Dick walking in the station. Had the Col. Kentucky Fried Chicken walk in on a Saturday once that was cool, and learn alot from Roland G. Roy, other DJ from morning shift it was fun.

The ICEMAN was funny too. Iceman would of caused problem for playing it in 1969, cause I played the 10,000 M f kers from Woodstock album the fish cheer. The general manager came flying down and wanted to see that billboard copy.

Please feel free to send me an email if you were there?

saintongeed@sbcglobal.net


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Billrrrr 4 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hi Don. Thanks a million for the comments. I would love to hear some WSJR stories from you. Perhaps we can swap a few. I guess I missed you by a year or two. One favorite memory from Madawaska is the taste of those great hotdogs served up by Bert Daigle on Main Street in the Summertime. Better than any I have had in Fenway, Yankee Stadium or anywhere!!!!

I missed Woodstock but my son went to the second incarnation.


DON 4 years ago

I GREW UP IN CARIBOU, AND WAS A FAN OF DICK WHEN HE CAME

BACK FROM KOREA. BLUES IN MY MIND ON EVENT RECORDS YOU

MIGHT REMEMBER. GOT TO KNOW DICK SOME IN THE SEVENTYS.

HE RECOREDED A JINGLE I WROTE. WORKING AT THE COUNTY BANK. I THINK THE YEAR WAS '78. I'M STILL PROUD OF THAT.


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Billrrrr 4 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Thanks very much Don, for checking in and sharing some Dick Curless memories.

I love Caribou. With a population of over 8,000, it's the second largest city in the County. I used to visit the community back in the 1960s. Dick Curless was a great entertainer and a great guy. Having him record your jingle must have been great. Do you ever get back to the County?


DON 4 years ago

STILL LIVE IN NEW SWEDEN. A CLOSE FRIEND OF MINE CAR DOUGHTY WAS DICK FAN CLUB PRESIDENT FOR THE STATE OF MAINE, THATS HOW I GOT TO KNOW DICK. SAW DICK A FEW TIMES AT THE LORING NCO CLUB ALSO IN CONCERT A FEW TIMES.

WITH CARL AND OUR WIVES WE VISITED DICK AT HIS HOME ON

OUTER OHIO STREET IN BANGOR. GOOD MEMORIES.


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Billrrrr 4 years ago from Cape Cod Author

When you mentioned Bangor, it reminded me that Stephen King mentioned one of Dick's songs in "Salem's Lot"

Loring Air Force Base! Gone but not forgotten. It was closed around 1994. The ol' base was responsible for introducing many a young person to the good life in Northern Maine.

I've never been to New Sweden, but I would like to check it out on my next visit to Madawaska and the St. John Valley. I have been promising myself for the last ten years or so that I was going to get back for a couple weeks in the Summer. Haven't yet, but hope to soon.


Don 4 years ago

Hi Billrrr

Being the country fan I now know you are wee could spend hours talking about Dick and country music.

A little trivia you might be interested in.

Type in you tube Lloyd Snow and three song title.

HERE COMES THE SUNSHINE-THE RETURN-FANCY FURS. Songs I have written. Hope you enjoy them.

Don


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Billrrrr 4 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Excellent songs Don. Done just the way Country should be done. I am going to try to figure out how to put up a link to them and share them. Fine work. Keep it up.


Don 4 years ago

Thanks Billrrr,

Nice to talk with someone who still remembers how

country music use to be.


Carl Doughty 4 years ago

Hi Bill, Don told you about me in his comments. I have known Dick since the late 60's. Would love to chat with you sometime about him. Have about all of his records and many photos. Saw Pauline, Rick and Dick's daughter about 2 years ago in Bangor. Hope to hear from you and share some stories.


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Billrrrr 4 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hi Carl. I am deeply grateful that you and Don have been kind enough to read my memory of Dick Curless and share some of your memories.

There are three strong C&W stations in my radio range and I never hear them play any music by "The Baron". I am going to make it a point to email and call them and ask them to do so.

I wasn't lucky enough to really get to know him like you guys did. I met him at the radio station that day in Madawaska and I saw him perform a few times. The only other country performer I got to know fairly well, is the fabulous Rockabilly legend, Sleepy LaBeef. He lived near me back in the 1970s.

Carl, you should probably check out the Hubpages site and write some of your own articles recalling the days when you were the President of the fan club. Don, you should also think about writing a few stories about the songs that you have written. You can also put Youtube videos in the articles. Don, I love the music that you havecomposed and I believe it should be promoted and spread to a wider audience.


Don 4 years ago

Hi Billrrr

I met Sleepy one time at he old Plymouth Hotel in

Fort Fairfield, working on his bus.

Do you remember the Plymouth. It was a popular watering

hole in the County.

I left him a tape with two or three songs on it and

never heard from him again.

I guess we know where those songs ended up.


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Billrrrr 4 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hi Don. I never got to the old Plymouth. I spent most of my time at the National Hotel in Madawaska.

I remember watching the renowned stage hypnotist, Sam Vine on the Ed Sullivan one week and the next week he was playing at the National! They booked some great acts.

Things were tough for Sleepy. He never got the recognition he deserved. Despite a great voice and big talent, he never had much recording success in the States. Nobody ever tried harder at winning than Sleepy. He still plays a few dates, but I don't think he's going to tour this Summer. I used to see him every year at one of his Massachusetts gigs. His albums for Rounder Records are excellent. They are like musical textbooks. You can learn a lot from them. I really like his duet with Maria Muldaur. They do a grade A job on 'Will the Circle be Unbroken'. It's on the album, "Tomorrow Never Comes". I don't know why Sleepy didn't pick up your songs. Part of it might have been, he just didn't have a lot of pull in the industry. His legend was actually bigger than he himself was.

