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Midnight Sun
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Location: Effingham, Illinois

janietrain and I have been stuck in Effingham for the past day. Our load to the east coast won't be ready until this evening. It gave me a chance to put the finishing touches on a website I've been building with my mom. As you may or may not recall, she has planned an elaborate, 30 year reunion of a band that my parents used to be associated with called Midnight Sun. They were a cover band that operated in the Richmond, Va area for about 4 years in the early 1970's. My dad managed the group and his brothers, my uncles Rick and James were both in the band.

I finished the website up today, however, it won't be "live" until this weekend. My mom is heading for Richmond to surprise some of the guys with it this weekend.

In building the web site, I've been privvy to lots of neat photographs from the era.



If you look closely, that's me in the plaid jacket standing in front of the door on the right side of the picture.


I'm sure most of you won't be interested in any of this, but I thought it might make an interesting journal entry none-the-less. So, here's seven more of my favorite pictures I've been working with the past couple of months.



This is a picture of my mom and dad from back in the day.



This is my uncle James rockin' the mic. Dig the lambchop sideburns and tassled vest/pants ensemble.



The band had a full brass section, percussion, and organ in addition to the standard drums/guitar/bass/vocals lineup.



My uncle Rick played trumped in the brass section (far left in the brim hat and PBR shirt)



My two favorite pictures of the drummer and his drumkit, respectively. The first one is so rock and roll.





This guy is Freight Train. He died of cancer at the age of 22 in 1976. I have very vague memories of him coming over to the house when I was about 3 or 4 and teaching me to count to ten in Spanish. I could never get past cinco though. When I finally did learn to count to ten many years later, I always thought of him.



Sometime over the weekend, I'll post the link to the website when it goes live, if you guys want to check it out just for shits and giggles.

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Cool pictures

That's a sweet jacket.

Agreed, totally & completely.

did'nt know i looked so swank in plaid

These pictures look so familiar to me! My dad is a guitarist and singer and played in a variety of bands in Lexington throughout the seventies. (Actually, he still plays today, too). I grew up going to bars to hear him play - your pictures totally invoked a feeling of nostalgia in me :) Way cool.

I'm the welfy in mandy_moon's posts, and I saw a comment in her journal and went to check yours out. I really love the pictures! Especially your uncle with the sideburns.

yeah i love that one with the lambchops, too... the really funny thing is, in all my haste to construct that entry, i forgot to include my favorite of the bunch

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