SPEEDY WEST - RARE PICS ON PAUL VIDAL's BIG V JAMBOREE
be forever indebted to the late, great Hank
Penny who invited me and my wife to his home
in Chatsworth, California, in August 1987 : we spent one unforgettable month
there, surrounded by Legends such as Speedy West and some of his longtime cohorts
- Billy Liebert, Harold Hensley, Roy
Lanham and many more. While in San Diego that
same year, we stayed at Tom Sims's house and picked up some amazing stuff, like
the Capitol acetate shown above. In case you didn't know, Tom Sims is one of
the top US record collectors/dealers - friendly, funny, honest and vastly knowledgeable.
The interviews with Speedy West took place in Hank's living room ; at the time,
I was a DJ on the Radio France Network, having both daily (pre-recorded) and
weekly (live) shows. Part of those interviews were later broadcast on my Saturday
night show, 'Honky Tonk'.
PAUL VIDAL * France * April 2003