One of the great benefits of being an ARCA member is being able to expand our musical knowledge and collections. One of the best ways to do this is by attending our regular monthly meetings. We have great programs on various musical topics and lots of special guests from the world of music.

July’s meeting was a typical example of just such a meeting. Two original members of the Ramblers, Johnny Robinson and Tommy Terrell, came by and spoke to a packed house. They told us about the history of the Birmingham band (as outlined in a previous post), but also entertained us with fabulous band stories told with a lot of humor and fact, behind the scenes stuff that you won’t see in any background info.

They, obviously, loved talking with the group and even brought some copies of two of the band’s 45’s and several copies of their recently recorded CD. That’s right, the band still plays, having reunited for the first time in 1979 and continuing to this day. The CD contains new recordings of some of the 60s songs that the band performed in their early days and even contains CD copies of both sides of their two biggest selling 45s.

We would like to thank Johnny and Tommy for stopping by and we would like to remind everyone that the Rambler Reunion Band, as they are now known, and another 60s Birmingham band, the Bassmen ,will be playing at WorkPlay in Birmingham on Saturday, August 13th at 7 pm. Tickets are $15. Go to for more information. Also be sure to check out the Ramblers website at

We will have other great guests coming up in the near future as well as other interesting programs, so keep a check on this website for updates.