Punky Caldwell reblogged. C L Coyle and other band members from Searcy Arkansas.

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We did a blog a short time ago that was a fun blog about long haired music.  A young man who turned out to be Punky Caldwell, quite well know in his day, got noticed and commented on a lot.  His daughter found the blog and sent us additional pictures.

It seems Punky died young but was quite a musician in his day.  Here is a picture of Punky and his band.

Punky Caldwell band

Band members were C L Coyle, Coot Brown and Bishop Horten.  They were together in the late 50's and played at "The Silver Moon" outside of Searcy. The Silver Moon is famous for having been a started place for Elvis Presley and other singers who became great. 

C. L. Coyle became involved in real estate and I remember him as the husband of an early and great realtor Dell Coyle.  Dell was one of the pioneer women in real estate in Searcy Arkansas because at one time it was considered a "men's only" vocation.

Punky Caldwell and dad and stepmother

Here's Punky, according to his daughter, with his dad and stepmother. 

Punky Caldwell and family

And this piture shows him with his family.  Comments about Punky are one from my husband who remembered Punky and the band members.  He says Punky lived in a big white house on a corner in West Searcy.  It had a wrap porch and he'd go by and see and HEAR Punky playing the saxaphone on that porch with tremendous power and sound.

Another comment comes from Bobby Fuller.  " I had the privilege of playing with him when I was at Hendrix.  He and Al English came over from Searcy for some dance gigs we played.  It was just a combo.  I always played (piano) from what we called a "fake book."  A fake book was printed with just the melody and the chord names, leaving me free to sort of "doctor" it up whatever way I wanted to.  Well, one time we did a tune that Punky didn't know.  So he stood and looked over my shoulder at the fake book.  He put so much air through his clarinet that it actually turned the page of the fake book.  All of us got a good laugh out of that."

You might enjoy going back to the earlier blog and finding out more information about Punky and old Searcy Arkansas.  Thanks to his daughter for providing more pictures!



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Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I'll try to get this back tomorrow.  I bookmarked it and since the fireworks are going on across the street and I have Handel's Royal Fireworks going on....I'm taking leave.  But thanks for an interesting post. 

Jul 04, 2010 04:05 PM #1
Anita Fuller

I never KNEW Punky personally, just knew OF him and his awesome musical talent.  I remember seeing him in the band and in high school but I was too young to "approach" an older student/classmate.  Thanks to his daughter for sharing with us old Searcians the rest of Punky's life.

Jul 05, 2010 01:54 AM #2
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

This article from the January 10, 1962 Searcy Citizen was also sent by Punky's daughter, Sheri.

Searcy native, combo entertain in Tokyo

Punky Caldwell and his combo
 opened Christmas eve
 at the Copacabana night
 club in Tokyo, Japan  it was
 announced by the club's
 management in the Tokyo Times.

The native Searcian's band is
on a Far Eastern tour that will
take the group to appearance runs in
 Hong Kong, Singapore and
Tokyo before they return to
the United States later this year.
Caldwell was greeted on his ar-
rival in Japan at Hanada Airport
 by reporters and newsreel
photographers and reported that
the show at the Copacabana was
filmed last week for presentalion
by Japan's movie industry.
Billed as "the hotestt combo in
show business", the Caldwell Combo
has had success in several
tours throughout the United States,
This is the group's first foreign
tour. Caldwell is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Caldwell of Kensett.

Caldwell, 33, was born in Searcy
and started in the Searcy High
School Band when he was in the
fifth grade. He organized his own
band while in high school and
played in Arkansas and Tennes-
see for several years. From 1956
to 1959 he played with other
bands and organized his own band
1959. Since then he has performed
 in the princinal cities of
the west and northwest. He is
married to theformer Jo Ann
Bogard of Denver. They have two
daughters. Thelma Ruth and
Sheri Lynn.

Punky Caldwell


Paula lived next door to the Caldwells in 1946 when she was in the 6th grade.

She remembers that Punky helped her when she started playing in the Searcy band.

Here's a picture she has of Punky and his good friend Frank Vestal from that time.


Punky Next Door


Jul 05, 2010 02:38 AM #3
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Barbara - While I'm not a big fan of being in pictures, I do enjoy looking at them ... especially those of yesteryear.  Nice localism piece.  I believe I would probably have dug Punky's tunes.

Jul 05, 2010 02:59 AM #4
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Suzanne, thanks for commenting and reading the post.

Anita, you sound like Dude.  He saw him on that porch practicing his lungs out but probably never stopped and said hello.

Don, thanks for that great addition to the blog.  I hope his daughter also sees this one.

Jason, I think you would have loved a punky-tune too.  Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog.


Jul 05, 2010 04:15 AM #5
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


It can be real fun to dredge up old history in the area where you live. I do so sometimes.

Jul 05, 2010 04:49 PM #6
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Steven, it is fun for me.  I just discovered a whole box of old real estate booklets that I'd saved.  Blog fodder!!  Look for more! 

Jul 06, 2010 12:46 AM #7
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

Barbara, Another great Arkie post! I bet if someone Google searches Searcy your picture comes up! Good work.

Jul 07, 2010 01:38 PM #8
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Thanks, Charles.  You're just a very tactful and nice person.  I hope to meet you one of these days in our own Arkie country!

Jul 07, 2010 02:09 PM #9
Denise Keithler
Punky was my uncle. I remember a trip to MN to see the family when I was just a toddler. Sheri posted on FB that he had made a movie when he was in Japan. She would love to find out what movie if possible.
May 11, 2014 11:46 AM #11
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Denise, perhaps Sheri will see this and answer.  I do not know what movie it was. Thanks for finding the blog.

May 11, 2014 09:43 PM #12
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