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First of all to the "Lord", for bringing all the pieces together and making this project possible.
To all the musicians I've had the priviledge of working with through the years. Special thanks to Phil Koester, C.R. "Stacey" Stasenka, Tom Stasenka, Ralph Gonzales, Don Dillehay, Paul Scheberle, Leroy and Bill Shuster, Les Peterson, Steve Camins, Rich Schamach of Eden's Children, Tony Klatka formerly of Blood Sweat and Tears,Stan Lark, George Tomsco, Stan Lark, Stewart Mitchell, Fred Morris, Don Nadow, Sam Haugland,and my cousin Rodney Meade. You've all been an inspiration.
To Kenneth Broad of the Norman Petty Estate for all of your support and the analog tapes from the Norman Petty Studio.
To David R. Anderson of Jon David Productions for digitally re-mastering the analog tapes. Your efforts and encouragement are appreciated.
To producers Norman Petty, his talented wife Vi Petty, and producer Roy Bell for making this dream a reality.
To all my family and friends especially Sonja Holden,and Sherry Koester. Special thanks to my late Father and Mother for all your support and encouragement through the years.
Arden Fennell: Lead Vocals
Rhythm Guitar: George Tomsco
Lead Guitar: O.J. Metzgar
Lead Guitar: Roy Bell
Bass Guitar: Stan Lark
Drums: Stu Mitchell
Back up vocals: Roy Bell
While performing with a group named "TRYB" the time came for us to record. I remember reading about the Norman Petty studio in Clovis, New Mexico, but never dreamed I'd get to record where one of my all-time Rock'N'Roll heros; Buddy Holly; had recorded, and that I'd eventually wind up being signed by Norman Petty.
Another dream came true, when Norman landed my first single, "Baby" ; on the Evolution label. Then, a major New York label heard some of my cuts and asked Norman to do an album for me. Norman produced the background tracks with two of my other rock heros, George Tomsco and Stan Lark of the "Fireballs". Good fortune continued to smile on us as, Canadian drummer, Stu Mitchell was in Clovis, and we were able to get him to play drums on the project.
We finished an albums worth of backing tracks, adding the vocals on a few tracks. Unfortunately, due to a shake up in the New York label's management, our album project was put on hold and got lost in the shuffle.
With the death of Norman, these tracks just gathered dust on the shelf for years.
About a year ago friend, musician, and producer Roy Bell encouraged me to finish the album. Thanks Roy.
Producers: Norman Petty and Roy Bell
Recorded and engineered at the Norman Petty Studio, both at the original W. 7th St and at the Theatre, Clovis New Mexico and at A&B Studios Sterling, Colorado. (Roy Bell and Dale Axtell)
This project CD is a long time dream finally come true. We've included a couple of my favorite Buddy Holly tunes, a number of George Tomasco tunes, a few of my own, and two bonus tracks. My all time favorite Holly song "True Love Ways" and "Rainbow Over Memphis", a tribute for the Elvis fans, written by Marci. Thanks for listening.
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