" + $site_name + " logo

The History of Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts

by Charly Mann


Full content including photographs now available on a subscription basis.

See Subscribe button in upper right corner.



aniya      8:07 PM Wed 2/8/2012

my grand pa was jack massey and in the son baby let me bang yur box they sadi hey jack yeah man wat you do last night and he was actually chiiliing with my grand ma at a party lol i love him but he is in heaven singin for god now i bet god gets tierd of him singing about us but then again he is a famose singer so he can rock any ones boat with his biutyful tune from aniya marie taylor his granddauhghtaer i qam 12 and am now bout to land my singing career now<br \>

Terry      2:30 PM Thu 9/15/2011

I was a member of Kappa Alpha Order in 1961 at the University of Kentucky when we booked Doug Clark and The Hot Nuts for a big all-campus party at a large venue entitled Joyland Park. Ralph Prince was the lead singer, and he and John Clark performed all of the back and forth double entendre banter between songs. In those segregated days, there was only one motel in Lexington for African-Americans, and it had a horrible reputation for lawlessness. Consequently, we made makeshift beds for Doug and the band in the KA basement where they spent the night after the gig. The next morning, they enjoyed breakfast gratis in our dining room, and as they headed back to Chapel Hill John left us a very nice note on our bulletin board stating the KA&#39;s at Kentucky &quot;were true Southern Gentlemen.&quot; Great times.

bebe johns fox      12:29 PM Fri 3/25/2011

Edy...<br \><br \>The 1950&#39;s in NC were pretty heavenly BECAUSE of quote black music!!!!<br \>Everybody loved to go to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina and shag...Cherry Grove was also wonderful. We were not integrated yet but the music makes our hearts race to this day...and I am 73!!!<br \><br \>Bebe<br \><br \>PS I am attempting to write a book about old Orange Co. and realllly need to know the names of the parents of football great, JACK MERRITT, whose nickname was THE BATTERING RAM. Vic Huggins was inspired by that nickn ame to arrange for UNC to acquire a mascot. Vic was head cheerleader in the early 1920&#39;s. He got permission to order a ram from Texas. The 50.00 animal arrived by train. There is a pic of him on the net....bless his heart, he was one pitiful looking animal.

edy redmond      3:56 PM Fri 3/11/2011

the northwest got everything late and this was no exception. As a matter of fact, I&#39;ve never heard of Chaple Hill or the Hot Nuts. We didn&#39;t even know there were black colleges. At least I didn&#39;t. This is a great story and I&#39;d like to hear the music related here. Can someone send me a sample or download it to this site, so when people view this blog they can also hear the music. The 60&#39;s were a time of redefining what it meant to be colored/negro/black/african american. Many of us &quot;found&quot; ourselves and music was fissure we used to break through the status quo. I loved the 60&#39;s. Even in lowly/square/slow Seattle we had bands doing battle every week-end. Being stuck over here in the far corner of west we lost out on alot of Black History. Thanks for posting that most informational piece.

paul      8:10 PM Sat 1/8/2011

I have the on campus original record if anyone is interested in purchasing it! in great shape.<br \>email me at paulmt1@charter.net

paul      8:08 PM Sat 1/8/2011

I have this record if anyone is interested in purchasing it! in great shape.<br \>email me at paulmt1@charter.net

Larry Howell      11:25 AM Mon 10/26/2009

I still laugh when I think of the Hot Nuts. Again, what a great gimpse of nostalgia. While they may have been irreverant, they were still funny and don&#39;t forget, talented as well. Hot nuts, hot nuts, get &#39;em from your peanut man.

Anne Ray Swindell      2:58 PM Sun 8/23/2009

The Hot Nuts played at CHHS for the Junior-Senior Prom in 1963. After Mother May had a talk with Doug Clark, the music was toned down a bit, and they never played at CHHS again! Mother May Marshbanks was our principal at the time.

Graham Carter      11:09 AM Wed 6/3/2009

I saw the Hot Nuts several times in the mid 60s. They always put on a memorable show that was based much more on talent than the naughthy content of their music. If you really listen to the words, you will find a high percentage of pop music is sexually suggestive.

C Womack      12:20 PM Tue 6/2/2009

Never heard of these guys, but they were 35 years before my time. I thought their song Hot Nuts was funny, and certainly tame compared to much of the Rap Music of my generation.

