Steven C. Barr(x) wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "phillip holmes" <[log in to unmask]>
>> I didn't say I don't have several ZZ Top albums myself and the George
>> Jones Box Set. Just talking about truck stops. You ain't lived till
>> you had a truck stop chicken fried steak at 3 AM and bought a greatest
>> hits collection at the counter.
> I have the ZZ Top discs (or did...LONG story...!); however, I can speak
> with some authority on "truck stops!" I went to high school in McLean,
> Ill's., site of the (evidently) no-longer-extant Dixie Truckers' Home
> from the twenties onward! "The Dixie" was our regular hangout as teens
> (and onward...). The original "Dixie" burnt down...IIRC in the sixties...
> and was replaced by a larger, newer "Dixie" withing a couple of months.
> In fact, my first wife was a waitress as the joint...and I regularly
> picked her up at the end of her shift and gave her a ride to her house
> (out on a farm...) so I spent many, many hours in that truck stop!
> I also used to stop at truck stops when travelling...the food was always
> more than ample, affordable and usually quite edible!
> And, yes, most of them sold cassettes (and 8-tracks back in that era...),
> the legality of whose origins were probably dubious at best. Wonder how/why
> RIAA missed that...?!
> Steven C. Barr
I'm relating something I heard third-hand but I recall being told that those
illegal 8-tracks and cassettes were made in a state with looser copyright laws
than some (Tennessee?) and that the company in question held payment in escrow
for the artists. If they'd ever collected said royalties, that would have
legitamized their issue. As I say, I have no idea if any of this makes sense
or if it's true.