Musical Memories: The Sequel

Wednesday’s “06880” post about Bo Diddley‘s appearances in Westport sent Mike James scrambling for his scrapbook.

Sure enough, there it was: a ticket to one of the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer’s local shows. With an actual autograph from the star. (He apparently called himself “The Man.”)

Bo Diddley ticket - Michael James

St. Anthony’s Hall was on Franklin Street (you can read all about that history here.)

Meanwhile, Michael Friedman — the Staples grad who inspired that “06880” story — e-mailed me a few of the many photos he’s taken over his long musical career.

From Bo Diddley to Janis Joplin, Mick Jagger and Johnny Winter, he’s seen it all.

Janis Joplin (Photo/Michael Friedman)

Janis Joplin (Photo/Michael Friedman)

Edgar Winter and Janis Joplin (Photo/Michael Friedman)

Johnny Winter and Janis Joplin (Photo/Michael Friedman)

The Rolling Stones perform at a Hell's Angels concert in California. No, it wasn't Altamont. (Photo/Michael Friedman)

The Rolling Stones. (Photo/Michael Friedman)

Hello, it's Todd Rundgren. (Photo/Michael Friedman)

Hello, it’s Todd Rundgren. (Photo/Michael Friedman)

9 responses to “Musical Memories: The Sequel

  1. Such a cool piece of Bo Diddley memorabilia.

  2. Fred Cantor

    Great stuff (and I especially love the action photo of Mick).

  3. Robert Mitchell

    Interesting that your St. Anthony post from one year ago yesterday (as referenced above) ended with a comment submitted by another Westporter who saw Bo Diddley at St. Anthony’s Hall in the 50’s.

  4. Linda Grabill Parker

    The Bo Diddley concert at St Anthony Hall in 1957 was fabulous! Thanks for the memories

  5. Loretta Santella Hallock

    St Anthony’s Hall was the place for parties, showers and small weddings . My sister and I took ballet lessons there. I was in a small production of the Nutcracker. Great memories!

  6. BTW, “Mr. John Law” is available on YouTube. What a kick to hear Bobby again after all these years!

  7. I appeared with Bo Didley in a photograph on the front page of the Town Crier newspaper in 1959 or 1960. Bo played at a “Fandango” dance at Longshore…. I also got an autograph signed “Best always. Bo Diddley” The Town Crier copy was lost years ago but I still have his aurograph…..