Walt Heath      5:21 PM Mon 6/1/2009

Thanks for giving Doug and the Hot Nuts their due. I don&#39;t recall any Chapel Hill media even acknowledging their existence in the 60s.

Frankie Justice      2:36 PM Mon 6/1/2009

What a blog! A piece on Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts followed by one on Thomas Wolfe - now that&#39;s covering a wide spectrum of Chapel Hill history.

Kim Long      10:57 AM Mon 6/1/2009

What most people don&#39;t know is that the Hot Nuts were one of the best bands of the sixties. They always had great muscians and vocalists, and were highly inventive with their arrangements. I recall them doing sets of nothing but straight dance music that were fantastic.

Al Davis      6:34 PM Sun 5/31/2009

That original version of Hot Nuts is great.

Don West      12:22 PM Sun 5/31/2009

I agree that their second album is their best, but their first is a close second, after that the material seemed too contrived.

To comment using your account, simply login or sign up above

Bite Sized Facts Link for Useful facts, financial success, universal truths, and great health info

Chapel Hill is located on a hill whose only distinguishing feature in the 18th century was a small chapel on top called New Hope Chapel. This church was built in 1752 and is currently the location of The Carolina Inn. The town was founded in 1819, and chartered in 1851.



What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.

-- Charles Kuralt



Dark Side of the Hill -- Pink Floyd, the creators of the most popular album in history, Dark Side of the Moon, took the second half of their name from Floyd Council, a Chapel Hill native, and great blues singer and guitarist. He once belonged to a group called "The Chapel Hillbillies".



Check out Charly Mann's other website:
Oklahoma Birds and Butterflies


We need your help. Send your submissions, ideas, photos, and questions to CHMemories@gmail.com.





There would probably be no Chapel Hill if the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees in 1793 had not chosen land across from New Hope Chapel for the location of the university. By 1800 there were about 100 people living in thirty houses surrounding the campus.



The University North Carolina's first student was Hinton James, who enrolled in February, 1795. There is now a dormitory on the campus named in his honor.





The University of North Carolina was closed from 1870 to 1875 because of lack of state funding.





William Ackland left his art collection and $1.25 million to Duke University in 1940 on the condition that he would be buried in the art museum that the University was to build with his bequest. Duke rejected this condition even though members of the Duke Family are buried in Duke Chapel. What followed was a long and acrimonious legal battle between Ackland relatives who now wanted the inheritance, Rollins College, and the University of North Carolina, each attempting to receive the funds. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and in 1949 UNC was awarded the money for the museum. Ackland is buried near the museum's entrance. When the museum first opened, in the early sixties, there were rumors that his remains were leaking out of the mausoleum.



The official name of the Arboretum on the University of North Carolina campus is the Coker Arboretum. It is named after Dr. William Cocker, the University's first botany professor. It occupies a little more than five acres. It was founded in 1903.



Chapel Hill's main street has always been called Franklin Street. It was named after Benjamin Franklin in the early 1790s.



We need your help. Send your submissions, ideas, photos, and questions to CHMemories@gmail.com.



Chapel Hill High School and Chapel Hill Junior High were on Franklin Street in the same location as University Square until the mid 1960s.



The Colonial Drug Store at 450 West Franklin Street was owned and operated by John Carswell. It was famous for a fresh-squeezed carbonated orange beverage called a "Big O". In the early 1970s, I managed the Record and Tape Center next door, and must have had over 100 of those drinks. The Colonial Drug Store closed in 1996.



Sutton's Drugstore, which opened in 1923, has one of the last soda fountains in the South. It is one of the few businesses remaining on Franklin Street that was in operation when I was growing up in the 1950s.



Future President Gerald Ford lived in Chapel Hill twice. First when he was 24, in 1938, he took a law couse in summer school at UNC. He lived in the Carr Building, which was a law school dormitory. At the same time, Richard Nixon, the man he served under as Vice President, was attending law school at Duke. In 1942, Ford returned to Chapel Hill to attend the U.S. Navy's Pre-Flight School training program. He lived in a rental house on Hidden Hills Drive.



All rights reserved on Chapel Hill Memories photography and content

Contact us