Saturday, August 02, 2008

CLOWN ALLEY: Ringling Red Unit, 1971


The 101st edition Red Unit Clown Alley of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus featuring such luminaries as Peggy Williams, Jim Howle, Billy Baker, Frosty Little, Mike Padilla, Keith Crary, Billy Ward, Danny Chapman, Zapata as well as Master Clowns Bobby Kay and Lou Jacobs.

Can anyone out there fill in the names of some of the others?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is that Johnny Peers on the left?

-Dan McCallum

Pat Cashin said...

It very probably is.

Good catch, Danny!

Mike Naughton said...

The clown to the right of Lou, with his chin resting on his hand, is Michael Newton-Brown, I believe.

Why would they place a little person, Mike P., up in the middle of the photo instead of down in front.

Mike Naughton said...

Eric Braun is to the left of Keith; and above Lou to the right is Jimmy Briscoe.

clownron said...

Yes, I think that's Johnny in a very early make-up I would guess. Also... Jimmy Briscoe down right of Frosty. If I am not mistaken that is a VERY early Richard Mann standing on the right.

I think the spec that year was "A salute to Hallucinogens!" Lots of beads, giant flowers, and melting make-ups...

Sue Lenz said...

Jimmy Briscoe on the right of Frosty & Keith.

clownron said...

Wow! I NEVER saw Eric Braun in that much make-up. What a great guy to tour with... ALL of these folks were great to tour with. (You too Sue! XOXO)

Michael Newton-Brown said...

Yes, it is Johnny Peers. Mike is right, it is me by Lou with the sailor hat. Yes, it is Richard Mann.
Upper left is Jocko, next to him is Brad. To the right of Jimmy is Ken, I think. He had a clown car act later on.Where was Frankie Saluto when this one was taken? I recognize others, but not their names.

Margaret said...

Pat, just in case you didn't know, second from the left on the top row is Brad Ward, Adam's uncle..( he is married to my sister Julee.)