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1953 - 1962

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In a landmark decision also in the 50's, the United States Supreme Court passed the Civil Rights Amendment which opened the door for integration. There were race riots and demonstrations everywhere in the late 50's, and continued into the 60's and 70's. In the music industry, some white DJ's were fired for playing music recorded by blacks on white stations. Ricky's band was comprised of five white players and one black guitar player, Jimmy Harris.

vac-band-jimmy4-harris-8x10.jpgThe band played to all white and all black audiences alike throughout the Cleveland area with great acceptance and with no racial problems of any kind.  This band was one of a few Cleveland groups playing Rock 'N' Roll music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Not only did the band play popular Rock-N'-Roll tunes of the day, they also wrote and played their own original music.Not only did the band play popular Rock-N'-Roll tunes of the day, they also wrote and played Girl of My Best Friend/Sneaking A Round. Recorded 1962 in Nashville, Tennessee - By Ricky Vac -  Drums - Buddy Harmon, Guitar - Scotty Moore. Keyboard - Floyd Cramer. Bass Guitar - Bill Black. Vocal Background - The Jordanairesd their own original music. Jimmy Harris (the bands guitarist) composed three instrumental, the first of which, 'Rock-A-Way Boogie* became the bands theme song. The second tune was 'Dream Theme', and the third was "Doo Flicky Junction" a song named after a popular intersection in a black neighborhood of Berea.

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Rockabilly/R&B    Wednesday, 22 April 2015

 

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