Rockin into the night with 38 special,Kevv-Dogg and Chrissy
How can you ever forget the band, .38 Special? Oh, I so remember this band; It's 'kinda like when you were dating in high school, you were cruising with your girl and a song came on the radio. All of a sudden it's so deemed "our" song. For some, it was "Keep on Loving You" by REO Speedwagon and for others, it was Styx's "The Best of Times". For Lola (my first real, serious relationship) and I, "So Caught Up in You" was our song and if you dated back in the day, that was as much a part of the dating scene as wearing "his and hers" matching airbrushed T- shirts adorned appropriately with each other's names. Boys, we all remember the "why" of this prehistoric preening ritual. The objective back then remains the same today: To ultimately end the night in a deserted parking lot, accompanied by a bottle of Boone's Farm wine (Strawberry Hill, naturally). The ladies loved it and of course, "our" favorite song. That sets up, (as the say in the Poker business with no-pun intended), the "River" card. That's where you see all the cards played, if you know what I mean. Those were the days- carefree livin' just being a streetlight romeo.
Photo 1. An overview shot of the band.
I wonder if they are rockin' to "Fantasy Girl" in this photo?
Well, I wouldn't know, but in my mind's eye they are. What, it's my daydream.
Photo 2. Mr. Don Barnes playing what looks to be a slightly modified, 50's Les Paul Junior.
Photo 3. From left to right: Don Barnes, the impeccably dressed and very hot Chrissy Beckenstein, the head of 'Elk security, Kevv-Dogg (and might I add, husband of that deliciously fine vixen known as Chrissy), and as a surprise to us all, Larry Hoppen . You remember him right? He was in the band Orleans and the writer of that hit song, "Still the One".
How does that song go? Oh, I remember: "You're still the one that makes me laugh,
Still the one that's my better half,
We're still having fun, and you're still the one".
Just remember kids, don't sing that around campfires.
Photo 4. You remember the first time you saw this guy? For me, it was the "Talk Dirty to Me" video on MTV. All that neon pink and green spandex. You just had to look- it could of been women for all I knew. It was the 80's and I wanted action, but I digress. It's good to see you up and at 'em again, Bret. Just remember, you gotta cry tough.....
This man needs no introduction. He is one of the guitarist in Lynyrd Skynyrd and former leader of the band, Blackfoot. He is none other than Mr. Ricky Medlocke but, you true fans know that he was also the original drummer for Skynyrd and a stunt double in the 1982 Sci- Fi classic, Twilite Zone the Movie. Are you sure about that Lee? I am- Mr. Medlocke was the alien that John Lithgow saw on the wing of the airplane in the episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet". Don't believe me? Look at the next photo and compare for yourself. It's hard being a pimp, so consider yourself served. Now go get a pimp a drink, beeotch.
Lately I'm learning that so many yearnings are never to be. ( Kevv-Dogg). The childhood illusions are merely delusions of a girl I see (Kevv-Dogg). In my mind eyes, I see clearly a vision on how it could be.
Me and my fantasy girl.(Kevv-Dogg).
No seriously folks, Chrissy, not Kevv-Dogg was the rightful inspiration of this song. If you don't believe me, look at the cover of the "Wild- Eyed Southern Boys album. Who do you think modeled those now- famous pink shorts?(Kevv-Dogg). No don't, please don't. It wasn't Kevv-Dogg, it was his wife and speaking on behalf of the millions of adolescents that grew up in that era, "Thank You", Chrissy for helping us get by.....