But hey Don. It's never too late. You can still get those tunes going. Never give up!


Don 4 years ago

Hi Billrrr

Just thought of a little more trivia on Dick. He had

a guitar player by the name of Dougie Trineer from Montreal. He got off the road with Dick just before

Tombstone. There is a little information on him by

typeing in Dougie Trineer Dukeswing and scroll down. I knew Dougie when he worked for Rodeo Records in Montreal. He produced

a couple of my songs. Check him out.


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Billrrrr 4 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Thanks Don. I looked him up. Very good credentials. As a session ace, like Glen Campbell, Dougie worked on over 70,000 recordings. Wow!


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

It's a cloudy, cool day today on Cape Cod. The temperature is about 40 degrees. In Madawaska, some 600 miles North, today will top out at about 10 degrees above zero and the thermometer is set to plunge to about ten below zero on New Year's Day, January 1, 2013. Meanwhile, in South Beach, Miami it will be about 82 degrees this afternoon under cloudy skies.

Is there another country on earth that features such a range of weather conditions as the great 48 United States? You can be in Aroostook County in four feet of snow with zero degrees, hop on a plane and be in 82 degrees of sunshine in West Palm Beach in just a few hours ! !


DON PETERS 3 years ago

HI BILLRRR

WE SET A RECORD HERE IN CARIBOU YESTERDAY 1/14/13

52 DEGREES. ARE WE READY FOR A DISNEY THEME PARK?


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Did you wear shorts and a tee shirt in that 52 degree weather, Don? It sure is amazing to think of that kind of warmth in Aroostook County in January. Thanks very much for checking in and letting us know the news.

I remember one January back in 1967 when I tried to walk across the bridge over the St. John River from Madawaska to Edmundston, New Brunswick. The frigid temps and the blasting wind turned me around before I could make a hundred yards.


Travis 3 years ago

What a cool story! I live in Caribou, me born and raised! The Ice Man song really made it me smile cause my grandfather owned and operated the Caribou Ice Plant on Access Highway in Caribou. Which was located right off the end of the Grimes rd. Which goes along the Aroostook river all the way to Fort Fairfield. I was told that my great uncle (whom my grandfather bought the bussiness from in the 50'smorning used to cut ice blocks out of the Aroostook river in the early days!! Thanks again for sharing


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hi Travis thanks for checking in from "The County". The years I spent in Northern Maine are among the favorites of my 70 spent on this planet. Great story about your great uncle cutting ice from the Aroostook. Most of the country doesn't have a clue about the top portion of Maine. If they knew, there would not be enough hotels, campgrounds, and RV Parks to hold 'em all.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

My thanks to 'Roughstock' music writer Bobby Peacock for referencing the above article in his review of the Tower Records/Dick Curless' album "Tombstone Every Mile". Follow the link below for some excellent music news, videos, information and much more.

Here's what Bobby has to say about my memories of Dick Curless:

"I recommend this fascinating first-hand account of Curless: http://hubpages.com/entertainment/The-Forgotten-Ba... ), a unique image, and a pretty darn good legacy song that allows this child of the 1990s a three-minute trip into the wayback machine.

Read more at http://www.roughstock.com/blog/bobby-s-one-hit-won... "


DON 3 years ago

Hi Billrrr

Read Bobby Peacock's thoughts on Dick's failure to make it bigger

than he did. Capital did have the money to make it happen, but Dick

thought Buck Owens played a hand in keeping some of his music un-

released. This is what he told Carl Doughty, and Buck had a lot to say

with Capital in those days. Maybe another reason he might not have

had the best management. Some more speculation I suppose.

Lloyd Snow has another song of mine up on his site.

TWO TIMING TO A TWO STEP

Keep it country Billrrr


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Thanks Don. This is the first I have heard that Buck might have held Dick Curless back. Why on earth would he want to? Until I read Bobby's article, I always thought that Dick did great; but now I am thinking that he should have gone much further. He sure did have the talent.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

"Two Timing To a Two Step" is a great country tune. Don, you have made a very good one!!!! I have posted the YouTube video of Lloyd Snow's great recording of your composition in the body of my article about Dick Curless. It's just below the video of Dick singing "The Baron" on the Buck Owens show.

Click on it everybody and meet a fine recording artist doing a genuine C&W song.


Don 3 years ago

One word. Jealousy.

According to Dick.

Thanks for the plug.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

If you think about it, Dick had a way better voice than Buck - and more talent too.

Thanks again Don. I always love to hear from you. Keep in touch.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

I am sure there are very few people left in Maine who remember WSJR radio in Madawaska, but I just found out recently that one of our DJs from 1964 went on to international fame, under a different name than the one he used in Aroostook County.

One day, a red faced, plump young man named Rick Phillips showed up at the station and announced that the owners had made him the new general manager. He was slick, oily and had a 'car salesman' air about him. (No offense to the excellent brand ambassadors of motor vehicles - this guy simply fit the stereo type).

He claimed to have worked at the big Boston stations, but nobody there had ever heard of him. Well to make the story short, Rick Phillips only lasted a few months before he had to move on. Although he was extremely talented, something did not seem right.

After he left, I forgot about him for almost fifty years until I happened to see an internet story about the DJs who worked the infamous pirate radio stations off the coast of England during the height of the Beatles popularity.

There in the middle of the story was a photo of the man I knew as Rick Phillips. It seems that he had gone to the U.K. after leaving Maine and had sold himself to the owners of the Pirate radio station. He went on to become famous throughout the U.K. as 'Chuck Blair' the morning DJ of Radio London.

