I told you about the Tulsa mini-renaissance of my college days in the 1970s, mentioning specifically the Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting, the late night bad-movie and skit-comedy festival featuring Mazeppa Pompazoidi (Gailard Sartain) and Teddy Jack Eddy (Gary Busey). Well, hat tip to my brother Jimmy for pointing out that you can find some of that stuff on YouTube. He cited this example, which has the further value of being a pitch-perfect satire of the high school football culture of those days (and probably still). We all had coaches like “Coach Chuck.” And you can understand why high schoolers of a particular mindset would stay up late for this. See the video after the jump. [Read more…]
J. J. Cale died, the musician and songwriter responsible with Leon Russell for developing the so-called “Tulsa Sound.” This was a bluesy, rock ‘n’ roll shuffle, often adorned with a honky tonk piano. The most notable exemplar of the Tulsa sound was the non-Okie Eric Clapton, but it can also be found in the numerous collaborations of Leon Russell and in groups like the Tractors.
As someone who grew up near Tulsa and went to college in Oklahoma in the 1970s, I can say this is my kind of music. (In addition to the music, the Tulsa scene at that time included late night TV with “Mazeppa Pompazoidi,” a.k.a. Gailard Sartain, a comic genius who would later go to Hollywood for Hee Haw and other mostly bit parts unworthy of him, with Gary Busey as Teddy Jack Eddy. Busey also went to Hollywood and had a pretty good career. Though known for some meltdowns, he became a convert to Christianity. Did anyone else out there stay up late for the The Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting?)
After the jump: J. J. Cale playing his most famous song and a good survey of his life and music. [Read more…]