A Campfire From 1974
by Tim Stuart
How about this for a find? Digging through a box of old cassette tapes several years ago yielded one labeled “Final Campfire, 1974”, offering 30 minutes of music. Because of rain, this one was held inside — and I think it was the last event held in the old gymnasium before it was torn down. The MC, as usual, was Hank Lewis, and the evening featured several acts, most of them offering reprises of earlier performances.
For you history buffs, this was recorded on August 9th, 1974, shortly after President Nixon announced his resignation. I was a young JC at the time. (In fact, I turned 16 the next day). We were finishing up our kitchen responsibilities and Bill had set up a small TV ( something we hadn’t seen all summer) to let us watch a bit of history. We had to hustle to get ready for that evening’s festivities.
Oddly, the individual cabins are underrepresented here. I don’t think I started recording until the Campfire was well underway, which would account for that.
Listen to the full recording:
Listen to Individual Songs
- Sunshine / Lookin’ Out My Backdoor — Charlie Jones
- Hey Lawdy, Lawdy, Lawdy — The Horny Toads
- The Night They Drove Ol’ 13 Down — The JCs
- So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You — The Horny Toads
- Jambalaya — The Ragin’ Cajuns
- The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You — The Texans
- I Get Around — The JCs
- Flea-Stah (A Cajun Chant) — Larry King
- 1, 2, 3, 4 — Cabin 11
- Scrubbin’ On the Dishes — The JCs
- Butter Beans — Old Time Counselors
- Taps (Day Is Done) — Led by Hank Lewis