Denny’s Adventures in Allee Willis’ “Willis Wonderland” (Part 101 – August 2010)

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Submitted by denny February 14th, 2011
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I believe the Jazzman plays tunes but I’m not sure what Sammy Davis does if he does anything at all. The small white statue kills me. Allee, what is the history behind this little lamp?

WCHB Soul News. The O’Jays, Al Greene, Joe Tex, Gladys Knight, Wilson Pickett, Miracles, Johnny C, Dean Jackson, James Brown, Robert Ward, Eddie Floyd, Esquires, Etta James, Jackie Wilson.

I don’t know who was giving rides on the gospel train but this is a pretty fabulous piece of music history.

3 Responses to “Denny’s Adventures in Allee Willis’ “Willis Wonderland” (Part 101 – August 2010)”

  1. Allee Willis

    Allee Willis

    The Jazzman does play his saxophone though I can’t remember what he plays and I’m too lazy to walk across the house into the studio to find out…

    Sammy does absolutely nothing other than have an extraordinarily large head.

    The small white statue is actually a lamp. The body is made out of cast metal and the head is the bulb itself. It was made in the 1920s.

    The playlist from WCHB is one of about 40 I have from that station as well as WJLB, the two great black radio stations in Detroit while I was growing up. I still collect these from the 1960’s if I come across them as without question these were two of the three radio stations that turned me into a songwriter.

    The next three photos are all from the same WCHB flyer. Notice that at the bottom of the last of those three photos is an advertisement for the Fox theater. This is where I’ll be conducting my high school band playing my greatest hits before performance of my show, The Color Purple, on April 8.

  2. denny

    denny

    The Fox Theater! Wow, how amazing is that?! It’s such a gorgeous theater and I was amazed at the interior. I can’t wait to see it.

    I wonder if the “Funky Donkey” was also a dance move?