While doing research for the first disc, he spent hours going through newspapers on microfilm, starting in January 1960.
“It was like going back in a time machine,” he said, describing the historic events then and the advertising. “It was really marvelous going back in time. Some of the things I saw were disturbing, but overall … what an experience.”
Danville was booming then, he recalled, and the music scene was booming, too.
People can no longer enjoy a plate of Baker’s spaghetti, he said, but, “You can still go back and relive the music from those days. You can hear those songs from the jukebox when you were 13 or 14.”
Palmer recalled wearing a Beatles wig when he played in his band in the ‘60s. He worked at Eisner’s at the time, and had to follow a dress code of a bow tie, no sideburns and no mustache, and so, he wasn’t allowed to grow his hair long.
Reflecting on the project of compiling the history, Palmer said, “I feel richer in my experience. It’s been a tremendous journey so far.”
Although Palmer’s roots are in rock and roll, he later moved to country, and plays bass in his studio band called The Midnight Sons.
FYI To order a DVD or become a member of Music in the Heartland Society, call Dennis Palmer at 474-1508 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The DVD will be for sale for $10 at the Oct. 13 Country Music Reunion, and $15 after that. (However, society members pay $10.) Palmer also is seeking information for the second DVD, which will focus on local rock and roll from the Beatles era. Contact him at above information.