January 19, 1977 ~ The Charlie Daniels Band and The Marshall Tucker Band play the main stage at President Jimmy Carter’s inauguration ball.Legend has it that MTB’s Doug Gray liked to tell the story of smoking a j on the roof of the White House.
I was in my early 20’s and just starting a career in rock n’ roll radio. It was rock/modern rock/punk vs. disco and it truly was heady times for music.
As we near the end of 2019, the question has to be asked: was 1979 – all of 40 years ago – really one of the greatest years ever for being ‘Lost In Music’? Martin Gray takes a personal look back at arguably the most groundbreaking year of the 70s and marvels at the sheer diversity of music that was being released back then.
December 21, 1970 ~ Elvis stops by the White House wanting to talk to President Nixon about how he could help the President with his war on drugs. Dick agreed to meet with Elvis and presented him with his very own Narcotics Bureau badge.
Elvis asked that the meeting be kept “secret” so he could presumably do some “undercover” work. The Washington Post broke the story a year later presumably while working on another story related to … um … President Nixon.
Ironic that years of abuse of prescription drugs via the bag of Dr. Nichopoulos would kill Elvis on the floor of his bathroom in August 1977.
(December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) He was the one who made me laugh the hardest. More importantly, he was the one who first showed a young boy how humor could expose racism, hypocrisy and general lack of critical thought.