About Larry Wamble

Larry and Connie Wamble

Larry Wamble with Dolphins

Larry Wamble speaking

"The Perfect Block"

A cold November day in 1995 – Oxford, Mississippi: It happened on one of those days when Larry Wamble and some of his buddies had nothing in particular to do, so they started making the rounds. It turned into one of those great "spontaneous" fun days where nothing is planned . . . it just happens.

Later, they wound up on the Square gazing up at the dimly-lit Courthouse and into the brightly-illuminated windows of Square Books. They bounded up the stairs at the Downtown Grill and City Grocery. Then, much later, while making the steep climb up the hill from The Gin to check out the band at Proud Larry's, it happened. Huffing and puffing and about to freeze to death Connie said, "Wouldn't it be nice if all the places we liked in Oxford were all next door to each other on the Square. It would be the perfect block!" What an idea! It was a downright Rebel Revelation!

Well, the next day Larry actually remembered Connie’s stroke of genius and decided to “draw” her “Perfect Block” as a gift to her. He had never had an art lesson but had always been blessed with a keen eye for detail and plenty of raw talent. He had been able to draw and create “ever since they gave me one of those fat pencils in the first grade.”

Connie loved it and later showed it to one of their friends, Ronnie Stoots.* Ronnie was a graphic arts genius and had previously designed brochures and such for Larry’s speaking profession. Stoots was impressed and told Larry, “Son, you need to make an art print out of this.” “Aw, Ronnie, I’m not an artist. I can’t do that." “Sure you can. And put that slogan of yours on there, that one about Ole Miss folks never losing a party and I promise you it will be a hit!”

Well, Larry always took good advice from his trusted friend Ronnie, just as he depended on wife Connie’s encouragement. So, thanks to cherished friends and fat pencils, the first “Perfect Block” art print was born.

*Ronnie Stoots, like Larry, is a man of many talents. He was once know as Ronnie Angel and was the lead singer for a Memphis group known as the Mar-Keys. He had a huge vocal hit named “Angel Tears” (hence his stage name) and the group later had the Number One record in America, “Last Night.” His talent was later very instrumental in establishing Stax Records (with his band members from the Mar-Keys, like Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn, who had re-named themselves Booker T. and the MG’s.) It was also about this time Ronnie had developed his talent for graphic arts which he used to design most all of the early record covers for Stax including those for Otis Redding’s albums.