This is my first working band around 1974, 'Bandini-T' with Ray Bumbaugh (front), Melvin Brown (right) and Dennis Hanson (left) and I'm in the middle. (I lost track of Melvin so if anyone knows where he is, please have him contact me! Thanks!!)
The famous 'Gay' outfits that we actually had custom made!!??
Top Left, John 'Hoot' McDonald, Saxman Deluxe,
Top Right, Ray Bumbaugh (Guitar)
Bottom Left, Dennis Hanson (Bass)
Bottom Right, Me (with hair and a very wimpy mustache!)
Center, Melvin Brown, Drums and Barry White Vocals.
This is the gig that got me fired from my Truck Driving Job. I was supposed to drive to LA and pick up a load of Tires, Shocks and Wheels for Posi-Traction, but I called in sick so I could do the band job instead. Someone called the house and Susie told them, "Tony's not here, he has a gig today..."
L to R, Steve Baker, Secret Agent Lana, Gary Hartson, Robin Greenlee and Me.
Steve is now the head of the music department at Grossmont College which is where I first met Steve when we had some music classes together. He really looks quite dapper in his Harry Potter shades, eh? Gary and Secret Agent Lana are still married. I haven't seen Robin in many years... (If anyone knows where Robin is tell him to contact me!)
Corey Davis on Drums, Mike Herrick on Guitar, Kris Barnes on Bass, Lisa Wooster on Guitar and Me. About a year after this picture, Chris Jackson replaced Mike and we were the House Band at Dirks Horseshoe Lounge in Lemon Grove. One night there was a huge fight and the girls said they didn't want to play there any more so we gave notice. The first night after we quit there was a gangland style murder right in front of the band where 3 guys stood up and shot this guy dead. (Corey, if you read this please contact me!)
When Al Spears left 'Smokey Joe' we were playing Oldies and Rock at Don's and Don said 'If you want to keep the job you will hire Danny" So we hired Danny who was very country and slowly as guys left he brought in his guys until it became 'Big Sky'. That is why I went from Rock to Country... (It's all your fault Danny!)