In memory of ‘Doc’ Horn
By 12/21/2006 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
RED OAK- 'Oh the Crystal Chandeliers light up the paintings on the wall,' the now famous words written by an even more famous Charlie Pride, were to become the name of a club for which Pride was soon to be the opening act.
All around the walls were to be the paintings of all the famous entertainers, each painting added as they appeared at the Crystal Chandelier, and no expense was spared in providing a first class venue in which they were to perform.
One morning back in ‘82, as I was driving past the southeast corner of Bear Creek and I-35E, I saw a blue chevy pick up sitting on the side of the road. As I had heard there was to be a new night club to soon come to the area, I pulled over, went over to the blue Chevy and introduced myself.
'You got anything to do with that new club they're building?' I asked.
'Sure do' he said, 'jump in the truck here, and I'll show you what I'm doing.' And with that, I met the now famous 'Doc' Horn, and he really was just that friendly and down to earth of a guy.
Doc had envisioned a great club named after his favorite song and singer, but had no idea of the needs of traveling bus weary musicians. Amenities like separate arrangements for both men and women entertainers, full size, properly lit make up mirrors for the gals,and couches, showers, dressing rooms and the back stage door was soon to lead to it all.
I am so proud to say that my band, 'HB Hatfield' played there, and to have fronted many name acts.
When he knew I was in off the road, Doc would call me and say, 'Harley, git'on down here, Hank's in tonight.'
Throughout the years Doc would show up at many of our shows at Billy Bob's or the Texas Renegade unannounced and always come back stage to visit. He could also be found wherever Roy Clayton was playing, as he and Roy were good buddies.
Now it was always well known that Doc Horn was certainly not one to back down from a good fight, and one night I was so fortunate to find myself on the recieving end of one of those untimely, but righteous brawls.
Not with Doc that is, but rather back to back with Doc fighting off four big 'ol'cowboys' that were punchin' holes in the sheetrock in the restrooms.
Born Clyde Demond Horn on Dec. 5, 1934, Doc was to be given his nickname by an uncle in the construction business. It seems that when no-one could fix major problems Doc could, thus the name.
Doc fought a long and hard battle, hospitalized for a severe blood infection for three months, he passed on Nov. 24, 2006. He is survived by wife, Mary Francis, daughters, Diana, Debra, Dena and Denise and son David. His son Demond Jr was killed in an auto accident in 1979.
We will all miss Doc Horn, all the great acts we got to see for a nominal price including Conway Twitty, Reba Mcintyre, Janie Fricke, Earl Thomas Conley, Hank Williams Jr, Charlie Pride, Loretta Lynn, T.Graham Brown, Gary Stewart, (to name just a few) and all the good times he provided many of us from Southern Dallas County to northern Ellis County and all around 'Oh the Crystal Chandeliers light up the paintings on the wall, the marble statuettes are standing stately in the hall.'
We will miss you Doc.