Category Archives: The 1970’s

What’s For Supper?

American Pizza, a favorite childprhood dish.

American Pizza, a favorite childhood dish.

Adriana made a pan of American Pizza for supper tonight. She got the recipe from my mom last week. My mom used to fix American Pizza for my dad, my two brothers and me. It was one of our favorite meals and she served it to us often. She probably found the recipe on the back of a Bisquick box. She was a thrifty homemaker and was always on the lookout for new, yummy and economical, meals to make for us.

American Pizza

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1/4 cup minced green pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
8 oz tomato sauce
6 oz tomato paste
4 oz can mushrooms
1/2 cup milk
2 cups biscuit mix
1 cup shredded cheese

Cook ground beef and green pepper. Pour off drippings. Add garlic, basil, oregano tomato sauce , tomato paste and mushrooms. Simmer ten minutes.

Add milk to biscuit mix. Stir until dough holds ball. Roll 3/4 of dough on flour pastry cloth. Line ten inch pie plate with dough. Place half of meat mixture on pie plate; top with half cup cheese; repeat.

Cut remaining dough into four wedges. Arrange on top.
Bake at 450 for 15 minutes.


The Stone Barn; a Reminiscence By Craig Bickhardt At Ninety Mile Wind

When I first read the “Stone Barn a Reminiscence” the easy flow of Craig Bickhardt’s words were repeatedly interrupted as buried memories of youthful days spent in an old Oregon farmhouse flooded my conciseness.

After reading “The Stone Barn” I felt sad, nostalgic. and aged. I mourned the destruction of a historic building in faraway Pennsylvania, I grieved the passing of an era and my heart cried out at my inability to recapture the mystical magical aura of my youth.

Craig Bickhardt is an extraordinary songwriter and a gifted and powerful storyteller. To read a collection of articles and stories by Craig Bickhardt please visit his interesting and thoughtful,blog Ninety Mile Wind.

Thank you,
Betsy Thorpe

The Stone Barn; a Reminiscence
By Craig Bickhardt

“Music from Big Pink” was an inauspicious LP, selling only moderately to some Dylan fans who hadn’t deserted him after Newport. The group of musicians that made the LP didn’t have a name. They were simply refered to in some villifying reviews as “the band that accompanied Dylan”. Pete Seeger had been appalled by them, but “Big Pink” was a landmark record for many of us. It was followed soon after by an even better record humbly titled “The Band”. By that time they’d earned no less, nor more, of a name.

The Band influenced me and some friends to start our own group and rent a house like Big Pink where we could woodshed. It just seemed like the thing to do even though we had little money to keep up the lease. The old Heyburn farm became our home for 18 months. The property was located near Chads Ford, PA a couple of miles from where Andy Wyeth painted. It was a big place– six bedrooms, plus an attic, two living rooms, a mudroom, kitchen and upper level porch. I used to sit on that porch sometimes when the moon was full and write or sing until dawn. The fields and woods behind the house sang back to me with ciccadas, owls and other wildlife.

Go here to read “The Stone Barn ; a Reminiscence” by Craig Bickhardt in its entirety.

Recalling The Day Elvis Died

By Betsy Thorpe

I clearly remember the moment I learned that Elvis had died. I was in Austin Texas in the bedrooom of my good friend Justine Petela. I was admiring some fabric she had brought back from a recent trip to Guatemala, when we heard the news on the radio. The immediate sadness we felt surprised us both.

Today on the anniversary of “The King’s” death I asked several people what they were doing when they learned of Elvis Presley’s passing.

Bob Timmers
President Of The Rockabilly Hall Of Fame
Nashville Tennessee

I was managing a Shopper’s Guide (our family business) in Appleton, Wisconsin, when a salesman’s wife called her husband and informed him of Elvis’ death. She heard it on the radio. None of the 20 employees there could believe it.”

In 1977 Timmers was the lead guitar player in a part time rock band in central Wisconsin ( in the Green Bay area). He later “long-distanced dated” Kay Wheeler, the president of Elvis’ first official fan club. Today he is the president of the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame.

Linda Faye
Franklin Kentucky

“I was driving home from my job as a seamstress at White Stage Women’s Apparel in Murfreesboro, when I heard on the radio that Elvis was dead. It upset me so bad that instead of going home I went to the auto shop where my husband was working so he could drive me home. I was shocked.”

Nan Cross
Springfield Oregon

“I was out of town on a business trip, in Prineville (thats in central Oregon) I must have been on my way home when I heard that Elvis had died because I don’t remember talking to anyone about it until I got home. It was sad that he died, in fact it still makes me sad.”

On November 27, 1976 (9 months before his death) Elvis performed at Eugene Oregon’s MacArthur Court. Mrs. Cross attended the sold out concert with her husband, two sons and a friend. The cost of a ticket to see Elvis Presley perform in 1976 was ten dollars.

Laura M
Nashville Tennessee

“I was really young when Elvis died, I was outside when I heard and went and found for my sister Jennifer, and told her we needed to get home to mamma. My mother really loved Elvis and she was really upset. We set with her and tried to calm her down. I sure remember that day.”

Years later, against the wishes of her jealous husband Laura’s mother “snuck away to Memphis for a day, to see Graceland and visit Elvis’ grave. Me and my sister covered for her so daddy wouldn’t know where she went.”

Cathy Jackson
Irving Texas

I was home from college when Elvis died. My father was a physician and I remember him saying that Elvis’ doctor should be held accountable in part for his death. I was a big Elvis fan in 1977 and I must say that I still am. He changed American music and his influence on popular culture is still evident today.”

Ms. Jackson is currently researching the impact early Rock and Roll made on Southern culture and contemporary religious music.

