Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Homeboy Done Done Good.

George Cummings

George has got the blues "nailed" — as those of us that got to see and hear him at our reunion can attest. He's still making good music.

Feted at the Sucarnochee Revue

Dr. Rick Young, president of East Mississippi Community College, presents alumnus George Cummings with an honorary diploma from “Scooba Tech.” The tongue-in-cheek presentation came July 18 as Cummings performed onstage in Scooba with the Sucarnochee Revue.

Cummings, a native of Meridian, is best known as a founding member of “Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show,” which recorded hit after hit in the 1970s and 80s – including “Sylvia’s Mother” and “The Cover of the Rolling Stone.” And, just as the song prophesied, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in March 1973.

As a teenager, Cummings learned a lot from Jimmie Rodgers’ cousin, Virginia Shine (Hortense Harvey), and was one of the “picking and grinning” musicians who sat up late at her house singing and playing. After high school and a tour of duty as a Marine, Cummings attended EMCC, where he played football and baseball. He was a member of the state championship baseball team in 1958.

Cummings graduated from college and made his way to the New York area in the mid-60s. He has enjoyed a long musical career, and still works from his home in New Jersey – although these days, he said, he also plays a lot of golf.

Note: The Sucarnochee Revue can be heard on numerous commercial and public radio stations across the country. The show airs Saturday nights at 10 p.m. on Alabama Public Radio, and Saturday afternoons on Meridian’s WMOX 1010 AM.

" Cover of the Rolling Stone"

Listen for one of George's solo lines: "I got a freaky ole lady, name a cocaine Katy who embroideries on my jeans. I got my poor ole grey haired daddy drivin' my limousine. "

And, they made it!

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