Containing Multitudes Since 2004
It musta been a low-budget night.
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.
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.
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.
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