The Eastham Band
“Texas Prison Rodeo Presents: Behind the Walls”
From the liner notes:
The colorful history of the Texas Prison Rodeo dates from 1931. The Rodeo has been held each year, except during the 1943, when no Rodeo was held because of the war. Each year it gets bigger and better.
Dr. Harley Rex has been directing the Rodeo Band since 1964, and since that time, the music program has been incorporated into the Wyndham School District. This year, Dr. Rex’s music directors on the various units have won national honors in several contests…. The Eastham Band and Choir, directed by Gene Ronsonette, received the Sweepstakes Award. The Louisiana Pacific Corporation sponsored this Nation-wide contest and the judges stated that “our presentation showed the epic struggle of the Blacks and Spanish in an attempt to find their place in American Society.”
Little Richard Miller, born without arms and legs
“Jesus Use Me”
From the back cover:
“RICHARD MILLER WAS BORN WITHOUT ARMS AND LEGS ON NOVEMBER 28, 1942…. HE LEARNED TO PLAY THE UKELELE AT THE YOUNG AGE OF TEN BY LISTENING TO THE RADIO AND PLAYING ALONG WITH THE SONGS – HE HAS NEVER HAD MUSIC OR VOICE LESSONS…. HE ENTERED THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AND WAS GRADUATED IN 1966…. DURING THIS TIME, RICHARD WAS SAVED AND THE LORD GAVE HIM THE TALENT TO PLAY THE ORGAN. AND HE BEGAN MAKING CHURCH AND CONCERT APPEAARANCES ALMOST EVERY WEEK-END…. HIS FLEXIBLE TRAILWAYS BUS PICTURED ON THIS ALBUM COVER IS CUSTOM-EQUIPPED WITH SLEEPING, COOKING, REST ROOM, AND CLOSET FACILITIES, FOR HIS CONVENIENCE. RICHARD ALSO DRIVES HIS OWN AUTOMOBILE, A CONVERTIBLE, WITH THE USE OF DEVICES INVENTED BY HIS DAD, HAVING DRIVEN OVER 55,000 MILES WITHOUT AN ACCIDENT OR TICKET. SO THAT HE MAY ENJOY GOSPEL MUSIC WHILE GOING DOWN THE ROAD, RICHARD’S CAR HAS A STEREO WITH FOUR SPEAKERS. ”
Rev. Mr. Goodwill Fairley
“Pull Up a Chair and Listen”
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