Riverbank California Music
Christina Silva is the only musician from Riverbank High School to represent the school as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Stanislaus County Music Festival this year. For the past two years, riverside music has been flowing, including the "Best Rock Musician" and "Rock & Roll Champion" awards at the Stanislauces County Music Festival and awards for her performance in the country's most prestigious music competition.
Her friend Merle Haggard came to Modesto, California, to perform at the Gallo Center for the Performing Arts. Zingara, a retired band director, is currently working with the Riverbank High School Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Stanislaus County Music Festival.
Skeeter Gardner later wrote in 1955 that he was a member of the band that supported Bill Carter and the Hometown Boys. In May 1955, he wrote that several artists of that time visited Riverbank and performed in the clubhouse in the early days of its existence. Chester told Roger W. Hoskins that Buck had worked here for a season in a cannery and that he first heard about Chester, "Smith said. Mr. Hoskins talked to Chester about his story, and later, in 1954, Chester and I were back in the Riverbanks Club House for the first time in our earliest days.
Chester told Roger that the venue was initially a lodge, but they had trouble getting a lot. When Chester, who was a local radio and performance star in the area in the 1950s, helped attract crowds to the venue, the then owner William McDonald approached him. Buck consulted Chester to see if there was any money to be made from his broadcasting work. Perhaps he followed the example of his idol Gene Autry, who also started out as a singer and built his own business, and bought the first radio station.
Merle offered Chester the use of his studio, and Chester went out and did one or two sessions, including accompanying him on several, including a performance at the Red River Country Music Hall of Fame in Los Angeles. Then the Herb Henry Family Singers played "See the Light" and they were so good at getting the audience to clap along that it was typical of a traditional country music format. Pastor Wright said of the tune: "When the song first appeared, it resonated with many because they had to hear the message.
Mr. Hoskins of the Modesto Bee reached out to me. And I was asked to reach out when Riverbank went through something similar to the so-called "Riverbank Clubhouse."
The hall was owned and operated by Chester Smith and performed there every Sunday for artists from all over the region. Every day at lunchtime, Chester would pull out his guitar and play for a few minutes in front of a large crowd. The girls looked forward to a day out where they could perform in front of a full house, including family and friends. We worked together in the dry yard, and every day at lunchtime - time that Chester and I pulled out our guitars and we played.
Other shows on the beach included a headlining show with Peaches and Herb and an R & B show headlined by them. Others who performed on the Modesto stage included: Mike D'Agostino, the Dixie Chicks, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, John Prine, Billie Holiday and many others.
A popular group on the station at the time had shows that preceded the Maddox Brothers and Rose, and Ceresa and Jim Burgett had a string of hit records in the early 1960s and still perform today. In 1956, the national release of the Country Western Jamboree made it the number one country music show in America, now headed by the Country Music Hall of Fame, featuring Carl Smith and Sonny James. He is a columnist for the Jamaican Cross Country, which appears on Country and WesternJambORE.com.
When he's not on tour, he performs on Bay Area radio stations, and he was in Yuba City, California, over the weekend. In his absence from Riverbank, the Maddox Brothers and Rose, as well as other members of the group, appeared on local radio shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento.
The railroad was one of the two main reasons people came to the Riverbank, and it helped the city function as a gateway to Merced County and the San Joaquin River Valley. Since there were no roads or bridges in the area at the time, a man named Major James Burney enabled the ferries to ferry people from SanJoaquin County to Stanislaus County. In the nearby town of Oakdale, big stores like Super K-Mart were a magnet for people in the area.
Domino's on the riverbank was a great place to save money and get the food you wanted, when and how you wanted it and who wanted it. You could order food at Domino's and a variety of other restaurants in the area, but there were no dominoes at the location in Riverbanks, so you had to find it yourself.