Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Dan Atcheson:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1956-2008, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Atcheson, Daniel Benn
Title: Dan Atcheson Papers,
Dates: 1956-2008
Abstract: The collection describes the life and career of Dan Atcheson. It contains contain electrostatic copies of newspaper clippings, photographs, legal documents, vinyl records, and original sheet music by Dan Atcheson, Mike Atcheson, Edwin Greines, John Scarbrough, and Jerry Goolsby.
Collection # AV 0008
Quantity: 1 boxes (1.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Dan Atcheson is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. James Atcheson of Lubbock, Texas. Dan, and older brother Mike, had a rock and roll band called the Velveteens beginning in 1959. Younger brother Tim joined later and other personnel included William Redden, Rick Carnrick, John Scarbrough, Skip Upton, Clyde Mann, Doug Walding, and cousin David Wright.

In January of 1965, the Velveteens signed a contract with Golden Artist Recording Company of Fort Worth, Texas to record "Ching Bam Bah" and "I Feel Sorry for You" written by Dan and Tim Atcheson. In April of 1965, Billboard Magazine gave them 4 stars for "Ching Bam Bah."

In February of 1967, Dan, Mike, Tim, Rick, and John, changing their band's name to The Traveling Salesmen, signed a recording contract with RCA Victor to record "Days of My Years." In 1973, The Traveling Salesmen included the additional personnel of Greg Wright, Tim McCasland, Bill Meadows, and Bill Brown.

Dan graduated from Texas Tech University with a B.S. in mathematics and a minor in geology in 1969. After working as a construction cost estimator for three years he taught in the engineering department of Texas Tech from 1972 to 1980. He taught Construction Cost Estimating I and II, and has written six books on the subject as well many technical papers for trade magazines. In 2004, Dan was the seventh person to be inducted into the Monterey High School Alumni Hall of Fame out of 23,000 alumni.


Scope and Content

The collection contains artwork, correspondence, legal documents, memorabilia, a memorial program printed for the dedication of Lubbock's Buddy Holly statue, photographs, negatives, printed material, 45-rpm vinyl records, set lists, song lyrics, and original sheet music of the Velveteens and Traveling Salesmen. The collection is in good condition and is part of the Crossroads of Music archive.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law. Audio and visual recordings may need to be reformatted prior to use and require advance notice to the Reference Librarian.


Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Atcheson, Daniel Benn.
Atcheson, Mike.
Atcheson, Tim.
Brown, Bill, 1948 September 25-
Carnrick, Rick.
Mann, Clyde.
McCasland, Tim.
Meadows, Bill.
Redden, Willie.
Scarbrough, John.
Upton, Skip.
Walding, Doug.
Wright, David.
Wright, Greg.
Subjects (Organizations)
Traveling Salesmen (Musical Group).
Twilights Combo (Musical Group).
Velveteens (Musical Group).
West Texas Walk of Fame.
Subjects (Places)
Fort Worth (Tex.).
Lubbock (Tex.).
Subjects
20th century rock and roll.
Rock groups.
Rock music.
Rock musicians in art.
Rock 'n' roll era.
Texas music.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dan Atcheson Papers, 1956-2008, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Accession number(s):
2010-0136-A

