University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Richard Ames Music Collection, 1964-1970

Descriptive Summary

Creator Ames, Richard
Title Richard Ames Music Collection
Dates: 1964-1970
Abstract: The collection documents Richard and Steve Ames' work as managers and producers of several 1960's bands, such as The Moving Sidewalks and Neil Ford and the Fanatics. Contains promotional materials, contracts, correspondence, photographs, press clippings, and notes.
Accession No.: 2007-264
Extent 4 in.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Creator Sketch:

Richard Ames was the producer and manager for several bands in the mid-1960’s, including The Moving Sidewalks and Neal Ford and the Fanatics. He co-owned Houston-based Tantara Records with his younger brother, Steve Ames.

Scope and Contents:

Promotional materials, contracts, correspondence, photographs, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, and notes document Richard and Steve Ames’ work managing and promoting The Moving Sidewalks and Neal Ford and the Fanatics, as well as The Outsiders and The Magic Ring. The collection’s print media articles and fan club booklets provide detailed background information about the bands. Steve Ames created most of the notes, drawings, and designs in the collection, and his calendars for 1965-1968 include notes on concerts, recordings, and band-related developments. The Ames brothers’ correspondence relates primarily to contracts and promotions. The color poster of Neal Ford and the Fanatics was the cover image of their 1968 self-entitled album.


Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Richard Ames Music Collection, 1964-1970, the Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Collection



3D110 Promotional Materials and Band Repertoire, 1965-1967
Press profile, Neal Ford and the Fanatics, 1966
Bumper stickers, The Moving Sidewalks, undated
Membership cards, The Moving Sidewalks Fan Club, undated
Booklets, “Neal Ford and the Fanatics: Their Story”, 1967
Record industry promotional publications, 1967
“The Record Guide of Southern California”
“Promotion in Motion”
“As I.Z. It”
Score for “Gonna Be My Girl”, Neal Ford and the Fanatics, undated
Notebook, Steve Ames, c. 1967
Assorted handwritten notes, album designs, drawings, and lyrics, undated
Contracts, for band performances and recordings by The Moving Sidewalks, Neal Ford and the Fanatics, The Magic Ring, and The Outsiders, 1964-1968
Correspondence, Richard and Steve Ames, 1967-1968 and undated
Local Print Media, 1966-1967
Articles and photographs, 1966-1967
“Profile: Neal Ford & the Fanatics”, Varsity Tattler, August 1966
“How to Organize a Band”, Richard Ames, Varsity, December 1966
“Fanatics: Fast Men of Music”, Houston Post, January 8, 1967
Photo, The Moving Sidewalks, Houston Post, February 19, 1967
“Road to Riches?”, Texas Magazine, April 16, 1967
Concert advertisements, 1967
Tickets and Labels, 1970 and undated
“First People’s Concert”, 1970
Teen dance featuring Neal Ford and the Fanatics, undated
Labels, “Gonna Be My Girl”, Neal Ford and the Fanatics, undated
3S447 Photographs, The Moving Sidewalks, Neal Ford and the Fanatics, 1965 and undated
2.325/T58c Calendars, annotated by Steve Ames, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968
2.325/OD3 Poster, color photo of Neal Ford and the Fanatics with Houston skyline, 1967