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The King here! From my mile high eye in the sky I can tell ya'll are still messin' up the planet. I wish to God I'd have done a couple of tunes about the environment. I was so blind-sided with the homeless situation and kids and drugs I totally blew off the planet itself! My mistake. You people down there are buggering up the planet! You can't really tell down there but from up here it's pretty easy to see global warming and Mother Nature is getting' pissed off. Didn't Katrina at least give you a wake up call? I guess not…. Pretty soon I'll be circling around a dead and lifeless rock.

On another subject, that movie "Bubba Ho Tep" was kinda' funny. Not as good as "The Party", ya'unnerstand, but it had a certain element of humor to it - like the idea that JFK is still alive! HA HA. I though that Bruce Campbell fella' did an okay job, but I like the Kurt Russell version of me better. He has my sneer down pat, and is a hell of a lot better looking Elvis that Campbell! And forget about that walker. I don't need no stinkin' walker. Especially up here on the space station. Although I've lost over 75 pounds in the past five years and I'm near weightless in space up here, I have NEVER needed no stinkin' walker! I can still swivel my hips like the old days. And my voice is STILL in tip top shape. I wish the Jordainaires could come up and hear how swell it sounds up here in this big tin can. Not even Sam Phillips had a reverb chamber like this one!

Tell NASA to stop takin' half my load of Krispy Crème doughnuts. I just know them astronauts are dippin' into my stash on it's way up here. I order five cases on every shuttle launch but by the time it gets through the airlock there's only a couple of dozen jelly-filled left. And I keep finding crumbs in a partially-opened box. What's the deal? Don't NASA feed those boys before they lift off? Maybe they think it's funny……… Stealing donuts from the King of Rock and Roll.

Bob, tell them down there to get their thing together. You all are going to ruin the planet and then what will your kids and their kids do? It's bad enough that rock music is dead or turned to (c)rap music! And even country music is watered down so bad I hardly recognize it. Take out the fiddle and steel guitar and it's Big Hair Band music from the 70's! But don't get me started on the state of current music. I guess even the King Of Rock and Roll can get out of step with trends in culture. But that still don't make it right.

TCB, my friend!
<Elvis Aaron Presley> Somewhere in Space - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 11:45 PM

Dan Allen here. Got your e-mail by accident from my good friend Liz Lottman. Do you remember me from 1972--you were working at KMAG in Ft. Smith and I did a bi-weekly radio show with you about stuff happening at Southside High? I thought it was during the 70's but I don't remember for sure. As Joe Walsh said, the only way he remembers when James Gang toured with Black Sabbath was seeing the posters to prove it.

I moved here to FayetteNam about 9 years ago. Own my own small marketing firm but we also do events (we built Bikes, Blues & BBQ) and concerts, mostly in New Zealand. After I graduated HS I got the hell outta FS, went to college, went into advertising and promotions. Worked for Warner Bros. for a couple years, lived in San Fran, Little Rock, Chicago and mostly Dallas (a year in Milan Italy in there somewhere--designed entertainment complexes).

You don't know this but your influence sent me towards the music industry. Even though I had been in a band on and off since the 8th grade, I never really understood music and its affect on my life until I met you--hanging in the studio, listening to you & Bleaker Street and WLS. Promoted my first concert at 23 and have done some of that off and on since. Met a guy in New Zealand 19 years ago and have promoted exhibitions and concerts on an off since. Just did 3 dates with the Moody Blues last April. In the past we did Creedence, Little River Band, REO, Lionel Richie and some big cultural exhibitions. Now we're in the running for the Stones.

I've read what you've been up to. You always had a knack for the tech stuff so I'm not surprised. What kind of recording are you doing? Along the way, I've produced and/or directed about 100 TV spots, one even won a national Clio. Produced an Eric Johnson video for MTV . Worked a few movies as 2nd AD, produced a Saturday morning live action/animation TV series with some guys in LA & Tokyo.

I've been very fortunate for a poor boy from FS. Have traveled the world, met music/movie/TV stars, worked hard, played hard (too hard at times and some of those times were with Stevie Ray in Texas), got married and divorced all during my 20th year on this planet, never got remarried but dating a wonderful girl now from Springfield (attached is photo of me, Dawn and Elvis on my Hog--I don't look much like I did in HS so this photo won't help you to remember).

