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StageCoach Mary Fields (1832 – 1914)

Mary Fields, also known as Stagecoach Mary, was the first African-American woman employed as a mail carrier in the United States, and just the second American woman to work for the United States Postal Service.

Mary was the escort for the Cascade Baseball Team...

Mary Fields was born enslaved in 1832 in Hickman County, Tennessee.

She was six feet tall and weighed two-hundred pounds of muscle. “Black Mary”, as she was called, was tough, short-tempered, two-fisted, powerful, packed a pair of six-shooters and a ten-gauge shotgun that she would not hesitate to use.

Mary had a driving ambition, and loved to fight, drink whiskey and smoke homemade cigars on a regular basis.

Time and again, however, her rough-and-tumble antics were outshone by a heart of gold.

To escape slavery, Black Mary fled west, eventually making her way to Cascade County Montana as a free woman in 1884. In search of improved sustenance and adventure, she took a job with the Ursuline nuns at St. Peter’s Mission in the city of Cascade.

The nuns’ simple frontier facility was well-funded and the nuns had a thriving business converting “heathen savages”, and other “disgusting customers”, to the true path of salvation.


Mary was hired to do ‘heavy work’ and to haul freight and supplies to keep the nuns’ operation functional and well-fed. She chopped wood, did stone work and rough carpentry, dug certain necessary holes, washed laundry, managed the kitchen, and grew and maintained the garden and grounds and when reserves were low, she did one of her customary supply runs to the train stop, in Great Falls, or the city of Helena. Read Full Story Here

 Mary Grocery Shopping

The young boy she had babysat a young boy who grew up to be legendary actor, Gary Cooper, two time Academy Award Winner, he told a story about Mary in 1959 which appeared in Ebony Magazine ...

Mary Fields died in 1914. She was, as Gary Cooper put it, "one of the freest souls ever to draw a breath or a thirty-eight."


There’s been an instrumental-shaped hole in the Top 20 pop charts for 15 years now. Given the present era’s enduring instro-drought, one must flex the memory muscle a bit to recall a time when instrumentals were a fixture. Los Straitjackets are here to help remedy that.

As the world’s number one instrumental combo team, they've joined up with roots-music legend Deke Dickerson for their newest album Los Straitjackets: Deke Dickerson Sings The Instrumental Hits!

Available on October 7th via Yep Roc Records, the new LP features a collection of famous instrumental hits with their lost original lyrics.

This new album casts a net across the decades, encompassing the Straitjackets’ trademark bash-and-twang along with slippery ska, groovy exotica, rap, disco, and even vintage synthpop. Iconic sonics range from surf stompers such as “Pipeline” and “Walk Don’t Run" to luscious lullabies like “Sleepwalk.” While some songs are delivered in the same spirit as the original hits, others – like “Misirlou” and “Apache” – are recast in such a way as to illuminate their origins and subsequent musical impact. “It’s all over the map, stylistically,” reflected Dickerson.

Guitar World premiered the first track off the album titled "You Can Count On Me" which most will recognize as the theme song to Hawaii Five-O. PopMatters revealed the first video for song "Kawanga" and stated "Summer may have just finished, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't dive into a prime cut of surf rock like Los Straitjackets' retro ditty 'Kawanga'."

When it comes to delivering high-energy rock and roll instrumental music, no one equals the finesse, power and perseverance of Grammy-nominated Los Straitjackets. It’s been 20 years since the Nashville-bred band first dressed in their easily recognizable attire of Lucha Libre masks. Since then the group has toured around the world, released 11 studio albums, as well as found time to record and tour with El Vez, Dave Alvin, The Reverend Horton Heat, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and Big Sandy to name just a few.

Deke Dickerson has kept the flame alive for real rock & roll since he was the frontman for Missouri's legendary Untamed Youth. Since then, Deke has been involved with projects such as The Dave and Deke Combo, The Go Nuts, Blind Rage, and Violence as well as collaborations with Duane Eddy, Larry Collins of The Collins Kids, Randy Fuller (of the Bobby Fuller Four) and The Trashmen. His work as bandleader at the Ponderosa Stomp, ringmaster of the Guitar Geek festivals, and as an author have helped keep the spotlight shown on the first generation of rock & rollers.

