Friday, March 12, 2010

The Bossier Strip

For those who aren’t old enough to remember, I intend to do a couple of blog posts on the Bossier strip. This was suggested by a regular commenter who goes by the non de plume of Realist and is a great idea. I have a few recollections that I can share, and hopefully some other people will chime in.
The Bossier strip ran from the foot of the Texas Street bridge where the old Hurricane Lounge was located. It continued out to roughly Swan Lake Road where the donut shop is now.
The strip consisted of nightclubs and bars, with a few restaurants and motels thrown in.
Everyone ended up their night (at about 2 in the morning) at the Kickapoo on the corner of Benton Road and East Texas Street. The Kickapoo was a restaurant and motel.
People would order up some steak and eggs and begin the sobering up process, but there was a party atmosphere in the restaurant as the wee hours waned on.
Entertainers from all of the clubs would come there too and mingle with the other customers. It was a heckuva good time!
Let it suffice to say that I knew three or four high school boys who would make the trek out to Sak’s Boom Boom Room on a regular basis. (I know there are a couple of Mamas looking down from heaven saying ‘I knew it!’)
There you would get a tiny glass of beer for $1 and sip it while you enjoyed the live bands. Most of the clubs had live music, and some pretty good entertainers appeared out there.
At the Boom Boom Room we used to go hear Wayne Cochran and the CC Riders. Cochran was fairly well known and made a pretty good niche for himself. The video is very representative of what he did.
I think what we enjoyed most was when he would do Sam the Sham’s Wooly Bully. He could tear that song up.
Note: At the time, you could purchase beer at the age of 18, you had to be 21 for hard drinks. Not to say that we didn’t go there before we were 18, if you behaved yourself and had a buck you were in. I never heard of anyone being ID’d. How did they get away with it? Well, that’s another story for another day. In the meantime, enjoy the outrageous Wayne Cochran.

122 comments:

  1. My grandpa and dad use to tell me stories about the strip all the time. Let's just say my grandpa was a regular.
    Heather =)

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  2. Those were the fun days. Like you said everyone was at the Kickapoo at closing time. Brings back great memories of my younger days.

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  3. I got stationed at Barksdale in the late 70's, just about the time when things were winding down for the Bossier Strip. I remember names of clubs like The Torch, The Pump House, and there was one with metal palm tree out front (I think it was called the Shindig), and one with a huge stagecoach sign I think was called the Stagecoach. Of course there was Daddy's Money, The Drummer's Inn, and nasty little place called the Stirrup Lounge.

    I miss the old Kokomo that was across and down the street to the west from where the old Don Drive-In was located, where P.B. Mall is now located.

    When they said the Strip was well know throughout the Air Force, that was not an exaggeration.

    I got stationed in Germany after leaving Barksdale, and one day I was talking to my supervisor who had never been to Barksdale. He was asking me questions about where I've been and such, and I told him my last assignment was Barksdale, and he said, "Tell me about the Strip.)

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  4. Great story. The KoKoMo was great, Saturday nights when I was in High School we would just cruise through, around and around the place, if you were lucky you might get a spot to pull in!
    You're on the money on the other places, the Shindig was big, had great bands.
    Thanks for commenting.

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  5. Heather - I might have run into your grandpa at one time or another, who knows. At one time my older brother had five clubs out there (in the late 60's early 70's), lots of people came and went

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  6. When I was in college in Nacogdoches, we used to drive to Bossier to the strip occasionally. I don't remember any of the club names.

    Actually, I don't remember a lot from those years :-)

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  7. I know Donna. When younger people tell me 'it must have been fun to live in the 60's' I just tell them 'it must have been!'.

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  8. Going back to the 60's and the USAF when we didn't make any money we'd all go to the Blues after 9PM for cheap beer. There eas also a place outside the west gate that had alot of business. The wrestlers also hung out at the KOKOMO back in those days. They were the good old days of fond memories and the drug scene wasn't what it is now.

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    1. The place outside the west gate I believe your referring to was the Orbit Lounge. I was a go-go dancer there in 1965! In 66 the featured dancer at Saks was a girl billed as "a 250 lb. Go-Go dancer" that girl could dance!