Sue Spence
Nashville Tennessee

“I was at an office party with my husband Jack when we learned that Elvis had died. Jack was the administrator of a medical facility in Little Rock. I don’t remember why there was a party that day, but I do remember that all we talked about that afternoon was Elvis and his music. It was a very sad day.”

In the late 1950’s Mrs. Spence atteneded high school in Memphis Tennessee and she had the unique pleasure of meeting Elvis Presely – twice.

Remembering Woodstock

By Betsy Thorpe

In August of 1969 I was unaware that the major counter culture event, known as Woodstock was taking place in upstate New York. In 1969 I was fourteen and very curious about all things “hippi” and I soon knew all about Woodstock’s three days of peace of and music.

I bought my copy of “Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More” at the “Crystal Ship” in Eugene Oregon following its release in May of 1970.

My most vivid personal memory of “Woodstock” was the look of shock on my parents face when they walked into our living room to find me, my younger brothers and an assortment of neighborhood kids shouting out the lyrics to the “Fish Cheer” with Country Joe. My parents had never censored me but the look in my dad’s eyes as we all yelled “be the first one on your block to have your son come home in a box” let me know that he did not ever want to hear that song played again in his home.

Looking back as an adult I understand now why my parents were so upset by the “Fish Cheer”. My mother had two brothers, one nephew and at least two cousins on active duty in Southeast Asia. Our neighbor Janet was engaged to a well liked young man who was serving in Vietnam and many boys from our neighborhood had registered for the draft. As a self absorbed teenager I did not see that the issues that were troubling me and my generation were also a source of pain and worry for my parents and their peers.

(I did of course continue to play my Woodstock album inside our home, but never, ever when my parents were present.)

Ken Mansfield Talks About The Beatles And His New Book "Between Wyomings"

By Betsy Thorpe

In a backstage interview in Nashville, rock and roll historian, Sharon Cobb asks former Apple Records executive Ken Mansfield some very specific questions regarding the Beatles and other rock icons. During this one on one interview Mansfield also tells Miss Cobb about his involvement with Waylon Jennings and Jesse Colter during the Outlaw Country music era. They also discuss his new book, Between Wyomings where Mansfield retraces the spiritual journey he traveled throughout most of his adult life.

By relating little known rock history facts and trivia and answering questions about transcendental meditation and Christianity, this interview with Ken Mansfield reveals many of the varied experiences and talents of the legendary rock and roll record producer.

Between Wyomings By Ken Mansfield

By Betsy Thorpe

“The good thing about our past is that is passed”.
Ken Mansfield

From Andy Williams to Yoko Ono, Between Wyomings, My God and an iPod on the Open Road begins by naming many of the Stars that populated Ken Mansfield’s personal and professional universe for more than 30 years.

On January 5 1965, at the age of 27, Ken Mansfield went to work for Capitol Records where he would soon become responsible for the recording careers of The Beatles, The Band, the Beach Boys, Bobbie Gentry, Glen Campbell and many other musical icons of the era. In 1968, the Beatles designated Mansfield the U.S. Manager of Apple Records. As a member of the Beatles inner-circle Ken Mansfield was on the roof-top of Apple Records when the band gave their final live performance on January 30, 1969. Soon after the break-up of the Beatles Mansfield became president of Barnaby Records a label owned by Andy Williams. After leaving the label in 1973 he set up his own company, Hometown Productions. Working with country artists like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Jessie Colter, Mansfield helped establish and promote the brand of music known as Outlaw Country.

For almost twenty years Ken Mansfield lived a rock and roll life full of glamour and excessive living. But by the time he moved to Nashville in 1984 he was financially destitute and broken spiritually. A few years later he made the personal acquaintance of Jesus Christ and Ken Mansfield and his life started to change.

Today Ken Mansfield is an ordained minister. He has touched the lives of people throughout the United States on what he calls his “Magical Ministry Tour,” by offering a message full of forgiveness, hope and salvation.

In his third book, Between Wyomings, Ken Mansfield reveals the story he discovered after he allowed his mind to explore and revisit the highways and by-ways he followed throughout his life’s journey. “Like a Christian on acid,” in a van named Moses, Mansfield takes the reader on a trip that is “factual invention,” a spiritual quest, and rock and roll history.

Ken Mansfield is also the author of The Beatles, The Bible and Bodega Bay, and of The White Book.

Fanfare, 1970’s

Paul and Linda McCartney in Nashville, 1974
Photo By Skip Comer

The following article is presented courtesy of the Country Music Association

The first Fan Fair, held April 12-15, 1972, at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium, hosted some of Country Music’s most noted artists who performed more than 20 hours of live entertainment. Featured artists included Roy Acuff, Loretta Lynn, Tom T. Hall, Freddie Hart, Nat Stuckey, Billy “Crash” Craddock, Ernest Tubb, Del Wood, Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper and Pee Wee King, among others. Approximately 5,000 people attended the first Fan Fair. With more than 100 exhibit booths, fans could indulge in picture taking and autograph sessions with the artists. The Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang of Odessa, Texas, served up their “Texas Menu” of barbecue, beans, slaw, onions, pickles, bread and beverages.

The first Fan Fair was scarcely started before fans and artists began inquiring about the date for the next year. Fan Fair 1973 was moved to June, a peak travel month, which provided better weather conditions than April. Just over 10,000 fans – twice as many as the first year – attended.

Fans in attendance at Fan Fair 1974 witnessed Country Music history as Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton performed as a duo for what would be the last time in more than a decade. The festivities were also highlighted by an unexpected visit by former Beatle and Country Music fan Paul McCartney, a visit that would spark a tradition of cross-genre artist appearances at the festival.