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Your first exposure to PPL

Postby Vice Admiral Swiss Navy » Mon Oct 31, 2005 12:35 am

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Where were you when you first heard your first PPL LP, how did you come by PPL in the first place ? quote]

Tom:

I was in this little town in southern ohio about 60 some miles due south of cow town (what we called Columbus when I lived in Ohio) and 25 miles or so north of that little town on the dirty Ohio River called Portsmouth (seems like someone I knew was born there).

Yes to be true it was in little old Wavery, Ohio where I was born that I had the pleasure of hearin' Pure Prairie League for the first time. I had a friend whose house we all hung out at to sit around and play our acoustic guitars and jam and harmonize together, when an older brother brought home a copy.

It was so cool that 3 people from Waverly had made the splash onto the big time with a recording contract.

What made it even bigger was that the music they were making was really good. Hell who was I kidding it was great.

Fortunately I have seen PPL 3 times since then, the first time was in Indianapolis in the late 1980's after Craig's return when they played outdoors on the Pan-Am Plaza. The second time was when they came to Evansville, IN (we now live in Newburgh a suburb of Evansville) and they played on the stage of the Hoosier's Lounge at the Riverboat Casino Aztar after Craig returned from Little Feat.

The 3rd and most recent time was with Craig again at the second "Welcome Home" show in Chillicothe on Saturday night just about a month ago.

Who else remembers their first PPL experience?

And did anyone else hear PPL for the first time in little old Waverly, OH?

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Postby ohcaptmycapt » Mon Oct 31, 2005 2:43 pm

I grew up in Chillicothe, about 19 miles from Waverly. Played in a lot of 60s garage bands during that era. so crossed paths with Craig and JD quite a bit. Played in a lot of bands that challenged the Omars in local battles of the bands in the 64-66 era. The Omars won a lot of them, and if they didn't it wasn't because they weren't good enough ( a lot of politics involved in that era) Craig always blew every one away, especially when the Swiss navy started. Always had this John Lennonish type ambience, lifting his left foot up to make a point on a riff, then bending his back a lot like lennon did in a Hard Days Night. A lot of bands in the Area then, The Weigands, 4 speeds, from the north, Bon Jelicos, DelGados, the Shags with local hippie legend Gary Day doing his best Mick Jagger imitation. Waverly always was a supply force for musicians, the felty brothers, Jim Caughlan, JD Call , a guy that sang with the 4 Speeds Dave Duncan, the best white Guy Sam Cook imitation I ever heard. . So the Swiss Navy just blew everyone away... Seemed we all went our own directions but I always kept my eye on Craig, knew that he would make it. From Swiss navy to JD Blackfoot, anyone remember "One time Women" in which Craig sang lead for JD Blackfoot and was a regional hit, getting a lot of Airplay on WCOL. Then Voila....RCA and PPL. Still keep an eye, Americal Flyer, Little Feat, blew me away in New ORleans when I saw them and Craig sang Cajun Girl. But the old days ...lots of stories...Coles Music Store Jams, where we all traded licks periodically, Sugar Shack, Aters Lake. For a while the BeachComber At Lake White......anyway... Nice to see PPL back together...nice memories
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Postby jpmagg3 » Wed Nov 02, 2005 8:07 pm

First time? A road trip to Cincinnati Music Hall from Oxford, OH to see a band whose album I'd heard at a friends' apartment. I can't remember the exact date; I'm guessing '71 or '72, but other than locally I don't think "Amie" had gotten any airplay at the time.

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Postby Tom » Thu Nov 03, 2005 11:23 pm

I will get back to this with a more detailed response -I'm beat right now- but just wanted to thank you guys for some very interesting responses, I enjoy them so much and I'm sure everyone else does too. The boys of Waverly and Chillicothe get it done again !
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Postby admin » Mon Nov 21, 2005 4:27 pm

I placed your replies under a new thread since they were so terrific, quite interesting !

I had the pleasure of working with someone from Waverly in the 70's, a great guy who was related to PPL. I heard so many stories , quite similar to what many people have posted re: the exciting musical climate in the area, various bands, Craig and John David's earliest years etc. It's nice to hear your stories and recollections. I also met a few guys from Waverly who came to our office for special projects and it was more of the same. Great stuff guys, thanks for writing.

