Photo: Rocket Skating Palace garage rock, 1967

Kempy & The Guardians - Jan67

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The above photo was taken at a Kempy and the Guardians show at Rocket Skating Palace in 1967. Dean Brown, one of the Guardians, tells me it’s the only old photo he has of the band, a part of the Oak Cliff garage-rock scene, which we wrote about last year.

“The tall guy on the organ was David Smith, who passed away a few years ago,” Brown says.

The Rocket Skating Palace was on Cockrell Hill Road between Jefferson and Davis. The neon letters in the picture, R.S.R.O.A., stand for Roller Skating Rink Operators of America, according to Lee Ann Cannon.

via Flickr
via Flickr

Kempy and the Guardians had a reunion last month in Richardson, the first time they’d all been together in 40 years, Brown says.

Here they are, in a garage:

From left to right: Gary Kemp Rawlings, Larry Samford, Dean Brown, Gary Seals and Randy Senter

And here again is Kempy and the Guardians’ awesome single, “Love for a Price.”


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  • How cool Texas007! I grew up in Western Park and it was so cool to go to Rocket Skating Palace in the early 1970’s. The RedBird Skateland in Duncanville came along. My maiden name was Dodd and I have always wondered if we were somehow kin!

  • I do yes I do ! Loved her so much! She would let me work behind the counter at the rink, she was a cool lady.

  • Loved Rocket Skating Palace! anyone remember Mrs. Dodd — the lady behind the glass 🙂

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