Thursday, January 25, 2007

Messick High School

Here's a picture of Messick High School in Memphis, Tennessee.


Name three famous Memphis musicians who are Messick alumni.


Reggie Young, Steve Cropper, and Duck Dunn. . .

I wish I'd gone to school there.     :)


  1. Anonymous11:33 AM

    Hey, don't forget 2 time Marconi award-winner Gary Burbank!

  2. Frank -- thanks for your post.

  3. Anonymous2:05 PM

    Another one I don't see mentioned is Jimi Jamison - of Target fame initially then as lead singer for Survivor.

  4. Thanks for the note about Jimi Jamison!

  5. Anonymous1:24 AM

    AND...Ed Bruce..class of '57 of Maverick fame and "Momma don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys..."

  6. Anonymous5:02 PM

    ...and WHBQ disc jockies Tad Griffin and Mason Dixon.

  7. Anonymous12:31 AM

    I am writing the History of Messick, would like a couple of pages about these singers and photos for the book. Can you help out?

    Jane Howles Hooker, 56

  8. Hi Jane! A book sounds great! I could help you find info on the internet. If you use someone's pictures I believe you'd need to ask permission. You can right click on any picture you find and save the image and this can go right into your book if you're writing it on a computer. I'm no expert at this but it could be done. Let me know what I can do.

  9. Anonymous1:59 PM

    Reid McCoy was the best trumpet player, drum major and his professional music career has been outstanding.

  10. Anonymous1:06 PM

    How asbout Sidney Manker--He co-wrote RAUNCHY with Bill Justice.

  11. Anonymous11:32 PM

    And the incredible ever under the radar Roy Howell, Class of '71. Played with The Tribesmen in high school.

  12. Let's don't forget about the world famous Gary Talley (class of 65). This guy was lead guitar for the Boxtops, then went on to a successful career as a studio musician in Nashville for the likes of Willie Nelson, Pam Tillis, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Pat Boone, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Dobie Gray, Freda Payne, Billy Joe Royal, and the Beatles (nah, I lied about that last one, but all the others are FACT). He even toured with Sam Moore (Sam & Dave) and became the new "Dave" for a few years.
    Gary is a successful Guitar teacher, and has produced mutimedia DVDs to teach aspiring guitarists and song writers for tomorrow. He's an award-sinning songwriter himself. He's a funny guy, as well as a musical talent. He's been my buddy since first grade at Sherwood, and I am proud to call him friend.

  13. Thanks Lon. Makes you wonder what was in the water at Messick. So many musical greats...

  14. Anonymous6:14 PM

    also Sherman Guy of the Barkays attended in the 1970's.

  15. Anonymous4:43 PM

    Bill Cunningham '68 keyboard for Boxtops