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    2. I was there in 1966. I was 17 years old. I answered an ad that said. Girls, must be 18 years old. No experience necessary.
      I walked across the bridge that connected Shreveport to Bossier City. At the time I was staying in a 12.00 a week hotel. I had less than 5.00 to my name after paying my week's room rent.
      I think it was the Turf Lounge?
      I got my first job. I know I also worked at the Long Branch Saloon as B- girl too.
      I just wanted to make enough money to get a bus ticket to New Orleans.
      Anyone remember which clubs were run by Sammy Marcello?

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    3. I should add that I had left California as a runaway. I had great fake ID.
      When I met Sammy Marcello. He was the big shot. I did tell him I just wanted to get to New Orleans. He told me to.look his brother up when I got there. He gave me his bother Carlos Marcello ' s phone #.

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  9. Some of us from the 70's and 80's days of Drummers Inn, Michael's Inn, Moulin Rouge (a few of the many name changes of Town And Country) have wondered where everyone has gone. This is as close to memories that I've found online of the strip. Driving down that road isn't quite the same with so many of the places gone or having new business signs on the buildings. The memories last, though. KoKoMo was a great place and the best seafood basket on earth.

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    1. Ain't it the truth. I come home every now and then and hardly recognize the place. Loved Drummers, Moulin, and all the others!

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  10. That was what was so great about growing up in the Shreveport/Bossier area in the 50s and 60s. You had to have been there to get it. It was like a mini Las Vegas.

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  11. Before we were old enough to venture in "under age" we would go stand at the back door of Sak's just to listen to Wayne Cochran. Think he had brown hair then and there was talk that he even teased his hair. Spent many nights dancing the night away up & down the Strip. Years later Wayne Cochran came to Dallas where I now live. I was 8 mo & 1 wk pregnant but I had to see him. We delivered my son the next night. Guess Wayne has played a part in several of the stages of my life..

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  12. My Grand father worked at Kickapoo and later owned the KoKoMo Drive In and I hear stories all the time about that time and those places.

    Trust me, I mention the KoKoMo and EVERYONE has a story to tell.

    Too bad times aren't like that now.

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    1. Oh gosh - sure wish I had the recipe to the onion rings kokomo made....they were so good.

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  13. My birth certificate says that my father was a "clerk at Kickapoo Motel"...spent many hours in the late fifties hanging around Kickapoo, eating at Kickapoo Cafe, having Gene cut my hair at the Kickapoo Barber Shop...found a postcard recently and gave it to my father as a gift...brought back many memories...we lived in the old Barksdale homes off of Old Benton Road and just a couple of blocks from the Ko-Ko-Mo.

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  14. Bossier City was a great place to grow up in the '50s and '60s. I was an air force brat. Spent many summer nights playing ball at Walbrooke and Shady Grove. As I grew older I ventured out on "the Strip". It rocked my world. It offered something for everyone's taste. You could dance country and western at the Turf Club to the music of JW Johnson and Donna Lynne or move on down the street to the Shindig or Saks for good 'ole rock and roll. The hot chicks I knew then were regular followers of the band Rogue Show who played mostly at the Orbit Lounge on Barksdale Blvd. If we were short of cash we would just cruise the Kokomo to find out where a party might be happening or if there would be a drag race later that night. Some of the boys from Bossier, Airline and Haughton had some bad muscle cars back then. The Friday nights after football games were especially hectic on the strip. You never knew who or what you might see. Got lots of memories good and bad from those crazy times........BF.

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    1. J.W. Johnston is my uncle. We sat around a campfire picking guitar and him singing many nights at the old home place in Belmont. Great memories.

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    2. J.W. Johnson was an unbelievable voice and talent. Would love to hear him sing again. Does he still sing?

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    3. J.W. is 70 years old now. He only sings at his church now. He beat cancer and is still going strong.

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  15. Have to have been there to appreciate it. I try telling my 20 year old grandson what it was like, and I think he tries to understand, but he has that 'all righty' look on his face . .

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  16. ahhh.. the ko ko mo; "those were the days my friends we thought they'd never end"i also was an air force brat from braksdale and went to airline. i drove a brand new red vw bug my dad bought it for $1500 thats not enough for a down payment today ..lol and loved to go to the ko ko mo on saturday nights, loved their onion rings and never have had better since. wish i could go back in time and revisit it all just for a day! leida

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  17. Cruising through the KoKoMo - nothing like it.

