“There are cool cats and there are cool Memphis cats but no one, not
Elvis, not Jerry Lee, not even the Wolf came close to epitomizing Memphis
and cool like Jim Dickinson did. He was the Top Cat Daddy, an
inspiration, a mentor and my friend.

If you knew his music and understood his role as one of the links between
black and white culture and between blues and rock and roll, you know what
I'm talking about. If he is unfamiliar to you, now's as good time as any
to get to know him, even though he's checked out of the motel.”

--Joe Nick Patoski

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Poster from 1963 Memphis Folk Music Festival

In our last post, we wrote about the recent performance of the North Mississippi Allstars and the Sons of Mudboy coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the ""first Jim Dickinson Folk Festival at the Shell in 1963."  Many thanks to Ron Hall for providing a copy of a poster promoting the Aug. 10, 1963, event featuring Jim Dickinson, Sid Selvidge, Jim Vinson, Colin and Kathleen, Bill Teague, Bob Knott, Steve and Valerie Lord, Laura Gregory, and Horace Hall.

Amazing to have these memories shared after 50 years.

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