Basically a small bar located in an apartment complex at 4949 S. Yorktown facing I-44. It featured groups like "Everclear" (Rance Wasson and Jim Munson) Johnnie Johnson's group and "Sons of the Boutineers" (bluegrass.) It wore out its welcome with the complex management after a couple of years due to overcrowding of the tenants' parking lot and reverted back to being a beer bar.
Located on the southwest corner of 26th and Harvard in a block of buildings since torn down to make way for Braum's Ice Cream store. It was originally a pizza place and then became Genos for awhile. Bob Andersons group held forth here for a few years before he opened his highly successful "Speakeasy" club. My bluegrass band, "Stoney Creek" also did a stint there around 72.
Another successful Bob Anderson creation located in the shopping center on the northwest corner of 51st. and Sheridan (5018 S. Sheridan). The second one, a few years later, was in a strip center on the northwest corner of Lewis and 61 St. Both places featured Bobs group with some occasion fill-ins.
Basically the last of the coffee house concept places, even though it featured mixed drinks, jazz, folk and Rock. Emily Smith (Big Emily) was one of the backers. Performers ran the gamut from Chet Baker to Vince Gill who performed there as a teenager with a bluegrass group from Oklahoma City called Mountain Smoke.
The Open Door Coffee House, late 1970s by Rickey Ray
Tulsa/OKC TV coffee coda
A commercial filmed for OKC-based Cain's in the early 70s was set in a nightclub, where a confident Vic Damone/Tony Bennett-type singer strolled among the tables as he performed this lush ballad:
In the final shot, the camera changed focus to follow the gaze of the now thoughtful-appearing entertainer in the background (his hand mike at rest) to a steaming cup of Cain's coffee resting on a stool in the foreground.
Lacking access to the original, the webmaster vocally "rendered" the tune from memory in one take, a cappella, on a WAV file for this site. David Bagsby picked it up, retrofitted it with a supportive piano part, and added it to his "Tulsa Project" CD, "Led Zebblin: Outhouses of the Holy".
Here, as an accompaniment to your own coffee-swigging, is our version of the Cain's Coffee ballad on MP3.
Thanks to Wayne McCombs for the clip, titled "Hud Drinks Mud". Wayne says: "Back in the old days of local TV, the stations would sign off the air about 1:30 or 2:00 am. Sometimes after sign-off, the late shift staff would be working on production for commercials or station promotional announcements. Well, one night in 1974 at Channel 2, John Hudson did his version of the Cain's coffee commercial.
"The spot was recorded on the set of the Joe Krieger fishing show in the Channel 2 studios. Note the pants John was wearing."
|Or how about a cup of Griffin's Coffee, with "winey, rich quality and penetrating, full-bodied goodness"? Here is an early, filmed TV ad for Muskogee-based Griffin's Foods. Pay no attention to the 9-foot alien at the end of the clip. From the "8's The Place" page, courtesy of Mike Bruchas. (Download free RealPlayer software if needed.)|
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