|By Soul Sister (220.127.116.11) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:06 am:|
These odd photos, album jackets, & memorabilia are from 1967-68 when I was sharing an apartment with a friend "Jackie"(her name was after her favorite singer Jackie Wilson ) in her mother's house on Fulton Street in Bed-Stu, Brooklyn, N.Y. I had alot of photos then that since have diapearred over the years, wish I held onto them. I had saved alot of negatives but many got destroyed in a fire years later, so I treasure all that I have left, many I shared on the forum in November 2003. Here's the funny stuff I would put on my walls back in the day, some of it more serious of the era, as the first one I will upload here:
|By Soul Sister (18.104.22.168) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:11 am:|
Above: Kennedy, King, & Kennedy together. MLK.
On top James Brown album jackets. Below James Brown with Hubert Humphrey.
|By Soul Sister (22.214.171.124) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:16 am:|
Wall of "The Jive Five", I use to have alot of their photos from the era I lived in their crib in Manhattan and hung out with them in Brooklyn, recording studio, clubs, and theaters like the Apollo, on and off from 1966-69.
|By SisDetroit (126.96.36.199) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:17 am:|
The good ole days when we used to just put the photos on the wall. :o)
|By Soul Sister (188.8.131.52) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:18 am:|
Jackie Wilson album cover, photos & records on an old stereo.
|By Soul Sister (184.108.40.206) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:21 am:|
Surounding "Jackie" is The Temptation's 'Mellow Mood' album and The Jive Five's album. Where have all my records gone! SIGH.......
|By Soul Sister (220.127.116.11) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:22 am:|
James Brown double-album jacket.
|By Soul Sister (18.104.22.168) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:24 am:|
Tons of Photo Fun: Sammy "Baby" Ambrose and James Brown, etc...
|By Soul Sister (22.214.171.124) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:26 am:|
Melba Moore's album jacket and more of my long lost records.
|By Soul Sister (126.96.36.199) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:47 am:|
James Brown & Al Sharpton with Senior President Bush. James with Hubert Humphrey.
|By Soul Sister (188.8.131.52) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:48 am:|
|By Soul Sister (184.108.40.206) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:50 am:|
News Cippings / JB memorabilia.
|By Soul Sister (220.127.116.11) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:51 am:|
|By Soul Sister (18.104.22.168) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:53 am:|
Above: The Inkspots.
Below: Little Anthony & The Imperials.
|By Soul Sister (22.214.171.124) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:54 am:|
The Five Keys featuring Rudy West.
|By Soul Sister (126.96.36.199) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:55 am:|
Dion & The Belmonts.
|By Soul Sister (188.8.131.52) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:56 am:|
Isaac Hayes / Ike & Tina Turner.
|By Soul Sister (184.108.40.206) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:56 am:|
|By Soul Sister (220.127.116.11) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 01:59 am:|
Just a little something to do until I get sleepy...zzzzzzz
Nitey Nite All,
|By Juicefree20 (18.104.22.168) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 02:02 am:|
I'm loving the pictures Sis, loving them. Fulton Street you say, man you were like my neighbor. I wish that I still had some of my pictures too. Good stuff Sis, very good!
|By Soul Sister (22.214.171.124) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 02:13 am:|
Thanks Juice, its fun looking at the actual photos today. The news-clippings were something I just added on.
|By David Meikle (126.96.36.199) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 06:59 am:|
Thanks for sharing.
|By Kev-Lo (188.8.131.52) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 11:34 am:|
Hi this is Kev-Lo Good morning Soul Sister great pictures I like the one that shows all of those LP's and 45's
|By Soul Sister (184.108.40.206) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 11:41 am:|
David & kev-lo;
Goodevening David and Goodmorning kev-lo!!
Thanks, glad you enjoy seeing them.
|By Soul Sister (220.127.116.11) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 11:47 am:|
ARLENE SMITH (of Chantels fame) just sent me an email with the following photo attachment:
Arlene tells me she has a 78 Record of Jimmy's "Why Do You Cry"/"Forgive And Forget". I know that one was recorded in 1951 on Roost Records, lucky Arlene, I don't even have a copy of "Forgive And Forget", wish I did!
