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Montrose Voice, No. 84, June 4, 1982 - File 019. 1982-06-04. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 26, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/3221/show/3214.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 84, June 4, 1982
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date June 4, 1982
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 019
Transcript 18 Montrose Voice / June 4,1982 Montrose Live Tommy Williams and keyboard charisma By Billie Duncan He is listed as Tom Williams in entertainment schedules and in the Keyboard ads, but everyone who knows him, knows him as "Tommy." And Tommy he should be, because he is the sort of person that no matter how old he gets he will probably be described as "boyish." But that "boy" can play piano. He comes from a musical family, with Mom and Dad both playing several instruments. So there was always music around the house. "They always let us kids play along whether we knew what we were doing or not," said Tommy. Sometimes Tommy would strum on a little ukulele, which was probably not much in tune, and certainly not chorded properly if at all. But joining in was the important part, and everyone in the family joined in. When he was five, he started figuring out chords on the piano as his dad played the fiddle. When he was 11, he started taking piano lessons, but they only lasted for two years. "My Piano teacher got pissed off at me 'cause he'd play the music and then I'd play it by ear." But he picked up enough to be able to figure out sheet music and charts. Still, his strongest point is his ear. Tommy can listen to a person singing a song he has never heard before and start playing it before the person has finished. He can also transpose most songs instantaneously. However, it was a long trip from the family piano in Rockford, Illinois to the smokey reaches of the Keyboard on the edge of Montrose. One of the biggest chunks of time between was spent in the Air Force to which Tommy gave four years. He got in on the tag end of the Viet Nam War and saw combat at Camrah Bay where he was a security guard. The first eight months he was stationed there, no enemy fire was received, but the last two months the base was shelled several times. Strangely enough. Tommy was never frightened during those attacks. "I was concerned and aware of what could happen, but I've always been a brave little fucker." There are different kinds of fear, though, and Tommy, like many other fine performers, suffers from stage fright. Catch that, the man faced death from rocket fire in Viet Nam without blinking, but he gets nervous when getting up in front of people to play the piano— something he has done for years. In particular, he gets jitters when he has to sing solo, but he is doing more and more solo singing at the Keyboard at the insistence of an appreciative audience. "I'm getting more nervey about doing it. I'm more relaxed." One thing with which any piano player in a piano bar has to cope with is the person who gets up to sing—and can't. Usually these people do not even realize how awful they are. But the piano player catches on pretty quickly. Tommy does his best to follow anyone, sometimes even changing keys several times per song in order to keep up with the wandering warblings of some would-be caruso. "At times I'm amused by it," Tommy admitted, "depends on if I've had a drink or two." When it is really bad Tommy feels that "it's kinda an insult to the people in the audience for someone to get up like that." Then he added, "But that's part of what this bar is about—giving people a chance." And the chances usually pay off, with some very talented people coming into the bar on a regular basis to take advantage of being able to work out new material, pro mote themselves in other endeavors (mostly theater and opera), or just to keep the old golden vocals from getting rusty from lack of use. Tommy's abilities as an accompanist are appreciated by many singers who come in at least once a week in order to take advantage of his talents by joining in with his music. They include (yours truly) Tommy Williams, playing, with the Keyboard's Bill Yon looking over Nightclub Entertainment This Week In Montrose (Friday, June 4. through Thursday. June 10) ■ PIANO Lota Yvonne 9pm nightly (except Sunday and Monday) at Rascals. 