Saturday, June 6, 2009

Hap Pebbles Remembered

Hap Peebles was a concert booking agent and promoter who put on concerts in about ten upper Midwest states. His headquarters was in Wichita, Kansas. His biggest specialty was country music. Country music biographies and documentaries have mentioned him often with the highest praise, saying that signed contracts were unnecessary as his word was good and that if he said he would do something he would plus more.

A local friend, Carl "Crazy Legs" Palmer brought over a couple of plaques that were given to Hap, one an appreciation from radio station KFDI in Wichita and one from the Jaycees in Topeka for his emergency relief fundraising immediately after the devastating tornado on June 8, 1966, that practically cut the city in half.

At the recent Ponderosa Stomp festival in Memphis, Tennessee, Sun Records rockabilly legend Sonny Burgess asked where I was from. As soon as I told him he immediately said Hap Pebbles booked their shows in this area in the 1950s and 1960s and that he was a good person to work for. Another testament to his good reputation.

Peebles died in 1993.

Please take a look at the photos of these plaques in my Flickr Photo Album entitled "Hap Peebles".