All the best,

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Postby Proud1 » Thu Dec 01, 2005 11:49 am

Their first album, i,d read good reviews about it, so i went to check it out at the then major store in Carlisle The Pink Panther. I remember i did'nt need much convincing, Tears and then Take it before you go, and i was hooked, i certainly was'nt walking out of there without it. One of my mates from work was with me and he also went in to listen to something, (cant remember what) needless to say he liked PPL better and also bought it.
And now all these years later Craig is back with them and they have a new album coming out. Thank you PPL for making an old...ish man very happy.
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Postby Clarence » Thu Dec 01, 2005 12:04 pm

Summer of 1974 a co-worker invited 3 or 4 of us over to his house after work for a cold one (I was 16 at the time). Sitting in his living room with an ice cold Bud on a 95 degree day with 95% humidity he said; "Check this out," and up popped "Tears." I too was hooked.

I had been brought up on Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, and I really wasn't into most of mainstream pop radio at the time (I guess some things don't change). PPL, and then later all the other country rock and southern rock bands, POCO, New Riders, Allman Bros, CDB, Nitty Gritty, Flying Burritos, and the early Eagles and Linda Ronstadt, etc., etc., were my nitch. PPL definately watered the seed that was planted by Buck and Merle. I'm now in the process of replacing all those albums with CDs. Revisiting my youth I guess, but what a fun ride it has been!

What was the question? :lol:
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Postby Vicki & Joe » Fri Dec 02, 2005 10:52 am

Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL

PPL opened for Johnny Winter, ZZ Top, Marshall Tucker, War, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Atlanta Rhythm Section and other local bands

40,000 in attendance...concert lasted from 10am 'til midnight.

Vicki was my first real love, we were both 21. I hope she's well.

(Oh yeah, a relativerly unknown-at-the-time band named Kiss showed up.
They were really out of place.)
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Re: Your first exposure to PPL

Postby AndyAnderson » Fri Dec 02, 2005 8:35 pm

Vice Admiral Swiss Navy wrote:
Tom wrote:Where were you when you first heard your first PPL LP, how did you come by PPL in the first place ? quote]

Tom:

I was in this little town in southern ohio about 60 some miles due south of cow town (what we called Columbus when I lived in Ohio) and 25 miles or so north of that little town on the dirty Ohio River called Portsmouth (seems like someone I knew was born there).

Yes to be true it was in little old Wavery, Ohio where I was born that I had the pleasure of hearin' Pure Prairie League for the first time. I had a friend whose house we all hung out at to sit around and play our acoustic guitars and jam and harmonize together, when an older brother brought home a copy.

It was so cool that 3 people from Waverly had made the splash onto the big time with a recording contract.

What made it even bigger was that the music they were making was really good. Hell who was I kidding it was great.

Fortunately I have seen PPL 3 times since then, the first time was in Indianapolis in the late 1980's after Craig's return when they played outdoors on the Pan-Am Plaza. The second time was when they came to Evansville, IN (we now live in Newburgh a suburb of Evansville) and they played on the stage of the Hoosier's Lounge at the Riverboat Casino Aztar after Craig returned from Little Feat.

The 3rd and most recent time was with Craig again at the second "Welcome Home" show in Chillicothe on Saturday night just about a month ago.

Who else remembers their first PPL experience?

And did anyone else hear PPL for the first time in little old Waverly, OH?

Mike
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Postby AndyAnderson » Fri Dec 02, 2005 8:57 pm

first time, I was in eighth grade,brother was going to school in Athens. He had the albums ,and I love it!!! Worked the show at the Ross co. fair grounds,rain sucked moved the show to huntington hall,but it was worth it.That was 79 or80 time a little foggy back then. JDC played with the Knapp Brothers at myparty , Mike Cutright was there also WOW what a party. My brother and I got up and sung FLAT TIRE which was wild because I was getting married the following week. Silver lady lounge in Chillicothe. Hey I want to say hello to Jim Coughlin becauuse we crossed paths a few times 20 years ago. I've been living in Venice Fl. the past 20yrs. Still listening to you guys love it ,Had tickets to the chillicothe show from my good bud Big Woody. I see him when he comes to visit here every year . Didn't get to the show , but saw pics damn!! missed a good one Talk later hoodie hooo
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Postby AndyAnderson » Fri Dec 02, 2005 9:03 pm

