Each Monday Party Time Texas will feature a new blog. Our blogs are written by Elizabeth Nietert, our Event Sales and Market Coordinator. Embrace her journey with Party Time Texas. She will take you on the event planning ride! The blogs describe the in's and out's of different events. With Elizabeth, not only will you learn how to plan, but you will relate to her struggles and triumphs. Engage by reflection, rejoice in the moments, and refresh your party planner spirit. Come join us as we celebrate the moments that make our company's purpose stand out.
The story continues....
On August 17th, Bill walked towards the hotels front desk where Johnny and the band where scheduled to play.
"Howdy, how can I help Y'all?" - Said the native Texan woman.
"Y'all, it's just me." - Bill
"Oh, honey we say that no matter how many of you are around. What can I do for you?" - Texan
"We're here for the Elvis gig." - Bill
"Oh, right, right. Did you hear what happened?" - Texan
"Did I hear what happened?" - Bill
"Why honey, Elvis died yesterday!" - Texan
Bill went back to his car in shock. Thoughts such as is the gig cancelled, and what are we supposed to do now circled around his mind. Bill was on his way to break the news to Johnny. To their dismay, the news shocked audiences around the world!
Bill and Johnny loaded up for their Cotton Bowl performance a couple weeks later as the dust settled. The show must go on, right? Once the stage was set, mics plugged in, guitar straps attached, both Johnny and Bill grew worry with nerves. What would the audience think of their performance? Would they think it was a cruel joke and get booed off the stage?
Apparently, as Johnny took the Cotton Bowl stage, a surprise wave of excitement flew across each seat. The crowd wasn't upset or perturbed by Johnny the Elvis Impersonator. Instead the crowd roared with pleasure that Elvis was still alive! The audience's reaction went wild for one more piece of Elvis. As a result, Johnny Hera and Bill's band were featured on the front page of The Dallas Morning News the next day.
The rest is history folks... Bill Cody saw an undeniable desire to stay within the entertainment industry. Bill quickly realized that he had an opportunity to give the people what they want! Bill flew back to Wisconsin, packed his whole life, moved to Dallas and got another job as a DJ. Primarily playing for clubs and special events, Bill developed a fantastic line up of Disc Jockeys, which turned into hiring bands, photographers, setting up atmosphere lighting, and more. Party Time Texas exploded with not only the various amounts of services but the quality of how those services were produced."
Not many people can say that an Elvis impersonator started their path to success. Or that Elvis has remained the reason why our Owner/Founder of Party Time Texas loves the great state of Texas.
This story has embarked our mission in the modern era. In the 60s, Party Time Texas would have played rock n' roll, to country, to the top 45 records. In the 80s, Party Time Texas would have mixed the discs, and played the favorite genre of a generation. In the 2000's, Party Time Texas would have described themselves as Custom Events and Amazing Memories for all occasions.
Today, in 2019, our mission is to elevate the entertainment experience and quality of talent with those who work with Party Time Texas. We embrace every opportunity to engage guests, while creating the desired atmosphere of an event. For over 40 years, we strive to enrich the events that bring people together with whom they cherish around them.
Okay...now back to me...you know the person who's captured your attention. I feel that even after joining Party Time Texas for just 4 short months, I have developed a loyalty towards the entertainment industry. For those of you who have not met me yet and shame on you (#follow our social media) I have created a passion for the hospitality industry! Each day I come to work ready to tackle the day with my co-workers. I truly enjoy and appreciate each phone call I get. Why? Not because I enjoy asking endless questions, but similarly to my boss, I get the adrenaline from each event that is well produced. I love the crowd's reaction to the Elvis impersonation. It's truly just that simple.
Party Time Texas has some major goals this year. I want to share them with you. I want you to be a part of it. I want to share my joy and take you on the Party Power journey. Will you join me? If you like this blog, please let me know. If not, I didn't write it. 2019 is the year of blogging my non-blogger friends.
Welcome all who read this blog! My apologies for the candid way I write. It would be inappropriate not to forewarn you. This blog is primarily being written due to the fact that our paid SEO Company suggested a blog would promote higher ratings. When did high ratings equal blog writer? I am not sure why blog writing relates to increased followers, but here we are.
My name is Elizabeth Nietert, and I work for Party Time Texas. When I’m not writing a blog, my day job consists of booking entertainment services, while monitoring our social media platforms. I have been given an opportunity to produce an engaging, fun-filled, and relatable blog. Again, I apologize if my writing does not appeal to you. (As we all wear many hats in our jobs, right?)
In my experience blogs are brutally honest, and have somewhat decent writers. I enjoy the typical blog that is genuine and heart felt, yet at the same time tells me how it is. I, Elizabeth, will try to triumph in this blog the same way.
Some of you may be familiar with Party Time Texas, some of you may not. Whether you’re familiar or not here is a brief description of how Party Time Texas came to be.
“Party Time Texas’s Owner/Founder Bill Cody started his journey similar to the children around him in Wisconsin. Having a band director for a father and a piano teacher for a mother, Bill Cody (formerly known as Billy V) naturally learned the art of music. Billy marched around the family living room teaching himself how to play the piano, sing, and write music.
As Billy grew older he focused on leadership roles within his high school, and formed garage bands to play at local venues. In his sophomore year, Billy decided as an attempt to break into radio business, he would take a newspaper clipping, record his boisterous voice on cassette tape and send it to the local radio station. To his surprise the manager loved what he heard and offered Billy a full time gig. Billy’s father, quickly interjected saying he could only work part time while focusing on his studies. Billy earned $1.60 an hour for participating in the local radio show part time. (While his girlfriend earned $2 an hour at the neighboring soda fountain.)
Billy V aspired to play music like Paul McCartney in The Beatles. Jokingly, today he states he ended up like John. As Billy grew up and made his way towards Madison, Wisconsin his appearance started to resemble that of a Doobie Brother. The long hair and curved mustache gave him the edge most clubs were sure a rock star would have.
By 1974, Billy V turned into Bill Cody. Another local radio show, now in Oshkosh, wanted Bill to be a part of their morning news show. (You know the job no one wants on the weekends.) Bill gladly took the gig, and accepted the new title Wild Bill Cody, a name given from a good time program director at the station. Bill eventually received enough positive attention from his drive country talk show, that by afternoon….Bill would walk across the hall to record FM 104. Wild Bill had the deep, southern country accent midday but could turn into the slow, contemporary smooth talker at night.
3 years later Bill had left the radio station and toured the Midwest playing gig after gig. One cold, shadowy night Bill came across a man named Johnny Hera. Johnny and Bill exchanged pleasantries at a local hotel in North Dakota. Johnny had started his career as an Elvis Impersonator. Bill (not thinking Elvis was his favorite musical artist) didn’t think much of Johnny and his talents. Johnny was in need of a back band however, and asked Bill if he would like a steady paying job. Bill, not too thrilled to be playing the 50s again, took the job in the pursuit of continuing his rock n’ roll dream.
Bill and Johnny were scheduled to appear for 3 weeks in Dallas, Texas. The gig was to impersonate Elvis as the finest hound dog around. Little did Bill or Johnny know that August 16th, 1977 would have changed their career scope.
To be continued….stay tuned for next week’s post.