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  18. I was their in 72 with the 2mms, My forvorite place was a little bar close to the base called the Black Knight, I fell in love with all the strippers, as long as my money held out,which was not long,I think I was making 300 bucks a month..but it was worth every penny,

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  19. I played music on the strip from 1961-1966 the Hullabaloo (Later the Shindig), Sak's Boom Boom Room, The Diamond Head Lounge, Ramada Gold Room, Orbit Lounge and many others I can't even remember. I think my first job was at The Diamond Head Lounge, owned by a guy named Paul Taglavore. I was young and green and the first two weeks he convinced me to join in his crap game he had going on in the back. With that and my bar tab I don't remember ever making any money there even though our pay was $80/wk, and we wouldn't have gotten that if it the Musician's hadn't have been so strong. If I had any left it went into the pinball machine at,the Kikapoo Retaurant. It was a great place to party 24 hours a day, and we rarely slept. Whether we slept or not we would meet at Kelly's Truck Stop on the strip for breakfast around 1 PM and then go to the club and learn some new songs. Of course at night everybody would meet at the Kikapoo to get something to eat. There was only booze in those days but we got bennys from a local druggist and it was easy to find a doctor to get us some of the harder stuff. I remember drinking a fifth a night and never staggering. There were a new batch of strange women every night and they headed straight to the bandstand. We knew what they wanted and were happy to oblige. I still can't believe I lived through six years of that. Oh, the high point of my life was swimming in the cement pond with Eli Mae Clampette of the Beverly Hillbillies. I talked to Max Baer a couple of years ago and he remembers the time and waking up in his hotel room to find a woman in his bed that wouldn't leave. I doubt there will ever be a wilder place (or there should be). NBC came down there while I was there and did a special on 'Sin City, La.'

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    1. was playen Diamond Head Lounge the night Johnny Horton was killed. from 59-62 played most of the clubs that had bands. was way cool to me played with Jerry Lee at the Stork Club. Yes, those were some great times.

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  20. I was at La. tech in "69. Went to the strip with a guy in Ag. He was from Bossier. Me being from south La., i did not know the strip existed. He drove a pontiac Sprint.(firebird)..6cyl with a large 4bbl carb...didn't take us very long to get to the strip and i had no clue where i was.....I just remember all the lights...I do remember a lighted dance floor.
    I live in blanchard now and here lots of stories from the old folks about the strip... Wish there was a map designating the location of each club.

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  21. I was in High School 1956-60, and I remember the Strip very well. After graduation I went into the Navy. but, have many fond memories of coming home on leave. The KOKOMO was a special place for us. Barney Bates owned the KOKOMO, and he passed away just a few years ago. Around 2005 I beleive

    Blues Red Devil and the Fountain are two that don't seem to have been mentioned in this Blog.

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    1. Don't forget the Turf Lounge and Fuqua's Harley Davidson Cycle shop on corner of Benton Rd and E. Texas too!

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  22. I played with the CC Riders at Saks Boom Boom Room. And lived at the Kickapoo Motel. The cool thing is that there were two guys that lived at the Kickappo. They had a band called "It and Them" it was Eadgar and Johhny Winters. I'm guessing it was around 1966. By the way Eagar and Johhny had short brush hair cuts.

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  23. I loved living in Bossier and I have great memories. I am blessed I was able to experience that time in my life. I used to think only we lived the 60's in Bossier. I know, that's weird, but not so sure it's not true. Doshia

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    1. Girl you so wright about living in the 60's in Bossier the best time in my live would not be the person i am now if the go time in Bossier never happen

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    2. Doshia has memories of spreading her legs!

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  25. What ever happened to Danny & Jerry? Remember when Jerry got shot? I visited him in the hospital. He survived, thank God!

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    1. In case nobody ever answered your question re Jerry. He's still in Shreveport and still playing guitar. Playing now with Robin and the Mystics. Robin's his daughter and a great vocalist. He's also hosting the Jerry Beach Blues Jam on Monday night at Lee's in Shreveport.

