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Comments in red are by TIM HOLLIS (in black prior to 2010).
Comments in blue are by webmaster RUSSELL WELLS.



This month:
Rockin' Rebellions

The Rockin’ Rebellions first got together as a band in 1966 with members Donald Barbee (guitar and keyboards), Ronald Barbee (bass), Rick Fortenberry (lead guitar), and Ross Gagliano (drums). They played rock ‘n roll at local sock hops in and around the Birmingham area.  In September of that year, they brought in lead singer Henry Lovoy. The group practiced at a Woodlawn shoe repair shop. This is where dedication and hard work paid off and the band really came together as one of the premier garage bands of the Southeast.

In November of 1966, the group recorded their very own “By My Side” at the Boutwell Recording Studio. The song was written by Donald Barbee and Henry Lovoy.  The flip side was a Beatles cover of “Run For Your Life”. The first radio airplay was on WSGN’s “Dave Roddy’s Top 40 Countdown”.  It entered the charts at number 37 making it up to number 28.

On May 6, 1967, the Rebellions recorded a Jimmy Johnson-engineered Frank Zappa-penned tune – “Any Way the Wind Blows” at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals. The flip side was a cover of Bo Diddley song – “Don’t Let Go.”


WKUL 1340/Cullman "Big K" top 40 survey from August 19, 1967,
showing "Any Way the Wind Blows" near the top spot.
(this was a different, better time for radio ... back when a
local or a regional act could make a big splash on the airwaves)

The Rockin’ Rebellions entered the (sound equipment maker) VOX-sponsored “WVOK Battle of the Bands” contest held at the Boutwell Auditorium in downtown Birmingham on May 20, 1967.  The Rockin’ Rebellions won top honors – beating out 67 other bands from throughout Alabama. Their big prize was three VOX Super Beatle amplifiers – the kind the Beatles used!

On June 17, 1967 at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium, the Rebellions won again – this time they were awarded first place in the “Southeastern Battle of the Bands” over bands from Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Florida.

That year the Rockin’ Rebellions appeared on all four (the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter) “Shower of Stars” shows sponsored by WVOK radio in Birmingham and WBAM in Montgomery. They played with such artists as The Who, the Young Rascals, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Herman’s Hermits, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Billy Joe Royal, Lou Christie, and many other top stars that were in their heyday.

In November of 1967, renowned local deejay Duke Rumore introduced the band to Eugene Luchessi from Memphis, producer of Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs, who set up a recording session at the new Sun Recording Studio that Sam Phillips had built with the money he received from the sale of Elvis Presley’s contract to RCA Victor. The Rebellions were well-received by Dickie Lee and Stan Keller who produced “Would You Like to Go Somewhere With Me Sometime.”

Henry, Ross, Donald, Ronald, and Rick were on their way to even more concerts across the South – playing in Florida with the Swingin’ Medallions and the Classics IV – in concerts set up by WAPE (sister station to Brennan-owned WVOK and WBAM). They also played for WCLS in Columbus, Georgia – performing with Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels and the Royal Guardsman. Touring constantly, they also played many gigs in Tennessee and Kentucky.

What a ride! From playing local armory sock hops – to being voted the best band in the Southeast – to playing with all of the stars of the 60’s rock ‘n roll era – to still playing today in different groups (but occasionally still getting together), Henry, Ross, Donald, Ronald, and Rick have always represented Birmingham, Alabama with class and dignity as our very own Rockin’ Rebellions.

Here are three Rockin' Rebellions tunes.....

ROCKIN' REBELLIONS - By My Side
(5.72 MB - MP3 format - total length: 2.23) 
ROCKIN' REBELLIONS - Run For Your Life
(2.97 MB - MP3 format - total length: 2.03)
ROCKIN' REBELLIONS - Any Way the Wind Blows
(2.65 MB - MP3 format - total length: 2.45)


ARCHIVE:

FEBRUARY 2015:  THE JAMES GANG - Everybody Knows
                                      THE JAMES GANG - Need Your Love
                                      THE JAMES GANG - Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo

JANUARY 2015:
TELLURIDE - Stand Alone
                                  
TELLURIDE - Birmingham Tonight

DECEMBER 2014:  THE DEL-RAYS - Fortune Teller
                                       THE DEL-RAYS - Night Prowler
NOVEMBER 2014:  
THE K-OTICS - Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)
                                
THE K-OTICS - Charlena

OCTOBER 2014:   THE TOWNSMEN - Monkey Time
                              THE TOWNSMEN - It's True
                CHARLES "ROOSTER" GALLAGER & TOWNSMEN - Hold It; Mr. Pitiful [LIVE]
SEPTEMBER 2014: LEN WADE & THE TIKIS - I Was Doin' Alright
                                                    LEN WADE & THE TIKIS - Traveling Shoes
                              
LEN WADE & THE TIKIS - Cloudy Skies

AUGUST 2014:  LARRY & THE LOAFERS - 'Till the End
                                          LARRY & THE LOAFERS - Panama City Blues

