Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades Contents of Volume 1


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The first volume of this Tucson historical music compilation covers the years between the 1950s through 1985. As new articles are added, they are linked from the contents page.

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Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades
Volume 1



1950s:  Rockin' & Cruisin' -15--
Tucson's musical memories of the '50s -16--
Sons of the Pioneers: Rooted in Tucson's history -18--
Rex Allen: The legend of "Mr Cowboy" -20--
Talking with Rex Allen -21--
1950s-1960s: Tucson radio's misty memories -25--
Shopping Tucson Downtown -26--
Tucson's culture in fried chicken - The Polar Bar -27--
1960s: Rock Evolves & Standards Endure -29--
A look back on Tucson's past -30--
A run-in with Tucson's Drive-In's -31--
The Tucson Rodeo Parade -33--
History of the Tucson Rodeo Parade -33--
1960s: KTKT's Battle of the Bands -34--
The Vibrations: rockin' into the night -35--
Dearly Beloved: The faces of the 60s -36--
Linda Ronstadt: Tucson's "Girl Singer" -42--
Dean Armstrong: A Tucson Legend -44--
Lewallen Brothers: A blast from Tucson's Past -46--
Frank Ace: An Ace up his sleeve -47--
Up on Bourbon Street -48--
Mickey Greco swings -50--
Carl Guy: Guitarist turns actor -51--
The acoustic ballad of Shep Cooke -52--
Jimmy Greenspoon: Leading a Three Dog Life -54--
1970s: Rock goes mainstream, disco flickers -55--
Tucson music in the 1970s -56--
Choo Choo's -58--
Tucson Country Music in the '70s -59--
The Mountain Newsreal makes it's debut -59--
Chuck Wagon & the Wheels: Keepin' those wheels spinnin' -60--
John Hawk: The Hawk of the desert -62--
Cass Preston keeps on swinging -63--
John Denman swings with his quartet -64--
Peggy Rose &: Company: A refresher course for "Swingers!" -65--
Where have all the Big Bands gone? Ask Cliff Juergens! -68--
Billy Templeton: the Elvis shtick -66--
Will the real Billy Templeton please stand up! -67--
Disco fever heats Tucson teens -69--
Tucson's teen disco dance launches new teen paper -70--
Disco: A fad launched in the '70s -71--
Teen disco at the Gazebo
-71--
Cruising Speedway is a well-traveled tradition -74--
Turning on to KTKT -77--
The crew at KRQ -80--
Disco fever spreads around Tucson– one last time -82--
KTKT-FM: New 96 Rocks Airwaves -83--
KHYT's disco machine -86--
The Desert Springs Concert Event -84--
Raffle's Disco Club dazzles with laser -87--
Games Around Town: Video, pinball, pool -88--
Sports: A new season with the Tucson Toros -89--
Goodbye '70s, Hello 80s -90--
Jim Anderson: Tucson icon -91--
1980: Technology becomes personal -93--
Disco-vision, cable, home computers -94--
What's on channel 375? -94--
Rockin Tucson in the '80s -96--
Video Games: Buzzes, whirls and pongs -99--
Surge forward -100--
"First Wave" concert splashed out -101--
1981: Evolving Music Trends -103--
KTKT's new sound: Music changes trend -104--
Cox gets nod for Tucson cable TV -105--
Jonny Sevin: rising success -106--
White Lightning strikes innocent audiences -107--
1982: Revolving musicians -109--
Tucson Teens– some bands bite the dust -110--
Good news for local musicians -111--
Pills: Return to Transition -112--
Larry Miles: Spinning records for a living -114--
Reporter Chuck Graham on work and music -115--
Rick Allen: Radio as a career -116--
September 1982: Local musicians release new tapes -117--
TV at your fingertips -117--
Leanne McCabe: singing her heart out -118--
"Desert Tracks"  Tucson's best– together on one local album -119--
Tucson's 1982 Punk Rock Scene -120--
1983: Alternative Music Scene Emerges -123--
LeAnne McCabe: Taking it to the Top -124--
Young adult club opens -125--
LFB: A sound looking for a name -126--
February 1983: Short Music Notes -127--
Uptones return "home" -128--
Serf's up for Green on Red -130--
Chris Burroughs: Rock and roll on a budget -133--
Teens in middle of Sundance West feud -134--
Sandworms: Desert Sophistication -135--
Lee Joseph: This man wants your tape! -138--
KXCI to fill void -139--
Radio Free America -140--
Confused is all right -142--
(Phantom) Limbs ready for 'romance' -144--
How to Stuff A Wild Bikini -147--
Youth producing TV for the first time -148--
Crosswind: Local trio kicks up dust -149--
Slit: Underground Notes -150--
Silent XChange: Local XChange -151--
Los Lasers legend and myths -152--
Que Onda? Where's the alternative music?? KXCI! -154--
1984: Rock Reigns Hardcore Fledges -156--