Track Listing:
1. Fury
2. Honky Tonk
3. Magic Star
4. Theme From A Summer Place
5. Perfidia
6. Apache
7. Misirlou
8. Kawanga
9. Wild Weekend
10. You Can Count On Me
11. Walk Don’t Run
12. Popcorn
13. Sleepwalk
14. Pipeline

Tour Dates:
10/15 - Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads
10/16 - Columbia, MO @ Mojo's
10/17 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
10/18 - Berywyn, IL @ FitzGerald's
10/19 - Rapids, MI @ Tip Top Grand
10/21 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Bag
10/22 - Cincinatti, OH @ Southgate House Revival
10/23 - Columbus, OH @ Woodlands Tavern
10/24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
10/25 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
10/26 - Buffalo, NY @ Sportsmen's Tavern
10/28 - New Haven, CT @ Cafe 9
10/30 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
10/31 - Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House
11/01 - Washington, DC @ Gypsy Sally's
11/02 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
11/13 - Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
11/14 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
11/15 - Burbank, CA @ Joe's Great American Bar & Grill
11/16 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
11/21 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
11/22 - Portland, OR @ Dante's



Just read about this crime on Pinterest yesterday..This murder happened in August 1969 the same month as the much more famous Sharon Tate/La Bianca murders.I don't remember ever hearing about this stalker crime. My grandmother was a huge Lennon Sisters fan and I grew up watching them on Lawrence Welk.

This story illustrates the dark side of celebrity...

San Francisco ChronicleAugust 13, 1969 - pg. 3

Los Angeles

William Lennon, 53, father of the singing Lennon sisters, was shot to death yesterday as he was leaving the golf range where he worked as a pro.
A suspect, described as about 6 feet, 2 inches tall, with a heavy growth of beard and brown but sun bleached hair, escaped in a car.

The man was waiting in the parking lot of the Marina Del Rey golf range and jumped out from behind another car as Lennon approached shortly after noon, a witness said.


The witness said the man pulled a gun and he and Lennon struggled over it.
Other witnesses said Lennon appeared to know the gunman, who swore at Lennon. Lennon swore back.

Then Lennon shouted, "No, no don't do it. Help, help."

Bill broke away and started toward the entrance to the parking lot," the witness said. "The man fired, hit him once, Bill staggered and ran toward a corner fence. The man fired again and hit him in the back. Bill crawled around the fence, the man ran up to him, put the gun to the side of his head by his ear and fired again."


The man ran across the street to another parking lot, threw the gun into the trunk of a car, jumped in and drove off.

Lennon's brother, Jimmy, said, "The killer could be one of those kooks who insist, after seeing the girls on television, that one of them is in love with him. It could be one of those crank callers. There are so many kooks.

Police checked with the Secret Service about a man who allegedly wrote a letter to former President Johnson making threats because he could not get permission to marry one of Lennon's daughters. Officers described the man, whom they would not identify, as a mental patient from Colorado.

Lennon, father of 11 children, worked as a pro at the driving range's golf shop and was president of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce.

Lennon also managed the careers of his famous singing daughters, Diane, Peggy, Kathy and Janet, who were star attractions for years on the Lawrence Welk television show.

The Lennon Sisters Wikipedia

In 1969, the sisters were set to star in their own variety show, Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour. However, six weeks before the show premiered, (12 August) tragedy struck the family. Their father, William Lennon, was shot and fatally wounded in the parking lot of the Venice Golf Course in Marina Del Rey where he worked.

He was only 53. The murderer, a delusional stalker named Chet Young, believed himself married to Peggy and was convinced that Mr. Lennon stood in his way of his "marriage" to Peggy and had to be eliminated.

Two months later, Young used the same weapon on himself to commit suicide. The sisters discovered an unopened letter containing a cut out of their father, a picture of a gun pointed at his head, and the words "High Noon" (the time of the murder).

