Monday, January 23, 2017

Colonial Gardens Renovation

Memories from the south end . Thanks to Mike Gossett formerly of the Bitter Seeds ( find more about them in an earlier blog post )
$5M PLAN FOR HISTORIC COLONIAL GARDENS FILED Monday Jan 23 2017 
Developer has plans for food and entertainment
SHELDON S. SHAFER
@SHELDONSHAFER
The long-awaited plan to redevelop the historic Colonial Gardens site in southern Louisville across from Iroquois Park took a step forward Thursday when investors filed a $5 million plan to rebuild the site.
The developer, Underhill Associates, filed a plan with the Metro Department of Planning & Design Services that calls for renovation of the Colonial Gardens structure, which has 7,000 square feet of space. Also planned are two new one-level buildings with a shared patio and garden area.
After years of neglect, the property was purchased by Metro Louisville in 2013 for $430,000. The following year, the city approved a deal for the Underhill partnership to develop the property with commercial uses. The site is at Kenwood Avenue and New Cut Road.
The site dates to 1902 as SenningsPark and was the home of the first zoo in the city in 1920. The park closed in 1939. The site was then developed as the Colonial Gardens restaurant, and during the 1940s and ‘50s, many wellknown bands and performers appeared there, including Elvis Presley.
Jeff Underhill, a partner in Underhill Associates, said in an interview Thursday that the city still has title to the property. He said the Underhills intend to begin work on the redevelopment as soon as the site is vacated by the two remaining tenants — a tire business and a Little Caesar’s. At the latest, the pizza store’s lease expires Aug. 14 and won’t be extended, Underhill said.
Underhill expressed hope that the partners could have access to the property before then, though.
He said the Underhills envision three or four restaurants or other food-service-related tenants at the rebuilt Colonial Gardens. He said the intent is to offer space for events and entertainment and for the site to cater to people coming from and going to the Iroquois Amphitheater across the street. He said the renovation should take 12 to 18 months.
In a statement, Mayor Greg Fischer said the planned “redevelopment will establish Colonial Gardens as a key anchor to South Louisville and Iroquois Park once again.”
In statements issued by their offices, Metro Council President David Yates, D-25th District, said that the historic site had sat vacant for too long, and he touted the expected eco-
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Colonial Gardens was built in 1902 at New Cut Road and Kenwod Drive.
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Proposed design for a remodeled Colonial Gardens site.
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nomic impact the redevelopment will have.
And Dan Johnson, D-21st, who represents part of South Louisville, said, “ When it opens, Colonial Gardens will not only restore a historic piece of the neighborhood, it could be the economic spark I have long advocated for in this area.”
In an effort to stabilize the two-story historic portion of Colonial Gardens, three deteriorated northern additions of the building were recently removed by the city. Inspections determined that the additions were in danger of collapse. The agreement between the city and the Underhills calls fordevelopment of at least 16,000 square feet of new retail, restaurant and commercial outlets on the property.
Colonial Gardens has been closed and empty for a decade, and it was listed in 2012 as one of the 10 most endangered historic places in Louisville by Preservation Louisville.
According to documents filed with metro regulators on Thursday, the several restaurants will be “gathered around a common outdoor courtyard space with parking located along the rear of the site.”
The developers said the two proposed sister buildings will “contribute to the spirit” of the site.
Reporter Sheldon S. Shafer can be reached at 502-582-7089, or via email at sshafer@courier-journal. com.
Proposed design for the remodeled Colonial Gardens.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