So that's it in a nutshell. If you ever get over here, we should share some food and/or drink.

P.S. I remember Rock Bottom opening for Bloodrock in 1972 - I think. Wow, can't believe I recall that.

<Dan> Fayetteville, Arkansas - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 5:32 PM
Hey there Bob. You may not remember me, even though your memory of past events and music trivia has amazed me more than twice, I do remember and respect you. My name is Mick Still and we first met at Dr. Bob's woodshop picnic. I was the one trying to always help set up the band or you could say, get in the way, and asked a lot about Black Oak Arkansas. I've known Dr.Bob for years and we are pretty good friends besides him being my doc when I lived there in Yellville. Anyway, I checked your website out years ago and just recently checked again and it blew me away to find out you where the original member of Goldrush. I'm good friends with Mary and had listened to Goldrush at her house years ago and was instantly hooked. And now to find out that you were the drummer/guitar player blows me away even more. I really respect your playing ability and your personality as you always were nice to me at the picnics. I know that you may not remember me but I wanted to say hi and tell you that I hope that the Goldrush project comes through. I sure would love to have a copy of that music and if it ever comes available I will buy a copy. I know your a busy man but if you get the time email me back I miss your humor, your stories, your music, and the picnics. You take care and good luck on all you do.
< Mick & April Still> Austin, Arkansas - Sunday, October 16, 2005 at 5:38 PM
Dear Bob:

I somehow stumbled across your web site.

In summer of 1967 I worked at the Lodge of the Four Seasons. I was a student and landed the prestigious position of snack bar worker. I remember you and your group The Vipers and your costumes and your face make-up. I heard your group play many times and I always had a good time. As best that I can recall the general manager of the resort was a gentlemen named Per Moeller.

I do recall the Frank Sinatra Jr. concert you mentioned. The posters for the event had the word "Jr." in the smallest possible font. I am sure that 90% of the people who came to the concert were expecting to see his old man.

I do not recall if your group had living accommodations at the facility (the Holiday House) where a lot of us stayed. If so, you probable remember some good parties there. Digging deep into the old memory bank:

In the summer of 67 I was only 16 years old. I can't believe my parents let me leave home for the summer but, thank god they did. It was quite an education for me. I had my 17th birthday party at the Holiday House on 7/17/67. Some of the older residents (you may have been one) decided that I needed a birthday to remember. The thing I remember most is going to the Lake of the Ozarks medical clinic the following morning with what I thought was a terminal hangover.

I also recall a party involving our male chaperone at the Holiday House. He had way, way too much to drink and passed out in an arm chair. Several people picked up the arm chair and placed it outside of Holiday House near the street. He and the chair were still there the next morning when I went to work.

I remember one of the foreign chefs had a private room at the Holiday House. He had a combination lock on his door. One night he had been out drinking and forgot his combination. He took a small boulder and basically flattened his door to get in. That may have been one of the rooms your group inherited.

I recall one party near the Lake. I had a white 64 VW that ended up in the Lake. Fortunately for me, it was somewhat of a beach area and a tow truck was able to fish it out for me the next day.

I remember Ken and Rick. When they were not playing music they were lifeguards at the pool. I believe Rick ended up as an actor on a daytime soap opera.

Do you remember a bartender named Paul Garrison? What a character. He later opened a large bar and restaurant in the Ozarks that looked like a fort from the outside. It was called, strangely enough, The Garrison.

I remember many fine looking females that stayed at the Holiday House upstairs. One worked in the gift shop. I believe her name was Royce. There was also one with the nickname "Bear" or was it "Bare". Unfortunately for me, the girls were not into younger men at that stage in their lives. I was back in the Ozarks several years ago. You would not recognize it…… Lots of development.

I was surprised and glad to hear that you did the drums on one of Freddy Fender's big hits. I my advanced age, my musical tastes have gone from rock and roll to country. I have seen Freddy Fender perform a couple of times. He is one of my wife's favorites.

