The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Joints #22

The Paramount Theater in Brooklyn, New York


Timmy said...

It musta been a low-budget night.

la peregrina said...

The only person's name I recognize on that marquee other than Alan Freed is Mabel King. She played Roger's mother on What's Happening! and Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, in original production of The Wiz on Broadway.

Joe Thompson said...

The only name I recognized was Panama Francis. I remember him with the new Savoy Sultans in the 1980s, but he drummed on a bunch of early rock'n'roll records. Great marquee -- white letters on black went out of style at some point.

densestarr said...

Jean Chapel followed a path similar to Elvis. She went from SUN Records to RCA. RCA thought highly of her, two of her cuts were issued on the B-side of an EP by Presley. It did not work out and soon she was dropped. Later on she had some success as a C&W songwriter.
Her sister was country/gospel singer Martha Carson and her brother Don was briefly married to Tammy Wynette.