I'm from dayton,ohio and over the years i have heard about guitarist John Schofield in the 70's and read that he had worked many years in motown playing and doing sessions,growing up in dayton i never heard anything about him until the 70's,i'm just learning that he's from my hometown dayton and that he's collaborated with Miles Davis,replaced Pat Metheny with Gary Burton,Charles Mingus and he's worked with many other major artist in jazz and blues,he's to be on tour now and it's jan. ,13,2015,i thought that i should mention this for other friends and musicians who don't know him or didn't know he was from dayton,i was shocked when i found out that he was from my home in ohio,i'm happy to say that there's a bad ass white guitarist from my home because there were plenty of black ones i knew about.
During the 90's i resided in hollywood on hollywood bl. and was invited to attend Jim Brown's home in the hollywood hills by the hollywood branch of the NAACP,i went twice in two years and think it was a function for the NAACP hollywood branch,Barry White and Bobby Womack, Bobby were asking me if Barry would attend,i didn't know and he never arrived but i did meet Jim Brown in his kitchen,the view from his back yard by the pool has a great view of the city being in the hills,i was honored to be asked to attend,i enjoyed the lobster,crab,steak & shrimp and of course meeting any celebrities who attended,what great memories from back in the day or should i say my 'Hay-Day'!!!
Throughout my music career i've met quite a few famous people,i have mentioned others before and here are a few more not mentioned like Sheila E. u met at the NAMM Music convention in anaheim,singer Dobie Gray i met when with Barry White,we were staying at a hotel in Lake Tahoe and he was performing at the hotel,Ra;ph Johnson of Earth,Wind & Fire i met in a office at a music promotion or production in the san fernando valley,Rod Temperton band leader and originator of Heat Wave i met in dayton,ohio at Heat Wave Keith Wilder's wedding after party at an old amusement park called Lakeside where the Ohio Players and The Funkadelics performed,Marvin Gaye's long time bass player Deon Eutus, we met in london in the 80's at a show i was playing with the Foundations in london's west end,i met singer Al Jarreau in 85' when i moved back to LA from london,we met at a jazz club in sherman oaks,i met sax player Tom Scott on a plane,i had just finished a Barry White concert and we just happened to be on the same flight,i got to meet the original bass player of the Commodores Ron LaPread during the mod 90's,over time i may think of more.
I performed in san juan,puerto rico with Barry White during the 70's and 80's three or four times and fell in love with the beautiful island,the food and the people,i flew back for my birthday three times and stayed two weeks each time,i met a former girlfriend there during one of my tour dates with Barry White and we lasted for two years,she was from my home state of ohio,she was from Cincy.I rented a car once and drove to the other end of the island and had dinner at my hotels sister hotel,i always enjoyed old and new san juan,maybe one day go again.
Yesterday i was sitting at my computer thinking of the stars i met and performed with on tour on stage in the US,UK and europe like Millie Jackson, Miki Howard, Gloria Gaynor, Mick Hucknall' ( 'Simply Red) ,Ernie Isley, Mohammed Ali, Jermaine Jackson, Don Cornelius (Soul Train), Steve Harvey (tv & radio), Chuck Berry, Isaac Hayes, Bobby Womack, Eric Gale, Bobby Watson (Rufus), Ice Tea, Carl (kung fu) Douglas, Sly Stone, Mary Wilson, Tanya Tucker, Wolfman Jack, Dizzy Gillespie, Clem Curtis (Foundations-UK),Barry Biggs(UK), Jazzy B'(Soul ll Soul-UK), Junior'(UK), Bobby,Randy,Marty & El DeBarge,Ralph Johnson, Al McKay,Johnny Graham (EW&F), 'Knuck bassist + band leader of the Bar Kays band, Frankie Lymon, John Luiziamo, John Salley(NBA detroit), David Sanborn (jazz sax), Chaka Khan's son and daughter,Charlie Wilson's nephews,Stevie Wonders nephews,there are a few others that haven't come to mind and most of all my former boss Barry White. (To Be Continued)
When i moved to london in 1981 it didn't take me long to get work,i stayed temporarily with a female friend i met performing in london with Barry White in the 70's,her daughter's man sang with a reggae group, after they were told i use to be Barry White and Isaac Hayes's guitarist,they asked me to be the groups MD,while performing my first gig with them i was noticed by the lead singer of the 'Foundations' group 'Clem Curtis' and was asked to play with them,i was soon playing with both groups at times around london and the UK,i was in london for a couple of months and after getting more notoriety i started getting more and more session work and was hired to do a session at the Beatle's famous 'Abbey Road Studios' fortunately i was residing down the road from the studios and down a block,it was music production for a black female group,at the time it was just another session but now i think about how amazing it was to have done that session there,i evenually started teaching guitar in london from 1981-1984' with seventeen students.
