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Frank Adams describes his experiences performing with the "Sammy Green From New Orleans" road show and outlines the "rules" for Black bands touring small towns the South.Sammy Green produced a touring Black vaudeville show based, despite its name, in…

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Free jazz saxophonist Arthur Doyle, Birmingham, Alabama, 2000.

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Jam circle, Splunge Creek Bluegrass Festival, Winston County, Alabama, 1998. Photo by Burgin Mathews.

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Jam circle, Splunge Creek Bluegrass Festival, Winston County, Alabama, 1998. Photo by Burgin Mathews.

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Banjo player, Splunge Creek Bluegrass Festival, Winston County, Alabama, 1998. Photo by Burgin Mathews.

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Trumpeter Collins "Bo" Berry at The Jaybird, Birmingham, Alabama, December 16, 2017. Photo by Roger Stephenson.

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Singer Rickey Powell at The Jaybird, Birmingham, Alabama, December 16, 2017. Photo by Roger Stephenson.

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Governor “Big Jim” Folsom’s Strawberry Pickers at Birmingham radio station WTNB, c. 1947.

Folsom promised the members of his campaign band that he would provide them all jobs with the State of Alabama, if he was elected. Following Folsom's 1947…

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This undated reel-to-reel recording from the Frank Adams collection includes performances by the following vocalists: Doris “Dot” Adams, “I’ll Be Around” Avery Richardson, “After the Party” Fletcher “Hootie” Myatt, “Poor Butterfly” (partial)…

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Alabama Senator Tom Heflin poses with a violin delivered anonymously to his Washington, D.C. office, 1928. The senator’s rabidly anti-Catholic pronouncements, widely denounced by his colleagues and the press, drew comparisons to the despotic emperor…

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Gubernatorial candidate James E. “Big Jim” Folsom on the campaign trail with his Strawberry Pickers, c. 1946. The larger-than-life, two-time Populist governor made rural string-band music central to his folksy image, barnstorming the state with the…

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Governor “Big Jim” Folsom, accompanied by his wife Jamelle, “conducts” members of the Meat Grinders, his 1962 campaign band. Twice elected to the Alabama governor’s office, Folsom lost the 1962 election to George Wallace, a former protege whose long…

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Governor “Big Jim” Folsom, with his wife Jamelle and his 1962 campaign band, the Meat Grinders.

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Jamelle Folsom, wife of Governor “Big Jim” Folsom, at piano. Undated press photo.

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Honey and Sugar promotional photo; Cornelia Wallace, second wife of Alabama governor George Wallace, is at right. The niece of Governor “Big Jim” Folsom – the mentor, then rival, of her future husband, George -- Cornelia Ellis toured with Roy Acuff…

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Singer Lisa Taylor announces her engagement to (former and future) Alabama governor George Wallace, Associated Press photo, 1981. As a teenager, Taylor and her sister had performed as a country music duo, Mona and Lisa, for Wallace’s 1968 campaign…

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Singer J. V. Jenkins performs at the inauguration of Birmingham mayor Richard Arrington, Jr. Press photo, 1979. Jenkins performed “Here Am I, O Lord, Send Me,” at Arrington’s request. “It’s a song that has special meaning for black people,” Rachel…

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Victory celebration for Alabama Supreme Court Justice Oscar Adams, Birmingham, 1988. Original press caption: “Oscar Adams dances with wife Anne-Marie to ‘Happy Days Are Here Again.’” Taking a solo behind the couple is Adams’s brother, saxophonist…

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Birmingham-born Laura Washington joined the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra as a teenager in 1946, scoring a hit that year for the band with her performance of Joe Liggins’ “I’ve Got a Right to Cry.” (The Hawkins/Washington cover reached #2 on the…
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