Slang expert and author. Tom has studied the "Hipsemantic" extensively and featured it in a section of his excellent slang book "From Flappers to Rappers". He has called Lord Buckley one of the great voices of the 20th Century.


citation for "From Flappers to Rappers" in the bibliography at LBC

[1929 - 1995]

A person of the theatre and film worlds, appeared with Buckley and Del Close one night in 1960 in Chicago at The Gate of Horn in a performance billed as "The Seacoast of Bohemia.

[1931 - 1955]

'50s actor of much promise who's life ended tragically in a car wreck. Since then James Dean has become a major icon symbolising teenage angst and rebellion. His most recent incarnation is on a 32 cent US postage stamp. Buckley does a lovely tribute to Prince Dean in James Dean (Message to Teenagers)


read Lord Buckley's James Dean at LBC



Has probably the world's largest collection of comedy records. In his book Laughter on Record he compiled the first discography of Buckley records.

DEWITT, BOB (The Rebellious Duke of Topanga)
[1913 - 2007]

Bob Dewitt was co-owner, along with his wife Doi, of the Job Restaurant in Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles in the '50s. Bob at that time was a swingin' barefoot real estate agent filled with the sweet juice of life. When he meet Buckley he found a kindred spirit and the two of them hooted and hollered their way through many a night at the Job Restaurant. It was at that restaurant that The Church of The Living Swing came into being.


read Bob Dewitt's obit at LBC

[1912 - 2011]

Doi Dewitt was co-owner, along with her husband Bob, of the Job Restaurant in Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles in the '50s. Doi (pronounced Dough - E) had the scarfin' riff down right and tight and she was with it all the way menu style. Doi dug The Lord for his use of language and his wild inventiveness. In Doi and Bob's later years they days lived on their land near Yosemite where they grew their own food and entertained the occasional guests with tales of The Lord and others from their richly full lives.

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Avante Garde flutist who has been called the "Paganinni and Jimi Hendrix of the flute." Dick combines his considerable classical training with a tremendous gift for pushing the creative envelope. He has written several pieces inspired by Lord Buckley's work, including A Black Lake With A Blue Boat On It and My Own Railroad.


Visit Robert's website

[1924 - 2010]

Owner of The Village Gate and well known figure in Greenwich Village cultural and political affairs. D'Lugoff was deep into the fray with the Citizen's Action Committee trying help Lord Buckley get his Cabaret Card back. Buckley played at the Gate just before his last gig at The Jazz Gallery. Harold Humes was trying despartly to keep Buckley afloat and he beseeched D'Lugogg to get some some money over to Lord Buckley. According to Hume, "To his eternal credit, D'Lugoff asked no questions, but immediately sent money over."

DREW, JAMES (Prince James)
[1929 - 2010]

Pianist, composer and playwright that swung with His Lordship in the mid to late '50s in Chicago and Miami. Prince James encouraged and worked shoulder to shoulder with Lord Buckley to up the cultural ante at many a watering hole in the aforementioned cities. Along the great swingin' road of life he collected any number of honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowshop, support from the Rockefeller and the NEA. He served with distinction on the faculties of such universities as Yale and UCLA. His work has been featured on PBS. He was the first director of the GREYWOLF Institute.


GREYWOLF Institute


Singer and songwriter. Early in his career Bob Dylan performed Black Cross, one of Lord Buckley's signature pieces.

L I N K S:

Bob Dylan website

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