(Source, Dr. Doreen Orion, I Know You Really Love Me) The sisters were devastated by the death of their father and in the wake of the murder, their new show, Jimmy Durante Presents The Lennon Sisters Hour lasted only one season and was canceled by ABC. retrokimmer@gmail.com


Raul Midón's new album Don't Hesitate is out now via Mack Avenue's Artistry Records imprint. The album first premiered in The Wall Street Journal who said, "The album is a mix of sounds and styles, from the dusty southwestern feel of opener 'Libertad' to the folk-pop number 'Time Machine' to the Spanish-language reminiscence 'Mi Amigo Cubano,' a collaboration between Midón and the soul musician Bill Withers that features dazzling guitar leads from Midón."

Referring to the album's title track, Guitar World writes, "Midón’s skilled musicianship and silky vocal delivery shine on this track, and the entire album for that matter. With a Latin rhythmic backbone, pop sensibility and extremely solid guitar playing, Midón’s writing and production on this album are truly excellent."

Soultracks writes of Midón's impressive talents on display throughout Don't Hesitate, "Raul Midon has a gift that goes beyond his skills as a vocalist, lyricist and guitarist and his ability to transform his voice into a trumpet."

Midón recently traveled to WBUR's studios in Boston to record an interview and performance for NPR's national program Here and Now. Host Jeremy Hobson spoke with Raul about his unique playing style as well as the challenges he overcame to record Don't Hesitate himself. Listen to the segment here.

Don't Hesitate is a musical and personal milestone for the soulful and virtuosic multi-instrumentalist. Despite being blind since birth, Midón took control of every aspect of the album's recording process. The artist cut all of the tracks in his home studio, playing most of the instruments himself and handling all of the project's technical elements on his own, utilizing special computer software that enabled him to engineer the sessions. The result is a vibrant and compelling album that clearly reflects Midón's unique musical character.

A smoothly expressive singer, an emotionally insightful song-writer and an exciting, innovative acoustic guitarist, Midón maintains an expansive musical vision that's led People Magazine to call him "an eclectic adventurist" and Huffington Post to dub him "a free man beyond category," while The New York Times described him as "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus."

Don't Hesitate

1. Libertad
2. Don't Hesitate
3. All You Need
4. Mi Amigo Cubano
5. Was It Ever Really Love
6. Keep Holding On
7. God's Dream
8. I Can't Love You
9. Listen To The Rain
10. If You Want Me
11. Make It Better
12. Time Machine
13. Always Time For Love
14. I Can See For Miles

Updated Tour Dates:

09/30/14 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's
10/02/14 - Honolulu, HI - Honolulu Museum of Art
10/03/14 - Maui, HI - Art Vento
10/27/14 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
10/29/14 - Cambridge, MA - Regatta Bar
11/14/14 - Arlington, VA - Artisphere
11/15/14 - Newark, NJ - NJPAC Victoria Theater
12/03/14 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
12/04/14 - Evanston, IL - Space
12/05/14 - Detroit, MI - Orchestra Hall
02/11/15 - Lewisburg, PA - Campus Theatre



Guest Post by Henry Dominguez:

Over the years, various authors have intimated things about Edsel Ford, but have never been able to prove them. That he was an alcoholic, for example, or that he was a homosexual. As a historian, I too had wondered about these things and was always on the lookout for ways to prove anything about this most elusive Ford.

I once asked Frank Hershey, the marvelous automobile designer, who worked for most of the large automobile companies—including Ford—throughout the thirties, forties, and fifties, and was a homosexual himself, if he thought Edsel Ford was gay.

“I don’t know,” he said, “but he could have been. He liked art…, he dressed sharp, and he wore fine jewelry. I like those things, too. (Wink, wink.) Back in those days, you kept it a secret if you were gay. I did, and I’m as gay as they come. Maybe Edsel did, too.”

After I got to know Bob Gregorie well, I was dying to ask him what skeletons were in Edsel Ford’s closet. After all, if anybody knew the answer to that question, it would be Gregorie. He had worked closely with Edsel for fifteen years, meeting with him practically every day in the design studio.

