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Greenville Avenue in the 80's.

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JD Bettis
Re: Greenville Avenue in the 80's.
February 12, 2007 10:24AM
Remember what Vicky's 2 signature songs were???
And is that the place you are saying was at Abrams & NW Hwy?? Do you remember the name of the club? (Was it her name?)
No. The place I went to was on the West side of Central Expressway. Abrams was on the East side. Vicki Britton's was the name of the place. It was right across the street from Bachman Lake. Her signature songs were Flight 309 and In Another Women Arms but she did so many really good songs. One I remember that she loved to do I think the name was I'm five. She sang it like she was a little girl.
George,
I opened Dallas City Limits, as a waitress and later bartender. I worked with Jimmy Sprowls and Jimmy Cagle--Jimmy S. was a great push dancer. I also worked with them at Cowboys.
Also frequented Papagayos.
Beth Bentley
That is awesome!!! Do you have any photos from then?
I always love hearing from you.
Scott
Beth
I am sure we met back then. I was at both places quite often. I always came through the kitchen door at Dallas City Limits.
JD Bettis
Re: Greenville Avenue in the 80's.
February 13, 2007 07:08AM
The 2 I remember were "Stand By Your Man" and "Delta Dawn." That venue was pretty unique for Dallas at the time - very cosmopolitan. Even though they didn't serve food, you could still drop a hefty amount of cash at those tiny little tables.
Vicki Britton's
February 13, 2007 08:06AM
I thought I'd try to change the Subject line here.
Oh yeah!! Those were the best of the best songs. I loved her Bobby McGee and Memories too. Were you a regular? Yeah the tables were small. Most of the time I sat on the bottom level. Then after I got married we both sat there.
JD Bettis
Re: Vicki Britton's
February 13, 2007 10:07AM
Nice to know someone else remembers - I began to think it was a figment of my imagination. Yes, we went many Sat nites, sat on the bottom and stayed for both shows. Here is a souvenir for you and the web site!
(P)96 Vicki Britton Flight 309 to Tennessee/Hatful of Nickles
[carlgresham.co.uk]
Re: Vicki Britton's
February 13, 2007 03:34PM
Well we may have known each other. My maiden name was Chambers.....went by JJ. My ex was Bill Houston. Were you in the club when she made her live album? That was so awesome. Also when Bob Hope made an appearance was so super. I miss Vicki and wish she could have continued.
Some of the others I remember were of course Buddy Frierson, Vicki's husband, Jim Kirby, Marshall Van Dyke.....there are alot of others but just can't think right now.
I was too young for Daddy's Money but later went to H.P.Cassidy's in my Vodka-Collins-Disco-Days at SMU. Also the Mariano's Cantina with the Mariachis was wonderful (when it was on the other side). I remember the Mariachis playing "Hey Jude" the night Lennon was murdered. Hey, it was Paul's song, but whatever.
I really came into my own at Confetti (no "'s&quotwinking smileyin the early 80s. That was "Cowboy" before and something before that - can anyone remember?
And LouAnn's was there way back...
It would be great if someone could come up with a map of Upper Greenville in the 70s in time for the St. Patrick's Day parade...that might revive a lot of dead brain cells.
Oh, I forgot my Dallas City Limits story: I danced with some girl who asked me who my favorite mass murderer was..YIKES.
And does anyone remember the stained glass butterfly on the wall? That was the place wasn't it?
JD Bettis
Re: Vicki Britton's
February 14, 2007 09:16AM
No I wasn't, but I wish I had a copy of that album. I was there one night when Flip Wilson showed up. Probably not too many of us still remember that name. I also remember one night we spent about $200 - a FORTUNE back then. When we got home the other couple said, "Thanks, next time it's on us." We said, "No, next time it's on US." We had inadvertently walked on the bill. Glad to report that we went back and made good on it.
Re: Vicki Britton's
February 14, 2007 06:06PM
Oh yeah I do remember Flip Wilson being there. And yeah not too many remember him now a days. I have the Live Album signed by Vicki. Ha Ha..on it you can hear my ex hottin and hollerin'. I know there are some out there cause I've seen them on different sites.
I hardly ever had to pay the cover charge after I became a regular there. And I guess since I was a girl, I didn't have to pay much on drinks.
