All American Relay Team 1962- Midland High School

Lt to Rt John Braun, Star Man (John McElligott), James Dunn, Rocket Man (Gere Gaige) 
This is the relay team that won the 1962 Texas Relay event. We were in the 7th lane since we qualified last for the finals. Thanks to Rocket Man turning on his boosters and passing a little gas at the finish of his back stroke.  Never seen Gere go so fast.

Just a bit more information… none of us knew that we were All Americans until Harry Miller told us almost a decade later. WOW.

RIP- Cathie Blackaller

Click below to listen to My Girl Cadillac by Dennis Grubb

Written by Dennis Grubb

The song is entitled “My Girl Cadillac” that I wrote for her, and in her honor! It was not too long thereafter that she got cancer and became sick, so I am forever thankful that she at least got to hear the original rough version of the song before I went to Nashville and recorded it. Unfortunately, by the time it was released, she had just passed on, so I was totally heartbroken that she didn’t get to hear the finished recorded version. But knowing my dear, sweet Cathie, she’s probably still tapping her toes to it….just a positive, never down girl.
Cathie had been given the nickname “Cadillac” by a dear male friend of hers, who was from Houston and used to manage the Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas (what a great, quaint place it is too). He and I were having a drink in the hotel bar one night, began talking about music, and of course Cathie, when he referred to her as “Cadillac”. So, I immediately thought to myself, THAT NICKNAME FITS HER PERFECTLY!
I couldn’t wrap my mind around a song entitled “Cadillac Cathie”, so I began working on a story line about a girl nicknamed Cadillac, who also drove a Cadillac Convertible and then began to physically describe both her and the car within the same lyrics!!! I thought that would make for a fun, commercial soundbite. The song turned out well, thanks in part to the stellar Nashville musicians I had playing on the sessions for this song, along with my other songs, that I recorded there at the same time. The entire sessions took us almost a week. All the songs were recorded and mixed in Dolly Parton’s cousin’s (Richie) studio.
The musicians that recorded on all of the songs on my CD, and “My Girl Cadillac were as follows:

Johnny Lauffer – Dolly Parton’s keyboardist

Eugene Moles – Former lead guitar player for both Merle Haggard and Buck Owens

David Pomoroy – Bass Player and #1 premier studio bass player in Nashville, also President of the Nashville Musicians Union

Billy “The Foot” Thomas – Drummer for Vince Gill and former member of McBride and The Ride.

Al Perkins – My former bandmate in The Mystics, and now a Member of the Steel Guitar Player’s Hall of Fame

My oldest and closest musician friend, Al Perkins, (who was originally from Odessa Permian -1962), and in my band “The Mystics”back in 1961-64) was the studio session leader and was responsible in getting all of the great musicians together to help record my songs. Al himself is famous in his own right, having been a member of Steven Still’s “Manassas” Band, The Souther, Furay, Hillman Band, Kenny Roger’s band, Emmylou Harris’ infamous Nash Ramblers and Dolly Parton’s band. He’s recorded with every famous person or group you can imagine, from James Taylor to The Rolling Stones, and he’s been inducted into the Steel Guitar Player’s Hall of Fame. We had Dolly Parton’s Keyboard player, Vince Gill’s Drummer, and former member of McBride and The Ride, Merle Haggard’s lead guitar player and Nashville’s top studio recording bass player. And to this day, I am still in constant contact with all of them, and in some cases, have produced shows where they were performing with some of the groups mentioned above.
Cathie would have loved them all and viceversa! I was in hopes I could take her to Nashville when we recorded, but sadly, she became weaker, and it just didn’t happen. Can’t tell you how much I loved her and miss her, especially every time I hear this song, and even the others. Cathie was definitely, “My Girl Cadillac”.