Photo taken at "The Doo-Wop Hall of Fame" at Symphony Hall in Boston, Mass.
|By Soul Sister (18.104.22.168) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 12:33 pm:|
Bedford-Stuyvesant was rough back then, yeah Baby (chuckle), nothing and no place was stopping me from following the music I loved!
BTW, I met my girl "Jackie" on the fan bus (which I took in order to avoid two subway trips, a bus ride and a long walk. / Two buses went to James house, one from Harlem & one from Bed-Stuy. for that perticular birthday bash) going to James Brown's house for James birthday. When she found out I knew him and members of his entourage & family she didn't want to talk with no one else, anyhow we became fast friends on that ride out to James house that day. Her mom owned a house on Fulton close to Bedford Ave. (between Bedford & Franklin, close to Bedford across from a bar, a soul food joint and C.O.R.E.'s storefront offices. Those were some wild times, I'm lucky to be still walking around, ya' dig?
Take Care J,
|By Dinelle (22.214.171.124) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 03:40 pm:|
Great pictures, Jeanie.
|By MEL&THEN SOME (126.96.36.199) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 05:23 pm:|
|By Juicefree20 (188.8.131.52) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 05:48 pm:|
Hey Sis, what's up? I was a kid back then but Bed Stuy was a real hotbed of activity. It's a shame to see how it is now, it's nothing like its former glory. You went to see James at Linden & 175th, no doubt. Was he with Dee Dee yet? When I went there when I was 10 (1970), that house looked so huge to me. I liked the moat & the Black Santa Claus that he had on the lawn every Xmas. Did he have that little Yellow roadster with the plastic snap on mirrors? I liked that big pistol cigarette lighter & those checkerboard floor tiles in his basement. I bet Jackie did love you. Back then, knowing James gave you instant credibility & a bunch of new friends. He used to give my father copies of all of his 45 & LP releases & productions on King. God, I wish that I still had all of those original records. I could retire if I did, though, I'd never give them up! I still have my original covers of I Can't Stand Myself & It's A Mother.
Do you have any other pictures of Bed Stuy? It was nice to see your pictures, I bet you've got a million of them!
God bless & say hi to Jimmy
|By Soul Sister (184.108.40.206) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 06:32 pm:|
Thanks glad you enjoy them.
I knew you'd enjoy another memory lane trip.
Take care of that bugandthensome!!
All The Best,
|By Soul Sister (220.127.116.11) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 06:57 pm:|
When I first hung out at JB's house, James had Florence living with him then (and she didn't want no females, big or little, hanging around), then no one for a couple weeks before he moved DeeDee into his digs (she was cool). Didn't you see my James Brown Photos November 2003???
I love the playroom downstairs, always was big fun, whether watching pool games, T.V. movies, or hearing the latest 45 single to be released while Teddy danced his azz off to it! LOL LOL!!
JB insignia on the bar stools, the wall of fame, and that portrait on the wall were my faves. Cool place to hang tough.
Juice, what were you doing there??? James moved after 1970.
Teddy and I stayed in touch when he transferred from The Windsor Acadamy upstate to The Mills Private School in Hollywood, Florida. As far as cars, JB had several, a Rolls Royce, a Cadillac, & a Lincoln Continental, and don't forget that lear jet.
* For photos of JB's house inside & out go back in the archives forum search for Nov.2003.
Sorry, no more pics. of Bed-Stuy. Wished I took some more outdoor ones there, in Harlem, & the Chitlin Curcit as well, most photos were taken inside.
Take Care, blessings to you as well, I'll pass the "hello" on (smile).
|By Common (18.104.22.168) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 07:22 pm:|
Man, Soulsister, you are like a walking museum! You have so much history with you! I love looking at all of the wonderful pics that you post on the forum from the past. Very educational & fun! I wasn't even born in '68 but I feel as though I am right there. Thank you so much for sharing your pics with us.
