Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Birmingham Record Collectors Show Aug 18-20

33rd Annual BRC Record show will be August 18, 19 and 20th at the Gardendale Civic Center.  Dealers from all over will have records in all formats, CDs and memorabilia.  See flyer for more details.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

ARCA Record and CD Show March 3 and 4 2017

ARCA Record and CD Show will be held at the Bessemer Civic Center on March 3 & 4, 2017.

On Friday, the Early Bird session starts at 1 pm with an admission charge of $10. The $3 general admission hours on Friday are 4-9 pm and 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday.

Will this be your first visit to the show? If you have any questions or need advice, sent us an email at and we’ll be glad to help.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

August 15 and 15 Birmingham Record Collectors Record Show & Concert

The 31st Annual Birmingham Record Collectors Record show will be Saturday August 15 and Sunday August 16th 2015!  This don't miss event will be at the Gardendale Civic Center.

And, stick around after the show on Saturday for a concert by Muscle Shoals legends Travis Wammack, Donnie Fritts, Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn.   Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 205-821-5166

The Civic Center is located at 857 Main Street, Gardendale AL 35071

Monday, February 23, 2015




The Original Birmingham Area Show!
(Since 1982)

Friday, March 6, 2015
4:00 pm ‘til 9:00 pm
(Early Birds: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm - $10)

Saturday, March 7, 2015
9:00 am ‘til 5:00 pm
(Special guests to be announced)

Bessemer Civic Center
East Meeting Room
Bessemer, AL

Take exit #108 off of I 59 in Bessemer, turn left on US 11

Admission: $3.00
(Kids Under 12 – Free) 
Special 2-day Admission - $5.00
More info:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Travis Wammack and the Snakeman Band December 6 in Gardendale

Thanks to the great folks at Birmingham Record Collectors Travis Wammack and the Snakeman Band will be at the Gardendale Civic Center on Saturday December 6th. Gardendale is just north of Birmingham.  Tickets are going fast, to get yours contact Don Campbell at 205-837-0596.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Birmingham Record Show August 16 & 17!

The South's Largest Show featuring records and CDs of every genre, every decade!  Presented by the Birmingham Record Collectors.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Soul Singer Johnny Williams

Born: Jan. 15, 1942 Tyler, AL
Jazz, R&B Vocals
Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Biography by Ed Hogan
Hard-singing soul/blues singer Johnny Williams' biggest hit was "Slow Motion, Pt.1," a 1972 Top Ten R&B single for Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records. He also recorded sides for Epic and Chicago Soul producer Carl Davis' Dakar subsidiary, Bashie.
Born Johnny Lee Williams on January 15, 1942, in Tyler, AL, he moved to Chicago in 1956 and attended DuSable High School on the city's south side. He honed his vocal skills by singing in church and in the Royal Jubilees, a gospel quartet. Switching to secular music, Williams was managed by Pervis Spann ("The Blues Man") and E. Rodney Jones, announcers at legendary R&B radio station WVON 1450 AM. The singer began writing songs, with one, "My Baby's Good" b/w an ode to the dance craze "Philly Dog," being issued by local label Chess Records in 1966.
Conquer The World: The Lost Soul Of Philadelphia International RecordsThree years later, Williams signed with Dakar Records owned by producer Carl Davis (Gene Chandler, Chi-Lites, Jackie Wilson). The first single, "I Made a Mistake," was co-written by Williams, Willie Henderson, and Lee Simmons; on the flip side was "Baby Be Mine." Other songs Williams co-wrote included "Teach Me How," "Being Wanted, Needed and Loved," "Let's All Participate," "Nona Baby," "I Need Your Love," "Singing to the Starlight," and "When the Pumpkin's Turning Yellow."
In the early '70s, Williams moved to Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records. The single, "Slow Motion, Pt.1," written by Gamble & Huff, b/w "Shall We Gather by the Water," written by Phil Hurtt and Bunny Sigler, hit number 12 R&B on Billboard's charts in fall 1972. Another Gamble & Huff song, "It's So Wonderful" b/w "Love Don't Rub Off," was a PIR single. Other singles by Williams include "I'd Like to Be With You" on Cub, "Women" on Twinight, and "Don't Call for Me," "He Will Break Your Heart," and "Sweet Memories" on Epic.
Johnny Williams released some truly great soul songs but has not gotten the recognition he deserves.  He passed away in 1986 and is often confused with Johnny Lee Williams of Mobile, AL who sang with the Drifters, as well as other musicians named Johnny Williams.

More info:
Video: Johnny Williams - Slow Motion, Part 1 (1972)
Allmusic credits:


johnny williams albums
Amazon: It's So Wonderful and Slow Motion (Part 1) (Previously released material) and Just A Little Misunderstanding and Your Love Controls My World
iTunes: Slow Motion, Pt. 1 - The Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and the Story of Brotherly Love and It's So Wonderful - Conquer the World: The Lost Soul of Philadelphia International Records