In the 1960s, as one of the Beatles said, the singing group was bigger than "God". But they were not bigger than the BBC, which did not play rock and roll. There was no radio outlet for the rock genre, so the Pirate radio stations began broadcasting Rock and Roll to an eager audience of millions. British DJs for many reasons, did not want to work at the pirate stations (there were legal issues involved) so American DJs were hired. One of the most popular was Rick Phillips/Chuck Blair. After the UK outlawed the Pirate stations, Rick/Chuck disappeared and was unheard of again in Europe or the U.S. Some former listeners of Radio London started a website to find the lost Pirate DJs and eventually uncovered the facts behind the Rick/Chuck story. I, among several others, reported what I knew of him. Google "Radio London" and you can get the complete story. Does anyone from the County remember him? Soon, I will post an internet article with more details on this.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hey Don. I shared your song on Facebook. I'm hoping to get a few folks, two timin' to a two step. Thanks for telling me about this great tune. I have listened to it about two dozen times so far and it just keeps getting better.....and that's the sign of a good song. I urge everybody to check out the You Tube video of Lloyd Snow singing "Two Timing to a Two Step". The video is posted above, directly under Dick Curless' video of "The Baron".


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Don. Did Lloyd ever get 'two timin' serviced to any of the country stations in New England. I know they don't play real country any more but you never know.


Don 3 years ago

Hi Bill

Never got it played of local Hot Country even. They told me the

programming was from California. It was , however played in Canada on what is called Galaxie radio. You maybe have heard of there service.

It was also played on several Canadian stations.

Thanks for asking Bill.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

This is a horrible situation Don. I am thinking of writing a piece on Lloyd Snow and focusing on him and on your songs. I don't know how much of a buzz I can get going, but I think I would like to give it a try. Can you get me some info on Lloyd? There is almost nothing on the internet. Maybe I can interview him and yourself by telephone. I am in the middle of a half dozen different projects right now, plus I still work three days a week (I will be 70 in November) but I think I'd like to try to get something started with this tune and with Lloyd. Let me know what you think. If you like the idea we can chat about it on the phone and see if we can get something going. I think 'two timing' is a really good song and deserves wider exposure. There are thousands of people on the internet who like real country, maybe we can find a way to reach them.


Don 3 years ago

I think its a great idea Bill. I'll try and reach Lloyd tonight and see

how he feels, and if he tells me its alright I'll give you his number

tomorrow. He is almost out of the business now he told me when

we spoke back at Christmas.

If I have more information I'll drop a note to you tomorrow.


Don 3 years ago

Hi Bill

Talked with Lloyd last night, and he said he would love to chat with

you. His number is 709-759-3083, and I would suggest any time

after 7:00 P.M. through the week.

We will stay in touch.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Thanks Don,

I am working through Sunday night. I will get some ideas together and probably call Lloyd Tuesday evening. I will also want to gather information from you. Steve Morse, the renowned music critic of the Boston Globe is an old friend of mine. Semi retired now, he is a professor of 'Rock n Roll' at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston. He teaches an accredited online course in Rock history. We worked together in the newspaper business in the 1970s. I have not seen or spoken to him in decades, but I think after we get this thing going, I will try to get in touch with him. Steve was a country fan long before he became a noted Rock critic. He introduced me to the music of Moe Bandy, among others. He got me fabulous seats for a Conway Twitty concert in Rhode Island. Conway was spectacular that night. He had his daughter Joni with him. They sang together. Cal Smith opened the show. His "Hello Country Bumpkin" is one of the all time greats.


Don 3 years ago

I will talk to you next Wen. after you speak with Lloyd.

If you think of something else let me know. I will watch for

your post.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hey Don. I had a great talk with Lloyd and I think in about a week or two, I will have a pretty interesting tale to tell about this great singer from Canada. I am going reference you in the article but I got so much material from Lloyd that I want to do two articles...one on him and a separate one on you and your music. He told me about one you wrote that he especially likes called 'Recession Depression Blues'. I cannot find any info on it. Can you fill me in?


Don 3 years ago

Hi Billrrr

So glad you got to speak with Lloyd. Great guy.Recession is on his site

but I don't know how to get the sound. When we talk I will find out from

you I can get a copy to you.

Something else that might be interesting to you. Type in SoundClick

Kathy Ruest. Scroll down until you find me doing a couple of songs in

her living room and see what you think.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hey Don,

I signed up for SoundClick and went to Kathy's page but I could not find the post of you doing your songs.


Don 3 years ago

Hi Billrrr

Sorry I did'nt give you enough info. Do what you did, scroll down to

where is says 18 additional songs, and go down to the 12th one.

Kathy also has a version of two step.

I think this will work.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

That did the trick. Good job on your songs and Kathy does a great vocal on 'two step'. The more I hear your song Don, the more I think it should be playing all around North America - even on the fake country stations. They've been known to play George Jones, Randy Travis and the like. It is my opinion that your song fits in that same bag. If it had the exposure of a Geo Strait or Randy, it would have been number one...no question. The bouncy beat and catchy lyrics have something for traditional fans as well as for pink hats.


Don 3 years ago

Good morning Bill,

Thanks for the compliment.

Kathy has Recession Depression on her computer. If you tell her

how to send you a copy I'm sure she will. I can also tell her how

we got to know each other.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hi Don. The article on Lloyd Snow has been submitted. It will go to the search engines in a few days. I hope we get a lot of readership on it. These articles are like tiny snowballs. They start out small, but over time can get a lot of traffic...You can read the piece by going to hubpages and typing in "Keeping the Country in Country Music: Lloyd Snow, the Down East Boy. or just click the link........

http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Keeping-the-Coun...


Don 3 years ago

Good morning Bill,

Great article on Lloyd. Do you think he knows its been posted?