Paul Leim, the drummer, now is in Nashville. He does backup for all the Country Music stars. Paul was one of the Groomsmen in Bill and my wedding in 1975. Mike Hannah was the Best Man. I saw Paul a couple of years ago and he couldn't believe I was living in Nashville too. I had taken a picture I had taken many years ago of Paul and me and he had to go show everyone. He was on stage getting ready to do a show with George Jones. It was good to see him again.
Lost touch with the others. The last I heard Vicki was around El Paso but don't know that to be a fact.
Re: Vicki Britton's
July 20, 2007 04:06PM
Just ran across this forum, wow the memories! I worked at Vicki Britton's taking your cover charge money. First, I worked at the old club she played at on Harry Hines near Royal Lane, early 70s before her club was built. Jim Kirby was there every night! She also played the old Hyatt House Hotel, which later became a jail on Stemmons near downtown.
Her club was at 3221 West NW Highway, on the corner at Sheila Lane. After she lost her voice & had to quit, Rick & Neal took it over & I worked there for them also and became close friends with them & the entire band.
Wellingtons was across the street by Bachman Lake, owned by Billy Bob Harris, stockbroker, celebrity groupie & close friend of Kenny Rogers (and everyone else), Craig Morton (Cowboys Qcool smiley & an attorney, can't remember his name, Paul something. One night Billy Bob came into Vicki Britton's with Don Meredith and Phyllis George (Miss America).
Those were the days, I met many celebrities through Vicki & Billy Bob.
Re: Vicki Britton's
July 20, 2007 04:19PM
Oh Yes! My favorite song was called "Remember the Good". She rarely sang it, but I loved it and she wrote the words down for me.
Re: Vicki Britton's
August 19, 2007 01:56PM
HEY PAM. I THINK I REMEMBER YOU. YOU MAY REMEMBER MY EX HUSBAND TOO...BILL HOUSTON AND I WENT BY JJ AT THE TIME. YOU'D NEVER BELIEVE WHO I TALKED TO LAST NIGHT. PAUL LEIM. I GOT TO GO BACK STAGE AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY AND HE WAS THERE. WE TALKED ALOT. AND I JUST FOUND OUT CARLOS VARNER DIED. PAUL ALSO SAID HE THOUGHT MIKE HANNAH WAS BACK IN DALLAS AND THAT HE'D BEEN THE BAND MANAGER OR SOMETHING FOR DONNA SUMMER. THE LAST ANYONE KNEW JIM KIRBY WAS IN HOUSTON. WHEN BILL AND I DIVORCED IN 1996, BILL WENT BACK TO DALLAS AND I STAYED WITH OUR GIRLS IN NASHVILLE. PAUL SAID VICKI WAS IN WHITE OAK TEXAS.
OH THE MEMORIES......WISH I COULD GO BACK....SOMETIMES.
JAY
Update on Vicki Britton
November 24, 2007 01:48PM
I'm too young to remember the club, but I've seen pictures, heard the stories, and of course heard the songs because Vicki is my cousin. She is doing very well, happily married and living near Longview, and as beautiful as ever!
hey it's Vicki Britton. Thanks to everyone who remembers my club on Northwest Hwy. in Dallas. We had a lot of fun, didn't we? Someone mentioned a song called "Remember the Good". It was written by Micky Newbury who passed away a few years ago. He wrote some great songs. David Patten, who wrote my first record, "Back to Atlanta" passed away just recently. I'm fine. Keep writing, I enjoy reading. Vicki
I think the name of the place you are asking about - before Confetti and Cowboy - is Kitty Hawk. It wasn't there very long at all, just west of Matilda south of Lovers, but I believe that was the club for which the original, free-standing building was constructed.
I opened Daddy's Money, probably in 1972, as part of an acoustic guitar playing duo (Jim Deem joined me) called The Other Half, and we played the cocktail hour, 5:30-9:30, before the band/evening's entertainment, took the stage. We typically swapped off on that slot every couple of months with Meri Wilson, who later had the national hit ditty, The Telephone Man. I learned not too long ago that Meri sadly was killed in a car accident a few years back.
As to Vicki Britton, I worked at her club on Northwest Highway in late 1974, early 1975. I was a seating host on weekends and escorted Vicki on and off the stage on occasion. It was a lot of fun, and she and her band were great. In addition to the songs already mentioned, they did a cover of Conway Twitty's Linda on My Mind, which I always enjoyed hearing.
Re: Greenville Avenue in the 80's.
July 28, 2009 12:56PM
Anybody remember easy parlor? Before snuffers.
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