Friday, December 7, 2007

PART (4) WITH TONY ALAMO IN 1964

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For the next 6 weeks the ads kept coming out. I think it was the 3rd or 4th week when Tony dropped Cashbox and just kept the ads coming in Billboard. The 3rd week was a three quarter page ad. The 4th week a full page and so on. They went from black and white to three color and then to a full color. A four page pullout in the 8th week. No one had ever done this before, so the whole world wide music industry was noticing it.


People were watching to see how far it was going to go. Each week they'd check out Billboard to see if a new and bigger ad was in it and there was. It became kind of a game that everybody was playing. I was blown away by the whole process. You've got to understand that I was just some punk kid from nowhere that nobody had ever heard of, and all of a sudden I was the subject of a lot of the industry. No one knew where the ads were coming from or who was doing this.


People speculated that it was a major label doing it from America as a response to Beatlemania, which had taken over the US along with the rest of the world. The Beatles were the phenomenon, so Tony called me "The World's Next Phenomenon." I had nothing to do with it. I just stood around trying to comprehend what was happening to my life. In fact, for quite awhile nobody knew that I was Bobby Jameson, and when they found out they basically said, "well who the hell are you?"


I didn't know how to respond so Tony responded for me. At first this was great, because he wouldn't let anyone screw with me, but later I found my own voice and trouble between Tony and me soon followed. We had no contract. To this day there is no contract. We had no record. I had to go in the studio (Nashville West) on Melrose Ave., in LA and cut one. We didn't even have muscians on most of the recordings. I wrote, arranged, played, and sang everything.



I basically produced 4 songs that are now the only 2 Talamo Records that exist. "I'm So Lonely/I wanna Love You" and "Okey Fanokey Baby/ Meadow Green". There aren't any others because I didn't have any other songs at the time. People think there are more secret Tony Alamo tapes of Bobby Jameson, but there aren't.

The 9th week Billboard ad was a black and white full page with my face shown for the first time. It also had the record listed "I'm So Lonely/I Wanna Love You" for the first time. There was no planning. Everything was done in a rush. The whole damn thing from the beginning to finally having a record took 9 weeks. My whole life changed forever in 9 weeks. I went from dreaming it to being it. I had no way of knowing what I was supposed to do next, so I kept waiting for Tony to tell me, and he told me.


Do this, go here, go there, dress like this, act like that. Everything he told me to do I did, because I didn't know what else to do. He once looked at me and said, "You are a star. You need to be convinced that you are a star. Right now," he said, "you just want to be a star, but I'm telling you, Bobby, that you are already a star. Now believe it and don't ever doubt it again." The amount of time it took him to say those words to me is the amount of time it took me to accept them as the absolute truth. Bullshit or not, I was utterly changed forever by those words, "You are a star!" "Right!" I thought, "My name is Bobby Jameson and I am a star."

I was forever doomed by that belief. Forever separated from others because of it. I have lived to regret it to this very day. Even now there is a part of me that still believes, "My name is Bobby Jameson and I am a star." I am also alone.....

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7 comments:

  1. he more I read this the more amazing it gets.I used to be a member of Tony Alamo's cult for almost 15 yrs.and I've heard T.A.'s recital more times than I could care to recount.. Bobby, were you with Tony at the meeting where he claimed he was converted?
    It's good to hear you've made it away from him in one piece.

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  2. BOBBY RESPONDING TO COMMENT OF SMITTY.

    Smitty, I new Tony before he was converted and as he was being converted. The first time he began this process was while he was smoking pot. I will go into a detailed account of this shortly. Keep reading it.

    Thank you, Bobby

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  3. Bobby,

    Alot of people are reading your blog that is being posted on Factnet.com, under Alamo Ministries.

    I was a member for 18 years. I have heard your name countless times over the years through Tony's "testimony".

    It is so great that you are telling the truth as we already know it, that Tony Alamo is a con-artist. Always was...ALWAYS WILL BE!

    Thank you for your story! Glad to see that you made it out of his clutches!

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  4. This is a message to Factnet.com,

    I WENT TO FACTNET.COM AND READ WHAT YOU PEOPLE WERE SAYING ABOUT WHAT I AM WRITING. I TRIED THREE TIMES TO LEAVE YOU A MESSAGE, BUT I WAS UNSUCCESSFUL. I FOLLOWED YOUR DIRECTIONS BUT I COULD NOT LEAVE THE MESSAGE. I WAS THE TOPIC, BUT I COULDN'T LEAVE A MESSAGE. THAT's ABOUT AS IRONIC AS IT GETS. MAYBE YOU OUGHT TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR SOMEONE LIKE MYSELF TO SPEAK TO YOU.

    A VERY FRUSTRATED, BOBBY JAMESON

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  5. Bobby,
    The former members of Tony's cult would love to dialog with you on Factnet, but we don't have any control over who signs up on Factnet. There is a process you have to follow to join up. Sometimes it takes awhile and sometimes because of people's internet server they have a problem. Please keep trying.

    In the meantime we all look forward to your next vignette disclosing your experiences with Tony Alamo.
    Thank you!

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  6. Bobby,
    Were you there in the office where Tony's SUPPOSED conversion took place? If so could you please relay what you witnessed?

    It is most interesting that Tony was a POT HEAD and was having visions of grandeur, thinking God was speaking to him.

    What happened after this meeting?
    Did Tony go into hiding for awhile?
    How did you part ways?

    Bobby, thanks for setting the record straight after all these years. I'm sure Tony never expected you to surface and expose him for the con-artist he was even back then.

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  7. Comment by Bobby Jameson in response to question. "Was I in the office with Tony that day?"
    Yes! There was the little jewish investor, myself and Tony. No one else was in that room. It was the three of us, period.

    Bobby Jameson

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