Ramblin' Rhodes: Lowe presents positive messages in 'Different Colors'

Susanna Lowe, also known as Evelyn Smith Lowe or "Miss Soul" to 1960s radio listeners, has released a CD, Different Colors, Different Names.

It would be a good thing this election year if the leading candidates and their supporters could sit down and listen to Susanna Lowe’s recently released album Different Colors, Different Names.

 

And that probably also goes for the increasing number of road rage drivers and quick-tempered restaurant and store customers who seem to have such little patience these days.

The album, which can be bought at the two Pyramid Music locations, Sacred Heart Cultural Center’s gift shop and online at susannalowe.com, is full of positive messages about treating your fellow human beings with kindness and believing in yourself.

“You are my sister. You are my brother. We have to learn to accept each other,” the CD’s title song affirms. “We have to learn to love one another. We are one and the same. Different colors, different names.”

Another section of the song admonishes, “We are members of the same family; the human race. So don’t judge me by the complexion of my face.”

Titles of other songs on the CD that reflect the positive spirit of Lowe’s songs include Teach The Children To Love and Respect Themselves, If We Would Open the Door to Our Heart, I Have Decided to Let Life Live Me, I Have to Flap My Wings to Fly and When the Family Comes Together for Celebrations.

On her CD’s cover, Lowe writes, “The thoughts that we harbor over a lifetime become the spirit that we carry with us day in and day out. … A spirit needs to be free and not weighted down with worry, fear, hate, unforgiveness or any other negativity. We are what we think. So think love!”

Lowe, whose real name is Evelyn Smith Lowe, was one of this area’s pioneering female broadcasters in the 1960s, known to WTHB-AM listeners for close to 25 years as “Miss Soul.” Her fame was such that the popular national magazine TV Mirror did a profile on her.

Lowe has been working on her album for more than four years, writing 96 songs, of which 12 are on the album. She arranged and produced the recordings that reflect a mix of rhythm and blues, popular and gospel sounds she grew up with as a member of her family group called The Silvertone Trio and a local R&B band headed by Willie Wilson.

Her brother, James Smith now sings with The Glorious Kings gospel group.

Lowe is available to perform songs from her album, especially at schools, churches, libraries and for social groups. Contact her through the website susannalowe.com or by calling (706) 772-9311.

 

SHARON JONES CANCELS EUROPEAN TOUR: Because of her continuing battle with cancer, R&B star and Augusta-area resident Sharon Jones has decided to cancel her European tour.

It was to start Aug. 18 in Portugal and conclude Aug. 28 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with stops between in London, Belgium and France.

Her management posted on her website, sharonjonesandthedapkings.com, “Dear Fans: We are very disappointed to announce the cancellation of our upcoming European tour.

“Sharon is doing well, but must undergo a medical procedure related to her cancer and the recovery time will conflict with these European dates. It’s been too long since we visited our European fans and we will try to get back to Europe as soon as possible!

“Sharon will appear at all other shows and events before and after this tour.”

Local sources have confirmed if all goes well that the award-winning documentary film Miss Sharon Jones may be shown at the Imperial Theatre during the Westobou Festival being held Sept. 28-Oct. 2 in downtown Augusta with Jones possibly in attendance.

It deals with her struggle with cancer and her emergence as a major figure in the rhythm and blues world and has received superlative reviews at film festivals in the U.S. and Canada.

 

HANK WAS HERE 65 YEARS AGO: The legendary Hank Williams was in Augusta 65 years ago this month performing with the Hadacol Caravan tour at Jennings baseball stadium, which was located on Walton Way between 13th and 15th streets. That show on Aug. 25, 1951, also included Minnie Pearl, Dick Haymes, Carmen Miranda, Jack Dempsey and others.

Williams’ other Augusta appearances were in November 1950 and 1952 at Bell Auditorium. He died at age 29 on Jan. 1, 1953, less than two months after his last appearance here.

Hadacol was a brown liquid vitamin supplement, and admission to the Augusta show was one Hadacol box top for children and two for adults.

Three prizes were awarded to children with the most Hadacol box tops turned in at the show, with first place being a Shetland pony, second being a Schwinn bicycle and third being a $25 U.S. Savings Bond.

 

DODGERS PLAYER TO SIGN BOOKS: Fans of baseball history will want to be at the Augusta Museum of History from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, to meet college football and Major League Baseball player Ransom Jackson, who is 90 years old and lives in Athens, Ga.

Jackson, who played in two Cotton Bowls with Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Austin college teams and on the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians and Brooklyn Dodgers baseball teams, will be signing copies of his new book, Handsome Ransom Jackson, Accidental Big Leaguer.

His teammates included such legendary players as Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella, Carl Erskine, Don Newcombe, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. He also played in the 1956 World Series against The New York Yankees.

 

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