Gift, 2010

Processed by

Cynthia Curry


Collection Inventory

Manuscripts

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1 1 Artwork: Six pencil sketches of band members, two signed by Carter, one signed by John, 1963-1967 and undated
2 Awards: Billboard's Four Star Review; Texas Tech University Distinguished Engineers, 1965-1975
3 Correspondence: Joseph Schribman of Beverly Hills, California; Michael Atcheson; Edwin Greines of Fort Worth, Texas; Lou Adler of Bevery Hills, California; Marilyn Toombs; Tim Walker; Lou-Pat Camp; Glenn Hopkins; Richard B. Hall, Jr. of Reese Air Force Base; Alpha Tau Omega, Leah Wetherington, Frank Smith, Macey Malin, The Vicounts; Bernice; Donna; Lanny Wadleigh; Tim McCasland; Craig, 1966-2008 and undated
4 Legal Materials: Agreement with Golden Artist Recording Company of Fort Worth, Texas; copyright certificates for "Ching Bam Ba (Tra La La La)" "I Feel Sorry For You Baby" and "Days of My Years", Transfer of Copyright for "Day of My Years", Contract with Option Agreement between RCA Victor Record Division and The Traveling Salesmen consisting of Mike Atcheson, Dan Atcheson, Tim Atcheson, Rick Carnrick, and John Scarbrough, 1965-1967
5 Memorabilia: Monterey Senior High School Dedicatory Program booklet; promotional photo of The Beatles; promotional photo of Buddy Holly and The Crickets; program from Panther-A-Go-Go; KLBK Fantabulous "40" Survey; handwritten sign from recording session; Old West wanted poster featuring Mike Atcheson, Dan Atcheson, and Tim Atcheson; Hayloft Dinner Theater program; 8.5" x 14" publicity poster for Velveteens; 8.5" x 14" hand drawn publicity poster for Traveling Salesmen and Zurick; 8.5" x 11" hand drawn publicity poster for Traveling Salesmen and Crushed Ice; page torn from Texas Techsan featuring Ralna English, 1956-1977 and undated
6 Memorials: Program for dedication of Buddy Holly Memorial statue featuring sculptor Grant Speed, The Crickets, Waylon Jennings, photographs of Buddy Holly with various band members, organizer Larry Corbin, 1979
7 Newspaper clippings: First Methodist News, Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Evans Jr. High, Texas Tech University Daily, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Monterey Mirror, The Coronado Crest, articles, ads, pictures, 1960-1993
Photographs (AV numbers denote existing digital scans in JPEG and TIF formats)
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1 0 Black and White: 1: Mike Atcheson, Dan Atcheson with guitars, Velveteen drum kit; 2: Wille Redden, Velveteens with Mike Atcheson, Skip Upton, Dan Atcheson, and Willi Redden; 3: Clyde Mann at drums, Velveteens with Skip Upton, Clyde Mann, Dan Atcheson, and Mike Atcheson; 4: Velveteens with Mike Atcheson, Tim Atcheson, and Dan Atcheson, Luraline; 5: The Velveteens with Dan Atcheson, David Wright, Mike Atcheson, and Tim Atcheson at KSEL contest; 6: The Sharps with unknown drummer, Richard Ferrier, Don Baggett, and Skip Upton; 7: Unknown three piece band with pedal-steel guitar, guitar, and bass; 8: Velveteens publicity photograph, Dan Atcheson, Rick Carnrick, Tim Atcheson, John Scarbrough, Mike Atcheson; 9: John Scarbrough, Dan Atcheson, Rick Carnrick, Tim Atcheson; 10: Mike Atcheson; 11: Publicity photographs, The Traveling Salesmen, Timmy McCasland, Greg Wright, Bill Brown, Dan Atcheson, Tim Atcheson, Billy Meadows; 12: Wayne Storey at keyboard and microphone; 13: Glen "Bleep" Garnett on drums; 14: Vince Hopkins with guitar; 15: The Traveling Salesmen, Greg Wright, Dan Atcheson, Tim Atcheson, Tim McCasland, Bill Brown, Billy Meadows, August 1963 to 1973 and undated