RIP Hardy Martin July 17 1936-May 1,2016

From the Courier Journal
MARTIN, HARDISON GEORGE SR.,
79, of Louisville, KY went to be with his Lord peacefully on May 1,2016. He was born on July 17, 1936, in Louisville, KY and resided in Jeffersontown,KY. Hardy loved the Lord and loved his family and was always smiling and never knew a stranger. With a positive attitude Hardy was a friend to all and was motivated by helping others. Hardy loved and lived life to the fullest until his Lord took him home.
Many of Hardy’s accomplishments included Eagle Scout Award, 1952; Raced for the Ford Team; Attended and played football at University of Kentucky; Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1955; Past guitar player for the following Bands: Black Mountain Boys, Carnations & Trendells; Performed two years on the Dick Clark Tour; Formed SAMBO (Sanders Allen Martin Booking Agency); Formed Allen-Martin Recording Studio & Productions Company; Co-founder of Triangle Talent, Jefferson Audio & Video Systems and Lewellyn Martin, Inc; Founded numerous record labels including Tilt and Jam Records; American Federation of Musicians Member; Co-Founder/President IED (Innovative Electronic Designs); Co-invented and patented programmable Low Impedance Digital Attenuator 1982; Co-invented and patented Multiple Input Audio Program System 1982; Ran audio & video for the Kentucky Colonels basketball games; Co-invented and patented Sound Mixer Devices 1983; Invented and patented Balance Amplifier Device 1986; Accomplished Pilot; Active Church Member at Beargrass Christian Church for over 30 years; Participated in the Big Brother Big Sister Program; Avid Senior Softball Player for the Louisville Thunder; A Member of the K-Club at University of Kentucky; Inducted into the Southern High School Hall of Fame in 2010 (member of the Class ’54).
Preceded in death by his parents, Oliver Hardison & Dorothy Martin; daughters, Sarah Martin and Betty Jo Davidson; sons, Hardison George “Pewee” Martin Jr., and Robert Wayne Martin; and Son-in-Law, Jeff Davidson.
He leaves behind a loving wife of 43 years, Wanda Martin; brother, Charles Martin (Susie); daughter, Kim Martin Braun; sons, Kevin (Maria) and David Martin (Lisa); grandchildren, Jesse Davidson (Renee), Jennifer Martin Wilson (Kevin), Michael Braun (Larissa), and Josh Braun (Macee)and Amber Denman; great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Kayleigh, Brady, Tyla, Bradley, Jaxon, Tessa, Colin, and Nolan; a nephew and many nieces.
Visitation will be Wednesday at Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Rd, from 12:00pm-8:00pm and Thursday from 10:00am until 1:00pm. Funeral service will also take place at Beargrass Christian Church on Thursday at 1:00pm. Entombment will be at Evergreen
service.
In lieu of the customary forms of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made in Hardy’s name to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. (In memory of his daughter, Betty Jo Davidson.) All floral deliveries need to be directed to Beargrass Christian Church.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Seeing The Beatles In Indianapolis September 3 1964

The Beatles In Indianapolis September 3 1964



I had the opportunity to see the Beatles at the outdoor show at the old fairgrounds dirt track . I rode the Greyhound Bus from Louisville and stayed with a cousin of Doris Kaufman (one of my Louisville friends ) . Tickets were $3 ( I was making  75 cents and hour ) my Indianapolis friend was able to snag 2 tickets 




 I will include information from the Indianapolis paper , interview information below and also video clips from the Indianapolis TV station 
The Beatles had done an afternoon show indoors . video here    because of demand a second show was added and because indoor auditorium was booked took place at the dirt racing track . The opening act for the Beatles was The Exciters .
Before the Beatles came out we talked with two women who were sitting in front of us who were a little older than my 19 years . But as soon as the cars pulled on the track carrying the Beatles these 2 ladies began screaming like the rest of the crowd . 
(The first show began at 6.21pm, and was watched by 12,413 fans. Afterwards they held a press conference, before returning to the stage for the second show. This time 16,924 were at the venue. The Beatles later said the fans' reception was "quite quiet" in comparison to the other dates on the tour.)
Video

"Fab Fair" - A Look Back at the Beatles 1964 Visit to the Indiana State Fair



Transcript of PRESS CONFERENCE Before Show .

