Monday, October 11, 2010

Dixon on Disc - 1960

Dixon on Disc....Coburn Godwin is the director...back to the camera. I think the photo was made in 1960. One of his first jobs when he came to Mobile from Lucedale with 35 cents in his pocket.

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  1. Patricia Davison Starkey

    I remember Dixon on Disc -- kind of like American Bandstand Mobile style. My friends and I would go to Channel 10 (?)and dance on Friday afternoons. It was great!!!

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  2. Coburn Godwin
    Precious Memories...I loved that job. Always wanted to go to NBC.
    August 28 at 12:45pm

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  3. Peter Swinson http://www.americantowns.com/al/theodore/events/dixon-on-disc-reunion
    August 28 at 12:49pm

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  4. Coburn Godwin
    This picture was actually when I first started there as a floorman. I later became the producer and director of the show. Wow what some memories. Patricia, if I recall correctly the show was on Saturday morning. It might have been Friday afternoon at one time I can't remember.
    August 28 at 12:53pm

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    1. My Mother danced at Dixson on the disk her name was "Sugar" Just wondered if you may have remembered her. I tribute Elvis My name is Asa Landry If you have any more pictures to share send them to elvisndixie@aol.com
      I would love to come and entertain there one day or at a reunion in her honor.

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  5. Patricia Davison Starkey
    I guess in the earlier days of the show it was on Fridays ,LIVE!!!! We would race home from school, change our uniforms and dash down to the studio by 4:00 pm. We all lived downtown and went to school downtown. Such fun!! It must have been taped at one time because I can remember watching the show and seeing everyone.
    August 28 at 3:39pm

    Coburn Godwin Yes it was a fun time. I have always said; I wish I could direct a line dance show today. I'm surprised some station has not done this in Mobile.
    August 28

    Old Mobilian Wow ! Thanks for posting this, everyone's been talking about it lately!
    August 29

    Carolyn Sue Cain The Dixon on Disc Reunion will be held Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Room D at the Tillmans Corner Community Center. That is the day of the election and I am working the polls but will be finished about 7:15pm. So we will start the reunion at 7:...See More
    September 23

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  6. Carolyn Sue Cain
    The Dixon on Disc Reunion will be held Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Room D at the Tillmans Corner Community Center. That is the day of the election and I am working the polls but will be finished about 7:15pm. So we will start the reunion at 7:30pm. There will be someone in the room at 7PM. Come on down and join us. Bring pics, memorbilla or whatever you have as a keepsake of Dixon on Dixc. We have a few pictures but would like more to add to our DVD. Let me know if you have photos, etc. carolynsuecain@hotmail.com I will be hosting the reunion. Come and enjoy the Memories from Yesteryear. See you there.
    September 23 at 4:38pm

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  7. I took ballroom dance from Ted & Lorena Reith and they would pair up the students and put them on Dixon on Disc. I remember dancing a fox trot with a boy with the last name of Hanlin on the show. I planned all week what I was going to wear and how my hair would be done. To me it was as good as American Bandstand and just as exciting. I believe a young man by the name of Tommy Howell was a regular on the show. John Dixon was the perfect host.

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    1. My sister also took dancing from the Reith's. I remember Tommy Howell, he always danced with Betty Sue Sessions. Such great memories, such good times!

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  8. I took Ballroom dance by the Reiths and used to do dance demonstrations on the show. I remember it so well. Those were great times.

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  9. My dad billy campbell was always on that show and I can remember as a child he and my mom would win dance contest all over mobile. He can still cut a rug but has a hard time keeping up with me. lol

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  10. Does anyone know if John Dixon is still with us? Dixon on Disc was a big part of my teen years in Mobile.

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  11. My father is Tommy Howell. He was a regular on the show and I am told he was amazing. I have tried to find pictures and old reels of the show but I am told the reels were not archived. I would love to take my father to a reunion if you have another.