I' ll give him a call if you think I should.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hi Don

Thanks for the encouraging words. No I do not think he knows that it's posted. I would like it if you could tell him and point the way for him to read it. Please let me know if he likes it. I sure did enjoy speaking with him and I told him that we will do another interview in the Autumn when his two new CDs come out. Soon, you and I have to sit down and get some info together for an article on you and your music.

Thanks


Don 3 years ago

Good morning Bill,

Talked with Lloyd last night and he found your article on his life in

country music. He was very pleased!!!

When you want to talk with me just give me a heads up. Any night

in the week after seven should be good. My number is 896-5581.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hi Don

Thank you so much for getting back to me. I am thrilled that Lloyd liked the piece. The article has been submitted to the search engines and I hope it will begin to pile up some big numbers. Getting close to a hundred views now, which is all I expected for the first few days. It takes a fairly long time for an item to move up the search engines. It is starting to show up in Google but it's probably 30 pages deep into the search before you can find it. I hope within a few months that it will have thousands of page views and just keep building. There are thousands of writers on Hubpages. They are rated from zero to 100. There are not many 100s. I am proud to say that my rating varies between about 97 and 100 all the time. Not to pat myself on the back, just wanted you to know that my writing is considered to be top shelf. You can see my numbers if you go to my Hubpages profile.

I have to work every day through Tuesday, so I think I would like to call you Tuesday night. I need the area code for Caribou. What are the first three numbers. I also want to know what CD "Two Timing To a Two Step is On" I will send the money to O'brien's and buy it.

I have been out of the business for so many years that I do not have any contacts left....but I am going to try to get a few people in the industry to listen to your song. I truly think that you and Lloyd have a potential hit with that tune. DON'T GIVE UP ON IT DON! DON'T QUIT ON IT!

I may be 70 years old and have lost my fastball, but I still know a good, marketable song when I hear it. I remember the first time I heard Moe Bandy....nobody knew him. He came out with Bandy The Rodeo Clown. If you do not know it, look it up on YouTube. I knew that it would be a smash the first time I heard it, and I felt the same way when I heard "Two Timing to a Two Step". And Lloyd's performance reminds me of Moe. When we talk Tuesday I will ask you many questions...such as

your music training, how you got started, what your 'day job' is. We will try and come up with some interesting things that will hook the reader and made them want to continue to read. I will also want to post your YouTube versions of your songs with the article and cross promote your piece with the article about Lloyd. I will talk to you soon. If certain things break right, I may make a road trip up to Caribou in the Autumn and continue on all the way to St. Johns to see Lloyd in person. In addition to my writing and my regular day job, I am involved in a feature length documentary film which is going to be released in October...so things may be too tight for the road trip this year. I will have to play it by ear.


Don 3 years ago

Good morning Bill,

Tuesday night is good for me. Area code 207. Maybe around eight

if that works for you.

Two Timing is on the Return album, when we talk maybe we can find

a way to get the album to you.

Look forward to our conversation.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hey Don. I am working on an angle for the story. I wonder if you can scan a couple of photos of yourself and send them to me by email. I would like to have one or two fairly current shots and a couple from the old days. I want to focus on a man who's had six decades in the music business...a number two hit....and an unending desire to keep on writing & remain on a course true to the craft regardless of fad or fancy. I searched Ebay and thought I had a line on a 45 of 'working on the county road' but it was sold. I don't know what they got for it, but it was probably a high price. Too bad they didn't send you the money. I am researching Bob King. Not much info available. I did find the Canadian Country Tracks charts with your songs on them. Please let me know if you can scan some pix and send them to me at Billrrrrr@yahoo.com. By the way, it was a great pleasure chatting with you. We talked for about 90 minutes. Seemed like about ten!!!!


Don 3 years ago

Hi Bill,

I don't think I sent my last post. Got busy for about twenty minutes.

I'm going away for the week-end, but will get two or three pictures

to you by the first of the week.

I can also find a few more 'cajun songs for your project if you want

me to.

Can also get a copy of County Road to you if will you like.

Our chat we had was a pleasure for me also Bill.

As Johnny Dollar would say "keep it country".


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Ok Don, sounds good. I sure would like to hear County Road. Not sure yet about the Cajun songs as I have not spoken with the producers since they first approached me about doing the television show. They are researching a bunch of information that I gave to them. After it gets verified, they will get back to me. It may take some time.

I will talk to you soon.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Don, I am researching Johnny Restivo and I found it interesting that his work is available on Itunes and Amazon. You can buy 'singles' for 99 cents. I mentioned this to Lloyd. If you could get 'Two Timing' and other songs in these venues, it could generate some revenue. Apparently, whenever anyone goes to the YouTube version of the song, a little ad is placed in the video saying that you can buy it for 99 cents. This might be worth investigating.


Don 3 years ago

Hi Bill

Thanks for the tip. I have talked with two friends that have a picture

of me on their computers, and they will e-mail them to you over the

weekend. Might even find county road.

Have a safe weekend.


Don 3 years ago

By the way Bill, Johnny Restivo never rrecorded anything of mine.

Just looked it over.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

I recall the Restivo deal Don. He kept the song and sat on it. I was just looking him up to fill in knowledge of him. Hey Don, who wrote "Country Music Still Lives On". I thought it was a George Jones (even though it refers to the Possum-it just sounds like something he would have done) but I cannot find any version other than Lloyd's. It is an incredible piece of work. This is another song that is crying for promotion. Forty years ago, I could have had these songs spinning on turntables all over the Northeast. Sadly, today I have no connection - but I still know good music and I believe it can find a wider audience.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hello Don. The more I study Lloyd Snow's music, the more amazed I am that on some songs, he is channeling George Jones.......there are times when he sounds exactly like George....I don't mean a copier or a tribute singer. I mean that he's got that special voice, phrasing and timbre that George had. I mean it in the same way that Tony Bennett can sound like Sinatra and vice versa. I am working up something in my head .... not sure yet but I am starting to get an idea.... maybe we could post two songs and challenge people to tell us which song is George and which is Lloyd.


