Monday, August 21, 2006

Sherman Evans on the Wall
















If ya look real close at the man on the plaque and our faces, you may see a strong resemblance. Why? Because that's our late Uncle Sherman on the plaque. He was a well known singer all over Central Texas for many years until his health failed in the late 80s and he passed away in 1989. About 5 years ago MACT decided to start honoring those who've made major contributions to music in the Central Texas area by having a Hall of Recognition annually presented at the Groovy Awards. Well, our Uncle Sherman was the first inductee.

I have run into plenty of folks of all races all over Waco who when they find out I'm an "Evans", they ask, "Do you know Sherman Evans?" I poke my chest out, grin shining on my face and proudly say, "That's my Uncle!!" What follows is always, "Your Uncle was a great singer!! He sang at Walker's Auditorium. We'd go see him here and there." Of course they'd name places that no longer exist in and around Waco that I was unaware of in my youth. I really miss my Uncle Sherman and like anyone who loved him dearly like me, I wish he were still here today to make me laugh and sing a sweet tune in my ear. He was a fun, witty, and handsome Uncle. He's been gone for 17 long years but his spirit will never die. Just wanted to give ya'll the inside track on our family.

My dad is a good singer as well and Uncle Sherman's son, Jason plays the bass for a Christian Rock band here locally. Unfortunately for me, I write songs, but can't carry a tune in a bucket! I guess I'll stick to reading and reciting poetry and oh, writing songs.
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11 comments:

Rob Holbert said...

I remember Sherman Evans and The Flames( I think that was the name of his band) from wayyyyyy back in the day.... Walkers Auditorium, The NiteLife Club and several other venues were his domain. He and his band were among those who inspired me to become a musician. He was a truly great performer and singer.

Maryee said...

Thanks for dropping by the blog. Glad to know my uncle made a positive imprint on you musically. We love and miss him dearly. He had the same kind of charisma you do, so I guess it's to be expected. My sister and I enjoyed you and the band. Please let us know when you'll be back! Blessings to you!

Maryee

Anonymous said...

Cool! Sherman was the greatest! He really knew how to get people movin on the dance floor

jdb said...

looking for 'yoyo twist' by sherman evans. i need help. thnx

jdb said...

looking for 'yoyo twist' by sherman evans. any help can be directed to djackbyrd@aol.com. thnx

MEE said...

Try contacting his son, Jason. One of his MS profiles is:

http://www.myspace.com/deadlast5designs

HTH

dskeith said...

I spent many, many an hour at Walker's Auditorium hanging with Danny, Leonard, and Mr. Walker.
They were always cool with a young white boy being at their place.

My favorite nights were when Sherman was playing. He was vastly talented and would have made it on the national music scene if he'd wished to. He is sorely missed..........

CenTexBB said...

How great to see this tribute to Sher.an Evans and the truly legendary Walker's Auditorium. I spent many an hour there with Jerry Thomas, Ken Sadler Terry Fisher and The Caballero Brothers. Saw Sherman Evans many times at the Red Carpet and the Nitelife. He was a class act as a singer and as a person. These were the only truly integreted places in Waco. Does anyone have any photos from these great clubs? I would love to have copies. Steve Speir Austin, Tx. Sspeir@austin.rr.com

CenTexBB said...

How great to see this tribute to Sher.an Evans and the truly legendary Walker's Auditorium. I spent many an hour there with Jerry Thomas, Ken Sadler Terry Fisher and The Caballero Brothers. Saw Sherman Evans many times at the Red Carpet and the Nitelife. He was a class act as a singer and as a person. These were the only truly integreted places in Waco. Does anyone have any photos from these great clubs? I would love to have copies. Steve Speir Austin, Tx. Sspeir@austin.rr.com

CenTexBB said...

How great to see this tribute to Sher.an Evans and the truly legendary Walker's Auditorium. I spent many an hour there with Jerry Thomas, Ken Sadler Terry Fisher and The Caballero Brothers. Saw Sherman Evans many times at the Red Carpet and the Nitelife. He was a class act as a singer and as a person. These were the only truly integreted places in Waco. Does anyone have any photos from these great clubs? I would love to have copies. Steve Speir Austin, Tx. Sspeir@austin.rr.com

CenTexBB said...

How great to see this tribute to Sher.an Evans and the truly legendary Walker's Auditorium. I spent many an hour there with Jerry Thomas, Ken Sadler Terry Fisher and The Caballero Brothers. Saw Sherman Evans many times at the Red Carpet and the Nitelife. He was a class act as a singer and as a person. These were the only truly integreted places in Waco. Does anyone have any photos from these great clubs? I would love to have copies. Steve Speir Austin, Tx. Sspeir@austin.rr.com