They were both yachtsmen, loved design, and spoke the same language. Gregorie was one of the few—very few—men at Ford Motor Company that Edsel could confide in. (The other one was Ernest Kanzler, Edsel’s brother-in-law, but had Henry fired him years earlier.) If Edsel would have mentioned any of his foibles to anyone, it would have been Gregorie. Firstly, the two were friends. And secondly, Gregorie would keep his mouth shut.

But I was afraid to ask Gregorie what he knew about Edsel’s darkest secrets, because I was concerned that he would be insulted, so I never did. But fortuitously, he brought it up himself!

One day, we were reviewing the chapter I had written about Edsel Ford for my book on Edsel and Gregorie liked it very much, but then added: “I wish there was something spicy about Edsel Ford that we could put in this chapter…, you know…, liven it up a bit. But,” he said with a little tone of disappointment, “there isn’t anything. Edsel Ford was a nice man…, a gentleman…, and that’s it.” HD



A man juggles two pentacles in an infinite loop, two ships ride large rolling waves in the background

The Two of Pentacles card suggests that my power today lies in balance. I strive for equality and choose not to indulge instant gratification at the expense of my purpose. I am responsible for my own decisions and take on only what I can handle based upon that which I value. I am empowered by choice and my asset is negotiation.

keeping everything in balance
coping with demands
getting people to work together
making sure all areas are covered
having a lot of irons in the fire
moving forward smoothly
emphasizing all aspects equally
being flexible
adapting quickly
feeling free to try new approaches
going with the flow
refusing to let change throw you
opening to developments
seeing the possibilities
handling challenges
changing directions easily
having fun
doing something you enjoy
getting a kick out of life
taking time to play
feeling in high spirits
whistling while you work
seeing the humor in the situation
kicking back




How lovely! Susan from the Detroit Urban Design Studio just sent me a Carl Lundgren Bracelet and Stanley T, Madhatter is on it too! Guaranteed to touch my heart wearing Madhatter on my arm! Thanks so much Susan I love your gift!

Large Italian Charm Bracelet- Rock and Roll Poster art by Carl Lundgren

Carl Lundgren Rock and Roll Poster Charm Bracelet
Price: $28.00

This highly collectible item is a great piece of Rock and Roll history. A collection of iconic photos from the 60's and 70's on each charm. Each link has a high enameled poster image on each 9mm link.

Wear alone or with other bracelets for a stylish layered look. Custom Mega Link Italian Charms are a large 18mm and there are 9 charms on each bracelet. They are made of stainless steel, flawless, and are high quality.

Detroit Urban Design has another bracelet that i love too by Leni Sinclair

This highly collectible item is a great piece of Rock and Roll history. A collection of iconic photos from the 60's and 70's on each charm including Alice Cooper, Pete Townshend, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Seger, Iggy Pop, Janice Joplin, and more.

This is the one site where you can get the real Detroit Rock n Roll Art Merch!





The Ten of Pentacles card suggests that my power today lies in community. I am a success and I value my reputation. I pass on and share my status, values, knowledge, and ethics by example. My work here is done and I am ready to take it to the next level. I am empowered by reputation and my asset is social validation or standing


Joe Leone, Ricky Rat, and Brad Elvis

Made my way to Hamtramck last night....to see 3 of my favorite guys play. Joe Leone the hard working Detroit drummer and owner of the new Rock n Roll Prep School, Ricky Rat lead guitarist from the Trash Brats, and Brad Elvis from the Romantics were all there with their new bands, Ricky Rat & the Rat Pack, White Shag, and The Handcuffs.

In the crowd was the awesome Wally Palmar of the Romantics and his lovely wife Kelly..we are working on a Romantics story for this week...stay tuned plz...

 Dave Lawson of the Rat Pack and The Zero Boys

Ricky Rat the Rat Pack

Wally Palmar of the Romantics and his lovely wife Kelly


The Handcuffs (Brad Elvis, Chloe F. Orwell, Emily Togni, Susie Q, Alison Hinderliterdo) do a song about legendary American model Peggy Moffitt. I used Peggy's photo as the Retro Kimmer logo on Twitter... as I love her too!


Kelly Palmar Brad Elvis and Meridith Lorde



 Ricky Fans from Indiana
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