Don 3 years ago

Good morning Bill,

I can't help you on "Country Music Still Lives On". Maybe I'll have

to ask Lloyd.

Did any E-mails come in yet?

Have a good day.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hi Don.

No emails. The address is Billrrrrr@yahoo.com

I will let you know as soon as I get them.


Don 3 years ago

Hi Bill,

Just talked with a couple of my friend, and they told me the E-mails

keep coming back. Do you have another suggestion. I will be here

another hour if you do.

Take care.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

No problem Don, I know how to fix it. Send me their email addresses and I will send them an email and all they will have to do, is hit reply. It will go through. I get dozens of emails every day. The account is working. They probably put an extra 'r' in my email. It happens a lot.

Bill


Don 3 years ago

E-mail for the man with County Road.

cathylw@nb.sympatico.ca

I will get the other sometime today and forward.

Thanks Bill.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hi Don,

I have already sent out the email and I will let you know as soon as I get the reply.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hello Don

Larry got the email I sent him and sent me back a test email. It went through perfectly....all he has to do is make sure he keeps using the right email address and everything will go through. As long as he hits reply, it will automatically be the right email address. It's after nine p.m. now so I do not know if he will send anything tonight but hopefully I will have it by Friday night.

Bill


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Good Morning Don,

One of the rainiest months of June on record here on Cape Cod. I am guessing it's the same in the County. Speaking of the County, Larry sent me both the County Road and the County Bank. Dick did a fantastic job on County Bank!!!!!!! I certainly can understand why you wanted him to record County Road. He was brilliant in the commercial and would have been equally so on a studio recording of County Road. Now if I can get a couple photos of you, I can begin putting the pieces together for the article.


Don 3 years ago

Hi Bill,

Not a real dry summer here either. Happy we got something to you.

My daughters have a couple of pictures of me on their computers,

and will get them to you on the week end if we can make the e-mail

work. By the way, that was Dougie Trineer on the production of

County Road with Bob King, and doing some guitar licks.

Those were light years ago.

We'll talk soon.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Thanks Don. The email will work: it is Bill followed five times by the letter "r" ( Billrrrrr@yahoo.com ) - it must be the letter r five times. More or less will cause it to fail.

Have a great day.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hello Don,

Putting final touches on article. I have a question. Was it your wife & sister in law who saw Lloyd and told you about him? My writing on my notes got a little hard to read in a spot or two.


Don 3 years ago

Yes Bill. It was may wife, sister in-law, and mother in-law, at the

mall in Grand Falls, N.B.

We covered a lot of bases that night on the phone.

Looking forward to your article.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hello Don,

Version one of the article has been posted. It is titled "How Long are you Willing to Chase Your Dream?". I will have to revise it in future to include the photos that were sent to me. They are not in the right format to be published. I am going to have to figure out how to convert them and add them in later. In the meantime, I hope you like the article.

Regards,

Bill


Don 3 years ago

How do I get online to read the post?

Also, did you get all the pictures you needed?


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hi Don, go to Hubpages.com and type Billrrrr in the searchbox. Then go to my profile. You will see a section called recent activity. Clock on that and you will see my recent posts. Look for How Long Will Your Chase Your Dream and click on it.

All but one of the photos I was sent are not in a useable format. i have to figure out how to reconfigure them for use in the article.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

The Don Peters story is a little hard to find, but had 25 hits in the first hour it was up.

Go to Hubpages.com

then search for Billrrrr

go to my profile and click on "My activity" where you will see the article listed. Click on it and you will be taken to it.


Don 3 years ago

Thanks Bill for a wonderful article. Like Marty Stuart would say,"tell

it like it is."

I will be sure and tell Lloyd. Thanks alsoBill for e-mailing my

daughter. Because of that it is now on over 300 face books.

I will let you know as things develop.

I will continue to stay in touch, and THANKS again.

Have a great day!!!


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

It was my pleasure Don. I think your story is inspirational for everyone. I am pleased that you are getting the chance to share it. There are already nearly 200 views, which is a lot for a brand new item. I hope you don't mind, but I sent an email to the editor of the Republican and told him about the article. I suggested he might want to reprint, or do one of his own. I hope he will contact you soon.


Don 3 years ago

Hi Bill,

Thanks again for contacting the Republican. They did an article

on me about one year ago called faces of the county. Did'nt

cover my music like you have. In fact , I told the man who did

the story about you, and he said he would like to read it. He might

already have my daughters E-mail.

You sure have gone out of your way to make something happen.

How nice it has been to know you.


Don 3 years ago

Good morning Bill. Had a chat with lloyd last night, and we is still talking

about your article on him. I gave the information on how to find my

story on th web. Also found out he wrote country musics here to stay.

He's is looking to record again next year, and I might get another cut

or two. This is after the release of his album this fall.

Take care.


Don 3 years ago

Good morning Bill,

I contacted Socan yesterday. They are a performance rights society in

Canada, that both Lloyd and I are members. I told them about the articles you have written on Lloyd and myself. The lady I spoke with suggested

you E-mail the stories to wordsandmusic.socan.ca

I could have my daughter do this, but I thought it would be more credible if it came from your E-mail. Let me know what you think.

Enjoy your day.

Don


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Happy to do it Don. Keep pushing. Keep promoting.

I am trying to reconnect with an old pal of mine named Steve Morse. He was the senior music critic for the Boston Globe for 30 years. Before that, he and I worked together for a chain of newspapers. He was also a reviewer of country music for a few trade publications. It was Steve who first introduced me to the music of Moe Bandy, Cal Smith, and a bunch of other stars. Steve is now a Professor of Rock history at Berklee. If I can reestablish my connection with Steve, I think I may be able to get some people with influence to listen to your music and Lloyd's.

