February 24, 2018

Consider donating your KC rock history items

Chuck Haddix, director Marr Sound Archives

Chuck Haddix, director Marr Sound Archives

Rhythm and blues, which is to say rock, music has no better friend in the Kansas City area than Chuck Haddix.
If he were only the director of the Marr Sound Archives in the Miller Nichols Library on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, that would be a significant achievement in preserving our area’s music history.
But since 1985, Haddix has devoted his Friday and Saturday nights to playing “the finest in blues, soul, rhythm and blues, jumping jive and zydeco” on the “Saturday Night Fish Fry” on KCUR-FM 89.3, providing Kaycee with a swinging weekend soundtrack. He does the club calendar, interviews visiting artists and locals alike, spins their records and drops knowledge gained from a life spent selling, promoting, chronicling and loving music.
I hope the Kansas City Rock History Project – this website and the book I hope to publish – have their place, and I hope you will share with me your memorabilia – posters, photos, matchbooks, etc. – to make the book the best it can be.
But I’m just one guy and not an institution that can offer care in perpetuity for any donations of papers, records, photos, etc., you might make. Chuck would like to expand the Marr’s holdings of local rock-era artifacts to add to its already awesome collection ranging from wax cylinders to jazz LPs to the personal effects of local music legends like Claude “Fiddler” Williams.
If you have locally made records, tapes or CDs, correspondence, fanzines, legal documents, notebooks, business cards, etc., that relate to Kansas City rock history, the Marr and its sister institution, the LaBudde Special Collections of the Miller Nichols Library, would like you to consider donating such items to enrich their collections.
I’d love it if you’d let me scan your stuff first before donating it to Marr/LaBudde. Hit me up at rick@kcrockhistory.com. Once your donation becomes part of the archive, would-be authors like me are are charged reproduction fees, and I’d like to avoid those whenever possible.
So, if you’re interested in seeing local rock history preserved, placed in context and made available to future historians, consider donating your items or collection to the Marr Sound Archives and/or LaBudde Special Collections.
Here’s a link for details on donations:

Carney Rock

Len Barry's huge hit, "1-2-3," came out a few days after this show.

Kansas City amusement parks were often the site of rock concerts in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.
The tradition of “School’s Out” concerts at Fairyland sponsored by Top 40 radio station WHB goes back farther than I realized in my earlier “World’s Happiest Broadcasters” post. Those events took place in the early 1970s. I have since found a newspaper ad (above) from June 1965 touting such a show with Len Barry of “1-2-3” fame as the headliner. That song came out the following month on Decca Records and went to #2 on the pop chart. I wonder if Barry sang it here? Anybody out there recall that show, or others at Fairyland?

This poster is from the second Carney Rock, circa 1974.

I have heard the Shadows of Night played there once. And of course, Chris Fritz promoted multiple Carney Rock bills there in the mid-’70s featuring bands like Spirit. (See photo, below left)
As for Worlds of Fun, I recall seeing shows by Squeeze and Ray Charles in an outdoor amphitheater there, but it must not have been in 1980, the year this ad (below right) was published. The big-name headliners that year were Rick Nelson, Hall and Oates and Kool & the Gang.

An ad for summer 1980 concerts at Worlds of Fun

I contacted the folks at Worlds of Fun earlier this year, but they have no record of what acts played there when. The park is now owned by the Cedar Fair group, and they have not promoted a concert series. The 1980s-era shows took place under WOF’s original Hunt Midwest ownership. I don’t have any WOF-concert ticket stubs, and I’ve saved almost all of mine, so I wonder if tickets were even printed for these shows. It looks like some were free with regular admission, and some carried a 99-cent surcharge.

Ed Cassidy and Spirit at the first Carney Rock in July 1973

So who out there can help? Anyone recall seeing a rock concert at Fairyland or Worlds of Fun? Got any photos or memorabilia to share? Leave a comment below or contact rick@kcrockhistory.com

Calling all shutterbugs!

Jimi posed backstage with morning DJ "Humble" Harry Miller from concert sponsor KUDL-AM.

Among the holy grails of the Kansas City Rock History Project, in terms of photos, is the Jimi Hendrix Experience concert Nov. 1, 1968, at Municipal Auditorium.
If anyone out there has photos of Jimi, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell on stage in Kansas City, please be in touch with me. And anyone who attended, please feel free to share your memories by commenting below.

Ad for Jimi in The KC Star

I have found some ads for the concert, whose opening act was Cat Mother and All-Night Newsboys, on the back of a KUDL Boss 30 survey and in the Kansas City Star.
My other top photo wants are, of course, the Beatles Sept. 17, 1964, at Municipal Stadium and the Who (with the Buckinghams) Nov. 17. 1967, at Shawnee Mission South High School Auditorium. I am looking for candid photos of the Who — something besides the 1968 yearbook spread.
I am also searching for snaps of such concerts as Led Zeppelin Nov. 5, 1969, at Memorial Hall, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Feb. 1, 1978, at Pogo’s, and any of Elvis Presley’s five KC concerts: May 24, 1956, Nov. 15, 1971, and June 29, 1974, at Municipal Auditorium, and April 21, 1976, and June 18, 1977, at Kemper Arena.
If you have photos of these shows or any others you are willing to share with the Kansas City Rock History project, please write to rick@kcrockhistory.com. History will thank you.