My uncle was a drummer in the band - Everett H. "Buzz" Neill, Jr. He had been married only a few years. His wife Paula decided to come to the Club at the last minute and watch him play. I was 10 years old and we lived about 5-6 hours away. My dad hopped in the car right after they heard what happened and drove to KY. I have a photo of my aunt and uncle that I look at almost every day. It's displayed in my house among other photos of the people who matter to me. I'll never forget them.
I was 13 yrs. old when the club burned down in 1977. I remember my class was in total shock monday. My parents were there 2 months before it went up in flames. I've been to the site many times and even went up to the property. Luckily, no one in my family was killed or injured that nite. I never went to the resturant, but i wish i could have had the chance to have dinner there. I hope that they don't build anything on the property, it's reserved for the deceased. thank u, Lesli
Yes, he was. I believe his musical director was among those who didn't make it out, as well as a band member or two. We lived just over the hill from the club and watched it burn from a nearby park. Some friends went across to the fire, but I knew I had no business up there. We'd been playing in the woods near the back of the property just a few months before the fire and had discovered an old storage hut that was full of broken gambling equipment. I remember craps tables and roulette wheels specifically, but at the time they held little meaning for me.
I remember this very well from the news coverage of the time. If memory serves me right, John Davidson was the headliner that night, he made it out just before the fire really spread.