In the 1960’s, Baltimore MD. was emerging as one of the major cities on the East Coast to take advantage of the new civil rights act. WWIN, Radio 1400, took advantage, and went black in their musical line-up. Riding this musical wave, came some sweet talking, smooth talking, DJ’s (disk jockeys), thus many will remember, the “pimp” of them all, FAT DADDY. I also made my contribution some time later as a commentator, using a three minute vignette, I called THAT’s LIFE.
So I am sitting in the basement of a Catholic Church in East Baltimore on York Road, and it is a cabaret, straight out from the epoch of the times, with the theme of the evening, “Before The Lights Go Out”.
They came, with wheel chairs, walkers, canes, oxygen. They wanted to relive the times when their kind of music was king. They swayed, screamed, ate, drank, and wore the fashions that made them feel loved. No recorded music, all live performances.
I never knew of the Baltimore group THE BLEU LIGHTS, but it was touching to see of the original four, one is still here, and singing.
This was a night for many to sway away the results of the general election, and not even pay attention to the passing of Fidel Castro, the Cuban E
l Presidente. Doctor “Doo Wop” who is recovering from a stroke, made an appearance, with his traditional long coat and velvet tips, to compete with the MC. This night’s theme was so appropriate, for who knows how many will return next year, if their lights were to go out, at least they shared in the moment, when AM Black Radio, was King.