So we hustled back to Anne's Green Machine (our Ford Taurus) and headed back downtown to the lower broad area , pulled in behind the Nashville Arena, fed the meter and walked across the street to the fairly new 35 Million Dollar......
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME MUSEUM
Where I could show Jack a little bit of Musuc Row History in relative warmth. I had not toured the museum since it moved in here from Music Row. In fact I was only in this building one time since it opened about 6 years ago. That was for a great memorial tribute to songwriter / artist Don Gibson "Oh Lonsome Me" , "I Can't Stop Loving You", "Sweet Dreams" etc.
There's Lots To See Here For Anyone... Even Those Who Don't Listen To "Goat Roper" Music as Jack calls it. Costumes, Instruments. Personal Possesions, Archival Films and Recordings Up The Whazoo....
AND YES JACK
DAMN CARS ARE EVERYWHERE TOO......BUT THERE ARE FEW LIKE THESE AROUND
After All This Is HillBilly Hollywood
ELVIS' 1960 CADDY LIMO
THROUGHOUT THE MUSEUM THERE IS A THREE STORY HIGH WALL OF GOLD & PLATINUM ALBUMS
THE ONE WITH MY SONG IS ON THE WALL SOMEWHERE BUT I DON"T KNOW WHERE...AND THERE ARE NO STEP LADDERS
AS I SAID TO JACK ..IT'S AROUND HERE SOMEPLACE...
THE THING I'M MOST PROUD OF THOUGH IN HERE WAS KNOWING & WORKING WITH THESE GUYS !
SEEING THEM FINALLY GET INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME WHERE THEY SHOULD BEEN YEARS BEFORE
WHEN THEY ALL WERE STILL ALIVE!......
Gordon Stoker their leader, was an encourager for me to make the move to Nashville back in 1986. I still am happy to call him my friend. As I wrote in my auto biography, just remove their vocals from Don't Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Poor Little Fool, Crazy, and THOUSANDS MORE HIT RECORDS and tell me if it still sounds as good.
From There I Took Jack To Lunch To A Real Funky Music Industry Insider Joint
BROWN'S DINER WHICH HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 1927
Well Folks That's About It... Oh We Had Some Great Times Back At The Ranch Too... But That's About All The Pictorial Record I Have Of Only The Fourth Person From My Long Island Past To Make The Trek To Visit Me In Nashville. As Always The Song Writer In Me Has To Sign Off Here With Something Appropiate From The Spoonytunes '39 Mills Empress. Just Click A- 1 And You'll Hear What I Mean.......