JULY 2014:  BAKER KNIGHT - High School Days
                    BAKER KNIGHT - These Songs of Yesteryear
JUNE 2014:  CHARLES SMITH & THE COACHMEN - Going Wild
                     CHARLES SMITH & THE COACHMEN - Hard to Find  
MAY 2014:
BOBBY MIZELL / GLEN LAYNE - Sunset Blues
 / B. MIZELL - Heart and Soul
APRIL 2014: BOBBY EDWARDS - You're the Reason
MARCH 2014: DALE SERRANO - Ou We Man
FEBRUARY 2014: BOB CAIN & THE CAIN-BREAKERS - Butterbeans; Hey Little One
JANUARY 2014:
THE BLEUS - Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

DECEMBER 2013: SHARON WYNTER - We're Breaking Up Again; Bad Dreams
NOVEMBER 2013: BAKER KNIGHT & THE KNIGHTMARES - Bring My Cadillac Back
OCTOBER 2013: JERRY WOODARD - Long Tall Texan
SEPTEMBER 2013:  THE TORQUAYS -- Pineapple Moon

BIRMINGHAM RADIO CLIPS OF THE MONTH
September 2009 - August 2013:

August 2013:
WSGN 610 - August 18, 1968: Jim Taber's last show

July 2013: WYDE 850 - October 1984: Lee Masters (final show) 
June 2013: WAQY 1220 - August 9, 1969: James Enright
May 2013: WYDE 850 - January 1976: Duke Rumore 
April 2013: WVOK 690 - January 1976: Joe Rumore
March 2013: WSGN 610 - March 18, 1967: Steve Norris (Sat. evening)
February 2013: WSGN 610 - February 16, 1973 - final Steve Norris show
January 2013: WMPS 680 (Memphis, Tenn.) - 1977: Jon Anthony [tribute to JRRA]  
December 2012: WAPI 1070 - December 1953: West End High School play
November 2012: WSGN 610 - November 1972: composite (Davis / Bass / Kincaid)
October 2012:
WSGN 610 - October 4, 1967: Dick Kent
September 2012: WERC 960 - February 1979: Coyote Calhoun
August 2012: WKXX 106.9 - May 1979: Charlie Martin (Steve Davis sub)
July 2012: WENN 1320 - 1966 & 1967: Weldon Clark & (unknown)
June 2012: WSGN 610 - August 1972: Amaysa Kincaid; Scotty Brink
May 2012: WVOK 690 - March 19, 1967: Johnny Hayes ("Dixie Hits")
April 2012: WSGN 610 - April 9, 1977: Johnny King (Easter afternoon)
March 2012: WAQY 1220 - March 18, 1967: Doug Layton
February 2012:
WSGN 610 - May 24, 1969: Steve Norris

January 2012: WBCO 1450 Bessemer -- January 1957: "Spider"
December 2011: WAPI-TV 13: Cousin Cliff - December 25, 1961
November 2011: WERC, 01/21/76 ... Dick James, Jim Christian
October 2011: WZZK(FM) ... November 1982 station composite
September 2011: WAPI-FM -- "FM 95", September 1984: McCarthy/'Deah'
August 2011: 1955 Dial scan (from Montgomery, Ala.) - WVOK, WEZB, WILD, et al
July 2011: WERC-FM - July 1976: "Dapper Dan", 11 PM hour
June 2011: WAPI-FM "95 ROCK" - October 1982
May 2011: WSGN JINGLE MEGAMIX: 1950s - 1980s
April 2011: WSGN 610 - April 25, 1985: Steve Price, Orlando Beavers; final minutes!
March 2011: WAPI 1070 - 1943: Stanleigh Malotte "A trip inside the Pipe Organ"
February 2011: WERC-FM 106.9 - October 1974: "Captain Jack"
January 2011: WSGN 610 - December 29, 1967: Jim Taber
December 2010: WSGN 610 ... Christmas party gag tape, 1960 (T. Charles)
November 2010: WAPI-TV 13 - November 25, 1961: "Popeye Show" audio
October 2010: WKXX 106.9 - March 1979: Charlie Martin
September 2010: WJLN 104.7 - September 27, 1973: Wayne Braden
August 2010: WSGN 610 - May 2, 1973; June 23, 1973: John Bass
July 2010: WYDE 850 - October 3, 1967: Duke Rumore
June 2010: WSGN 610 - June 29, 1964: Jim Taber
May 2010: WAPI 1070 - assorted aircheck clips, 1949-1965   rundown
April 2010: WAQY 1220 - March 12, 1966: Layton & Charles show
March 2010: WYDE - early 1960: Sam Hale "House of Hits"
February 2010: WSGN - Bill Bolen newscast, 06/16/1964 - 10:55 a.m.
January 2010: WERC 960 - August 22, 1973 (debut of top-40 format)
December 2009: WKXX 106.9 - 1978 Profile / WKXX 106.9 - 1979 Profile
November 2009: WVOK 690 - 10/28/1949: Joe Rumore & Jean Foster
October 2009: WSGN 610 - 09/30/1949: "Quiz Man" w/Pappy McDonald
September 2009: WVOK 690 - 10/03/1949: "Hi, Neighbor Time" with Joe Rumore

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