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Tufas, Mono Lake © Robert Sommers 2019

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The !!!! Beat


These videos from Hoss Allen's 1966 Rhythm and Blues Revue are pretty amazing. All of them. Every video is a treasure. This was the first syndicated black music television show in history, shot in Dallas. Check out Freddie King's second number on this one. Gatemouth Brown and Band of  Gypsies' Billy Cox in the house band. The host, Bill "Hoss" Allen was a Nashville disk jockey on 50,000 watt blowtorch WLAC and a one time musician himself who worked for a time with Chess Records. Great stuff. Watched a superb Little Milton performance earlier.

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