WOW, Mike I am totally impressed with your recollections and photos...much of that time is left for me in a smoky haze... You were always one of the most talented players I ever worked with and your career success is not sufficient for your talent. I saw Jack Ross last year at our oldest son's wedding at our house in Lake George...he has not fared very well with numerous health issues..but we keep in touch..his hands are not working well so his playing is minimal. I saw a comment from Les Sabler on the page as well...Les is a very fine musician that played with Pam and I in the last stage of Mardi Gras. Les is a smooth jazz guitar artist that has several wonderful cd's and very popular in Florida which is his home area. Les played us in St Thomas at the Virgin Isle Hotel for a winter gig that lasted 3 months. It was a total gas. By Appointment Only was a real fine show band that played some of the same showrooms we did as Mardi Gras including the Margate Hotel in Laconia...what a small world. I know you and Pam communicate regularly on Facebook and I am so happy things are good for you and your family. Both of our sons are real quality musicians who make us extremely proud...they found this web page and told me to take a look...God bless you and your family my good friend....Pam and I also have very fond memories of the Field of Zaad...thanks for your good work...Jeff
I used to roadie for FOZ with your bro. You guys used to do "the Joker" by Steve Miller and switch the lyrics "He's a joker, he's a toker, he's a Barry Kolker" I remember when Jack cracked the neck on his ES 335 and had it repaired at EU Wurlitzers. I recently ran into the guy who did the repair. He co-owned a high-end acoustic music store in Stratham, NH, that unfortunatly went under due to the economy. Hope you are well Mike. I have found memories of gigs with FOZ and your time with Great Southern. Remember the cancelation at the Garage and a last minute booking at the Other Side? A walk on the wild side but a very appreciative audience.
We were By Appointment Only from Va Beach, VA, and we also had the place for the summer of '72, until a little disagreement with some local tuffs forced us to leave the hotel before the contract was completed.
Except for the absence of AC it was a trip playing there and the place was packed. (nine pieces-8 voices-serious music and vocals show band that lasted almost 30 years.)
One thing we learned early was that a single black in the band would preclude ever playing most of the clubs we worked, especially the Italian dinner/show clubs. (they wouldn't hire blacks-didn't want them hitting on the chix-even Playboy Clubs unless they were "stars") We had two great looking chix who had the moves and the voices and they were a strong selling point (it was all about the glossy 8 X 10s we sent out-many club owners "auditioned" with their eyes)
We spent a year straight in Mass without ever seeing home, (Norwood, Revere Beach, West Springfield and other towns I can't recall) and when I got back to Norfolk I sounded like a New England Yankee!
My only gig in Bangor ME was The Abe Lincoln Hotel.
Did you ever play The Margate in Laconia, NH?
And, my childhood "guitar rival" is a Berklee alumnus and he still teaches there, one Mr. Kenny Hatfield. (videos on ewe toob)
(He followed me into to W. Springfield gig-he was Tiny Tim's guitarist at the time! hah hah! I burned his face out of the promo pic on display with a cigarette on our last night there!)