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    2. Can you let me know if Danny is still around. Would love to get in touch with him. Me and my girlfriend use to go to Kim's Lounge every night to hear Danny & Jerry, they were awesome.

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    3. Doshia Marie Wall is a thief!

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  26. I lived in Bossier from 1964 to 1968...spent lots of time at Saks & the Shindig & the Orbit...lots of time at the KoKoMo and Kickapoo...graduated from AHS in 1966...when i go back now it's all changed...I don't want to relive it but that time is what made me what I am today!!! As Jack Benny would say...thanks for the memories!

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  27. Went to Northwestern La State University in 1960 and the strip is why I ended up in the US Army. Great place. Remember the pink elephant room. Those were the days. I remember the Sho Bar, KoKoMos and Saks. Spent many a late night there.

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  28. i remember the old kokomo sign. with its spinning car with lighted headlamps. part of that old sign is still in use today at brewer mobile homes on east texas street. i still live in the neighborhood directly behind the old kokomo.

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  29. Nobody mentions that the original Kokomo was at the NE corner of Shed & Benton Rd.

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    1. Hey, that's right! Forgot about that one. I am trying to get a number on how many KoKoMo's there were total in Shreveport/Bossier?

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  30. I was 18 when I worked as a Go-Go Dancer at Saks, 1972. I loved it, $300 a week plus tips. We wore zip-up body suits and white go-go boots. Merle Kemmerly was good to his girls. Ruby & June were the bar-tenders. I dated Tookie, Merle's son. I worked there till 1974 when the Banditos came in, brought their women to dance topless.... so I quit. We all ate at the Kickapoo or the Studio Steak House. Most of the dancers lived together and we slept till noon, shopped a lot & loved working together. There was Bee-Bee, Kathy, Elaine, & me. Those were the good old days:)

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    1. Feb 10, 2013

      I worked at the Kickaoo Cafe off and on during the med 60's, my Mom worked there for about 10 years, someone will probably remember her. She was a thin lady with dark hair by the name of Margaret, some called her margie. Does anyone know what happened to Sammy or Bubba?

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    2. I had a friend named June there. Can you remember her last name? She was very short with dark hair and great personality.

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    3. I will ask my twin Nephews, Kenny and Jimmy Viola. They will know about Sammy and Bubba.

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  31. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER DAN & JERRY'S SONG NAMED "I GOT PRIDE"? IF SO DO YOU REMEMBER THE LYRICS...PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE I CAN GET A COPY...

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    1. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pop-45-Danny-Jerry-IVe-Got-Pride-Connection-On-Ronn-/360954453864

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  32. The Bossier Strip from '64 to '72, could it ever get any better than that?? Great rivalries: Bossier-Airline even Rusheon-Greenacres; anybody from Bossier vs. anybody from Byrd, Fair Park, Woodlawn, across the river or Texas. Some pretty memorable fights; more memorable parties. Danny and Jerry at Kim's lounge was just about the best house band there ever was. Search the world over and you will not find a better onion ring than those at the KoKoMo. Closing time at the Kickapoo or the Studio. Sammie Spataro, classy guy...he knew we weren't 18. Wayne Cochran at Sak's, the Newbeats, Shindig... Doshia Wall (see her earlier post) was every schoolboy's fantasy, as nice as she was gorgeous. Cruisin Hwy 80 listing to KEEL and KOKA. For the longest time, I thought the movie "American Grafitti" was based on us...only less exciting.

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  33. I grew up in Bossier City, I was young and didnt go to all these place, however I do remember my old sister alsways going to BLUES!!!! Where she would listen to Clyde Creel and Dawn Glass. Who remembers them? We use to live On Mary Kay...its the road that went along side the Pumpin Station...We were right there in all the action. LOL When I did get older I was disappointe that Blues was gone, So my place was BJ's...Awesome place. Who remembers the Crawdad's. They were an awesome band.The memories...I do not live there anymore but my family does still. I love going back and seeing the different palces. It just inst the same.

