Today, Dianne Scott, who’s been with the Continental Club for the past 23 years, turns 65. In her long run guarding the club’s back door she developed a friendly but tough demeanor. She’s turned away hoards of drunks and hooligans as well film crews and self-important pseudo celebs who’ve tried to breach the entrance when the club was at capacity.
Once, South by Southwest co-founder Louis Black dropped by during the fest, but the club was full and Scott refused him entry. To Black’s credit, Scott says, he didn’t argue, but simply nodded and sat patiently on a bench outside the door.
Austin honky tonk hero @TheDalewatson immortalizing @ContinentalATX's Dianne Scott on her 65th. Happy B-day, Dianne! pic.twitter.com/VadLn9W5lG
— D. Sengupta Stith (@deborific) February 2, 2016
Recently, a friend dubbed her the Honky Tonk Doctor and made her a Charlie Brown-style advice booth, where club-goers can request life advice for $.25 a question. Tickled, the club’s longtime Monday night resident, Dale Watson, decided to immortalize her with a new song “The Honky Tonk Doctor Is In.” The song is still a work in progress, but he’s been playing it at his Monday gigs including last night, when it was followed by an enthusiastic rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
Happy birthday, Dianne!