The musicians in the Snearly Ranch Boys either lived at Ma Snearly's Boarding House or hung out to jam.
They included Smokey Joe Bauch on piano, Paul Burlison on guitar, Clyde Leoppard on drums, Hank Bowers on guitar-trumpet, Barbara Pittman on vocals, and Stanley Kesler on bass.
"We needed something or somebody to help draw a crowd and decided a guitar-strumming good ol' boy at thirty-five dollars an hour just might do the job.
Elvis Presley performed about ninety minutes and the audience went crazy! Robison and Mayor Frank Tobey were as astonished with Elvis Presley's act as they were at the swelling crowd. this was the most successful Red Cross blood drive in the history of Memphis State! Too see Elvis, students had to donate a pint of blood.
Culpepper’s obituary), and some of the top entertainers of the day, from Cab Calloway to Bing Crosby to Elvis Presley, and Stax musicians in the 1960s.
They served blacks and whites alike, despite the deeply segregated society. Culpepper’s obit stated that Boss Crump was a patron, which served to blunt police harassment and bring the Chicken Shack to the attention of white Memphis...614 Vance became the Chicken Shack’s new home.
average folks, gamblers and ''sporting people'' (according to Mr.
In 1971, during a robbery at the restaurant, Hattie Culpepper was pistol-whipped, a beating so severe that her injuries kept her hospitalized until her death in 1992, according to Mr. He said the attack erased any desire to keep the Chicken Shack going. Elvis Presley perform at the Cotton Club in West Memphis, Arkansas.
The clubs across the river in West Memphis were a daunting sight.
The crowd got larger and larger until the auditorium was filled! "Elvis", she said, "was dressed in a rather subdued cowboy outfit, a la Gene Autry. My memory of Elvis was that he was extremely courteous, polite and very shy". Girls weighing less than a hundred and ten pounds could not donate.
Many of these underweights returned after having miraculously gained several pounds almost instantly!