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  34. Pardon my typing in my ealier comment...trying to sneak it in at work is hard to do.. Thanks

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  35. Me and my buds spent quality time in B.C. coming from Lufkin in East Texas. We were 18 and knew we were the coolest people on earth. All these years I have a cherished my little Boom Boom Room glass, the one the short beers came in. A new kitten knocked it off a shelf and broke it It was about 5" tall with black letters for Merle Kimberley's Boom Boom Room. If anyone has one of those glasses, I will pay way too much money for it. We never got in really bad trouble, okay, driving on the sidewalk was not a laughing matter to the police. Bossier is a special memory of my mis-spent youth.

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  36. Loved the spaghetti and meatballs at the Kickapoo Restaurant. Went there numerous times growing up.

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  37. Sammy and Bubba have both passed away Down Glass is doing well living in Minden with her husband Ken. The bossier strip still lives in the memorys of all who went there.

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  38. Hi, I was too young fro all this, but my brothers and I went to the pediatrician in Shreveport (The Strain Clinic) and back in the 1960s you drove in from the east on the Strip because I-20 ended just west of Minden and you had to get on Highway 80 to get to Shreveport. I remember all the exotic signs for the clubs, and I wish there were a book about the Strip with photos of the clubs, signs, etc. and some stories from this era. I bet it would be a best seller!
    Family story is that I was about 2 years old and really showed out at the Kickapoo restaurant one time. Watching my parents' helplessness in dealing with bratty grandkids, I can see how they could not do anything with me, especially as they must have been in their early 20s, no older than that, at the time! My aunt worked at United Gas and had an all-girl C&W band; they played for years usually out on Barksdale Blvd in various clubs.
    Anyway, someone write the book!

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  39. Although I came late to this Blog, I had to report: everywhere I brought this subject up this weekend, it ended up being The Topic of the day: coffee shop, wherever. Seems like most everyone either had a story they heard or happened to them, or at least wanted to listen. Some of the night spots in Monroe la and other cities even came up, places I never knew about.
    I tell you, there is a market for a book or maybe a PBS special about this.

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  40. My buddies and I, who were stationed at Barksdale in the fifties, used to frequent all the spots on the Strip. I remember Blue's Skyway Lounge, Blue's Red Devil, the Tower, the Amber Inn ("and stagger out"), the Pelican Club, and, of course, the Kickapoo Café, where we'd end up afterwards. And on the Barksdale Blvd. corridor, there was the K-9 bar, Fannie's Lounge, and The Gate Post Lounge, which was operated by Capt. Jones and Marie, the parents of Billie Jean, Hank Williams' widow who later married Johnny Horton.
    However, we never went into The Burnt Match Bar, which looked kind of scary.

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  41. Who remembers Longbranch saloon in 1968?

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    1. I remember the Long Branch Saloon. My first job 1967 was at the United Dollar Store by the original Tubbs Hardware on Benton Rd . The Long Branch was around the corner on the Texas. Several of the ladies from Long Branch would shop at the Dollar store for thing panty hose, make up etc.

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    2. I don't think my last post went thru. The Longbranch was wild back in 68. Jimmy Costner ran the place and he got a kick out of picking up the young scrapers by the back of the collar and back of the belt and throwing them out thru the swinging doors. The doors would flap together several times. Just like a cartoon. Lol

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    3. Someone needs to write a book about the Strip while folks are still here who can tell the stories.

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  42. I grew up in Monroe and made many shopping trips to Shreveport with my family in the 60's and 70's. We loved to drive down the old strip at night on our way back home to see the neon lights. My parents would always say: "you could get your throat slit in that place". Several years back I asked the official Bossier historian if there were any books about the old strip and he said some of the pillars of the community didn't want that book written:) Maybe enough time has passed that its now colorful history rather than something to forget about. Tombstone, Arizona has made a lot of money because of its history with the OK Corral. Some of the old buildings could be restored, neon signs repaired, have a restaurant?

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  43. Does anyone remember Harry's BBQ on East Texas Street in Bossier City?

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  44. Do I remember Harry's Bar-B-Que? I remember the best song on the juke box was "I've Been Lovin' You Too Long." Use to go there after hours two or three times a week. There will never be, nor could there ever be another Bossier City Strip. If we only knew then what we know now, we'd have taken some pictures.

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    1. Do I remember Harry's BBQ? I must have fallen in love dancing to that Otis Redding tune four or five times. There was an Italian Restaurant across the street that had great food after hours. No iPhones back then, the only pictures are in our own, tortured minds.

