Thank's to Roger Hart who sent me this photo that I had never seen....(From left) Whitey Coker, Tiger Tom Murphy, Tom Michaels and Roger Hart. Whitey & Tom Micheals are in 91derful heaven...and Kisn was tanked by the owners kid (Entercom)....for a mindless format with no creativity, thought, features or benefits. Such a shame the 91 survivors could not be on the air reminiscing of the great radio days at Goodguy Central. We would of heard O'brien, Murphy, Roger, Jim Meeker, Roger W Morgan, Pat Pattee and others. We all would of been glued to hear the million dollar weekend of all weekends. It is ironic that not only will we not be enjoying that, but the destruction of what remains of Kool & KHits as of this week. I will stick to Cousin Brucie on my Sirus Radio.
The photo was taken 1997 at the KISN Summer Goodbye show at the Oaks.
King Louie & Baby Jameswill hold a FREE concert at Music Millennium East, 3158 E. Burnside on Sunday, May 3rd from 3 to 4 pm. The band will be selling and signing CDs from their latest recording, "Around The World: Live at Jimmy Mak's."
King Louie & Baby Jamesis a powerhouse band featuring the talents of "Sweet Baby James" Benton on vocals, Louis "King Louie" Pain on Hammond B-3, Peter Dammann on guitar, Renato Caranto on saxophone, and Micah Kassell on drums.
Sweet Baby James is a legendary figure in Portland jazz history, with a career dating back to the heyday of the Williams Ave. scene of the '50s. Before that, he played pro basketball (with the Chicago Hottentots!), dabbled in acting, and ran a 24/7 jam session/barbecue joint at his North Portland home. James is one of the last great singers of his style and generation, and is still at the top of his game--singing soulfully and oozing charisma and charm. The new CD captures James at his best--singing, joking, and rooting on the band's exciting soloists.
Like Sweet Baby James, Music Millennium has long been a fixture of the Portland music scene. But, also like James, this long-time pillar of the local music scene now finds itself something of an endangered species. Music Millennium has long supported local artists, but it now needs help itself. So King Louie & Baby James felt it was fitting that they join other local artists in calling attention to the plight of Portland's last great neighborhood record store.
Please come out to Music Millennium on May 3rd and support the Portland music scene!
What a pleasure it was meeting Bill Gifford who owns "Giffords Flowers" located on Broadway right across from Fish Wrap Central (Oregonian).....Bill's grand parents opened their doors in the old farmers market downtown, later on NE Killingsworth and later moved to downtown. At one time in history Giffords was located where Nordstrom is today on Broadway & Morrison. Giffords has the most beautiful floral shop in Stumptown. Drive up to their store and check out the arrangements they display outside the store. They are really special. When it comes to flowers for that special occasion or just "because" use Giffords. Support the local family owned companies in town. You will feel good doing it. They must be doing something right, surviving in a competitive market for 71 years
In 1910 Portland Knitting Company began with five machines with founder Carl Jantzen designing cool swim suits. The name was changed in 1918 to Jantzen Wollen Mills. A world-wide company that began in Stumptown.
I left out Kisn Goodguy & nightclub operator Ken Chase off the list of KISN Dj's. My mistake for sure. Ken was a visionary in the club biz hosting the Kingsman, Raiders, Rush & The Turnabouts among others. If my memory serves me, Ken later in life opened a cool restaurant in the Westmoreland area. Here is a oldie but a goodie yellow page ad for his second club on the west side.