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Pensacola Barn Dance in the 1940’s …

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Neal McCormick Photo_SFW_FHP

This is not a great photo … someone brought it to me to copy years ago and I ran across the negative in a box of copy negatives that I forgot that I had.  I have no idea where this Pensacola Barn Dance was located, but I have heard of Neal McCormick.  I think he went by the name of  “Pappy McCormick” and I believe that he played with Hank Williams.  In fact, that could be Hank sitting one the fender well.  My father told me a story about him coming to Pensacola and staying at the San Carlos in downtown Pensacola.  Back then, WCOA used to broadcast from their studio on the top floor of the San Carlos and they would get Hank to go up and play live on the air.  There was a music store out past “A” Street on Garden Street and he would also go out there and play.  The owner called my father and he went out and made some photos of Hank at the music store.  My father said he was very agreeable to having his photograph taken and was just a very nice person.  I have been looking for those negatives, but I have not run across them.  I read in a small biography of Hank where he talks about coming to Pensacola and staying at the San Carlos, but I cannot remember the title.  If any of you real “old-timers” remember hearing Hank on WCOA or ever across him when he came to Pensacola, please let us hear from you.  I apologize for the quality of the image, but the copy that brought to me was not very good.  Thanks for looking … Frank

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January 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Ballpark Beauty Contest …

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This is something that the Blue Wahoos might to consider … A Beauty Contest … Miss Blue Wahoo.  Sort of has a nice ring to it.  My father made this photo down at the old Admiral Mason Ball Park when the Pensacola Dons were playing.  They must have had a beauty contest and this pretty young lady was the winner.  You can see all of the other contestants in the background.  I also ran across a men’s body building contest, but it is in bad shape and have not wanted to bother taking the time to clean it up.  I had posted this photo up on my old blog and someone told me who the radio announcer is, but I cannot find his name anywhere.  I am sure someone out there knows … also, if anyone recognizes the ball player or young lady, please let us know.  I would guess that this was around 1957 or 58.  Thanks for looking …

UPDATE:  The man with the microphone is Don Griffith.  Someone had emailed me that information a while back when I had the other blog and I could not find where I had put his name.  Back on Saturday, April 7, 2012, Earl Bowden had written an article in the Pensacola News Journal on the ” Opinion Page ” about the history of Pensacola Baseball through the years.  He mentioned the ” melodius WCOA broadcaster Don Meredith ” in his article and when I read that I remembered the announcer’s name.  If you can find the article ( I do not know if you can go on-line and access past articles from the PNJ … if you cannot, maybe contact them and ask how you can locate the article ) it is very interesting and entertaining … as are all the articles that Mr. Bowden writes for the Pensacola News Journal.  The only thing that I do not like is that Mr. Bowden is limited to only one column – they should give him several, since everything he writes is so interesting!  As usual, all comments are appreciated …

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April 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

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