In April of 1956, two twenty-one-year-old boys, Thomas James and Fred Grimes, drove from Brownwood, Texas to Dallas to visit Betty James, Thomas’ sister and a student at Southern Methodist University. While visiting the campus a group of students decided on a trip to the Colony Club. Car loaded with students including Thomas and Fred caravanned downtown.
A big 2-sided sign on the Colony Club’s sidewalk pictured a gorgeous blond in a white cowboy hat, her 36-23-34 torso covered with a blue cowboy top and shorts, wearing empty gun holsters. The blond had her 2 Colt 45s pointed toward the camera. Beneath the sign the beautiful lady was identified as Candy Barr.
At the ticket office, a small sign warned that one must be at least 21 to enter the establishment. Each student purchased a five dollar ticket and entered the club. It was a slow night, half full or half empty, depending on your point of view. In the stage a young girl was traipsing around on the stage, swaying to the music of the small orchestra and slipping of pieces of her clothing. When her dance ended, the lights came up for intermission. Thomas and Fred ordered fifty cent soft drinks and waited for Candy Barr to appear. Suddenly all hell broke loose. A passel of Dallas cops poured in ans began arresting the college boys, including Thomas and Fred.
Story continued on Page 178 of Candy Barr, The Book.
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