Ever since I was a young kid, I've been in love with music. I was sure I wanted to be a musician when I grew up.
When I was in the eighth grade I first got involved in the business by helping out my friend Tim Loth.
Tim had a band called The Shadows. Now if you had a band, you had to have a manager - as everyone knows - and I was in the right place at the right time. It was that simple.
I don't think I actually did anything – I just hung out with them.
They played one gig, as far as I can recall – at a dance at Hunt Jr. High.
I moved to New Zealand the next year and In Te Karaka, I became best friends with Willie Rutene. Willie had a band called The Glasses, and again I was made the nominal manager. The Glasses actually had quite a few gigs around Te Karaka – not bad for young kids still in secondary school.
I started learning how to play guitar and bass at that time, and flirted with singing, fronting the band for several numbers. I was a novelty – the only American kid around. My voice was even pretty good back then, before I destroyed my vocal cords with tobacco.
My family moved from Te Karaka to Turangi in late 1967 and I became involved with a new band, the Raspberry Fuzz . The Fuzz was a creation of Graeme Gibbons, David Priestly and Alan Ward. I was manager again; I also subbed for Dave Priestly on bass on a few occasions.
The Fuzz was a well-received regional band in New Zealand at the time. We traveled to all-age gigs all over the central area of North Island.
My family moved back to the States in 1968, settling in Federal Way where I played bass in several bands during high school – most notably, in Silver Hammer, with Bill Stephenson and Larry Larson.
I don't have any pictures or recordings of the older bands from New Zealand or Federal Way.
I did, however, save some stuff from the seventies.
Below are links to pages containing (among other things) free MP3's of some of the music of the last three bands I was associated with – Stilbourne, Stir Crazy and Kid Rodeo .
They were all pretty decent bands in their own right. Listen to the music and tell me what you think...
Bozo the Clown , lead guitar; Dave Sides, drums; Dave Hall, guitar; Billy Miranda, lead vocals; Mike Pellegrini,bass and vocals
Tacoma - 1972-1973
Art Wozniak, lead vocals & guitar; Gene Ryan, bass and vocals; John Anderson, lead guitar & vocals; Bill Snyder, drums
Santa Cruz - 1975-1977
Bruce Gladwin, guitar & vocals; Richard Ball, drums; Willie Durbin, bass; Ernie, piano, Robin, lead; Annie, guitar and vocals
Santa Cruz - 1977