Ok I'll quit but use to listen to Tangle foot play the harp sitting at the bar many years ago . RIP
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Postby jmhall » Fri Dec 02, 2005 9:15 pm

I was sitting in Huntsville. Tx, Sam Houston State University, at home and smoking a joint when a buddy came up and gave me the PPL second album. It was 1971 and he told me that I needed to listen to this new country rock group. Was he ever right!
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First Pure Experience

Postby tfarrell23 » Mon Dec 05, 2005 11:37 am

Early '70's..... in Long Beach, CA at an Arts and Craft Show... they pulled out the Bleachers....(PPL came out and played in front of ONE pull out SET)...followed them for years...anytime they came to California ... we saw them
Side note: Balboa Stadium, San Diego... PPL, 3rd Bill behind the Beach Boys and maybe Chicago.. hard to remember...except for the 3rd Bill of course..lol
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Postby Doug » Wed Dec 07, 2005 10:04 pm

AndyAnderson wrote:first time, I was in eighth grade,brother was going to school in Athens. He had the albums ,and I love it!!! Worked the show at the Ross co. fair grounds,rain sucked moved the show to huntington hall,but it was worth it.That was 79 or80 time a little foggy back then.


1980! I was there with lots of friends. My memory's foggy, too, but I'm trying to remember the lineup. Was it Teazer that opened the show? Tom Ingham (local guy from Chilli who later became a member of McGuffey Lane) did a one man show, playing guitar, harmonica (at the same time) fiddle and more. Was it McGuffey Lane or Wet Willie that played in the pouring rain? I'm thinking McGLane did and Wet Willie cancelled. Does that sound right? Danged memory! I really burnt up too many brain cells back in those days. :? Then PPL held off, hoping the rain would let up (it didn't), Mike Reilly swung a deal with Sam's Place (Huntington Hall) to play there that night and all ticket holders of course got in free. One of the best PPL shows I ever heard! They played for hours. JD Call was there, Janice and Christine (the Sweethearts of the Rodeo and of course Vince's first wife) were singing backup harmonies, I even remember Vince singing "Put Your Hand In the Hand of the Man Who Stilled the Water"! Most of my friends didn't go to Sam's Place that night, but later they wished they did after I told them what they missed. Good Singin' and Good Playin'! Them's the kinda shows where you really get your money's worth and really creates a lasting impression. Years later the Sweethearts played at the Chillicothe VA stadium (home of the Chillicothe Paints professional baseball team) and after the show I talked to them and asked them if they remembered that night and not only did they, they were amazed that I did, the impression I got from what they were saying was that it was a rare thing when someone knew they used to tour with PPL as backup singers. Talk about some awesome harmonies! These ladies could sing, and you know Vince has a golden voice. With Vince reuniting with the Cherry Bombs, I wonder if there would ever be a chance he might sit in with PPL some day in the future if their paths were to cross? I saw Vince at Riverbend in Cinci some years ago and he sang Let Me Love You Tonight then. That was a superb thing for him to do in Cincinnati, as he knows, the epicenter of the early PPL universe. Can you imagine Craig, Vince, and Curtis singing and jamming on the same stage? Yowza! Sounds like the boys may have to do an extended show that night! And Vince and Fats trading licks on Merle and Pickin'? If I were a promoter, I'd hire Vince to headline, bring in the big crowd, and then hire PPL to open, with the agreement that Vince gets to sit in with PPL. The premise would be that here is the band that gave Vince his first big break, his first #1 hit, and that would hopefully give PPL some of the long overdue recognition they deserve. Shoot, if yer dreaming, dream big - why not stage an all day concert with Vince, PPL and Little Feat, where Craig could sit in with Feat! Feats, Don't Fail Me Now! I can see everybody coming out on stage for an encore of Cajun Girl!!! Yeah! And while we're at it, why not get the Goshorn Bros to open the show? Man, there could be guys sitting in with everybody all day long! The Goshdarn Brothers could do all their original PPL material and Mike and Craig and Vince could sit in, and probably Billy Hinds would be drumming for Larry and Tim, and I just know George Ed would participate as would JD and SHAZAM! what an unbelievable day!!! Aahh, if only I were a promoter....
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Postby Clarence » Thu Dec 08, 2005 11:10 am

Doug, no more caffeine after lunch. :lol: Great idea tho, I hope you can pull it off one of these days.
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