The Beatles traveled from Philadelphia to Indianapolis, playing two shows on September 3rd at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. After a fun and entertaining chat with the press, and a quick meet-and-greet with a group of lucky locals, the Beatles took to the stage.

According to motor racing writer Bob Jennings who was one of the teenagers in attendence that day: "There was an afternoon show in the fairgrounds Coliseum before a packed house of something like 10,000 screaming fans. Ticket demand was so hot, an evening show was hastily scheduled in front of the grandstand on the one mile dirt race track because the Coliseum was already booked for another State Fair event. I was able to get tickets to the evening show... a couple hundred yards from the stage. There was an electricity that's hard to describe... about the only thing I can compare it to is the start of the Indianapolis 500."

Ringo Starr would later remember in his 1982 radio program 'Ringo's Yellow Submarine,' "A fond memory was in Indianapolis. When you're touring you can't sleep normal and you don't eat. I think that's what drives us all crazy when we're touring. You don't know where your head is after a long tour. So I was wandering around the hotel 'round about 4 one morning in Indianapolis, and I met these two policeman who had a police car outside. So I said, 'Ahh, just nothing to do and I can't sleep.' And they said, 'Well, let's go for a ride.' So, they let me drive the car which was great. Then we went screaming all over the city and it got so crazy that we were being chased by another cop car. (laughs) We had to pull into this alley and turn the lights off and all hide in this police car -- me and two big cops are all hiding in a police car in Indianapolis. And this other cop car goes past us... and then the guys say 'Well, we got out of that so what else are we gonna do?' But it was fun... in a police car hiding from the police. I think they thought someone just stole it. (laughs) Probably my driving on the wrong side of the road."

Following their two performances that day in Indianapolis, the Beatles departed for Milwaukee Wisconsin, the next stop along their frantically-paced 1964 North American Tour. 

                                          - Jay Spangler, www.beatlesinterviews.org



Q: "Where do you gentlemen stand as far as the draft is concerned in England?"

JOHN: "About five eleven."
(laughter)
RINGO: "It comes from that door over there."
JOHN: "Oh, you mean the Army. We all miss it. And if we didn't, we'd all hide in the south of Ireland."
Q: "How closely was your script of the movie, 'A Hard Day's Night' scripted? How much of it did you fellas ad-lib or wing?"
PAUL: (long pause) "Uhhhhhhhh..."
(laughter)
JOHN: "Most of it was script. You can tell the script bits. They're all sort of semi-Irish/Welsh things. Most of it was script. A lot was ad-libbed."
Q: "I'd like to direct this question to John and Paul. Out of all the compositions that you've written, which do you..."
JOHN: (anticipating the question) "We don't know."
PAUL: "Which is what?"
JOHN: "Which is your favorite."
Q: "Which is the best?"
JOHN: "'Land Of Hope And Glory' was one of my favorites."
(laughter)
Q: "Who decides who's going to sing the lead of a particular song you may do?"
JOHN: "It depends on alot of things. If I write.... If we write 'em together, he sings higher than me so basically I normally sing lead and he sings harmony. If I can't make it he sings on-tone."
(laughter)
Q: "Do you write alot of the songs in the hotel room?"
JOHN: "Well, yeah."
Q: "Ringo?"
RINGO: "Yes?"