2702 Kirby. 524-6272. Jim Cater 8:30pm Friday; Bill Hudson 8:30pm Saturday; Greg Davis 5pm Saturday and 830pm Sunday: Tom Williams 5pm Sunday and 8:30pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: and Virgil Dixon 5pm weekdays at Keyboard. 3012 Milam. 528-6988 Richard Asfcln and Dana Rogers 10pm nightly (except Monday and Tuesday) at the Copa (piano bar), 2631 Richmond, 528-2259 Ruth Hastings 9pm nightly (except Sunday and Monday); Llonshara 9pm Sunday and Monday at Baja's. 402 Lovett, 527-9866 Lte LeForge 8:30pm nightly (except Sunday) with Vlkke Ford Friday and Alexandra Haas Wednesday at Arno's, 4002 Montrose, 528-2993. Teresa Mauney 9pm nightly (except Sunday and Monday) and Austin Mann noon Sunday at Bacchus, 523 Lovett. 523-3396 ■ ORGAN Ktokl Kona 5pm Friday and Saturday, 3pm Sunday and 5pm Wednesday and Thursday at the Hole. 109 Tuam, 528-9066. ■ COUNTRY ft COUNTRY/ROCK Bob Williams and tha Trail Rldars 9pm Friday, Satur day and Thursday at Happy Trails, 715 Fairview. 521- 2792, and 9pm Wednesday at E/J's. 1213 Westheimer. 527-9071. Ab I tha Rebel Outlaws 930pm Friday and Saturday and 8:30pm Thursday at the Exile. 1011 Bell, 659- 0453; and 8:30pm Sunday at Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos. 526-9192. Flying Blind Band nightly (except Monday and Tuesday) at Miss Charlotte's. 911 Drew, 528-8840. Mustang Band 9:30pm Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday at Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos, 528-9192; and with the Montrose Cloggara 9pm Tuedsday at Numbers 2, 300 Westheimer, 526-6551 ■ GUITAR "L" 9pm Friday and Irish Folk 9pm Wednesday at the Parlour, 2402 Mandell. 529-8069. Susan Christian 5pm Friday: Lyra/Kal Graham ft Linda Aum Rhyme 5pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; and Rawslyn Ruttfn 5pm Tuesday at Kindred Spirits. 5245 Buffalo Speedway, 665-9756 ■ SHOW GROUPS Dixie Kings 4pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at Happy Trails, 715 Fairview, 521-2792. Dynasty 9pm Friday and Saturday and 6pm Sunday at Just Marion & Lynn's, 817 Fairview, 528-9110 Mate Harl 9pm Friday and Saturday at Lampost. 2417 Times Blvd., 528-8921. John Day ft Co. Bpm Sunday at E/J's. 1213 Richmond. 527-9071. ■ JAZZ Robert Ceballos Group 9pm Sunday and with Jimmy Ford 9pm Friday. Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday at Las Brlsas. 614 W. Gray, 528-9959. Paul English 4pm daily (except weekends) at Arno's, 4002 Montrose. 528-2993. Kirk Whalum nightly (except Sunday) at Cody's, 3400 Montrose. 522-9747. Rumors 9:30pm nightly (except Sunday and Monday); and Mickey Mosley Band 9:30pm Sunday and Monday at Birdwatchers. 907 Westheimer. 527-0595. ■ NU WAVE Rlc Tangle and the Ones 10:30pm Friday; the Assassins and the Broadcasters 10 30pm Saturday; Really Red and other bands 4pm Sunday; and the Explosives 10:30pm Thursday at Omni. 1540 Westheimer, 528-4230 The Rockets and the Teddy Boys 10pm Thursday at Numbers 2, 300 Westheimer, 526-6556 ■ IMPRESSIONISTS Tiffany Jones. Donna Day, Naomi Sims & Hot Chocolate Sunday evening at the Copa, 2631 Richmond, 528-2259 Little Bobby, Jerry Harper, Tracey and guest Sunday evening at Exile, 1011 Bell, 659-0453. "Playgirl Follies" with Laura Lee Love, Lana Kane. Eydle Mae and guest 10:30pm Saturday at Pink Elephant. 1218 Leeland, 659-0040 ■ MISCELLANEOUS Talent shows Tuesday evening at the Copa, 2631 Richmond. 528-2259; Wednesday evening at Midnite Sun, 534 Westheimer. 526-7519; and Thursday evening at Twins, 535 Westheimer. 520-0244,
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