Well, phooey. I **really** wanted to get over to Terrific New Theatre’s production of ‘Sand Mountain Saturday Night’, but it ends Saturday and there is just no way I can get to it.
My Nanny’s people – the Gilberts and the Fossetts – came from Sand Mountain, specifically Grove Oak.
I don’t know how musically-inclined the Gilberts were, but the Fossetts were something else. My (great-)PawPaw Fossett (Azzie Franklin Fossett) could play piano by ear! PawPaw and his brother V.O. sang together, and V.O. Fossett is in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame:
V. O. FOSSETT— – Dekalb County, Alabama
- Renowned for his thoroughness in gospel song work.
- He was a teacher, an accompanist, a member of the Baxter Quartet, a writer of hundreds of songs, and editor-in-chief of song books published by the Stamps-Baxter Company.
V.O. is probably best known for writing the music for a song *everyone* knows – “I Shall Not Be Moved”.