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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa mmiimmwm The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Fri., Jan. 25, 1974 Four Bits, Box Top Started McCoy Ity Alan Wilson NASHVILLE, Tcnn. (AP) -Charley McCoy parlayed four bits and a cereal box top into a music career in which he now averages 400 recording sessions a year. At the age of eight, McCoy said he spoiled an ad in a funny book. “It said, *50 cents and a box top -You too can play a harmonica.’-That was I(\> much for me to pass up,” he recalled. In the 24 years since, McCoy has become the; only man in contemporary music to strike it rich by playing the harmonica. He has played back up for such stars as Elvis Presley, Hob Dylan, .loan Baez and Bingo Starr and recorded his own instrumental albums. Background Hole Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of McCoy’s career is that he’s become a star by performing with an instrument which Has always been relagated to a background role. Last year, McCoy was named instrumentalist of the year by the Country Music Assn. “It’s been my main means of income since 1961,” said McCoy. “By being in sessions I began to get interested in country music—but rhythm and blues and rock and roll had always been my thing. “I figured the harmonica was here to stay as a background instrument. Hut I noticed that people would seem to light up when I played it ” he said. Lead Guitar McCoy was introduced to country music at the age of 16 when he played lead guitar at the Old South Jamboree dance in Miami. Ile formed a group called “The Escorts” in 1961. ‘ ‘ I was really digging country music,” he said. “There was just a handful of musicians doing demo sessions in town at the time.” The Escorts turned out, to be the nucleus of a group called “Area Code 615”, which received rave reviews in 1969-70 but was a commercial flop. Fried Turtle Supper Swisher American Legion Trophy Lounge presents Every Fri. A Sat. "K mr 519 ll Street S.W. AP Wirephoto Cello Fellow Philharmonic cellist Walter Charles uses a special back pack to carry his cello to and from work. Charles lives in Evergreen, Colo. Ho hikes to the nearest highway for transportation to Denver. Pab$t Blue Ribbon 12 pack 2.29 FREE POPCORN The Emergency Room 4650 1st Avo. NE “CRIPPLE CREEK” This Fri. and Sat. Night at the LONGBRANCH 99 Twixt Town Rd. N.E. “Wildwood” ★ Sat. Jan. 26 ★ Coming: ■“ROCK and ROLL BOOGIE BAND” DRAPORT INN SA, p On Old    I i i.(Cl Hwy 218 ? Miles South of Kirkwood College Dance \1usic & entertainment Sat. Jan. 26 WOODEN NICKEL Bar B Q Ribs Fri. & Sat. Phone 843-4145 SATURDAY JANUARY 26 JOHNNY KETELSEN “I made up my mind lo cut instrumentals. I said people must like instrumentals and there must be a way to put it across,” he said. “People want to hear the melody done as if it were a single. They want to hear the song instead of a bunch of slick notes. I came to that conclusion and so far I’vt? been right.” McCoy’s current album, “The Fastest Harp in the Presents Thursday, Friday, Saturday “Truth” High Time 4-8 PM Daily 254 shells $1 .OO Pitcher Vs off Mixed Drinks 8 Ball Pool Tournaments Sat. $1 .OO Entry Fee Hwy. 30 Welt I West Poet South ”, is No. 4 on the country music charts. His previous two have reached the No. I spot. GAS LAMP BAR OPEN SUNDAY NOON TO 10 P.M. {ROOSEVELT MOTOR HOTEL Convenient parking in our ramp DOWNTOWN NOW SERVING CHOICE PRIME RIB OF BEEF ROOM (JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER) — Sat. Jan. 26 — “ENOCH SMOKEY” PRAIRIE MOON BALLROOM Prairieburg, Iowa Dress Up Rules Re*. 