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From H. Kent Craig:
Jim Thornton, âœThe Barefoot Boy From Broadslabâ, started in the nightclub business at a location just down the street from Club 15 where S. Saunders merged with S. Wilmington St.

Correct, Jim Thornton's Dance Club, address was 2850 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC. Torn down many years ago

Celebrated New Years at Thorton's 1964. Raleigh's own, The Embers played for the celebration.

Seems I remember Thortons as being a grocery store? I was born in 1962 and grew up in Carolina Pines right off Lake Wheeler on one side and South Saunders on other side.

Jim Thornton was my grandfather. He owned a grocery store on Main Street in Benson, NC and later owned Jim Thornton's Dance Club on Wilmington Street. The Yellow Rose dog food that he ate was actually a can of corned beef hash that they had switched the label for one from Yellow Rose.

Jim Thornton was my grandfather. He owned a grocery store on Main Street in Benson, NC and later owned Jim Thornton's Dance Club on Wilmington Street. The Yellow Rose dog food that he ate was actually a can of corned beef hash that they had switched the label for one from Yellow Rose.

I have a 1961 Ford Starliner that Billy West raced in that area. I was told that the car was sponsored by Jim Thornton and appeared on his TV show. Is there any information or footage of the TV show?

Thanks!
Charlie Hamilton

Wow I ask people from time to time about Saturday night country style no one has a clue
Finding this brings back memories as a child my grand parents worked and lived close to there

Gary, my dad played saxophone in Jim’s band on Saturday Night Country Style 1957 - 1958, WTVD, Channel 11, several years before the club in Raleigh got started. Jim wore shoes back then, did not eat dog food ( or corn beef hash) and led a legit rockabilly band that did rock.

I was born in 1951 in Raleigh and I remember bits and pieces as I grew up.
Remember seeing it on TV and my dad parents lived in Carleigh here on South Sanders Street.
I remember when some of my family members went there.
I am almost 70 now and was just thinking about that place and just lucky me I found it here on the web.
A lot has changed here in Raleigh since then.

i remember going there with my dad who played with jim many years.

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