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Poodie, Jesse, among five inductees to Austin Music Memorial

Staff Writer
Austin 360

By Michael Corcoran

Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 21, 2013

A Lubbock-raised guitar hero, a pair of local gospel legends, a 1950’s Tejano bandleader and saxophonist and Willie Nelson’s longtime stage manager will receive memorials on the terrace of the Long Center. In order to be eligible for the recognition, the awardee must have passed away at least three years ago, which led to 1950’s singer Joyce Webb being scratched from the list when it was discovered she’s still living in Wimberley, where she has a glassworks gallery.

Jesse Taylor is best-known as the monster guitarist for the Joe Ely Band that toured with the Clash. But he was also the musician who started the famous Sunday night jam sessions at the original Stubb’s BBQ in Lubbock. Ermant (“Junior”) Franklin, the son of famous East Austin preacher E.M. Franklin, was a member of the Mighty Clouds of Joy, while A.C. Littlefield of Clarksville sang for the Bells of Joy, the first gospel group to sell a million singles (“Let’s Talk About Jesus”).

Nemecio Carmona was a sax player and orquesta leader whose 10-piece band was one of the hottest in Austin in the ’50s and ’60s. Poodie Locke was the loveable, bearlike Nelson Family member who opened Poodie’s in Spicewood so he and the gang would have a place to hang out when they weren’t on the road.

An official announcement and ceremony date is pending City Council approval.