B: Memphis, TN, 1936; D: Memphis, TN, 2017….BEGINNING TO END (Red West, R.I.P.)

Perhaps the most recognizable (and toughest) of the Memphis Mafia, Red West was also one of the few who had appreciable musical talent, talent that came out in “If Every Day Was Like Christmas,” “Separate Ways,” “If You Talk in Your Sleep,” among others.

Near the boss’s end, he got fired and co-wrote a scandalous book which I haven’t read (one of these days, one of these days). The boss didn’t live long enough for reconciliation. Some said the book was the last punch to an already weakened heart–that it was having Red’s name on it that really hurt.

I always said only two people knew and they probably only half-knew.

I guess they can worry about working all that out now.

As some of you know, I have contacts on the other side so I wasn’t surprised when a certain familiar voice showed up in my head and asked for a late night dedication.

“What?” I said. “‘Unfaithful Servant?'”

I wasn’t thinking it had to be one of Red’s, or even one of his.

“Naw man,” the boss said. “Up here, it’s all about forgiveness…You do alright. Just play what you feel.”

“You mean the same one I’m gonna play next month, when I re-post for the big 40th?”

“Oh yeah. That’ll get it.”

Fair enough.

So I have it on good authority.

However things were, they’re okay tonight.

Fair enough.

 

7 thoughts on “B: Memphis, TN, 1936; D: Memphis, TN, 2017….BEGINNING TO END (Red West, R.I.P.)

  1. When I saw the first post……..I immediately thought of George Klein. Then Billy Smith & his wife Jo, and DJ Fontana. Please tell me there are more ( Close friends of Elvis, such as the Elvis Mafia) still with us. I believe that Red was planning on attending the coming 40th Anniversary on Elvis Week….. It has been a sad day. RIP Red West

  2. Amen and amen. My heart is sad but, ‘…they’re okay tonight.” In the end, it’s about love. this existence, and we learn that lesson the hard way, like Elvis and Red each did, or we don’t. Life is short…forgive.

    Johnny, thanks so much for this.

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