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    1963-06-XX > Nashville, New Era, 114 Charlotte Avenue, TN

    [Date?] 1964?
    Nashville, New Era, 114 Charlotte Avenue, TN
    King Kasuals
    Possible line up?: Johnny Jones (gtr, vox, formerly in The Imperials - the Kasuals’ main
    competitors)
    , Jimmy Hendrix (gtr), Harrison ‘Cap’ Calloway (trpt, recorded with The
    Bonnevilles, it is claimed)
    , Harvey Thompson (sax), Aaron ‘Heinz Ketchup’ Varnell (sax,
    member of The Bonnevilles touring band with Jimmy)
    , Billy Cox (bass), Harold Nesbit
    (drums, was in the band when they played the Jolly Roger)


    Billy Cox: “. . .We came to Nashville playing at the club Del Morocco on Jefferson
    Street. From there we went to the New Era and then-ah, went from there to the Club
    Baron. Ah, and then we played at some clubs down town like the Jolly Roger … in
    Printer’s Alley. . .”

    “And then when we got to the New Era there was the hit-this guy he had a-ah very-ah
    a good budget. He had Little-we were opening bands for Little Richard, ah-Wilson
    Pickett, Mitty Collier - in fact she fell in love with us. And so we-she we had some
    dates. She had everything charted out, so we had some dates with her, ah down in
    Clarksville, Indianapolis, ah-ah Evansville, some various places with her. . .”

    Harrison ‘Cap’ Calloway[Trumpet, played in the group sometimes]:

    “We started up the King Kasuals band again and we played at the New Era club and
    all the different artists that would come to Nashville to perform after they got through
    performing
    would come down to this club and sit in with our band. We had Millie
    Jackson, Joe
    Tex, Freddy Scott, Mitty Collier and many more sit in with us.”

    [No date given and time line quite mixed up it seems]:

    “One Sunday there was this light skinned tall guy with a guitar and he walked up to
    the bandstand and asked if he could sit in and the band leader who was the guitar
    player Johnny Jones, the band consisted of Harold Nesbit, Harvey Thompson, Aaron
    Varnell and Billy Cox, so this guy asked if he could sit in. So he took his guitar and
    started walking out the door. He had an army uniform on and the club owner asked
    us to let him sit in. The band leader looked at me and we did one of the hardest songs
    to play called ‘Our Day Will Come’ and speeded it up and this guitar player took this
    great solo which made us all look. After he had done that he packed up his guitar was
    just about to walk out the door and the club owner asked who he was and he replied
    Jimmy Hendrix and two weeks after that he was discharged out of the army and he
    came back and played with us for about six months. Then Little Richard came through
    town and heard him play and hired him.”

    [This appears to be a muddled memory of one of the times Jimmy rejoined the band
    after being away for months on a tour with Gorgeous George or whoever, and he’s
    conflated it with stories of Jimmy being in the army when the group started. He
    doesn’t appear to remember/know that the band was started and Jimmy had left the

    army long before he himself joined.]

    Cox: “He went out on the road an’ he got with some other entertainers and then he’d
    get stranded, and we’d sent for him. At that time twenty bucks could get you on a
    Greyhound to anywhere in the United States.”
    Last edited by stplsd; 8 Hours Ago at 11:19 AM.
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    Re: 1963-06-XX > Nashville, New Era, 114 Charlotte Avenue, TN

    Added corroberation of Cox [2009 interview] by Calloway [2011], but when these gigs took place and whether Jimmy was actually
    in the band at the time is anyone's guess, as Cox played with the Kasuals until at least 1968. Neither have got the best memories
    at this very late date and Calloway died in in 2016.
    Last edited by stplsd; 9 Hours Ago at 10:05 AM.
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