Q: "It's rumored that you have written some things for symphony orchestras."
BEATLES: (laugh)
RINGO: "I don't even write letters."
(laughter)
Q: "As you're confined to your room all day, what do you do?"
GEORGE: "Oh! Tennis and waterpolo."
(laughter)
PAUL: "Football. Cricket."
RINGO: "We just sit 'round."
PAUL: "Sit 'round, read, tell jokes, play Monopoly."
RINGO: "Watch television."
PAUL: "Smoke."
JOHN: "Hide from the security. Things like that."
Q: "Does it get boring?"
RINGO: "No."
JOHN: "No, it's great."
Q: "If you could just walk down the street without anyone recognizing you, what would you like to do?"
JOHN: "Well, we used to do that with no money in our pockets, so there's no point in it. It's a dead loss."
(laughter)
Q: "Fellas, what's your opinion of the Animals, the group with the big song?"
BEATLES: "Great!"
PAUL: "Very good group. They're nice fellas, too."
Q: "Have you seen them before? Have you seen them perform?"
BEATLES: "Yeah."
GEORGE: "In England."
PAUL: "And they're nice fellas from Newcastle, you know."
RINGO: "Good lads."
Q: "Political question!"
PAUL: "Alright."
JOHN: "Great."
RINGO: "Get out!"
Q: "What's your favorite... Goldwater or Dowdy?"
JOHN: "MacMillan."
(laughter)
JOHN: "God save the queens."
Q: "John? Have you written a book?"
JOHN: "Yeah?"
BEATLES: (laugh)
RINGO: (chuckling about the reporter asking the question) "Who IS she?"
GEORGE: "Oh god."
JOHN: "Yes, I have!"
Q: "What is it called?"
JOHN: (pauses) "...Uhh, 'In His Own Write,' you see."
PAUL: "So he's gotta be deep. Something deep coming up any minute."
Q: "What's it about?"
JOHN: "Rubbish!"
(laughter)
JOHN: (half-jokingly) "You should buy it. That's the least you can do after saying that."
Q: (snide tone) "Why don't you send me an autographed copy?"
JOHN: "I can't be bothered."
Q: "Do you fellas have a favorite American singing group?"
PAUL: "...favoriteSSS."
JOHN: "We've got so many."
PAUL: "American colored groups."
GEORGE: "The Detroit sound. All of the people from Detroit we like."
JOHN: "Nearly all of them."
Q: "What do you think of our American group called the Beach Boys?"
GEORGE: "Great."
PAUL: "I like them very much, yeah. Very good harmonies."
JOHN: "We've never seen any of them Live, but they all make good records."
Q: "Ringo, what's your favorite color?"
RINGO: "Umm..."
Q: "They say all sorts of stuff. What is it really?"
JOHN: (to Ringo) "What do they say about you?"
RINGO: "I don't know what do they say about me?"
GEORGE: "What is it, Ringo??"
RINGO: "Black, I'll say! What's yours?"
(laughter)
Q: "What do you do with all the presents you get?"
JOHN: "What presents?"
(laughter)
RINGO: "We ship most off them back to England."
PAUL: "Well, any of the ones that we can't keep, or the ones that are impractical, like a fifty-foot cake that we could never eat."
JOHN: "We've never had a fifty-foot cake!!"
PAUL: "No, I'm exaggerating!!"
(laughter)
PAUL: "...a three-foot cake, you know. We give it to a charity or hospital or something."
Q: "Paul, what was your reaction to the movie (A Hard Day's Night) after you had seen it yourself?"
PAUL: "Umm, I don't know, you know. With us being in it, I just watched us all the time. So the first time I just didn't think anything. But after a bit I just thought we weren't very good, but that the director was very good. I think he's a very good director, but we weren't much good."
Q: "Do you think you will ever be invited behind the Iron Curtain?"
JOHN: "If they've got enough Rubles, or whatever they've got."
(laughter)
Q: "I understand they do not have an income tax."
JOHN: "Well, they've got no money, either."

(laughter)


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

RIP Bill Applegate , Trumpet in The Premiers and at Sambo Studios

Published in The Courier-Journal from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2014 

APPLEGATE, WILLIAM THOMAS,

passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2014 after an 11-month battle with
 pancreatic cancer. He was born July 16, 1943 to the late Emmett Russell Applegate and Margaret Virginia Carmody.
Bill was a proud 1961 graduate of Male High School and went on to graduate from the University of Louisville. Bill financed his college years playing in The Premiers, a 60s blues band, and as a studio musician for the old Sambo Recording Company. Bill joined the Kentucky Medical Association in 1968. He never forgot that his first day’s assignment as a new member of the staff was to clean up a large basement storage closet. He retired as executive vice president in 2007 after 39 ½ years of service. He helped in setting up Kentucky Physicians Care in 1984, a program in which Kentucky volunteer physicians, Kentucky hospitals and major pharmaceutical manufacturers provide free medical services to non-insured low income Kentuckians. The program continues today as Health Kentucky and has served thousands of Kentucky patients.