Please let me know when your book is finished. I will be one of your first customers.

I now live in Sedona, Arizona. Should your travels ever bring you West, please give me a call. I am glad to hear you are alive and well and still behind the drums….Keep up the the beat.

< John Baker> Sedona, Arizona - August 3, 2005 at 3:26 PM

Thought I'd drop a line. Ran across your website and after reading awhile - I did the next 6 albums with Freddy Fender and Mickey Moody at Huey Meaux's Sugar Hill Studio along with a bunch of other stuff. I remember Mickey talking about Ben Jack, and we used Bobby Neal on some stuff as well. I'm back in Ft. Worth after a long stint in LA but I recorded lots of stuff between 1975 and 1977 in Houston (Kinky Friedman, Joe Barry, Noel Redding, Ham Brothers stuff - which we did a lot of Cate Brothers copies).

Anyway - one day I'll get up to see you and your place looks great...

< Red Young> Ft. Worth, Texas - Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 5:39 AM

Dear Mr. Ketchum,
I just visited your website and I wanted to let you know that while it is very informative, it was very entertaining too. I love the link "all images and text on this page are clickable". I clicked it myself being that curious person I am and when I read what the next page said, it made me laugh. Also I liked the picture labeled " Bob and The A-Bomb" , it is really amazing to see actually how big that bomb was compared to a normal person.
<Edric Chan> Waukesha, WI - Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at 9:13 AM
hi Bob,
Have'nt heard from you since KMAG days.
I'm Rance Rhodes' oldest son Roy. I got married 8 yrs ago and now live in Chelsea, OK.
have a good day
< roy p. rhodes> Chelsea, Oklahoma - Sunday, June 5, 2005 at 8:54 AM
Bob, After 30 years, you shouldn't be able to remember me, but here goes... I found your website searching for, of all things, information about an early 70's Trapeze concert in Fort Smith, Arkansas. (BTW, thanks for posting it.) A friend, Chuck Collins, and I were talking about that show just last week, but that's another story.

I'm David Mathews, originally from Ft. Smith. I was a young, unknown bass player around there in the late 70's, but my Dad, Larry (drummer), and oldest brother, Mike (keyboards), were prominent players in the area. I eventually engineered a few years at Ben's studio in Van Buren during the early 80's, right before Mickey Moody returned from Texas.

And, yes, I was a "Ketchum Head", but as I recall, the first time I saw you play was with Whizz. I remember it because it was the first time I'd seen a local drummer playing with a mic'd kit. Very hip for the time. You had tons of stuff going on over those years, but what first sold me was one night in the mid 70's.

Barely a teenager, I called the radio station request line with Taxman by (are you ready for this) Black Oak Arkansas. I had called in requests to radio stations before, but never got one played. And at the time, even I knew that Black Oak wasn't on anyone's playlist. You were very cool about it though, saying, "Sure...Black Oak's great...I can do that for ya." You not only made it the next song, but you backed it up with The Beatles version.

First of all... Hello! I was a kid. I didn't even know it was a Beatles song! (I think you must have gathered that from talking to me.) And second of all... Two versions of the same song, back to back? Any respectable PD would have shot you. That easily made it the coolest thing any DJ had ever done in that town. Of course, The Beatles version was much superior, and to this day, it's on my "all-time favorite" list. At the time, I had only heard The "post Sgt. Pepper" Beatles. That week, I bought Revolver. Eleanor Rigby; Here, There and Everywhere; Got To Get You Into My Life; Good Day Sunshine. Good songs? I reckon! That lead me to all the earlier albums. It was like discovering The Beatles all over again. I'm sure, eventually, someone else would have turned me onto the early Beatles, but they could never have been as cool about it! And that leads me to something I've wanted to say for 30 years.

Thanks, Bob!

PS: Here's some BEJAY memorabilia for you. The MacDaddy, himself, in 1981. That's Bill "Flash" Flaspohler in the back, and me sneaking between Ben's chair and the MCI 16. Note the ever-present Auratones and Pignose.

< Dave Mathews> Lexington, Kentucky - Saturday, June 4, 2005 at 4:51 PM