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  45. Although I grew up in the 70's and only caught the tail end of the strip hey day.. I still have fond memories of quarter beer night on Thursdays. All the neon was still working on the signs then. We would eat boiled shrimp and go watch bands ... lots of fun

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  46. This would be perfect material for the Robinson Film prize I have pictures and supper 8 film of the strip. The music of the strip in my opinion merged country Cajun and r&b and that's when classic rock was born. Old notoriety about mob influence missed this very important historical fact. And its been stolen from us by Memphis and Nashville just because of recording studios.

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    1. Hello Mike,
      I would be interested in seeing your pictures and film of The Strip.
      Thanks,
      Johnny Wessler, 318-393-3274

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  47. I started working at Snoopy's Lounge,next to the Long Branch Saloon when I was 17.Then,The Tropics,Palace,Gypsies,Tramps and Thieves,Hi-Lo,Hurricane,J&J,Tap Room,Polly Jo's Sunset Lounge,Fountain,Blue's,The Stall,Black Knight,Pumpin Station...Twenty-six years of the Bossier Strip made me the woman I am today.Twenty bucks a night and a dollar a drink.Thanks all you former innocents who helped me sometimes bring home a whopping 200 dollars a week.OOOOhhhhhhh,the memories.

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    1. Woohoo what year was it when you worked at Snoopys. I worked at Long Branch and the HiLo.

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    2. Brings back memories, I started going to the strip in 1974, what year did you start..? Heck we might have met..? [wink] [wink]

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  48. Started at Snoopy's in '69,for Ronnie Harville and Robert Hayden.

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  49. I was at Longbranch 1968/69 and HiLo 1970.

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    1. Sherry, I knew you at the Nilo. in 70. You were the cute little blound. you were from Dallas I believe. We dated a few times.

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    2. Yes, I was from Dallas. I was the bartender at HiLo and Sam Liberto owned the club.

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    3. I'm looking for my good friend June Robinson who also worked at the Hi Lo in 1970. She was from Port Arthur Tx

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  50. Guess u remember Shorty Howard,then,lol.

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  51. Does anyone remember the Little Hanger on Barksdale Blvd or stop by Beams after hours for steak and eggs? 1965 was a great time for living in Bossier.

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    1. I was at barksdale oct 1965 till 1968, practically lived at the little hanger, Lucky would let me run a tab, .50 cent beer. mostly security police hangout

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  52. Came from the north (Pittsburgh Pa) in 1968 with high school friend. Brother stationed at Barksdale. Met some special people. Mainly went to Satellite Bar and country Kitchen on Barksdale Blvd. No it was called The Cajun Kitchen.Would love to hear from friends we made from all over US.
    Anyone remember 2 18 year old girls living on Boone St off of Barksdale Blvd.

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  53. For me,"the boulevard" meant The Yank Lounge,The Blue Door,the Buck 'n Shoot,and the Wishing Well.Would go from the fun of the night before to the bloody marys across town,then start all over.

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  54. Came across some old family letters from 1963-1965 that mentioned the Peppermint Twist, Gus (the owner) and "Little" Barbara. Would appreciate some information about the place or people.

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    1. The Peppermint Lounge became the Hulabaloo and later the Shindig. Gus' last name was Theodos. I don't remember Little Barbara unless you are talking about Gus' wife. I remember Sheryl "Smerls" the head bartender. Gus was a good friend. After the Shindig closed, he opened a restaurant in Ruston. I played at the Shingdig. Wolfman Jack was there and several others. We really rocked that place.

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    2. In 1964, I came down from Lawton, OK after high school graduation to baby sit for my brother's four boys, while his wife was having a fifth one at the Barksdale Hospital. I came across an ad in the Shreveport newspaper about a guy at the Peppermint Lounge no one had ever heard of outside of Shreveport named Wolfman Jack. Went to see him and he blew me away. Dale Hawkins was appearing there also. A double fantasy fulfilled for me. Then I got to go to Stan's Record Shop at 728 Texas Street and meet Stan Lewis. The memories are still recurring.

