Selected Comments From Our Site MailI met Brother Dave Gardner in 1965, when I was 16 years old. I was working all night in my father's gas station (something that would be too dangerous today) when a big black limo pulled up and a short man with grey hair got out. He started joking around as I was pumping the gas and checking under the hood. Pretty soon I had figured out who he was. I asked him and he told me that he was Brother Dave. He showed me his rare gun collection that was in the trunk of the limo. He also gave me a 45 rpm demo record and a picture, both of which he autographed. I still have the record, but the photo has been misplaced. It was an experience I will always remember. My dad's gas station, where I met Brother Dave, was located in Columbus, Georgia. It no longer exists due to highway widening and the development of a shopping center. The name of the station was Lindsey Creek Texaco.
I have a copy of the TV movie Big Bob Johnson's Fantastic Speed Circus which I recorded at the time it was aired. It was a silly movie but Dad did great. In the movie he was on the radio in a Rolls as a radio preacher. He walked around a garden party with a fancy cane. In another scene speaking a few words to a couple of ladies and later on the porch in a rocking chair. My father referred to it as his "cameo appearance." The movie was like the Burt Reynolds Smoky and the Bandit type movie. It was a funny movie and I thought my father did a good job. There was talk at the time of a possible series. I think he should have played Boss Hog in the Dukes of Hazzard. Don't you?
Hi! I worked with Brother Dave at a club in Atlanta around the time of his first heart attack. I would sit at the keyboards while he was doing his act laughing so hard that tears ran down my face. It was even funnier when he wouldn't stick to his normal routine and turn around and smile at us. We all knew the joke was only between us. My favorite quote, now being a reformed smoker, is "I'd smoke in my sleep if I could figure out how to hold 'em." He was a truly and genuinely funny man. I feel honored to have known him.
Thanks, Randy Moss
I don't have a web page, but I wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed your page about Brother Dave Gardner. I am thirty years old. My father was a big Brother Dave Gardner fan. We had several of his LP's (Rejoice Dear Hearts, Ain't That Weird, All Seriousness Aside, It's All In How You Look at "It") and we loved them. My dad was all the time quoting Brother Dave Gardner (he even used the opening dialogue about selling on All Seriousness Aside on a young encyclopedia salesman when I was a boy ("c'mon...have somethin' to eat with us if you can stand it." - it blew the salesman's mind -- the salesman was from the north, by the way!!) I bought an old eight track called The Motorcycle Story and my dad laughed until he cried. My dad has been gone for eight years now and I still miss him. I'm continuing to carry on the Brother Dave tradition by buying/re-buying all the Brother Dave albums I can find (I've found some in pretty good condition at a record store in Little Rock). Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for your research and your information about Brother Dave. When I hear him I laugh but it also brings back fond memories of my father.
Thanks a lot! Scott Stevens
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