I have one favor to ask of you. I will tell you a quick story and then tell you what I have in mind.

Back in 1980 I tried my hand at writing song lyrics. Of a few dozen that I came up with, I had one that I thought had potential. I called Dave Maynard of WBZ radio, while he was on the air doing his overnight talk show, and told him that I had a lyric that I had written for Conway Twitty. Dave asked me to read it, which I did, and he fell in love with it. After the show, he called me and said that he was phoning his old pal Ed Penny (Who went to MCA records after working in Boston radio). The next night, on the air on 50,000 watt WBZ, Dave had a conference call with me and Ed and he asked me to read the lyrics to Ed. Ed Penny said he agreed with Dave Maynard that they were good , and that he would consider writing the music and presenting it to Conway, who was with MCA at the time.

Over the next week or two things moved along but suddenly out of nowhere, Ed got a tape from a blind young singer named Terri Gibbs and Ed was bowled over. He signed her and became her personal manager. Their song, "Somebody's Knocking" was a huge smash in 1981 - I am sure you remember it. So the bottom line is that Ed Penny forgot about me, and Dave gave up the overnight show and retired soon afterwards. He has since passed on.

Now 30 years later, I re-looked at the words and I don't know if they do have any potential. Dave Maynard was a great song picker and he really did like them. So the favor is, will you look at the words and see if they have any merit. If they do, would you consider putting music to them?

If you say the words are not much, I will understand.

For what it's worth: here they are.....

I know last night, you heard me sneak in

It was three A.M. when I creeped in.

And when I got beneath the cover

You could tell that I’d had a lover

You pretended you were sleeping,

but I heard your muffled weeping

And in the clear light this morning

I know that I’ve had my last warning

But I’m begging you

Don’t throw me out again.

Cause home is where the heart is

And mine was home by ten

Don’t look for reasons in your mirror

Just look over at me to see the error

I do start out thinking of you

But I get so lost in my brew

that I look at all the pretty flowers

And I have picked me quite a few

But honey no other love’s like ours

That’s why I’m begging you

Don’t Throw me out again

Cause home is where the heart is

And mine is always home by ten


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Don, I sent out two separate emails to Socan. I hope they will read them and do something for you guys. A little push could be a big help.

Keep on promoting. I am still trying to come up with some angles. I am being filmed for a segment of a show for Discovery Channel this week, but I am a tiny fish with no influence - but if I get some, people will hear of you and Lloyd.

The documentary that I am in, will be released to theaters in October and the producer has told me that I stole the show. We will see. If I ever get to the point where I can pick a vocalist and a song, you know where I will go.... to Caribou and beyond!!!!!

Bill


Don 3 years ago

Hi Bill,

Just got to work. Read your lyrics and will go back to them before the

day is over, and see if anything happens in my mind. Thanks for the

E-mail to Socan.

I will get back in touch soon. I'm telling friends and family about the

documentary.

We'll talk later.


Don 3 years ago

Hi Bill,

I've revisited your lyrics, and can see how Conway could have made this

story a song. I've never done much co-writing, but we'll see what

happens. Do you have a title? I was thinking, HOME IS WHERE MY

HEART IS, or, MY HEARTS AT HOME WITH YOU. Its a start. Maybe!!

Something might click.

I'll talk to you soon.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Thank you Don.

I would be honored if you would co write this song. I would be proud to have my name follow yours on a songwriting credit. I remember what you told me about how you felt when you heard Lloyd's singing. You said something like 'he sings the way I write'. That's how I felt about Conway. I could feel him doing his special talk/singing on those words. I loved how he could almost whisper a line and then pound the next phrase home with that huge voice. I think I like HOME IS WHERE MY HEART IS. You are the expert and I am only a novice. I defer to you in all song related matters.


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hello Don,

Lisa Wilcox of the Aroostook Republican has contacted me about the article on you. They want to run it as a bylined article or in the viewpoints section. I, of course, gave them the green light. Lisa asked for pictures and I told her I only had the one that I used in the article. I emailed your daughter Lori and told her about the upcoming article in case she has some other photos to submit. There was a performance pic from some years ago that was great, but it didn't have the right format for my computer to use in the article, but if you or she has that original, the paper could make a copy of it and use it. I am excited for you that they want to use the article. If you hear anything, please let me know, and I will do the same. And when it comes out, if you could get a copy for me, I would love to have it.

Bill


Don 3 years ago

Hi Bill,

Interesting news. I will be talking with my daughter tonight and

see what we can do, andI'll be sure to let you know what happens.

I have kept your song in my head all week-end to see if something

will jell. I remember once keeping a song title for three years

and one Sunday morning it all came in twenty min. We do'nt have

that much time on our side anymore.

Keep it county


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hey Don,

All we can do is keep making ripples in the pond and hope they become waves. Steve Morse has not gotten back to me, so I am wondering if he forgot me over the last 30 or 40 years. We were pretty close, so I still think that he will communicate with me. He's the best source I know to get something started.

What with work and the documentary & TV filming that I have done this summer, I have not been able to find time to visit the C & W stations nearby. I want to hear from them that they cannot play their own songs - I know it's true, but maybe there's a loophole somewhere. We used to have a Country station in Brockton, Mass that was pre programmed but on Sunday nights they had a guy who played classics and new traditional music. The station is no more, and nobody I know of is playing real country anymore except for the occasional George Jones.

Chin up. We are going to find a way to wake people up. It's been a hundred degrees here on Cape Cod and in the 80s at night. I sure wouldn't mind a little County air - I heard you guys went down to 47 one evening a short while back.


Don 3 years ago

Good morning Bill. I spoke with my daughter Lori last night, and she

will get another picture to the Wilcox lady.

