DAY 086 Chuck Tippit photographed exclusively for the 100 Men Hall People Project (100MHPP).
My daddy owned a music store in New Orleans – Tippit’s Music at 305 N. Carrollton and in Gulfport. I’ve known about the Hall since the early 70s, maybe before then, but the first time I played here was the early 70s. I played the Hall with Guitar Bo and Ms. Dee. I played here with Southwind and later I played with Jesse Loya. I played with JB and the Phaze. One time, I got here early to set up to play and this guy asked isn’t JB playing tonight? And I said I think so, and he said well isn’t that a Black band and I said yeah but tonight it’s Phaze Light. Back then country music ruled and you had to play country 80% of the time, but here we’d play the blues, which was great because we were rock and rollers. I grew up listening to the blues with my brothers and I’ve always enjoyed it. I’ve been here off and on with several different bands. This was a multipurpose hall with bingo, church socials, and a lot of dances. In the 70s, there was a mix of Black and white people. Last time I played the Hall was six years ago on New Year’s Eve, Bo and Dee were playing and Jesse got up there with us.
(Photo by: Gus Bennett | The 100 Men Hall People Project)
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