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Finding Aid for the Dick "Cane" Cole Photographs (MUM00627)

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Finding Aid for the Dick "Cane" Cole Photographs

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dick "Cane" Cole Photographs
Dates: circa 1955-1977
Collector: Cole, Dick "Cane"
Physical Extent: 1 box (.417 linear feet)
Repository: University of Mississippi. Department of Archives and Special Collections. University, MS 38677, USA
Identification: MUM00627
Location: Blues Archive
Language of Material: English
Abstract: Photographs of disc jockey Dick "Cane" Cole and other WLOK (Memphis) radio staff and promotional photographs of blues, soul, funk, and gospel performers, many signed to Cole.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Acquired for the Blues Archive by Jim O'Neal and Walter Liniger 1987.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives & Special Collections staff.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Subject Terms

Cole, Dick "Cane"
WLOK (radio station : Memphis, Tenn.)
Disc jockeys -- Memphis (Tenn.) -- Photographs
Blues musicians -- Photographs
Gospel musicians -- Photographs
Funk musicians -- Photographs


black-and-white photographs
color photographs

Biographical Note

Dick "Cane" Cole worked as a disc jockey for WLOK in Memphis, TN.

User Information

Prefered Citation

Dick "Cane" Cole Photographs, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

Access Restrictions

The Dick "Cane" Cole Photographs is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

Ownership of copyright interest in the materials, including the right to make and sell copies, remains with the original copyright holder.

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Related Material

Resources at the University of Mississippi

The Blues Archive houses many photographs of Blues musicians; for publicly available images, see our Blues Photographs digital collection.

Separated Material

Rosco Gordon story by Hank Davis has been removed for cataloging: ML419.G67 .D38 1980.


This collection is arranged in 2 series :

Series I. Promotional Photographs
Series II. Personal Photographs

Container List

Series I. Promotional Photographs
1.1 Allen, Rance (Singers) (Signed)
1.2 Anderson, Yvette (copy) (Signed)
1.3 Baker, Lavern, c.1956/57 (Ellis Auditorium)
1.4 Basie, William "Count" (Signed)
1.5 Bar-Kays
1.6 Bell, William (Signed)
1.7 Benton, Brook
1.8 Big Ella (Signed)
1.9 Big Three, The (Willie Britt, Don Cornelius, and Rufus Thomas)
1.10 Bland, Bobby (2 images, one signed)
1.11 Booker T. & The M.G.'s (Signed)
1.12 Bush, Henry (Signed)
1.13 C.Q.R.'s (Signed)
1.14 Cee, Billy (Signed)
1.15 Clay, Otis
1.16 Cody, Bill (Dancers) (Signed)
1.17 Con Funk Shun
1.18 Crawlers Dance Team, The (Signed)
1.19 Dealers, The (Signed)
1.20 Dee, David
1.21 Dixon, Dave (Signed)
1.22 Domino, Antoine Dominique "Fats"
1.23 Douglas, Dan
1.24 Dramatics, The (Signed)
1.25 Drifters, The
1.26 Ellington, Duke, c.1963 (Includes Professor Thompson of the Memphis School System in photo)
1.27 Evans, Margie (Signed)
1.28 Floyd, Eddie (Signed)
1.29 Gordon, Rosco (2 photos)
1.30 Green, Al (Signed)
1.31 Hamilton, Roy
1.32 Hayes, Isaac (Signed)
1.33 Hopkins, Clyde
1.34 Horne, Lena
1.35 Hunter, Ty
1.36 Ingram, Luther (Signed)
1.37 Johnson, The Brothers
1.38 Jones, Booker T. (Signed)
1.39 King, Toby (& His Gang)
1.40 Kleeer (Signed)
1.41 Little Milton (Signed)
1.42 Malone, Roy
1.43 McClinton, O. B. (Signed)
1.44 Mel and Tim (Signed)
1.45 Newborn, Phineas
1.46 Ovations, The (Signed)
1.47 Porter, David (Signed)
1.48 Potts, Robert "Dr. Feelgood" (Signed)
1.49 Price, Lloyd
1.50 Prince of the Blues
1.51 Sanders, Fred "Guitar" (Signed)
1.52 Soul Children, The (Signed)
1.53 Southern Wonders
1.54 Staple Singers, The (Signed)
1.55 Staple Singers, The - with Isaac Hayes (Signed)
1.56 Staton, Candi (Signed)
1.57 Stewart, Jim
1.58 Summer, Donna
1.59 Supremes, The
1.60 Taylor, "Big" Jim (Signed)
1.61 Taylor, Koko
1.62 Tex, Joe
1.63 Thomas, Carla (2 photos, both signed)
1.65 Velotones, The 1964 (Ervin Reason at the left; Photo taken at Club Paradise)
1.66 Washington, Helen (Signed)
1.67 Watkin, Tip 19 December 1975 (Signed)
1.68 Weston, Kim (Signed)
1.69 Wiggins, Spencer (Signed)
1.70 Woods, A. Maceo
1.71 Wright, Kesha
Series II. Personal Photographs
1.72 Club Paradise, 1963
Scope: Opening of the club in 1963 - Sunbeam Mitchell and Little Milton; signed
1.73 Club Paradise - Gloria
Scope: 2 photos of the dancer "Gloria" who performed at Club Paradise
1.74 Cole, Dick "Cane", July 1977
Scope: Photo of the photo by Bill Ferris
1.75 Cole, Dick "Cane"
Scope: Dick "Cane" Cole at club on Hernando Street
1.76 Cole, Dick "Cane", 1955
Scope: Dick "Cane" Cole broadcasting at Daley's Clothing Store (WCBR)
1.77 Cole, Dick "Cane", 1957
Scope: 2 photos of Dick "Cane" Cole at the Memphis Cotton Carnival, one photo taken by Ernest Withers
1.78 Cole, Dick "Cane", c.1957
Scope: Dick "Cane" Cole with Mr. Bradshaw, WDIA's "Honeyboy" Thomas, and unidentified gentleman
1.79 Handy, W. C. 1955
Scope: W. C. Handy and his wife with Bill Smith and Dick "Cane" Cole; Bill Ferris took a photograph of the earlier photograph in July 1977
1.80 Handy, W. C. statue dedication
Scope: Dick "Cane" Cole of WLOK helps dedicate the W. C. Handy statue; Handy's wife and son are in the photograph
1.81 NATRA.
1.82 WLOK. Dick "Cane" Cole at Golf Tournament, 1956
1.83 WLOK. W. C. Handy Airthon
1.84 WLOK. Platter Parties (7 photos)
1.85 WLOK. Outdoor broadcast at Chelsea- Hollywood Shopping Center; Reed Singers gospel group
1.86 WLOK. Staff anniversary photo
1.87 WLOK. Joan Golden, gospel disc jockey
1.88 WLOK. Ruby Stear Hudson, disc jockey
1.89 WLOK. Carolyn Jones, one of the first pages for WLOK - with Dick "Cane" Cole
1.90 WLOK. Ms. Frankell Ward, disc jockey
1.91 WLOK. R.L. Weaver, gospel disc jockey
1.92 WLOK. Unknown staff receptionist
1.93 Miscellaneous. Clipping photograph of the Blues Alley All-Stars and an unidentified musician on cardboard