Prior to the event I would call Marion James and Jimmy Church for details of the program, I knew Jimmy's band would be the house band and the last 2 bands Johnny Jones played and recorded with would be exclusively featured. Other than that it was expected to be a full house of friends, and musicians from all over America and from Europe, and it was very crowded when I arrived at 7:30, it took me 15 min to find an open parking spot. It was the largest crowd I've ever seen at "The Place".
There were musicians of all genre's there paying there last respects to Johnny Jones, a local as well as international Blues Legend That played with the 3 Kings of the Blues (BB, Albert,Freddie), as well as Bobby Blue Bland, Was a mentor to Jimmy Hendrix ' just to name a few'.
The original King Kasuals were in the House, the ones missing was Johnny and Jimmy. Billy Cox, The Jimmy Church band, The Valentines, Tony Malone, Carrssia & Com, Marion James, The Dynamic 5, Tyone "Super T" Smith, Earl Gains, Herbert Hunter, Ricky Godfrey, Doc Blakey, John Richards, Moe Denham, Tina Brown, Gorgeous George & Son, All 4 One, George and Ronnie Yates Nick Nixon and Sons. C.J Vaugn and Father. There are more that I missed or didn't get to meet, but it was a glowing success as far as it doing what Johnny wanted to be done which was that "all his friends to come together to celebrate his life through music and fellowship while having a good time. The show was Video Taped and lasted from 6pm to 10:30 pm.
I would personally like to thank Jimmy Church for unconditionally giving of himself to take responsibility of Johnnys funeral and allowing us to have the memorial service at his Night Club.
It was such a good venue that Johnny would be proud. And just think," Johnny could walk into the light with a smile on his face". And maybe Jimmy's waiting for him to come join his band .