Dreams of becoming a professional musician carried through my younger days ever since Dad bought me my first Electric Bass guitar. From Black Sabbath, Grand Funk Railroad, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Iron Butterfly, Jimi Hendrix and so many others, I was just dying to become a rock star!
After I moved to Florida in 1972, I became a Registered Emergency Medical Technician, and strangely enough it was my partner Tom Dickinson, who wound up introducing me to someone who would start my music journey in the Sunshine State. By the way, here is a picture of Tom. And wouldn't you know it, he now lives in Pennsylvania, the state where I was born. Funny how things work out sometimes!
By 1977, I knew that Emergency Medicine was not going to be for me, and I still had that dream of getting into the Music biz.
I wound up working with a very popular Elvis impersonator who lived in the Tampa bay area. His name: Fatu Lauletolo. His sidekick Kuki Tupo, was the guitarist and band leader. My first stint with them was at Frank Cannova's Hawaiian Inn on St. Petersburg beach. Later on, we would hook up together again around 1978. The Band was called Main Squeeze. Fatu would do two shows a night, and the band did three other sets by ourselves. We also did a long run at Lenny Dee's Kings Inn on Treasure Island. Lenny was a riot. He had the funniest jokes and even though you heard them all the time, he would just crack you up every time.
Here area a few pics from those bygone days:
And who could forget my passport picture from 1977!
Who is that guy and where did all the hair go??
And so it did not take long for me to realize that Music was an even tougher business than Emergency Medicine. I took the time to get a Computer Science degree from St. Petersburg Junior College, which was the first smart thing I did in my life. The Information Technology biz was just starting the boom era and I was right there in the middle of it. Who woulda thunk it??