The Chicken Shack was a juke joint on the corner of Dolan and Walnut (M.L.K.). It was a pretty large building and when national acts would come to Austin they would often play there. It was between the pavilion in Fannie Robinson Park and MLK / Walnut. It was part of what they called the Chitlin' Circuit. The "Chitlin Circuit" is the collective name given to performance venues throughout the eastern, southern, and upper mid-west areas of the United States that were safe and acceptable for African American musicians, comedians, and other entertainers to perform in during the era of racial segregation in the United States (from at least the early 19th century through the 1960s).
Some of the artist that use to come through Taylor were James Brown, B.B. King, Johnnie Taylor, Little Richard, Etta James, Ike, and Tina Turner, Joe Tex, Wilson Pickett Bobby Blue Bland and many more. During those days artists would promote their record through the top radio DJ's. Taylor having one the the top R & B DJ's and promoters in Texas, Tony Von brought a lot of artists to Taylor.
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