tables just the bar. The bar was curved away from the wall in the center and
there was a small stage behind the back bar raised about 5ft. Don K and I would play there for drinks and tips. We'd make a few bucks and have a lot of fun doing it.
Don was a hell of a singer and for two country boys we did OK. One
night A guy at the bar said "Play a Texas song" We said we didn't know a Texas
song. He put a $5 in the tip jar and repeated "Pay a Texas song." $5 in 1961 was quite a bit of money. So we did Tee for Texas, an old standard. He threw in another $5 and again "Play a Texas song.
We didn't know any More so Don starts singing Blue moon over Texas keep on
shining.... Another $5 he sings You ain't nothing but a Texan crying all the
time... He continued putting in $5 and Don sang every song he knew and put
"Texas" in every one.
That was a good night. One that was not so good. I was setting at the bar in Eddie's working on my first beer. I ordered another and the guy two stools down said "Bring me one too. Soon we had our beer. The cops came
in checking IDs. The guy next to me was under age and the cops started giving
him a hard time. Said the extra the guy next to him had was his. I told the cops that I didn't know these guys but that that guy had ordered it for himself. The cop said "Oh a wise guy!" and hauled me out. They called for the waggon and took turns punching me in the gut until it came. The took me in and locked me up but never booked me. About 4 hours later I was let out after some more punching bag tricks by the jailer.
I was drunk in there another night and came to in a room that
was totally dark. I felt around and found a door. I opened it and went out into the bar. It was closed. I had wandered into the storeroom and passed out. I could read the emergency number on the door so I called Eddie and he came down and got me out. I had done that once before in Bristol RI. I was getting good at it. Eddies burned down. I think he did it. He was going broke and had insurance.
He opened a used car lot.
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