My mom brought me rhythm and blues and rock'n'roll records beginning in 1955. I was eight years old. She took me to the armory in Tampa to see "The Biggest Rock'n'Roll Show of '56." Understatement. Big Joe Turner, Lavern Baker, Bo Diddley, Bill Haley & The Comets, the Platters, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, the Drifters (with a Clyde McPhatter in uniform, home on leave), and the Teen Queens. I never got over it.
Sometimes I quit rock'n'roll. Sometimes for years. This is my life and this is what I do.