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Kitten's Corner was located at 842
Peachtree Street in Midtown (Google
map). The building was demolished and
a CVS drugstore can now be found at that address. The ad
seen here was promoting an April 1966 appearance by the
legendary bluesman Big Joe Turner. Or was he a rock &
roller, or perhaps an R&B artist? Actually, he was all
of these things and more. Don't miss the 1965 photo below
the ad, showing the club's snazzy interior, complete with some
pretty fantastic bar stools. Photo courtesy of the Georgia
State University Library Archives, file #N32-065_a.
Also on the bill was St. John & The Cardinals, a prominent
local outfit formed by drummer Dennis St. John, that included
guitarists Paul Goddard and Barry Bailey, both of whom were
founding members of Atlanta Rhythm Section. After making a
name for himself locally, St. John relocated to Los Angeles,
where he found work as Neil Diamond's drummer (1971 - 1982);
that's him playing on Hot August Night. He was also an
in-demand session musician, playing drums and percussion on
dozens of Gold and Platinum selling records for a variety of
artists like Linda Ronstadt ("Desperado"), the Bellamy Brothers
("Let Your Love Flow"), Jim Stafford ("Spiders And Snakes") and
Classics IV ("Spooky"). Scroll down to see a photo of St.
John & The Cardinals taken in 1962 (via Facebook).
One of these days, I will get around to posting "Rampage" by St.
John & The Cardinals on the 45rpm section of this site, but
until then, go check it out
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