0 Color: 1: Dan Atcheson at J.T.Hutcheson Junior High School, Lubbock, Texas; 2: Velveteens, Skip Upton, Dan Atcheson, Mike Atcheson, Willie Redden; 3: Dan Atcheson with car, with guitar; 4: RCA's The Traveling Salesmen red Chevrolet van, abandoned hotel in Terlingua, Texas, John Scarbrough and Edwin Greines at recording studio in Fort Wort, Texas, the Enterprise store front; 5: Rick Carnrick on trip to Corpus Christi, Texas, Tim Atcheson in recording studio, Fort Worth, Texas, Tim Atcheson, Dan Atcheson, John Scarbrough at recording studio, Fort Worth, Texas, John Scarbrough playing the organ at recording studio, Fort Worth, Texas; 6: Jerry Goolsby, Dan Atcheson, Glen Bonds, Steve Williams, Tim Atcheson; 7: Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, Victoria, Britsh Colombia, 1967 to 1971 and undated
0 Negatives and Proof Sheets: 1: Dan Atcheson, guitar, VOX pedal, Tim Atcheson, Mike Atcheson, Rick Carnrick, John Scarbrough; 2: Dan Atcheson, guitar, VOX pedal, Tim Atcheson, Mike Atcheson, Rick Carnrick, John Scarbrough; 3: Mike Atcheson, Dan Atcheson, Tim Atcheson; 4: Mike Atcheson, Dan Atcheson, Tim Atcheson; 5: Mike Atcheson, Dan Atcheson, Tim Atcheson, John Scarbrough, Rick Carnrick; 6: Mike Atcheson, Dan Atcheson, Tim Atcheson, John Scarbrough, Rick Carnrick; 7: Dan Atcheson at drums, Tim Atcheson, Mike Atcheson, John Scarbrough; 8: Dan Atcheson at drums, Tim Atcheson, Mike Atcheson, John Scarbrough; 9: John Scarbrough, Mike Atcheson, Dan Atcheson, Tim Atcheson, Rick Carnrick; 10: John Scarbrough, Mike Atcheson, Dan Atcheson, Tim Atcheson, Rick Carnrick; 11: Dan Atcheson, Mike Atcheson, Rick Carnrick, John Scarbrough, Tim Atcheson; 12: Dan Atcheson, Mike Atcheson, Rick Carnrick, John Scarbrough, Tim Atcheson; 13: Mike Atcheson, John Scarbrough, Dan Atcheson, Tim McCasland, Tim Atcheson; 14: Mike Atcheson, Tim McCasland; 15: Dan Atcheson in military jacket, Tim McCasland in hat with turkey feather; 16: Tim McCasland, Dan Atcheson, Mike Atcheson; 17: Sigma Nu gathering, unknown, undated
11 Printed Materials: Monterey High School Dedicatory Program, registration card for 1966 Chevy van, Dance Calendar for The Music Box including The Velveteens, The Sparkles, Ravens, Nite Beats, Nite Owls, Expressions, Hide Aways, Avantis, business cards for The Velveteens, The Ravin' Ravens, The Bel-Aires, Don's Dive N' Shop, bullybaby.com, The Crickets, Rhythm Teens, 1956-1970 and undated
12 Set Lists: Four index cards with 55 fast cover tunes and 2 originals "Ching Bam Bah" and "I Feel Sorry For You Baby" and 16 slow cover tunes, two sheets notebook paper with set lists of 59 cover tunes, three sheets typing paper with set lists from The Twilights Combo, 27 fast and 21 slow cover tunes, undated
13 Sheet Music--originals: Michael E. Atcheson: "Days of My Years" "Dance Little Girl"; Mike Atcheson and Edwin Greines: "Variations of a Love"; Unknown: "I Never Knew What Love Was Like"; instrumental parts for unidentified song, undated
14 Song Lyrics--originals: Mike Atcheson: "The Poet and The Painter" "Hush Hush" "Oh I Know" "Variations of Dewdrops" "Dance Little Girl" "It Isn't True" "Born With You" "I Never Knew What You Were Up To" "There's A Road" "I Think That Maybe I'm Dreaming" "You Ma" "You Don't Try Too Hard" "Operator" "I Never Knew What Love Was Like" "I Don't Live Today"; John Scarbrough: "Who Would Want To Be A Bird" "Dreams of A Thousand Lands" "I Had A Girl"; Jerry Goolsby: "I've Never Been Closer", undated



Audio Visual Materials

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1 15-16 7-inch 45-rpm records: Velveteens: "Ching Bam Bah" and "I Feel Sorry For You Baby" with original sleeves depicting The Velveteens performing at Panther-A-Go-Go in Fort Worth, Texas (2 copies), 1965