Updating Tucson Music -157--
January 1984: Jazz, blues, country punks -158--
Statesboro Blues Band: Happy with the blues -159--
Road Furniture: Born on the Highway -161--
Shagnatty: A Twist of the Jah -162--
Public Access Cable: A chat with Jan Lesher -163--
Tucson's sounds abound -165--
A Tost to the Blues -166--
The Resistors: What are they resisting? -167--
July 1984: New Music Column -169--
September 1984: hardcore, new wave & other punk -170--
The blues are alive and well! -171--
Only "Only's," they say -172--
Tucson's specialty music stores -173--
Hard production work pays off in vinyl -174--
Let's have the V-8's -177--
Rod rocks the TCC -175--
October 1984: Rock and Heavy Metal -178--
Roc Lochner: Roc and roll -179--
Roads to Moscow hits the road; Embers smolders -181--
Progressive Music in Tucson -182--
Giant Sandworms reattack! -183--
Metal isn't dead– yet -187--
UPS: Useless Pieces of Shit -189--
Overview for '84: Don't step on Tucson's blue suede shoes -191--
1985: Entertaining Month by Month -194--
January 1985: Sandworms become Sandwurms -195--
Heavy Metal Music: Clubs close, bands prepare LPs -197--
Los Lasers stopped waiting -198--
It's the Aftermath that'll get you -200--
February 1985: Tucson musicians rock -202--
Chances burned to the ground -202--
T&Z to serve drinks, Chances bites the dust, Roxy and DanceTrax rises -203--
Tucson bands rock the clubs -203--
March 1985: Local music lights up Spring Fling -207--
Spring sprouts local music news -208--
The heavy metal edge; Roc Lochner new release -210--
Etude prepares video -212--
New radio station on cable TV -213--
Rock Videos: Fad or Culture Shock? -214--
Breezin' down life's highway -216--
Tucson's Reggae History -218--
New Bands Heat Things Up -219--
Fred Espinoza: Lights, CameraÉ Stress -221--
April 1985: Magazine is now Entertainment Magazine -223--
Saddle City Band stars with Michael Landon -223--
April 1985: Tucson's got all the jazz! -225--
Loser's Club debuts -225--
Nadine & the MoPhonics: Singing for success -226--
Local scene bursts with spring -228--
Ticket buying: made easier -230--
Wah-Deh Connection: Reggae Connection -230--
WREX closes, but the beat goes on -231--
Los Hamsters?! You got it! -232--
May 1985: Local Progressive Music hops -233--
General Delivery: Delivering since 1985 -234--
Tucson is jazzin' it up! -236--
Roadrunner: Making music country-style -237--
Cattle now on vinyl -238--
June 1985: Jack's, Rockefeller's gone, Circus on -239--
The Fanatiks: They're ironically fanatic -240--
Not just another Buddy System -241--
Other summer music -241--
Adam Graham: The other half of O'Leary -242--
Aces high on the go -244--
Losers Club gain a winning reputation -245--
Tucson has the comedy fever! -246--
Diverse talents mold Sidewinders -247--
July 1985: Tucson Musicians beat the heat -248--
Locals in the studios -249--
HMS hums -249--
Country rumbles: Bar hoppin' and Saddle City Stompin' -250--
Comedy: Fun times on stage -251--
Gary Hood: Local comedian keeps his lines hot and his delivery cool -252--
August 1985: Summer hot rocks fever -254--
Street Pajama: On the Road Again -255--
Tucson radio offers alternatives -257--
Chuck Graham: Sorry Dave, Chuck was first -258--
Black Sun shines through -260--
Montreal is a rare Tucson breed -260--
Nadine adds mo'Phonics -261--
Tucson comedy still headlines -262--
Armen Dirtadian: A golfer in sheik's clothing -263--
Howard Morgan: Not just slight of the hand -266--
October 1985: Hot blues cool jazz -267--
Ronnie Mack: Pickin' in the autumn -267--
Bands around town -268--
Nadine & MoPhonics -268--
HMS -268--
The Press -268--
Twister -268--
Neck Romance -268--
Tucson comedy scene: Take my jokes, please! -269--
November 1985: Comedy, clubs, variety and spice -270--
No lack of blues -270--
Keeping up with Tucson bands -271--
Ronnie Mack: November Country Licks -272--
December 1985: A Grab Bag of Comics -274--
Country Cub hopping with Ronnie Mack -274--
Tucson bands wrap up the holidays -276-- 281--
Kruiser Experience: Kruising for a bruising -283--
Garry Shandling: keeping Johnny's seat warm -285--
Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades: Volume II: 1986-early 2000s -289--
Post-logue -290--
Tucson City Map -292--
Publishing Title Holdings -293--
Publishers -294--
- Robert Zucker, Entertainment Magazine -294--
Jon Rosen, Newsreal
-294--
Contributing Writers/Artists/Photographers -295--
Illustrations/Credits -296--
Photo Captions -297


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