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  55. Graduated from Fair Park in 1964. Was only seventeen but buddies and I went to a lot of the clubs on the Strip. Couldn't afford to take the girlfriends, but the guys had a blast. After I got out of the service I returned to Shreveport and became acquainted with and a friend of Sam Liberto, who operated The Hi-Lo and later Sam's Beef and Bottle. Also knew Sammy Spataro through business. Both Sam Liberto and Sammy Spataro were salt of the earth people. Sure miss all of those folks.

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  56. How many KoKoMo Drive Ins were there in Shreveport/Bossier area?

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    1. I grew up in Bossier in the 40's and 50'. My father, Blaine Crawford, owned and operated Kickapoo #4 at the corner of Benton and Minden roads from its inception around 1926-7 until he sold it to the Spataro's in the early 60's. HE and Barney Bates were partners in all the KOKOMO's. I worked in Kickapoo and all the KOKOMO's since I was 12 years old. He also built and operated the lRevana restaurant in Bossier for years. (Sorry to be so long-winded). To answer your question, though: there were three KOKOMO's: the original one at Shed and Benton Roads, one out the Minden road across from the Baptist church, and one in the Broadmore area of south Shreveport. Yep, those were the days. There was just something about Bossier.

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  57. Red Austin's Brass Rail Lounge. Had Joe Spivey and Kenny Beard! These two were terrific. We owned that place a many a night in the late 70's and early 80's! Good Times by All!

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  58. late 50's and early 60's: norma dee at the showbar with her brenda lee sound; bill bush at the hideaway playing black r & b; the stork club in the middle was off limits to teenagers; lots of fun at these nightclubs; not as many big names as sak's but a good crowd ages 17 to 60

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  59. wasn't the bossier strip off limits for air force members?

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    1. I believe the Strip was off limits to members of the Air Force back in the 1960's, but as long as they wore their civvies and behaved themselves I don't think it was enforced too strictly. I frequented a lot of bars in the 1960's in Bossier City and never recall seeing any AP's on the prowl.

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  60. Does anyone remember singer Dixie Vogel? She worked at the Diamond Head as a vocalist and went on to NY eventually working that area; back in Texas now after a varied career including being a truck driver.

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    1. Did she go by Dixie Able?? Pretty blond with pretty good voice? Used to sing with band in Turf Club... Dave P

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  61. Does anyone remember at go-go dancer named Valerie Golden ?

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  62. Does anyone remember at go-go dancer named Valerie Golden ?

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  63. Does anyone remember at go-go dancer named Valerie Golden ?

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  64. Being stationed at HQ 2AF, BAFB '67 thru '70, I remember well the clubs, the Torch, the Turf, Saks Whisk-a-go-go as it was called then. Yes, they were all run by some degree of "connected people". You enjoyed the music, drinks, and the hospitality. Servicemen were treated well as long as you behaved. Spent my honeymoon at the Best Western which had waterbeds in the rooms. If you wanted breakfast and you happened to be in uniform, you could eat at the old Kelly's Truck Stop which was on 80 right near the end of the runway. Always a hearts or rummy game going as long as they didn't need the seats, and always KWKH somewhere in the background. I did a lot of going up then, and would do it all over again.

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  65. I visited Barksdale AFB with the Royal Air Force in 1979, we night stopped at the Drummers Inn and spent the evening in a Blues lounge a short walk from the inn. On leaving the Lounge (rather worse for wear) we were stopped by the police as we were assisting a rather drunk individual to find his car, on finding out we were British (there were 14 of us)they arrange for several police cars to take us in to Shreveport to the only place serving food, they then took us back to the Drummers. We were up early the next morning flying to Kelly AFB San Antonio.

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  66. My mom Evelyn Shilliday used the manage the Kickapoo in the late 60's best food ever

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  67. Royal Air Force 1979. I think I remember you guys!! Lol

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  68. If you dated me, what is your name?
    😊

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  69. From MN, I enlisted in the USAF in 1962 and was stationed at BAFB '63 - '66. That is where I grew up - and introduced to "Sin City" with all of my good GI buds who are still best buddies today. We come back for 2 AMMS reunion every two years but with great sadness that the "Strip" and Shreveport/BC is a shell of it's former self. One could say that the music died with the closure of the strip and the LA Hayride. What wonderful old times and memories!

