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
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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

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Dewey President Williams

Born: Mar. 5, 1898  Ozark, AL

Died: Nov. 11, 1995

Sacred Harp Vocals Wiregrass Singers

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

1983 NEA National Heritage Fellow

Dewey President Williams was born March 6, 1898, in the Haw Ridge community, seven miles west of Ozark, in Dale County, Alabama. His parents, June and Anna (Bruner) Williams, were sharecroppers in Haw Ridge. His grandparents had been slaves in Barbour County, Alabama, before the Civil War.

As a child, Williams was instructed in the singing of Sacred Harp or shape-note hymns by his grandmother in the kitchen of her house. "I started when I was about seven years old," Williams said. "When I first started off, I'd hear my old folks singing at night, and I'd get up the next morning; me and my brother would set in the kitchen and take the book and look at it and sing the same songs they sung. We didn't know what we was doing, but we knew it was singing."

Williams attended public schools in Dale County through the third grade, but was forced to leave to join his father as a sharecropper. As he grew up, he learned more about the Sacred Harp and Seven Shaped Music from local music leaders, notably Webster Woods and Judge Jackson, two black singing school masters. Judge Jackson was the author and editor of The Colored Sacred Harp (1931), the only black Sacred Harp hymnal ever published.

The term "shape-note" refers to the four shapes (triangle, square, oval, diamond) used to designate the four tones of the scale (bass, alto, tenor, and treble) used in Sacred Harp arrangements. Sacred Harp is performed in unaccompanied four-part harmony, with the singing of the notes preceding the lyrics. Sacred Harp takes its name from the songbook The Sacred Harp, first published in 1844. Thirty-eight different shape-note tune books were published between 1798 and 1855, but The Sacred Harp is the only one that remains in common use. The songbooks were originally used in singing schools and were eventually used at singing conventions. They were never used historically as part of the liturgy of an established church. First developed in New England, Sacred Harp or shape-note singing is immensely popular in the Deep South. Southeast Alabama is the only area in the country where there is a vibrant black Sacred Harp tradition. Documentation dates the earliest black convention to 1880, and there is evidence that Sacred Harp was sung by African Americans before the Civil War.

During a typical sing, participants arrange themselves in a square according to voice part, the basses facing the trebles and the tenors facing the altos. A song leader stands in the middle of the square leading the singers, first through the notes to the songs and then through the lyrics, a practice emanating from the traditional singing school classes, where singers are taught the notes (musical syllables) and then the words.

Although African Americans sing essentially the same hymns as their Anglo counterparts, they perform in a somewhat different style. About these differences, Williams said, "White folks sing it faster than we do, as a rule. Singing is the understanding, but really and truly, we sing the way it was sung back ... years ago."

In 1921, Williams married Alice Nancy Casey in Ozark, Alabama; the couple had eight children. Williams continued to labor as a sharecropper and maintained a strong Christian faith. He was a member and deacon of the Church of God by Faith in Ozark. At age 40, Williams began to teach singing school himself, and over the next 25 years he traveled throughout southeast Alabama to instruct people in African American communities.

In 1956, he developed a Sunday morning singing program that aired weekly over radio station WOZK. In 1964, he began producing and directing a monthly television program dedicated to the celebration of Sacred Harp singing for television station WTVY, in nearby Dothan, Alabama.

After he retired from farming, Williams devoted himself full-time to teaching and performing Sacred Harp music. He organized the Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers in 1971, and directed the group in performances and workshops throughout Alabama, as well as in touring programs in Washington, D.C.; Montreal, Canada; and Berea, Kentucky. In 1973, he worked with the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Humanities to reprint The Colored Sacred Harp. Williams was able to key and sing every part of every one of the more than 500 songs in The Sacred Harp, in addition to the 77 songs in The Colored Sacred Harp.


Photo credit: Peggy A. Bulger
Photo source: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,

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Video: Dewey Williams Heritage Award Winner Leads Amazing Grace