The Legendary Dora Hall!!

What happens when you mix a multimillionaire and a wife with show-biz aspirations? You get the legendary Dora Hall!

Hall’s husband was a top executive with the Solo Paper Cups Company, and could more than afford to finance his wife’s various vanity projects, such as this unspeakable clip from an early 1970s television special. Includes an”all-star” cast of Oliver, Rich Little, Phil Harris, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. AND Did I mention that Dora also made records, given out free when you purchased a certain amount of Solo Cups? Listen out for one on the upcoming East Tennessee Quiver, this Thursday night at 10 pm!

Mad Jack Fielden Lives Again!

They don’t make television like this anymore!

During the early 1980s, intoxicated furniture store owner Mad Jack Fielden made news when he was found sleeping in a bathtub. Which normally would have been fine, but in this case, it was the bathtub of a stranger.

Fielden’s response to all the bad publicity was to poke fun of the situation.

Lost and Found: A whole slew of long-missing-in-action Mad Jack Fielden commercials from long-defunct Knoxville station WTVK-TV, Channel 26!  Unseen for decades,This late early 1980s gem has just been preserved by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound.

 

VIDEO: Mack Jeffers and His Fiddlin Farmers, 1939

VIDEO: Mack Jeffers and His Fiddlin Farmers, 1939

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Rare and unique 35mm trailer found in a basement in LaFollette, TN. East Tennessee’s own Mack Jeffers and his Fiddlin’ Farmers sprang from Scott County, Tennessee, moving up north to play on the radio. Several in the band returned home to East Tennessee after the band split up. This unique 1939 nitrate reel was shown in local movie houses to advertise the band’s upcoming appearance at that venue. This film remained unseen for 70 years until transferred by TAMIS engineer Larry Odham, This is all that remains of the Fiddlin’ Farmers legacy.

Vinyl Mating Rituals

Vinyl Mating Rituals!

Great photo scanned from a 1950s extended play 45 rpm found at Mckays Book Store. The Tops label featured substandard sound-a-like versions of hit tunes sung by unknowns. The discs were sold at a much cheaper priced than the major labels, and could be found in drugstores, supermarkets, and Woolworth 5 and 10 Cent shops!