I quit playing in clubs, started working a day job, kicked back with my adopted stray cat, and became a recording junkie hermit. When high quality equipment became affordable I was in heaven. But it would take many years of learning and lots of help from friends to get those fat tracks I was striving for finally ready.
Old Folks Boogie is here.
This group was led by a very unique guitarist, singer, arranger, Bob Desnoyers, who unfortunately passed away in 2011. Bob inspired me to write songs and I'll always be grateful. "Sunrise Over Jamul" and "Movin' to the Country" got the airplay, but Bob's killer version of John John Loudermilk's "Tobacco Road" got the most. Jamul also featured a puncy, driving, on-the-money bass player, John Fergus. John also writes songs and sang, with "Nickle Thimble" being my favorite. We were fortunate to add a killer harmonica player/singer Steve Williams, making our trio now a solid 4-piece unit. Steve also added showmanship which pushed us up a notch or so. The album was produced by Richard Podolor, with Gabriel Mekler as executive producer. It reached #93 nationally, as listed in Billboard Magazine. In the cities where we received airplay, it hit well...such as the Washington D.C. area.
The Jamul album included a funky version of Little Richard’s "Long Tall Sally." He heard it and loved it, and then asked for us to back him on his first music video. The picture to the right is us setting up a video shoot behind a studio in Washington DC. That’s me on drums and Little Richard back and to the right. This was part of Barry Richards TV Production, DVD now available. It featured many top acts like Alice Cooper, Bob Seger System, Humble Pie, Little Richard backed by Jamul, Fats Domino, Muddy Waters, The Byrds, and some up and coming ones like Jamul.
Balboa Bowl, San Diego - Backstage 1965
l-r Standing - Ron Armstrong, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, Earl Steely, Mick Jagger, Joey Paige, Charlie Watts, Bob Mosley
L-R Kneeling - Joel Scott Hill, (unknown PR guy), Harold Kirby, Eddie Dunn
It was 1975 and I was playing piano in this honky-tonk near San Diego. In walked Cajun singer and player Joel Sonnier. He approached me with the idea of putting a group together with him. So with Joel on accordian and guitar, Michael T Lawson on bass, and Stan Welsh on lead guitar, we organized `Little Rock’. I was very impressed with Joel’s unique style. It was a most fun and interesting time.
My very first year of playing Rock n' Roll was overwhelming. I ended up, by default, playing in this exciting new band, The Misfits, featuring the singing of a very talented Bob Mosley. In our first year we found ourselves opening for The Rolling Stones, along with Joel Scott Hill Trio with Harold Kirby, and my favorite drummer, Willie Kellogg, who should have been in this photo. I remember thinking, "These guys are like gang members with some having switch blade knvies." It was fun hanging out with them and watching Joel trading guitar licks with Keith Richards. A few months later, Joel's group was playing the Club Action on Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles with the Stones hanging out there on occasion. That place really rocked.
Joel Scott Hill later joined Canned Heat and then The Flying Burrito Brothers. In 1966 or '67, Bob Mosley called me and asked if I'd like to play drums for a really cool band that he and some of his new friends from Seattle were forming. I passed because I wasn't ready to move from San Diego. Soon after, tey became Moby Grape. Ouch. But important lesson learned: when you get a great opportunity...don't hesitate...go for it.