Chris Lyerly John Stonesifer Michael Dowling Gene Dawson
This is our part-time band playing at an out-door festival in 2003.
Keith Sykes Gene Dawson
This photo was taken at our house concert April 12, 2003, featuring Keith Sykes from Memphis.
This is a photo someone took of me at the DC Blues Society jam Feb., 2003
That's me on the right with Chris Lyerly on bass at a House Concert in our house.
That's me and my sister with a member of the band "Big Jerry" after we played in W.C. Handy park on Beale Street in Memphis on New Years Day, 2000.
Meretrix II at Desperados in Georgetown, D.C., late 70's
From left: Chris Lyerly, Bass, Kathy Crockett, rhythm guitar, vocals, Howard Moore, drums, Susan Dawson, rhythm guitar, Gene Dawson, lead guitar, vocals.
This is a band from 1968 just after I got out of the Army and back from Vietnam. That's Harry McLellan on the left and me next to him (with my 1966 Gibson SG Standard).
Here is a picture taken in 1963 at Memphis Tennessee's Treadwell High School talent show. We were Juniors and our band was called "The Imperials". I'm on the left on lead guitar, Richard Zini, drums, Alvin Simpson, rhythm guitar and Bobby Fisher on sax. This picture may be included in a book called, "Unsigned Memphis Garage Bands of the 1960's".
Alvin and I were both playing Sears Silvertone guitars. Mine was given to me in 1955 on my 9th birthday by my Mother. I still have it and recently restored it to playable condition (See picture on main page). Also, I still have my red Imperials vest. Odd fact: We were an all-instrumental band and could play for 4 hours without repeats. We played dances and proms and were on local Memphis TV.