Category Archives: Rock and Roll

Bubble Club to the Rockwood, Fayetteville Venues Told Through Ads

Sunday’s post of Fayetteville’s Rockwood Club prompted many to reminisce about other music venues in the area. They included The Bubble Club (located roughly where the KFC and Motel 6 is near the Rolling Hills Drive and College Avenue intersection), … Continue reading

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Ghosts of The Rockwood Club

As rock ‘n’ roll began to emerge in the Ozarks, there were a few clubs, especially around Fayetteville, where college students and young adults could kick back on a Friday or Saturday night to hear music with a good beat … Continue reading

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John Michael Talbot Finds a Voice of Change in the Ozarks

This blog, in two separate entries, has already featured two musical groups — Black Oak Arkansas and the Dan Blocker Singers — that relocated to the Ozarks to start their own community, whether it be called a “commune” or something … Continue reading

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Eureka Springs Garbage Lady Courtesy of Frank Zappa

Consisting of Los Angeles band groupies, the GTO’s were one of many experimental music projects undertaken by rock legend Frank Zappa in the late 1960s. Girls Together Outrageously’s most famous member was best-selling author Pamela Des Barres, who wrote tell-all … Continue reading

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1959: Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks on Dick Clark’s Show

Fayetteville’s Rockwood Club, which was owned in the early 1960s by rockabilly legend and Huntsville native Ronnie Hawkins, featured Hawkins’ band, The Hawks, on many occasions. Stories about their wild shows have always been great fodder. This 1959 lip-synced performance … Continue reading

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Rockin’ in the Ozarks Before it Was Called Rock ‘n’ Roll

Though wasn’t called rock ‘n’ roll then, the Ozarks heard plenty of it in the late 1940s and early 1950s, especially when Johnnie Lee Wills came to town. The musician, brother of Bob Wills of Texas Playboys fame, routinely left … Continue reading

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Harrison, Arkansas, “Elvis” Recently on Letterman

Wish I knew about this the other day when I wrote about the day Elvis came to Newton County. Turns out Elvis impersonator Cody Ray Slaughter from Harrison, Arkansas, was featured the other night on “The Late Show With David … Continue reading

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