In 1991, Bill served as president of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), an international organization of meeting planners. He was the program chairman for the entire meeting in 1988. He received the Kentucky Medical Association Outstanding Lay Person Award in 2003 and received the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Medical Association in 2007.

Bill met the love of his life, Susan, on a blind date in 1972. They were married six months later and were never apart for over 41 years. They loved to travel and shared many beautiful experiences, visiting most of the United States and parts of Europe. They also loved to take sunny day drives in their ’91 Miata, find a back road not previously explored, and take it, with the attitude that all roads go somewhere; let’s take this one and see where it goes.

By far, Bill’s biggest thrill was not only the day his beautiful daughter Amanda was born, but also the day he so proudly guided her down the aisle to her waiting husband. He was a happy father of the bride.

In his youth, Bill was a good trumpet player; throughout his life, he was a pretty good handyman;
 in his retirement, he was a wannabe finish carpenter.

Left to cherish Bill’s memory are his wife, Susan; daughter Amanda Hess (Jeremy); sister, Pat Picheo (Lou); mother- and father-in-law, Claire and John Huneke; brothers-in-law, Bob Basler (Barbara), Dan Huneke (Lauren Theobald) and John Huneke (Ruth); sister-in-law, Belinda Peterson; many nieces, nephews, greatnieces and great-nephews.

Special thanks to Tascha, the best oncology nurse, for her compassionate care. Also thanks to Renato LaRocca, MD, Linnea, Deanna and all the others connected to the Norton Multidisciplinary Center for never letting us lose hope. Thank you to all the amazing nurse and aides who paths we crossed at Norton Suburban, Norton Downtown and Norton Brownsboro hospitals. You always kept dignity as your first priority and your care was impeccable. We love you all for your great skills.

There will be a private burial at Cave Hill. A celebration of Bill’s life/visitation will be held Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Big Spring CC from 1-6 p.m.Gather beginning at 1 p.m., ceremony at 2 p.m.

Blogger's Remarks :
I knew Bill at Gottschalk Junior High(1958) and at U of L (1962-63) in the band . Great person and a solid musician .

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Beggar With A Dream

I have a fondness for the doo wop music of the 50's and early 60's .
A leading songwriter and performer of the pop flavor ( vs the street corner flavor) of doo wop  was Barry Mann .
From Wikipedia : Mann's first hit single as a writer was "She Say (Oom Dooby Doom)", a Top 20 song for The Diamonds in 1959. Mann co-wrote the song with Mike Anthony (Michael Logiudice). In 1961, Mann had his biggest hit to that time with "I Love How You Love Me", written with Larry Kolber and a No. 5 single for The Paris Sisters. (Seven years later, Bobby Vinton would take the song into the Top 10.) Also in 1961, Mann himself hit the Top 40 as a performer with a novelty song co-written with Gerry Goffin, "Who Put The Bomp", which parodied the nonsense words of the then-popular doo-wop genre and made the Top 40.[1][3]
He and his wife Cynthia Weill  did an off broadway show entitled " You Wrote That ?"
These are just a few of their tunes (from Wikipedia ):

Songs written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil[edit]


Carole Bayer SagerCarole KingCynthia Weil and Barry Mann in December 2012

Any hey , may I offer you 2:19 of heaven  from 1960 by the Five (In the Still of the Night)  Satins called " Beggar with a Dream " http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTTXk-Gkb2A
And on seeing the label on the Youtube video found  Barry Mann as one of the writers  along with  Noel Sherman so here is the demo version that Barry Mann cut - Barry Mann - Beggar with a Dream "

