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Tucson Entertainment by Year
The newest fad customizing cars in California set the pace for a few local car clubs. Tucson’s “Banshees” beamed proudly with vehicles sporting fender skirts, flipper hubcaps and continental kits. Kids sure wanted to be 16 in a hurry to cruise about even in an Edsel! Vroom! But, kids just rode their bikes and settled for a “transistor” sister radio hanging from the handlebars listening to Tucson’s top rock and roll radio station. KTKT-990 AM
Cruising Speedway (let’s make that speeding Cruiseway) was just as popular then as nowadays. We had our car radios pegged to and KTKT-99 AM KFIF-1550 AM, rocking all the way. The gang made the big circuitous route around town which included: Frank Kalil’s Teen Town on the north side, the HIHO Club on the east, and Sunset Rollerama on the south central side, near the Cactus Drive-In Theatre. They were all non-alcoholic clubs for teens back then. We cruised the four Johnnie’s Burger Shoppes and, when inside, pumped nickels in the mini-table jukeboxes. Brushing aside the glossy gossamers off mind’s memory, one recalls rising for high school to the radio alarm clock and the Guy Williams program of the city flagship rocker station KTKT.
January 1985: WREX Records, Los Hamsters, Chances Burns, more
February 1985: U.P.S., Ipso Facto, Roxy & DanceTrax Open
March 1985: Roc Lochner and many more
April 1985: WREX Closes, Los Losers, Tucson Jazz
December 1985 : Speedways, HMS, Fiction, Press, Sprinter Bros. closed
Al Perry & The Cattle are now on vinyl (May 1985)
Comments by Mike Hamilton, Entertainment Magazine
Original Entertainment Magazine Video 1991
1985: Street Pajama
Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades:
Volume One 1950s through 1985
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Tucson Entertainers Across the Decades
Statesboro Blues Band
1991: Dean Armstrong and Billy Burkes
1994: Neon Prophet
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