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    1. I remember Tommy Howell very well. My sister Joy and I lived within several blocks where Tommy lived. I spent many days at the John Dixon Show. Many great memories and thanks to Tommy for the lessons. Al Hardee

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    2. I remember your dad. Ask him if he remembers Sandra
      Green and Curtis Legg.

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  12. My mother used to dance on Dixon on Disc and another show with Lorena Reed (Reith?) every weekend in Pensacola and Mobile.

    I have been trying for years to find pictures, footage or any other information on these shows and came across this blog this morning!!

    We are having a surprise 50th wedding anniversary for my mother and father at Thanksgiving this year and I would love to add some photos from this time period to my slide show that I am putting together.

    I would also like to get some information on any upcoming reunions so that maybe they could attend-I know my mother would love it!

    My mother is Elaine Killam (Walker) and she still loves to dance though she is not as nimble on her feet since breaking her back several years ago...she fell on her butt during her niece's wedding reception--guess how?! Dancing to "Mustang Sally"!!

    Please contact me at either mwalker@fayettecountyga.gov or at ocran1964@yahoo.com with any information--it would be a very unexpected and exciting addition to our presentation!

    Thank you,
    Michelle Walker

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    1. Hi, I am doing research for the time period of July through September, 1960. My StepSon was conceived approximately August 1960 as his Mother was a paid dancer at this Dixon on the Disc. We are desparately trying to find his biological Father. My stepson sings and has a deep voice; his Mother's Family has no history of singers or for that matter could carry a tune.....we know that is where she got pregnant but we have to find possibles on our own as you know how secretive it was back then. He is white, but possible Italian. Please reply to dezertwoman@hotmail.com We want to find his bio Dad.

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  13. Glenn W.

    I remember going to WALA Channel 10 and dancing live on TV at "Dixon on Disc". I was still to young to drive and would have had no car anyway, but a couple of my slightly older good friends would let me ride with them. Fun memories.

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  14. My dad is Wayne Hare. he played in the band regularly. I really enjoyed listening to all the good times had at dixon on disc. I am curious if anyone has found pictures or video?

    Any upcoming reunions planned?

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  15. Hi. My name is Frank LaPoint. I danced on the Dixon on Disc Show in1959-60. As I remember, we danced on Friday at the studio, then on Saturday Dixon hosted sock hops at various National Guard Armorys. I remember feeling proud to be a dancer on the show and
    especially liked the sock hops as I could really "cut loose."

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  16. I danced every week on this show. Ted and Lorena divorced.
    I took lessons from them. My Mother married Ted and they
    moved to California. We had such great times. Would ride the bus down to WALA every sat. I have some pictures of Ted and Lorena. Will Try to post them

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  17. My uncle danced a couple of times, he passed recently and I would be interested in any photos or videos of the show. Dijohnson76@yahoo.com

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  18. I danced on Dixon on Disc 1961-62 ? Frank Phillips was on at the same time.

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  19. I met my first love at Dixon on Disc.in 1959. His name was Alex Bush. I recently found out that Alex passed away at only 26 years of age. So sad to me. I loved going downtown on Saturdays to dance on the show but wasn't really allowed to go. Just sneaked around and went anyway. Would love to find relatives of Alex or friends who remember him. I knew Tommy Howell, Ollie Adams, Bobby Adams, Rosemary Adams, Ray Green, Sugar, and others.A wonderful time to remember.

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    1. Ollie, Bobby and Rosemary Adams have passed away. I believe Ray Green quit going to the show when he married Barbara. There is a posting on this site from the son of Sugar Landry. others were Al Hardee and G. E. Oaks.

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  20. I was brought up living next door to John Dixon's mother in Louisiana. He had to sons my age (Jerry and Jack) and we would play together when he was in town after he had moved to Alabama

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  21. Anyone out there have any old video or photos they would share. My mother-in-law is having a birthday and I would love to find a picture of her on the show to give her for her birthday. Her name was Faye Bass at the time. Thanks.

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