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"This is box 1 folder 1, we’re calling it 1935 and it is a musical folder of sheet music for Fats Waller. Number 1: The Original Piano Conceptions. It was purchased at a thrift store somewhere. It’s a music book of Fats Waller Compositions."

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Rev. Andrew “Sugar Daddy” Dawkins (b. Feb 24, 1930, d. Dec 9, 2014), radio announcer with two seminal radio stations, the first at WBCO AM 1450 in Bessemer in 1950 and the second at WEUP AM 1600, Huntsville, the latter Alabama’s first Black owner…

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Rev. Andrew Dawkins (b. Feb 24, 1930, d. Dec 9, 2014), RnB announcer beginning his career early in 1950 at WBCO 1450 AM in Bessemer. BCO stood for Bessemer Cut-off. The station went all black staff in late 1951 and it was remarked locally that BCO…

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Ben Alexander (b. Sept, 1927), an early arrival at WEDR 1220 AM, Birmingham, Ben spent from the end of 1949 to October of 1950 at the station and recalls personnel and personalities of the time. He became a Lt. Colonel in the army and retired to…

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Bill Pinkney (b. Aug 15, 1925, d. Jul 4, 2007) born, Dalzell, NC- The original bass of the Drifters vocal group. Bill visited Bob at WJLD twice and sat down for this interview. He reflects on his early career and the creation of one of the best known…

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Billy Cliff Evans (b. Dec 12, 1924, d. Apr 5, 2004), announcer at WJLD in the mid 1940’s. Billy shares recollections of early broadcasting from Bessemer radio stations. Became treasurer of the Bessemer History Center.

Bruce Payne at WBCO, 1953
Bruce Payne (b. 1930, d. October 6, 2005) Birmingham Broadcaster from the early 1950's. Born in Jackson, MS and began his broadcasting career briefly at WVIM Vicksburg and then moved to Bessemer at WBCO. He made the transition to early WENN Radio in…

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Charlie Thomas,  (b. April 7, 1937, Lynchburg, Virginia) a singer with a couple of different versions of the “Drifters” vocal group, recording with the group from 1958 to the present and with a recording history going back to 1957 as the lead of…

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David Shears, WBCO Announcer known as Doc B. At WBCO from 1951 to 1954.

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Rev. Don Solomon (b.Feb 13, 1932, d. Dec 14, 2017); on Leroy Garrett (b. Nov 26, 1913, d. Jul 21, 1980). Don Solomon, gospel promoter, Sales Director for A.G. Gaston businesses, discusses his early gospel group and their manager, Leroy Garrett, who…
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