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The New Christy Minstrels still tour under the direction of founder Randy Sparks.
Great show, self-contained production, low maintenance. Strong sales around the country, I’ve sold them out almost every time they are here.
Richard D. Haerther
Carrollwood Cultural Center
4537 Lowell Road
Tampa, FL 33618
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QUESTION from Konsultan Pajak Jakarta Slattern Hi! I know this is somewhat off-topic however I needed to ask. Does running a well-established blog such as yours require a lot of work? I am completely new to writing a blog however I do write in my diary on a daily basis. I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my own experience and thoughts online. Please let me know if you have any kind of suggestions or tips for new aspiring blog owners. Thank you! RESPONSE from Becky Jo Benson Hi! We are happy that you visited our web site! I truly believe that you can do anything in this world as long as there are YouTube instructional videos. I am using WordPress to build this web site, and my theme is ‘Sydney’ because it like the way it looks, plus there are many YouTube instructional videos on line from which you can learn what the buttons are for. You already write in your diary, so you are accustomed to writing down your thoughts. You can DO THIS! Never give up, and enjoy what you do. . . the rest will follow. Wishing you all the best! Becky Jo
This is a photo of an OLD man returning to a former haunt. The Victorian building behind me once housed The Florentine Club in Shreveport. While I was there, a new act was appearing less than a block away at the Civic Auditorium: Elvis Presley. There were times when my life seemed to be scripted, and this photo recalls one of the most meaningful couple of weeks I ever had. The year was 1955, and I was working my very first job away from San Francisco home territory, namely Hollywood (actually West Los Angeles), John Walsh’s 881 Club, 881 La Cienega Blvd. I was the youngest performer, so I opened the show, and the headliners were all ladies: Julie London, Kipp Hamilton and Pat Carroll, over a three week period. I felt that I was doing well, as the audience liked me, but after one of my best shows, a man sitting alone at one of the front tables called me over as I was exiting the stage, and said I should go back to wherever I came from, as I didn’t have “what it takes,” and I’d be saving myself “a lot of heartache.” He looked familiar, and Lucien the cook told me it was Gordon McRae. The very next night, another man sitting alone, one table over from where Gordon McRae had sat, said to me, “That’s pretty good, kid, but your name isn’t Lloyd Sparks…I haven’t yet figured out what it is, but I will, and I’ll come back and tell you.” “Who’s that, Lucien,” I asked. “That’s Henry Willson, the biggest independent agent in Hollywood, and his thing is naming people…Rory Calhoun, Rock Hudson, Tab Hunter, all the actors at Universal…” Wow! The newest lady singer was very nice to me, and one day she said, “How would you like to go to Dallas with me? We could have a good time.” I didn’t know what to say. She was at least five years my senior, and I was just about to turn a very young 22 by then. She saw my uneasiness, then explained that her agent in Texas was in the process of booking her into one of two hotels, either the Baker or the Adolphus, and it would be her own show, so she got to pick her opening act, she said, and she wanted me to be there with her. Wow! She asked for my bio […]
Sunday, April 15, 2018 Dear Becky Jo: I just wanted to take a moment to send a note to say thank you again for the concert I attended. It was back in November (November 10) in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. I was the gentleman with a bag full of lps and cds for Randy to sign. My wife and I drove two and half hours for the concert and I don’t regret a single moment. I grew up listening to the New Christy Minstrels albums, over and over, and Randy Sparks and the New Christy Minstrels are probably the only group I would travel that distance to see. I’d like to explain that I am not a ‘typical’ fan. I have spent my career working as a stage manager for live theatre. I have worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at some of the premiere theatres around the country, such as The Kennedy Center and the Pasadena Playhouse. My business has been working with big names and with stars and as such I am not usually prone to being awestruck by an individual. I was awestruck when I met Randy. I was meeting the man whose life’s work has inspired me and certainly in many ways, shaped me. There aren’t many people about whom I can say that. It was as much a thrill for me to talk with Randy after the concert as it was to listen to all of you playing such great music. I can’t express how much I valued that Randy took the time out of his schedule to just chat with me and my wife. In our post-concert talk, Randy mentioned that he was working on a museum of/for Burl Ives. If there is any sort of email list for updates on this, I would gladly sign on to it. Please feel free to convey my thanks to Randy and to all the members of The New Christy Minstrels for the great concert and for continuing the work of bringing great music to the world. Thank you and sincerely, Daniel M. RESPONSE FROM RANDY SPARKS Thanks much, Daniel. YOU are, of course, the reason we make the effort to get here and there across the country. We meet people like you at just about every show, and what a thrill that is for me. You have to know that singing into a microphone to make a record or entertaining […]