Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
After our recent trip to see George Jones, Richie surprised me with tickets to see a concert by a country legend that I didn't even know was still performing... Little Jimmy Dickens- all four foot eleven of him!
I have to apologize for the quality of these pictures. I left my Nikon at home, so I had to shoot these with my iPhone. The concert was in our own backyard this time... Safari Sam's in Hollywood. The place looked familiar to me. I remember visiting there when a previous business that dealt in "midsection terpsichorians" (ahem!) inhabited the place. It was a lot nicer this time.
Little Jimmy Dickens is 87 years old. He put on a dynamite show, complete with jokes and hillbilly style comedy routines. The show ended with his tear-jerker, "Raggedy Ann". A few laughs- a few tears... What more could you ask for? He truly is the last of his kind.
After the show, he came out into the audience and signed autographs and shook hands with everybody. What a gentleman! I got a chance to tell him that I saw him perform in 1965. I took a trip with friends to the Santa Monica pier, and they were taping a music television show. I don't remember any of the other acts I saw that day, but I vividly remember Jimmy singing May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose.
Here is a recent interview with this great performer... Part One...
And Part Two...
I got a new lens... a super wide angle- Tokina 11-16 f2.8. We took it to Bob's Big Boy to try out. (Here's a full resolution copy of this picture.)
It produces flattering portraits if you hold it about five inches from your face.
JoJo brought his birthday present with him.
I was as pleased as punch with the way these pictures turned out.