In 1972 i started playing guitar for 'Dottie Pearson' later 'Dottie People's' after she moved to atlanta,she was a r&b and jazz singer,after she moved she became a big gospel singing star now during a my few years with Dot we performed between ohio and detroit,i always enjoyed performing in detroit whether it was r&b/jazz and gospel with gospel groups.i decided to move to LA and was planning on leaving in late 1974' while working with Dot i made friends i met and made friends with singer Keith Wilder who filled in a few gigs when Dot was sick,he asked me if i would move to london and join a new pop group named 'Heat Wave' he said that his brother Johnny was getting out of the military in england and he wanted to hire more guys from my home dayton,ohio,he gave a few days to think about it but i have been planning on moving to LA to audition for singer Bobby Womack because i had been playing and performing many of his songs,Bobby was from cleveland and me from dayton we were homies so i called from dayton and told Bobby i wanted to come out and try out,his office in hollywood posted me thee or four albums to listen to,what's funny is i had called Bobby's office a few times after arriving so before i recieved the albums he called my aunts where i was staying and i hung up on him because i thought it was my cousin playing a joke so i hung and Bobby called again and i had my sister answer and it was Bobby calling me personally and i was embarrassed but we talked cause before he would always be out of town,i evenually went to his office in hollywood at 9000 sunset bl.,i went to his office and Bobby's PR man mentioned to me that Bobby doesn't and won't be putting me on a retainer and i didn't have a clue and he said it's a regular salary fir when we're not touring and performing but he said he believed that Barry White did and his office was in the same building,he said also Sammy Davis Jr's office,Wolfman Jack's producer so i went to everyone's office but when i went to Barry White's office they were looking for guitarist,i met a few people at the office,they made a few calls and sent me to Barry's rehearsal studio on sunset bl.,and as they say,the rest is history,i'll continue in my next blog ciao,Emmett!
I got to play with Big Jay Bush and the House Rockers a six piece r&b funk band with band leader Big Jay Bush on sax,Chuck Wade on sax,Funky Chunky on drums,Ronnie Calloway on bass and myself on guitar and vocals,in the pass a friend of mind played guitar with Big Jay before me named Bobby Warren blues guitarist from dayton also in the past on drums and trumpet was Gatewood 'Blatz' Bloodsoe.There was a female vocalist with us at times named Beverly ??? I performed with Big Jay everywhere at clubs,at high schools and county fairs.We performed in ohio,kentucky,indiana,pa. and tenn.,I'm from the home of 'The Ohio Players',Lakeside',Slave',Heat Wave',Roger & Zapp and many other artist and musicians from dayton.Big Jay Bush at the time was working as much or more than the bands with hit records at the time.My friend Big Jay got killed at a club i think in toledo,ohio by mistaken identity,it was a gig i didn't attend,i was raking a bath when i was told about the shooting,it was pretty sad because he looked out for his musicians.
Before i went into the army i left school to go on the road with this band from macon,georgia,the band leader had family in lima,ohio so i went with them to lima,after performing with them around ohio and indiana they were headed back to macon and i followed and stayed there for two months,after moving to macon we were booked by singer 'Otis Redding's manager Mr.Phil Walden all around macon in clubs and lodge parties for college students,this was 1965,i evenually went back to dayton and the following year i went into the army august 1966.
I had played my first blues club and played my first country song at 13 with Piney Brown which i had worked with occasionally when i went home to dayton after moving to LA.,he taught me my first country song on a break at a country night club,the song was called 'Wildwood Flower',he hummed me the song and we went back on stage,i played it and the people started throwing money on stage nickels,dimes,quarters and dollar bills so i kept playing it and made a nice tip in the jar,i knew then that it would be beneficial for me to learn other styles of music and i kept that in mind over the years.I performed with Piney Brown all over ohio and parts of the south.My friend Piney passed around 2006 or 2007.When i was still in high school i left home over the thanksgiving and xmas to play with a band from macon,georgia called 'Frank Cole and the Night Rockers' who came to town looking a guitarist so i lied to my sister and i asked my parents who worked nights but lied to them about me leaving home,i went to muncie,indiana with the band and moved in their quarters over the club they were playing, there's a part two to this i'll continue later!