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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Cassette Tapes (Audio)

8mm Video Cassettes

Mini DV Video Cassettes

45-rpm Vinyl Records

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

“Dangerous Dan” Earnest:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1973-2007, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Earnest, Danny Charles
Title: “Dangerous Dan” Earnest Papers,
Dates: 1973-2007
Abstract: The performance tapes, videos, and other media in this collection, a gift of Ian Wilkinson, relate to the career of the late blues guitarist Danny Charles Earnest, also known professionally as “Dangerous Dan”.
Collection # CR 0092
Quantity: 1 record box (0.25 linear foot)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Blues guitarist Danny Earnest, dubbed by band leader Robert Gamble as “Dangerous Dan”, was also known as one of the sweetest guys in the business. Born December 21, 1953, in Lubbock, he first developed his musical talent in junior high school, playing with Glenn Burch in a band called Spot then another named Singletree while they attended Monterey High School. He graduated in 1972.

Earnest was hired for the house combo P. J. Belly and the West Texas Blues Band, house band for Gamble's club. Then he formed his own Dangerous Dan and the Soul Patch. He played with Jaime Moreno and Kyle Warner in Deja Blue. Burch and Earnest also worked together in Dangerous Dan and the Blues Deacons. On September 26, 2013, he died in a pasture near Seymour, Texas, with his car nearby, from complications of pancreatitis and diabetes. The week before he had played at Harrigan's restaurant, according to a William Kerns article in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

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Scope and Content

The media-only collection of Danny Charles Earnest offers audio and video performance recordings, both live and studio, including his work with the bands Singletree, Bluesmakers, P. J. Belly, and various Dangerous Dan combos. Some radio interviews are included. There are also autographed copies of locally recorded 45-rpm records and the jacket from a Larry Holley-produced record, “Looking for the Hi-D-Ho”. The collection, gift of Ian Wilkinson, is in good condition and is part of the Crossroads of Music archive. Other Dangerous Dan recordings are available in the Don Caldwell Studios and Steve Snell Collections (links below).

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Organization

The “Dangerous Dan” Earnest papers are organized by the following series:

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department in advance to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Please contact the Reference Librarian at least 10 days in advance to make viewing arrangements.

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (People)
Dangerous Dan.
Earnest, Danny Charles.
Gamble, Robert (P. J. Belly)
Subjects (Organizations)
Hi-D-Ho Drive-In (Lubbock, Tex.)
Singletree (Musical group)
Subjects (Places)
Lubbock (Tex.)
Subjects
Blues (Music)
Guitar music. (Country)
Performing arts and literature.
Rock music.

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Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

“Dangerous Dan” Earnest Papers, 1973-2007, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Gift, 2014

Processing Information

Processed by: Jon Holmes, 2014

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Collection Inventory

Cassette Tapes (Audio)

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1 Singletree at Don Caldwell Studios, 1973
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2 Original recorded with Glenn / Jams on the FastFX [?], March 18, 1988
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3 Belly's Live, March 23, 1990
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4 Robin Griffin Band, Vanilla Grits with Mojo (P. J. Belly Music), 1991
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5 Donnie's Dub, July 5, 1992
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6 KTXT, Dan's interview / Blues Show, March 28, 1993
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7 Practice with Slim, March 20, 1994
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8 Dan Earnest Band (Bluesmakers' first performance) at The Cowboy, April 1, 1994
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9 D. E. Soulpatch Live at Fat Catz, July 15, 1995
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10 D. E. Soulpatch Live at Fat Catz, July 16, 1995
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11 Jimi Mason / Dangerous Dan FMX 10/40 Blues, October 12, 2001
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12 Dangerous Dan and the Soul Patch Band at Emma's Lubbock, December 7, 2001
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13 Belly Memorial Jam / FMX Promo, 2001
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14 Untitled, undated
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15 Dangerous Dan at the County Line (Houston), undated
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16 Dangerous Dan at Banjos / Dangerous Dan at Crossroads, undated
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17 DD and SPB, undated
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18 KPFT Blues Program, undated
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19 KPFT Blues Program (Copy 2), undated
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20 Ron Riley Practice, undated
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21 Tommy's Place, undated
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22 Ventures (Danny), undated

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8mm Video Cassettes

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23 Ian and Dangerous Dan at Peck's Blues Jam (August 13, 2000) / Live at Tequila Lopez (Part 1 of 2), September 16, 2000
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24 Dangerous Dan at Tequila Lopez (Part 2 of 2), September 16, 2000
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25 Dangerous Dan at Peck's, September 17, 2000
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26 Dangerous Dan and Band, undated

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Mini DV Video Cassettes

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27 Dan Jam at Sting, November 4, 2004
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28 Dan Jam at Sting (Imported March 25, 2007), November 4, 2004
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29 Sting / Sports Forum, November 6, 2004
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30 Dan at Sting, November 25, 2004
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31 Dangerous Dan, December 16, 2004
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32 Pre- and Post-Rita footage / Dan at Sting, 2005
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33 Dangerous Dan at Sports Forum, undated
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34 Dangerous Dan at The Sting, undated

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45-rpm Vinyl Records

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35 Heaven Bound Sound: “My Pride and My Ego” (Jan Olson) / “A Friend Forever” (Dan Earnest) (JIL Records Phone Publishing HBS 1976), undated
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36 Heaven Bound Sound: “My Pride and My Ego” (Jan Olson) / “A Friend Forever” (Dan Earnest) (JIL Records Phone Publishing HBS 1976) (Copy 2), undated
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37 Neal, Jack: “East Side of Dallas” (Jack Neal and Don Nickens) / “Silent Hours” (Jack Neal) (Texas Soul Records TSSS 22680), undated
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38 and 39 Tubb, Nowlin: “Bringing in the Weed” (Jim Aho) / “Bringing in the Weed” (Jim Aho) (Texas Soul Records TSR 761) (2 copies), undated
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40 “Looking for the Hi-D-Ho” by Tinker Carlen, produced by Larry Holley (jacket only), undated

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