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Thank You to C D Kaplan for a remembrance of Cosmo

Click this link to read and hear the song clips
Remembrance of Cosmo

Cosmo: Let Him Go, Let Him Go, God Bless Him

Posted: September 8th, 2013 | Filed under: CultureMusicRuminations | 9 Comments »
cosmo1If there’s one image that lingers, one that underscores why I miss Tommy Cosdon oh so much, it’s the one in my mind’s eye from the summer of ’61. Taylorsville Road Frisch’s, the one known as the Atherton Big Boy. Cosmo and a couple of his Sultan band mates are sitting in a car around back . . . listening to “It’ll Be Easy.”
Maybe on WAKY. Perhaps WKLO,
Whatever, it was an indelible teen moment. American Graffiti.
Our band, our guys. Guys we knew. On the radio. In the Top 40.
Oh, what a time it was. Such a time.
Cosmo’s passing reaffirms for the thousandth time that those halcyon days of Friday nights dancing at the VFW are long ago far away, it underlines one last definitive time that we can’t go back.
Our sadness is as much about us as it is about Tommy. We who grew up at that special time in Louisville are the lucky ones. And now, with our aches and pains and daily reminders on the obit page, and the sad news about Cosmo, we know for absolute sure there will be no more one more once. We’ve lost the chance to ask that gal or guy across the room from Waggener or Sacred Heart to slow dance. Those memories are finite.
How many times did I hear Cosmo’s amazing voice?
Hell, I haven’t a clue.
VFW. Zachary Taylor. Richmond Boat Club. School dances. On the Belle. At the Watterson or Henry Clay or Seelbach Hotel.
The first time, at an Atherton sock hop.
Another memorable moment was when The Sultans opened for the Beach Boys at the Fairgrounds. They wore gold tuxedos.
Cosmo’s singular musical interlude I particularly cherish came at his club, his most successful business venture, The Head Rest. It happened to be the night before the tornado, which closed the joint down for a long while. (Before the neighbors later after its reopening closed it down for good, voting the Crescent Hill precinct dry, because too many of us parked on their lawns and peed in their bushes.)
I can’t recall what band was playing. But Tommy sat in and let loose with the most soulful, inspired version of “St. James Infirmary” I’ve ever heard.
The guy felt it. How many times did I hear him carry on about Bobby Bland or some other blues shouter known mainly by the cognoscenti? I recall him waxing ecstatic when the band worked up a cover of The Capris’ “There’s A Moon Out Tonight.”
For years I tried to get him to join me in New Orleans for JazzFest, regaling him about sets from “The Tan Canary,” Johnny Adams, or Aaron Neville or Bobby Marchan. But there was always Derby week in the way. When I mentioned one year on my return, of hearing Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Cosmo just sighed, assured me he’d make it down. He never did.
But, oh my, that voice. A perfectly soul-infused, teen rock & roll voice.
Suitably nasal. Slightly thin. Often a quiver. Emanating both yearning and bravado. Full with woe and wonder.
He was a good guy. A friend. My junior year at Atherton, I ate lunch with him daily, along with he who would become Dr. Death, George Nichols.
Yes, Cosmo was a character. Ran a glob of glue in the Derby named Rae’s Jet, who finished last. Owned a place on Fourth Street called Cosmo’s Wiggery. For years had a great Derby Sunday party, when he lived in Pee Wee Valley.
But, above and beyond all the rest, it’s the songs.  “It’ll Be Easy,” of course, The Sultans’ first and biggest hit.
Their cover, with Cosmo singing lead, of The Gladiola’s “Sweetheart Please Don’t Go.”
After Tommy left The Sultan’s for solo gigs with The Counts, there was the cute and clever, “Small Town Gossip.”
“I’m A Little Mixed Up,” which I include because, well, because a lot of you really like it, and because my buddy Mike, who helped me download all these tunes so they could be included here, warned, “You gotta include ‘I’m A Little Mixed Up.”
And my personal favorite, his splendid version of Frank Bugbee’s  haunting “I Belong To Nobody.”
There really isn’t a way to describe how his inimitable croon soothed my soul. Carried me through hard times when only melody could calm the heartache.
Cosmo was one of many coulda woulda shouldas. Most every town had one at the dawn of rock & roll.
But . . . he was a cut way above the rest.
And . . . he was ours.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Singer Tommy ‘Cosmo’ Cosdon, 71, concert to raise money for medical bills will be Oct. 6 2013 at Jim Porter’s Good Time Emporium, Louisville