BTW, do you remember Birdell's record store on Fulton St? I lived in Bed-Stuy when I was baby until I was 5 & remember passing by this record store alot back in the day. The store has sinced moved 2 blocks up from it's prior location.
|By Rodmann (22.214.171.124) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 07:24 pm:|
Hey Sis, is that an actual early 70's pic of the Melba Moore album? I also was wondering which album that was. I know it's one of her first ones on Mercury (late 60's, early 70's). "Look What You're Doing To The Man" maybe? I'm not sure. Thanks.
|By Soul Sister (126.96.36.199) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 08:09 pm:|
Cool...RE: Birdell's, it's name sounds familiar, is that the one near Nostrand? Funny thing at that time I bought all my records either in Jersey at the Relic Rack, or Manhattan at Colony, Times Square Records, and the many ones that were on 42nd. and Seventh Ave. area. A few at Bobby Robinson's in Harlem and at Bleeker in the Village.
Very glad you get the feel for the 60's!
|By Soul Sister (188.8.131.52) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 08:34 pm:|
Yes, its an original Melba LP, I bought in late 60's or 1970, which I'm pretty sure I no longer have since I left 99% of my collection behind when I moved out of Smitty's mother's house and gave up music for many years after he passed. Don't recall the actual title and the print is too small or out of focus in my photo. It was around the time she was appearring in the Broadway Play "Hair" and guess who I ran into at the backstage door Jimi Hendricks! Yup, but I didn't know he was the same person at the time, I called him Pierre as a kind of a joke, a moniker from his Flamingo days because he played the gituar with his tongue & teeth. LOL! Crazy times as I look back now.
|By Juicefree20 (184.108.40.206) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 08:58 pm:|
Hey Sis, what's up Common? Common is right,Joe Birdell is still around on Nostrand Ave. He moved a block or 2 down to Herkimer & Atlantic, but moved store the across the street. He doesn't have the kind of vinyl that he used to have. I used to go there often in the late 80s-early 90s, when I started expanding my Soul collection.
I remember James' wife Dee Dee very well. She was so petite & I fell in love with her immediately. My father was a car salesman & knew James Brown. My father brought me over for a tour. James was preparing to do a show with Marva Whitney at The Albee. James' daughter was about 4 & she was a prteey little girl. I wonder how she's doing. I remember when Teddy died in that horrible car crash. He was the spitting image of his father.
At that time, St Albans was very well to do & the neighbors were close. The stars that live in the neighborhood like James, Illinois Jacquet & Count, walked among us. They had no entourages, no bodyguards & they showed their neighbors & fans nothing but love. We respected them & didn't intrude, to them, it was no intrusion, they enjoyed the love that we showed them. I realize that I was a mere child back then, but, it's so different today.
Peace & God bless
|By Soul Sister (220.127.116.11) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 10:49 pm:|
When James brought DeeDee home to live with him she was pregnant and Deanna was born in '68, I was there in days of her bringing the baby home from the hospital, her father was up visiting her & his new granddaughter from the DC area, so in 1970 the baby could only be 2 years old.
Also living in St. Albans at the time were Willie Mays ex Margurite, Frankie Crocker (who was married to the daughter), Otis Pollard (Producer & Manager of The Jive Five), and lots of others from the entertainment world. St. Albans was considered elite in the 60's but pretty awful now. Its shocking to see the change in JB's old neighborhood. For awhile I even lived down Linden Blvd. not far from James' house.
Interesting times, BTW, I think I was at that show at The Albee, I know I've been there before too.
|By Rodmann (18.104.22.168) on Sunday, April 04, 2004 - 04:38 am:|
Hey SoulSis. I'm starting to think that the album might be Melba's "Living To Give". Now that I think about it I remember that she posed nude for the "Look What You're Doing To The Man" cover (I think).