Yes, we did have a 47 degree day yesterday here in northern Maine.

I've got my long johns on the line as we speak.

We will talk soon.


Don 3 years ago

Hi Bill,

Summer has about left the county (46 degrees) as we speak.

I haven't been able to finish "HOME IS WHERE MY HEART IS"

to my satisfaction. I've thought about sending the lyrics on to

Lloyd in a few week when I give him a few more songs for his

spring recording. That is if you don't mind.

I've gotten several nice comments on "How Long Are You Willing

To Chase Your Dream." Thanks again.

I'm interested to know when your TV show will air. I must tell my

family and friends.

Trust all is well with you as it is with me.

My best to you Bill.

Don


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Billrrrr 3 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hi Don,

The leaves on the trees of Cape Cod are still green, and we are still topping 70 but Autumn is trying to sneak in. Doing well here. Good news from the doctors - all my little ills are stable and I'm in better health than I deserve!!!! I would love it if you would be so kind as to pass on the lyrics to Lloyd. The movie that I am featured in is going into limited release around Halloween. It will play a few theaters and then get shopped around at film festivals. The tv show that I am in is on Discovery Channel....but my episode won't be shown until sometime in 2014. I don't have an air date yet. I don't think I will be getting any more screen time, but you never know.

Good things are coming Don. I believe.

Thanks for everything.

Bill


Don 2 years ago

Good morning Bill,

I finally got my package ready for Lloyd, and will mail it out the first

of the week along with your lyrics, HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS.

Maybe we'll both get lucky!!

I hope you have a great Christmas, and again thanks for all the press

you've given me in 2013.


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Billrrrr 2 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Happy Christmas to you and yours also Don. May 2014 be Your Year ! ! !


DON 2 years ago

Good morning Bill,

Lloyd has our material, and if I don't hear from him by the end of Feb. I'll give him a call.

Bill I have written a childrens book (ages 1-5 years), for my grand children

and I was wondering if you would critique for me? You opinion would

be welcomed.

Winter has been rough in the county, and I guess in your part of the world as well.

Have a nice day Bill.


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Billrrrr 2 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hi Don,

Good to hear from you. Winter on Cape Cod is pretty easy. We had 8 inches of snow - a big deal here! But it melted in a few days and we had nothing before or since.

I don't know a lot about children's books but I sure would like to have a look at it. You can self publish it on Kindle and price it anywhere from free to several dollars. I have written an extended piece on the 1914 Boston Braves which I want to put on Kindle and Amazon. I don't know how to do it yet, but I am researching it.

I will look forward to hearing from you soon.

I am hoping a warm breeze from Miami will make its way to the County.


Don 2 years ago

Hi Bill,

My daughter has the childrens book on her computer, and needs

more information than I can give her.

Her E-mail is: krockwell@rsu39.org

Hope this works.

Thanks Bill.


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Billrrrr 2 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Thanks for checking in John.


DON 2 years ago

Hi Bill,

Its been awhile, but not much to report. we're having a fine summer,

health is good, still playing with the Good Old Boys, and Lloyd continues to rack up you tube hits.

Spoke with Lloyd last night and his new recording is still a month or two away. I do think I'll have a couple of cuts, but nor sure what they

are yet. When this happens it will be a mile stone for me.

I will be sure to keep you updated. Thanks again Bill


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Billrrrr 2 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Good to hear from you Don. Glad everything is going well and thanks for keeping me posted.


Don 2 years ago

Hi Bill,

Something that you might be interested in. Lloyd got some air time on

German radio this past week-end with TWO TIMING. It was on the

Hermann Lammers Meyer show. Hermann is a country music artist

from Germany, and likes Texas dance hall music. It made sense to me

so I invited him to Lloyd's you tube site. Oh Hermann is also a d.j.

If anything new happens I'll let you know.


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Billrrrr 2 years ago from Cape Cod Author

That's good news Don. I was just thinking about contacting you because in the near future I will be publishing a new book. The working title is "Crossing the Musical Color Line" subtitled "and other little known legends of music." It will be stories of artists, known and unknown (most of whom I know or have conversed with such as you and Lloyd) who have done something unusual. My friend Chet Krully, who passed away a few months ago at age 89, is the artist who crossed the color line when he played in big bands in the 1940s. Sleepy LaBeef will be in the book, as well as you and Lloyd, a famous London Dee Jay with whom I worked and others. I just want to check to let you know. The book will be a couple hundred pages and will have your full story as well as Lloyd's. I am going to price it at 99 cents and sell it only on Amazon. I will let you know when it is coming out and I hope that you will read it and give it good reviews. I am going to start a website just for the book and promote it as best I know how. Please let me know what you think. Also if you have any updates let me know. I will incorporate the info that you gave me about Hermann Myer. This will be my second published e book. The first is about the 1910 Miracle Boston Braves and is ranked number 300,335 in Amazon paid. That's pretty low, but when you consider that a similar book is ranked in the 3 millions!!!!! - I feel lucky to be in the hundred thousands!

Please let me know your thoughts on the book. Thanks


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Billrrrr 2 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hey Don, perhaps it would be easier to communicate if you had my email address. It is Billrrrrr@yahoo.com That's Bill with five the lower case r, five times @ yahoo.com

What is your email address? We might need to exchange some more info if Hermann starts pushing "Two Timing". I have a luncheon at four today and won't be back for a few hours. Then I have to complete a paid writing gig. After that, round midnight, I will research Hermann and see if there might be anything we can to help him along.


Don 2 years ago

Good morning Bill,

Talked with Lloyd last night, and pleased about your book and the German air time. We both thought you might make us famous. Lloyd

is still two or three weeks away from going into the studio, and if he

uses a song of mine on the recording I will have had 6 consecutive decades of a commercial recording of one of my song. If this happens

then we will have some talking points.