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  70. Played music in the Turf Clun Summer of '62 - staying in the Kickapoo motel... Drummer was Tubby something, GENE Chance, maybe David Bailey. Me blowing horn... 18 years old and losing my mind!!! David Phillips - Minden Class of '62.

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  71. Hooked up with RAM Records - Myra Smith and girl singer named Margaret Lewis. Army got me, but I see Margaret did ok. Checked her out on the internet.."What Happened to you."
    David Phillips Playing Swamp Pop in Lake Charles these days.

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  72. Does anyone remember a b-girl by the name of Deb Bell from 69

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  73. Actually she went by Debbie Bell and she was from Alabama I believe

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  74. Does anyone remember my good friend June Robinson who worked wirh me for Sam Liberto at the Hi Lo in 69 and 70? She was from Port Arthur Texas, went to school with Janis Joplin there.

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    1. This is June Robinsons son, Brent. She was unable to reply so I am trying. Her email is jcwtx@yahoo.com.

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  75. I was a bartender [w/following] at numerous bars on 'the strip', which my Mom used to refer to as 'little Las Vegas' in her time; my time frame there was during the early '70's to early '80's. I worked the Hi-Lo under Bonnie, the Hi0Lo owner's last name was Bonner [I understood the Bonner family was from somewhere in TX] and had a brother named Thad who frequented the place, another floor girl was named Donna who went to hi-school w/Terry Bradshaw. I worked for Margeaux at the Rendevouz Longe, I worked for Jimmy at the Longbranch, and many other lounges of the time. I also visited and remember all too well many lounges across the river in S'port. Back then I was a short, blue-eyed brunette [still am, but not the hair color,LOL]. I am not a user of facebook or blog or any of that, if anyone wishes to contact me, all I know to do is I'll check back on this link periodically. Chances are I might know some of you who have posted on here. I enjoyed reading all your memories, brought back many for me. M A

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  76. Does anyone remember a real dump at the end of the Strip by the name of the Stall ? Brice Chanel at the Boom Boom Room sing his only big hit of "Hey Baby"?

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  77. Does anyone remember a real dump at the end of the Strip by the name of the Stall ? Brice Chanel at the Boom Boom Room sing his only big hit of "Hey Baby"?

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  78. My dad played bass for different bands on the strip and other clubs throughout La during the 50's and 60's. I remember sneaking in a bar or 2 and watching the door constantly hoping he wouldn't see me (us) as we were under age. Never got caught. Remember many a wild story he told about the strip too. Great era to have survived.

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  79. Hi Brent!
    So glad to hear from you.
    I sent an email. I hope she got it.

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  80. Anyone remember the names of any clubs for jazz or Blues on the strip in the sixties? I remember at least one where the musicians were as good as in New Orleans....

    Spiro

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  81. I was at Barksdale from Oct 64-July 65. Mostly hung out at the Orbit Lounge. Met Barbara Henley (sister of Larry Henley of Newbeats) who sang there (with Danny & Jerry, I think) and we married in 65. Wanda was one of the bartendresses there, don't remember her last name, but she was a sweetheart. Barb worked at several clubs on the Strip. I do remember the Kickapoo and Shindig and the Blues club next door to the Orbit. Remember Barb talking about Gus. Don't remember the name of the Orbit owner. Had some great times there, some that I don't remember!

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  82. My mom worked the bossier strip in the 60's her names was betty davis she lived at the kickapoo and some ladys house behind pat goings in bossier city. I wont to find out information about my mom ... i have searched everywhere she worked every club on the strip in the 60's please if any one has photos of my mom are in please email me terribatt@gmsil.com

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  83. My mom worked the bossier strip in the 60's her names was betty davis she lived at the kickapoo and some ladys house behind pat goings in bossier city. I wont to find out information about my mom ... i have searched everywhere she worked every club on the strip in the 60's please if any one has photos of my mom are in please email me terribatt@gmsil.com

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  85. I worked at Stan's Record Shop in 1968-69 in the warehouse filling record orders from all over the south. My best times in Bossier City were at The Orbit Lounge right outside of Barksdale AFB. Of course, we went to Sak's as well. I dated two members of the house band at the Orbit, Van Roblow and Terry Collins. Van has passed on, don't know about Terry. We had a really good time in those days!


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