Sunday, July 10, 2011

Long, Long Road

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.

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