You amaze me with your stories! JIMI HENDRIX! You knew JIMI? Were the days that you called him "Pierre" during his time with The Isley Brothers?
|By Soul Sister (22.214.171.124) on Sunday, April 04, 2004 - 01:07 pm:|
No, no, I didn't know Jimi real well but I ran into him a few times after originally seeing him playing behind "The Flamingoes" at a N.Y. club called "The Go-Go Lounge", where he did an amazing performance with his tongue & teeth. Upon seeing this for the first time I was in awe as was everyone who witnessed it for the first time. I think one of the Flamingoes or Sammy Ambrose jokingly called him "Pierre" so that was the only name I had for him. Later when I bumped into him I said hello , how ya'doing, blah blah blah, I referred to him as "Pierre" and he would just laugh getting the biggest kick out of that. The last time I saw him was at the play 'Hair' and never knew he became Jimi Hendricks until recent years. Crazy huh! But the fact is I never paid any attention to those "Rock Fests", I was only interested in the shows on the "Chitlin Curcit", so I never really looked close enough to connect the two together. When I first saw him he had shorter hair somewhat straightened looking, don't forget those were the days of the 'processes', that big bush didn't come till way later.
Thats all I recall about the hap-hazzard run-ins with Jimi Hendricks a.k.a. "Pierre". Funny, it really is a small world!LOL!!
|By Soul Sister (126.96.36.199) on Sunday, April 04, 2004 - 01:13 pm:|
(sp.) I should of said Jimi Hendrix, you see I told you...I didn't know Hendrix, I knew "Pierre", who played gituar for "The Flamingoes"!!LOL!!
|By Rodmann (188.8.131.52) on Sunday, April 04, 2004 - 06:38 pm:|
LMAO @ "Pierre"! I had no idea that Jimi played with the Flamingos. The more I read about him the more I see that he had quite a history in R&B music before he went Rock and became JIMI HENDRIX. I've read that he played with The Isleys, Ike & Tina, Little Richard and I've seen footage of him performing with an obscure Soul duo named Buddy & Stacey (I have a single by them on the Twirl label). And now I see that he was "Pierre", a sideman with the Flamingos! LOL. Thanks a lot Sis! You are a national treasure of Soul information!
|By Soul Sister (184.108.40.206) on Sunday, April 04, 2004 - 06:47 pm:|
Thanks for the comp.
Jimi was James but because of the tongue thing that night (as in French kiss)with his gituar, the guys were just spoofing him on the "Pierre" tag. But it was the only name I knew him by.LOL!
|By Charise (220.127.116.11) on Monday, April 05, 2004 - 05:08 am:|
Did I tell you all how much I love this SITE!!!
I can't help it! This is the kind of stuff that I love, this old nostalgia!! I swear I feel like a KID IN A CANDY STORE. I LOVE You GUYS(women & men-smile). I swear that I do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|By Soul Sister (18.104.22.168) on Monday, April 05, 2004 - 11:54 am:|
So glad you enjoyed the trip back down memory lane. "Candy, Candy, Candy, I Call My Sugar Candy" as Jimmy or Big Maybelle would sing in the early 1950's!!
All The Best,
|By Juicefree20 (22.214.171.124) on Monday, April 05, 2004 - 08:39 pm:|
Hello Sis, this is a picture of me, my sisters & cousin, the day of the show at the Albee. We were waiting to leave for the show. I'm the little guy in the Blue. If you can see the button, that's my official James Brown button. Never left home without it.
|By Soul Sister (126.96.36.199) on Monday, April 05, 2004 - 09:16 pm:|
A-w-w-w-you were a cute little guy with your "JB" button on ! Thanks for sharing your memories too!!
|By SisDetroit (188.8.131.52) on Monday, April 05, 2004 - 09:41 pm:|
Never went anywhere without his James Brown button. (LMAO) I saw James Brown last night singing in a movie. I forgot the name of the movie, because I only watch JB. It was something like Doctor Detroit.
|By Dinelle (184.108.40.206) on Tuesday, April 06, 2004 - 06:44 pm:|
I have to agree with Jeanie. You look sooooo cute!
|By Juicefree20 (220.127.116.11) on Tuesday, April 06, 2004 - 11:30 pm:|
Aww shucks ladies. Y'all are making me blush. Thank you for the compliments
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