Blast From the Past: Miss Inez at Luby’s Cafeteria

Last night I drove past a Luby’s Cafeteria and had a random memory flashback. Anybody out there remember Miss Inez? She played the organ at Luby’s Cafeteria in Casa Linda. She also played for at The Dallas Eagles baseball team in the ‘40s and ‘50s and for The Dallas Black Hawks when I worked for them in the mid-‘70s. I did a quick internet search and found Miss Inez (Inez Lackie Teddlie) still has fans. She passed at in 2002 at the age of 91, but she has a Facebook page full of posts written by her many fans!


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  • joeat

    Miss Inez also played at the Luby’s in Preston Center ( i know at least in 1953) and for the weekly meeting of the downtown Rotary Club.

  • Yes, I remember her there as well.

  • Lee

    KERA ran a 2001 documentary last night on Dallas 50-60 years ago. Miss Inez was all over it. . I think she also played at the Luby’s on Hillcrest across from SMU.

  • joeat

    I do remember the Luby’s on Hillcrest and I believe I stated wrongly about the cafeteria in Preston Center. It was a Wyatt’s.

  • Gizzard

    She did play at the cafeteria across from SMU in the late 70s and early 80s.

  • deweast

    She originally played for Luby’s in Inwood Village, circa 1959-1960.

  • Droopydave

    I thought it was Radford’s Cafeteria across from SMU.

  • Fan

    Wow!!! I didn’t remember a name but googled it because I have great memories of the organist at the Luby’s in Lochwood on Garland Rd near NW hwy in the late 60’s-early 70’s & found out she was there also, lol…that woman sure got around & spread cheer everywhere! I was talking about it not long ago, her “Rain Drops Keep Falling on my Head” has never left my mind:) That’s amazing, thanks! I had no clue what her name was or what a legend she is:)

  • Bob

    I don’t know how to link, but here is a posting from the D MAGAZINE BLOG that someone may have overlooked:

    LOW PROFILE The Music Ma’am/ For five decades, Miss Inez has given Dallas sweet notes to live, play, and eat by./DAN BALDWIN/Published 9.01.1990/ From D Magazine SEPT 1990

  • Tom Mighell

    The cafeteria on Hillcrest across from SMU was Radford’s when Miss Inez played there. My grandparents took me and my sister there every Sunday after church. I remember sitting next to her at the organ when she played “It’s a Small World After All.”. I may actually have an album she recorded with her “greatest hits.”. Haven’t thought about that in a long time…

  • Clinton Twiss

    As late as 1993-94, the cafeteria at Lochwood ran tiny ads in the DMN Guide that included the line “featuring Miss Inez at the organ.” I knew she was a local legend and took out-of-town friends there specifically for the experience, and naturally we went on one of her nights off. She was gone soon after, and never having heard her remains a keen disappointment. Seriously.

  • Steve Schaffer

    Miss Inez did NOT play at Luby’s in Casa Linda because there was NO LUBY’s in Casa Linda. The cafeteria in Casa Linda was Wyatt’s and it had no organ to play. The Luby’s she played the organ at in that part of town was the one in Lochwood.