The Courier Journal 09/07/2013, Page B003
Singer Tommy ‘Cosmo’ Cosdon, 71, dies

He also worked in horse industry
By_Jeffrey_Lee_Puckett

jpuckett@courier-journal.com 

The_Courier-Journal


Tommy “Cosmo” Cosdon, widely considered to be the greatest singer to emerge from Louisville’s first wave of rock ’n’ roll bands in the late 1950s, died early Friday. He was 71..

Cosdon was also a veteran of the thoroughbred horse-racing community as a trainer, jockey agent and bloodstock agent. He trained Rae Jet, last-place finisher in the 1969 Kentucky Derby.

“He had two great interests: music and horses,” said longtime friend and band mate Wayne Young. “I’m not sure if horses weren’t first.” Cosdon battled cancer last year and was diagnosed as cancer- free in January, said lifelong friend Jim Harbolt, but the chemotherapy weakened his immune system and led to cerebral histoplasmosis, which causes lesions on the brain.

Harbolt said Cosdon requested no visitation or funeral, but a celebration of his life is being planned. A concert to raise money for Cosdon’s medical bills will be Oct. 6 at Jim Porter’s Good Time Emporium.

Cosdon’s legacy in Louisville will be as a singer and showman, said Marvin Maxwell, who remembers Cosdon galvanizing audiences as a member of The Sultans in the early 1960s. Maxwell later performed with Cosdon in the Shufflin’ Grand Dads, which began in 1992, and the current incarnation of Soul, Inc.

“He was Mr. Showman,” Maxwell said.

Maxwell said that in 1992, the Shufflin’ Grand Dads, which also included Young, performed at a festival in Mainz, Germany, as part of a sister-cities program.

“You can see on the video that it was pretty ho-hum, but when we brought Cosmo on the people got to their feet and he got them so wound up that we had five encores,” Maxwell recalled, “and I swear before the last one I heard the stage manager say, ‘We’d better let them go on again or the crowd’s gonna tear the stage down.’ “And it was Cosmo who got them up and going.”

Cosdon debuted in 1959 as singer of The Sultans, and the band’s 1961 single, “It’ll Be Easy,” was the first by a local group to reach No. 1 on Louisville radio stations. He broke away to start a solo career in 1961 and immediately scored a No. 3 hit with “I’m A Little Mixed Up,” a raw slice of blue-eyed soul.

Young met Cosdon on the recording session for “I’m A Little Mixed Up” and was briefly a member of Cosmo and The Counts, which was formed shortly after “I’m A Little Mixed Up” was released. Cosmo and The Counts became Cosdon’s best-known group, performing off and on for decades.

Cosdon’s voice had crossover appeal, Young said, with a strong rhythm and blues feel. He frequently sang at The Cherry Club in Lebanon, Ky., a successful black nightclub, and was a regular at clubs throughout Kentucky and Indiana.

“He was a natural entertainer and he could just light people up — it was amazing,” Young said. “He could still do it. His voice had gotten better over the years, but it was the energy that he brought that was so impactful.”

“All he had to do was get up on stage and he had the audience in his hands,” Maxwell said. “He did that better than anybody I know of in this area.” 

Contact Jeffrey Lee Puckett at 
(502) 582-4160, jpuckett@courier-journal. com, and on Twitter @JLeePuckett.