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Charlie Feathers -

Tav Falco made several Charlie Feathers' covers, e.g. You believe everyone but me, or Coakraoch on Panther Phobia LP. He also has a record on New Rose records, with a Frenzy reference number :

FZ 5400 - Jungle Fever (12" mini-LP, issued in april 1987, # ROSE 117/ # FZ 5400)

Tav Falco contributed to Charlie Feathers' revival asking him to invite him for his gigs.
Charlie died on august 29th, 1998, in Memphis, TN - visit : Remembering Charlie Feathers

Charlie Feathers with Tav Falco

Alex Chilton -
He was a founding band member of the Panther Burns. He also produced several Panther Burns recordings, and had also several records issued through New rose records, where he introduced Tav Falco. Being known for success of Big Star in the 60's, he's still playing and recording; he've played in Paris for the 20-years anniversary of New Rose records in 2001. He've also produced the Cramps, Carmiag de Forest, Lolitas, ....
More about that great person can be found on the excellent web site by Crawdaddy Simon : HIGH PRIEST

Alex Chilton on New Rose

Lorette VelvetteLorette Velvette
Born in Tennessee, she met Tav Falco in Memphis. She was part of the Hellcats, she participated to several Panther Burns records and appearances, she also participated to some Alex Chilton's records. After the Hellcats period, she had some solo albums :

White Birds (199?) produced by Alex Chilton
Dream Hotel
(1995) Veracity (Germany) # CD12852 , with Tav Falco as guest
Lost part of me (1997) Veracity (Germany) # VERACD23
Rude Angel (2000) OKRA-TONE Records (18-track compilation first three recordings)

more recently, she had a band with .... on drums : Maureen Tucker (Velvet Underground) : The Kropotkins. They had a CD on Mulatta records.

Lorette on L.A. weekly

the Hellcats -
All girls band from Memphis, with Lorette Velvette (vocals, guitars, bass), Lisa McGaughran (vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards), Diane Green (vocals, guitar, keyboards) originally with Linda Heck (guitar, vocals) and Brenda Brewer (drums), then Giovanna Pizzorno (drums), and later Benny Carter (drums), and finally Misty White (drums, percussion) and Su Ondine (keyboards). The group started up after Lisa and Lorette were playing backup instruments and vocals with Tav for a few months in live shows across the South. They first had 2 tracks issued on the compilation Swamp Surfing In Memphis LP # FZ 6000. Having been introduced to New Rose records by Alex Chilton and Tav Falco, they had 2 records there :

HELLCATS - Cherry Mansions (1988) # ROSE146 (mixed at Ardent Recording, Memphis, produced by Doug Easley)
HELLCATS - Hoodoo Train (1989) # ROSE197 (recorded & mixed at Easley recordings, produced by Doug Easley)


James Luther Dickinson -
From Memphis also, and with Alex Chilton (guitar) he was a founding band member of Panther Burns and also produced further records. Again another New Rose records contributor, e.g. as Mudboy and the Neutrons, or compilation "Down Home (Delta Experimental Projects)"
James Dickinson participates several sessions with the Rolling Stones (he's on Sticky Fingers), Ry Cooder, backed Aretha Franklin, Sam and Dave with his band, the Dixie Flyers, produced Alex Chiltons Big Star's record, Alejandor Escovedo's True Beleivers, Replacements, etc... He actually contributed to what would be called the Memphis Sound, "a gritty blend of gospel, country and southern blues". James Dickinson is one those great cult figures in musical history whose life and stories were bigger than the times themselves.
A CD was issued in 2003 : "Free Beer Tomorrow" on Artemis (made with his 2 sons, Luther on guitar and Cody on drums).
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Im Just Dead, Im Not Gone

James Luther Dickinson

Cordell Jackson -
Both Alex Chilton and the Panther Burns recorded and used to play her "Dateless Night", Tav and George Reinecke also support her for gigs.
Her first recording sessions have been in what was to be the Sun Studios, she knew Sam Phillips, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, ... She created Moon Records in 1956, to record her own single, "Beboppers Christmas" b/w "Rock and Roll Christmas. Among other records, a single was released by Sympathy For The Record Industry (# SFTRI 050) : Cordell Jackson with George Reinecke & the Mud Bugs "Rockin' Rollin' Eyes"
visit her website : THE REAL CORDELL JACKSON
an interview at : rockin' grannie CORDELL JACKSON

Cordell Jackson

read Road To Memphis, a nice article from MOJO, issue 121, 2003, with txt by Tav Falco on Furry Lewis and Lee Baker, Alex Chilton,k Jerry Lee and Linda Gail Lewis, Charlie Feathers, Beale Street (Memphis), ...

Vee Jays -
From Bremen, Germany : Jim Blitzstein (vocals, organ, piano), Chooby Harry (vocals, bass), Lewis Panciera (guitar), Hank Hairtree (drums). Tav Falco produced the album From the shores of Count Orlock (recorded and issued in Germany, 1992); he also plays slide guitars on some tracks. Andy Merck (Velvetone) played bass on 4 tracks & Tammo Luers played guitar with the band. They both backed Ta Falco on a tour of Spain in 1992. In 1995, Tammo joined Panther Burns on the Shadow Dancer album & played the album support tour in Europe & USA in 1995/1996.

Vee Jays

Unapprochable Panther Burns' Peter 'Dark' Mavrogeorgis and David Berger play in Jim Sclavunos' The Vanity Set (Jim has been also drummer on "Shadow Dancer" and also for Nick Cave's Bad Seeds, the Cramps, Lydia Lunch).

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