Cottonmouth, Memphis Tennessee 1977. Signed with RCA Records and toured the U.S. with the Memphis Horns. Produced in the studio by Mack Rice, famous for writing "Mustang Sally". — with Tommy Graham - Keyboards, Doug Embry - Drums, Tim Spivey - Guitar and Steve Cobb - Bass.
Cottonmouth & Memphis Horns. Picture taken the same day by the same RCA photographer in front of the same tree. The "Mouth" & "Horns" merged as a touring band. Memphis, TN 1977
This is an article that appeared in the Memphis newspaper 1977. As par for the news industry, they got a lot of the facts wrong.
After the photo session with the RCA photographer we had a group shot of Cottonmouth and the Memphis Horns together.
Super funky band. Funk Nation. Montgomery Alabama 2008. I was actually born a small black child in Mississippi & grew up to be a "Blue Eyed Soul Brother". I love my brothers and sisters, they really inspire me.
James Paul Show Band. Toronto 1972. Wife (Fox) Linda standing. James Paul (Paul Sellers) is now the general manager for the Canadian Television Company. CTV
The Southpaw band. Toronto Canada. Left to right: Cory Turnbull/Bass, Bob McNay/Guitar, Tommy Graham/Keyboards, Donnie Meeker/Vocals, John Tanti/Drums. We traveled from town to town in Ontario. Cory Turnbull & I played in several Bands together including Dead Beaver, Hot Duck, Fingerwood & Southpaw. I found lead singer, Donnie Meeker, on youtube still singing in Toronto.
Dead Beaver. Toronto 1972. Top left - Cory Turnbull/Bass, Top center - Derik (Can't remember his last name)/Drums, Top right - Jim Thompson/Guitar, Bottom left - Tommy Graham/Keyboards, Bottom right - Fred Morrell/Vocals. Guitarist Jim Thompson was so cool. Every year was a new color theme for him. When I met him it was purple. clothes, shoes, guitar, car & etc. He visited me in Huntsville years later. Drove up in a gray van. Yep, gray everything!
Hot Duck. Toronto. While rehearsing one evening in downtown Toronto we were abducted by the local motorcycle gang, The Vagabonds, & forced to take drugs & play at their club house. They would beat on 50 gallon oil drums with wrenches when we played. You can't make this kind of stuff up. I still suffer from flashbacks from that night!
Fingerwood. Left to right: Mike Mcdonald/Guitar, Tommy Graham/Keyboards, Ken Moores (Cod)/Lead vocals & Guitar, Ted May/Drums, Cory Turnbull/Bass. All original band. Toronto Canada 1973. Toured Canada. Warm up band for Rush. Singer, Ken Moores now lives in Cocoa Beach Florida. I drove down & visited last year & had a great jam with him & his new band. We played on a pier on the ocean to a packed crowd on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Doesn't get better than that!