Bill, I do not have an e-mail and do all my computer work at work, but

in the event we need to have a longer conversation we can always go

back to the phone. Be sure and keep me updated on your book I like it.

Have a good day and we'll talk soon.


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Billrrrr 2 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Okay Don. Keep me updated so that I can get all the latest information in the book. Your story so far is slotted as chapter four in the book. I have about ten chapters done. I am not sure how long it's going to go....I have not yet come close to running out of material.


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Billrrrr 2 years ago from Cape Cod Author

Hey Don Peters, your song, Working at the County Bank with Dick Curless only has 301 views on Youtube. I don't get it. That great little tune should have thousands!

I am promoting and plugging it in your chapter of my new book. This volume will be out before Christmas with close to 20 chapters about some of the most unique people in the music business, like my friend who was a big band player in the 1940s, my neighbor Sleepy LaBeef, Britain's most popular Disc Jockey - who worked with me at WSJR in Madawaska. I even do a chapter on the real 'School of Rock' Professor - he actually is a prof of Rock at the World's Largest & Best music school, Berklee College of Music in Boston. The course is always full and costs close to $2,000.00 He and I worked together many years ago and I know some stories about him!!!! There's lots more. I think this book is going to sell well. Keep me updated.....I can add things for another few weeks before the final edit.


Don 2 years ago

Hi Bill,

If I get a cut or two on Lloyd's new recording, I should have the information before you go to press.

If I haven't heard from Lloyd in two or three weeks I will contact he for an update.

Thanks again for trying to make something happen.


Don Peters 24 months ago

Good morning Bill,

I spoke with Lloyd last night, and he didn't think his album would be done

before your book release. It looks as though you will have to go with what

you have as to Lloyd and myself.

However, Lloyd said he will keep us informed.

Hope things are well with you. It is now 46 degrees here. Does that

make you home sick for the county?

Good talking to you. Don


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Billrrrr 24 months ago from Cape Cod Author

Okay Don. Thanks for the update. Indian Summer here on Cape Cod. The days are near 70 and the nights have been near 60. I am still pulling tomatoes in. It looks like to me that we might get real close to halloween before the first frost. Of course, things can change fast.

I am still in final edit and trying to pick a cover for the book. I sent an email to the Madawaska Public Library letting them know about the book, but they didn't get back to me. Two chapters deal extensively with the town, so I thought they would want to buy a copy. After release I will telephone them. I will call the Caribou library as well. I will also call St. Johns. There are so many books out there that I will have to push this as hard as I can. My first book had a nice little flurry, reaching number 20 on Amazon Kindle, Sports History. It has died out now, but the book was just a test run. I have a second book out right now that is on a couple websites, but I have not put it on the big dog, Amazon Kindle. I want to practice marketing and such a bit more before I give it more of a wide release.

I am sure of one thing Don, your children's book is a perfect fit for Amazon Kindle. You can sell it both in digital and physical form.

Well that's about it. I'm hoping for a bit of a miracle with this thing. I sure wouldn't mind doing a book signing in Caribou - in the Summer!


DON 23 months ago

Good morning Bill,

Had a thought last night.

Larry Delaney publishes a trade paper on Canadian country music

artist, and is real familiar with Lloyd Snow,(might remember me.,)

would be interest in your book.

His Email is:delaneyL@rogers.com or mail, Larry Delaney

152 Crichton St. Ottawa, On K1M 1W2

You can check him out on the web.

Talk to you in a bit.

Don


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Billrrrr 23 months ago from Cape Cod Author

Hey Don Peters,

October 29th and it's 62 degrees at 8:25 and headed towards a high of 70. It has been a spectacular Autumn. Update on book: Publication will be in about two weeks. This page will be taken down - Kindle kicks up a fuss if you try to print duplicate content; so if you need to contact me, email me - Billrrrrr@yahoo.com That's Bill followed by the letter 'r' five times at yahoo.com


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Billrrrr 23 months ago from Cape Cod Author

We were both typing at the same time! Thanks for the info on Larry Delaney. I will send him a communication.

Thanks,

Bill


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Billrrrr 23 months ago from Cape Cod Author

Hi Don,

I also have to take down your article and LLoyd's article because of Amazon guidelines. They have some sort of a search device. When you submit a book to them, their device searches everywhere for duplicate content and your book is rejected if they find anything similar. I found this out last month when I published the book, "The Creature from the Bridgewater Triangle". Parts of the book were items that I wrote on Hubpages and even though it was my work, they would not let me put out the book unless I removed the items from Hubpages. So I will be taking those articles down for now; but I may be able to restore them at a later date.

Bill


Don 23 months ago

To bad about taking this page down. Will Lloyd's be taken down also?

Hope not.

It might be to late on my chapter, but I've always wanted people to

know I've had my music recorded from Montreal to Muscle Shoals,

and from Nashville to Norway. True story!! Has a nice ring.

I can never say thank you enough for the work you have done on

me.


Mike Preston 10 months ago

Been nice reading this thread on some history, awareness of both Dick and the geography he came from. Being raised in Maine myself, Dick was good to me coming up as a young buck in the hopes of attaining measurable success in country music. Will always remember and cherish being introduced to Curless's audience at a time that proved to be extinguishing quickly as I was attempting to follow the footsteps and advice. Sad that the audience is no longer there for this type of entertainer.


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Billrrrr 10 months ago from Cape Cod Author

Thanks for checking in Mike. The country music of today is certainly not what we knew way back when. Today's country is fine in its own right, but I sure do prefer old school. Best of luck to you.


Tilden 9 days ago

Hi don, your cousin from Fort hope things are well, miss everyone up in the county.

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