437-2271 SAT. JAN.26 “The Goodtimes” SAT. FEB. 2 “Hardtimes” Drest Up Rules Apply Phone 945-3592 HIGHWAY GARDENS STANWOOD, IOWA TERRACE ROOM ijuuwh UU ddiijjflt/juluu IS Noon Buffet (Soup, Sandwich, Salad, Sweets) 11:30-2 p.m. Monday thru Friday Dinner 5-9 p.i Tuesday thru Thursday 5-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday PARK FREE hile dining at the Tor ce Room Park your car r two hours in short rm parking PREE. direct across from the main france. Well gladly dictate your parking ket. TERRACE ROOM Municipal Airport 365-7739 APPEARING Tuesday thru Saturday MARY PIKE At the Keyboard 310 THIRD AVENUE SE, DOWNTOWN TELEPHONE 362 8679 RJ’S LOUNGE HAVE FUN WITH OUR GAMES! 1075 - 6th AVE. MARION ★ POOL ★ TONITE ★ 15c BEER 8-9 P.M. ★ AIR HOCKEY ★ T.y. TABLE TENNIS RESTAURANT A Little Bit of Old Mexico In Downtown Cedar Rapids featuring A FULL MEXICAN & AMERICAN MENU Mexican Beer & Cocktails OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK family owned and operated PAPA JUANS 364-9993 409 2nd Ave. SE P I I I I I I I CEDAR RAPIDS ROLLER DROME Highway 30 West PH. 365-0176 Private Parties Available • Fri. & Sat. Nights • 2 Sessions - 7:30 to 11:45 • Tues. Night—Family Night (Prizes) Whole Family—$ I Plus Skat* fontal • Wed. Night 6 to 8, 8 to IO Students 50c Including Skate Rental EVERYONE WELCOME • Sat. & Sun. Matinees I -4 9 Years Old and Under 85c 10 Years Old and Over $ I .OO Includes Skate Rental GROUP RATES AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES Sunday Buffet in the: SI RLO IN'N 2.95 Children under IO $1.75 Under 3 Free Your Choice of * Swedish Meat Balls    *    Fried Chicken * Baked Ham    *    Salisbury Steak * Mashed Potatoes and Gravy * Whole Kernel Com or Green Beans A Select Your Favorite Salad from our Salad Bar A Dessert (Ice Cream or Sherbet) * Rolls, Butter, Coffee or Hot Tea Included with All Meals BUFFET SERVING 11:30-3:00 DOUBLE-BUBBLE** HOUR 4-6:30 Mmtduy thru Friday Phone 393-9727 Regular Menu 5:00-9:30 COCKTAILS AVAILABLE AT YOUR TABLE or in the LOUNGE 4407 1st Avenue S.E. (next to Target) MARION ROLLER RINK 320 35th St. FOLLOW THE CROWD! FRIDAY and SATURDAY 7:30-ll.45 12 SESSIONS) SUNDAY ADULT NIGHT (16 & OVER) 7:30-10:00 WEDNESDAY FAMILY BUCK NIGHT (7-9:45) Sat. Afternoon 2-4 Sunday Afternoon 2-4,4-6 Let's Have a Skatin’ Party! * Special Rates to Campfire Gills, Scouts, etc. Call for our discount prices. PHONE 377-3767 or 365-4075 |Tho Mooting Placo 2 TOP o CONTINUOUS DANCERS! 0 SHOWS ^ * Our 2 Best Dancers yet! ■ I I I I I I I I 6 Carne Dine with Ud mik) ‘SS,’ BUFFET '[mf** Served in the “Granary Room” 11:30 A M.-2:00 P M Select from Several Meats    $    OO and Delicious Homemade Salads...... OR YOU MAY ORDER FROM OUR REGULAR MENU Special Children’s Menu ^ ———————————— s. ‘ enjoy Our Fine SALAD BAR EVERY NITE 4 30 to 8 THE PURPLE COW ghway 2 I 8 at North Liberty Phone 626 2253 Only I 2 minutes South of Cedar Rapid* Open Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.rn.-8 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Private Party Room—Capacity I OO After Dinner Visit our WOOD’N WHEEL GIFT SHOP Beautiful Hand Made Gift Items Pottery, Wooden Toys, Sculpture and more I “Suzette” BJI H.idOv.ri First Appearance “Rene’London” CD CC Bm    5:30 Matinee Daily I rn hi hi Open Daily 3:30-Sat. 5:00 Located in the UNIQUE MOTEL Only 2 minutes downtown 852 A Ave. NE 365 906I mumm, wsm'gm pSBOflf ROOSEVELT motor hotel Gfeace, bi&pos® »D®*Jp c°NVENtfHT parking in * ;

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