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Emmett North Jr. / Blog

I Also Wanted To Become A Boxer/Fighter*

I mentioned when i was a kid in my bio that i use to watch 'American Bandstand' on tv with my uncle and saw people like Chuck Berry,Little Richard,Fabian,James Brown,Frankie Avalon and others and saw how the girls were responding to the singers, my interest in music started from 5th grade on until to date but there were other times i would lay on the floor and watch boxing with my uncles and learning about the fighters like Joe Louis,Ezzard Charles,Dempsey,Sugar Ray Robinson and others my interest for boxing grew so at 16 i tried out for the 'Golden Gloves' after a week or two after getting hit in the nose i decided i would rather watch instead of participating and focused on my music career,i still love watching the big fights and use to have some great fight parties at my apartment in hollywood at 7616 hollywood bl.#303 / the 1990's was a blast,those were the days & times i'll always remember and never forget***

Making My Guitar Sing***

I've heard and have been told over the years by older seasoned players that some guitarist making their guitars sing and others just play well,they say that usually in the terms when speaking of jazz or blues guitarist,there are many many guitarist but not everyone makes their guitar sing,at first i didn't understand in just playing well but not making it sing which is somewhat different,well i've finally been told the same from other musicians and regular fans here on reverbnation and a few other music sites,i guess it's a pleasure to hear people praising your talents,it was pleasing to hear 'Man, you make that guitar sing',thanks you everyone who feel me ,when i'm performing i feel it so you feel it,that's the way it is when 'Making Your Guitar Sing',people think of George Benson,Wes Montgomery,BB.King,Johnny 'Guitar' Watson',Albert King',Albert Collins,Pat Methey, Freddy King and Jimi Hendrix,they all make and made their guitars sing,they are the ones i focused on and there are more who make their instruments sing***

I'm Working Many Nights,While Many People Sleep!

I'm working many nights into the wee hours while many people sleep,making love or watching late night tv,being a seasoned musician and use to being up late at night,i've been like this since i started playing guitar in clubs and church,in LA and London i spent many hours up late after gigs or in the studio many times i would come home and stay up until dawn,same thing writing songs and now days up late online marketing myself and my music and listening to others,i guess i'm just a night person,i use to come in from gigs when i was 17,18 and 19 and stay up watching horror film with my father and eating cheese burgers & fries or fried chicken anyway those were the good old days,i've been up on the computer until 4:30am but not too often,i need my sleep and i need to get sleep before the sun comes and before it gets too late here i'm saying ciao,Emilio Norte*

My Six Months With Isaac Hayes In Atlanta, 1980'

After leaving the 'Wolfman Jack Show' behind i recieved my tickets to fly to atlanta to work with Isaac Hayes,i worked with him at Master Sound Recording Studio where he recorded in 1980,he was producing an album for singer 'Linda Clifford' called 'I'm Yours',i had lots of fun with the band because i had met a few band members years before,another of my homies William 'Boots' Vaughan' played guitar with him years earlier,during my time in atlanta i did a few gigs with the band only,one was at a big club and another was at a big hotel suite that was hosting a record label,we the band backed a vocal group called 'Oddessy' who had a few hits in the late seventies,i really enjoyed that gig,i also have family in atlanta which made my stay even better ciao 4 now,Emilio Norte'

My Friend Who Introduced Me To Barry White Joseph Robertson'*

Back in 1975 upon my arrival to LA i met Joseph Robertson then Barry White's guitarist,he and the band liked my character so he took me under his wing and wanted me to get the gig as no.2 guitarist,Jo Jo as he was called taught me a lot on guitar and becoming a professional musician,he and i both admired George Benson's music and playing,this was the mid seventies,he once told me that George Benson once said that 'for every guitar sold only a few gets played to it's fullest ', he left me with a few thoughts of wisdom,my friend passed away over twenty years ago and Barry's original bassist also friend of Joe's passes two weeks later,his name was Willie Seatrunk, RIP Joe and Willie we've missed you your friend,Emmett North Jr. PS.I loved working and hanging out with them!!!

The David Julian Experience

After leaving 'Isaac Hayes' in atlanta in 1980 i fly home to Dayton and wasn't going back to LA for awhile so i stayed home in dayton to check things out on the music scene and there wasn't much happening so i joined a musician's service catering to hotel,clubs and resorts and i spoke to him and mentioned that i played with Barry White,Isaac Hayes ans Wolfman Jack,so i was hired by italian singer David Julian from syracuse,we performed throughout the mid west,east coast and canada,we had a four piece band with two dancers and David,we performed a set before before David and dancers would come on,being black i played in some places where there was none to be seen,we played top 40 until the main show where David and the girls would do show tunes with top hats and costumes,we performed in new york,new jersey,north dakota,minnesota, pa. and in canada we performed in lloydminster, moosejaw,regina, calgary and lethbridge, traveling and performing these gigs and places showed me the hotel circuits for performing,i wasn't making as much money as i did with the big stars but i was working steady making $350 including hotel and travel expenses,i toured with them for six months until i decided that i was moving to london,england after the tour,my last gig was harrisburg,pa. at a hotel,i went back to dayton and appeared on 'The Gil Whitney TV Show' -ABC,channel -7 before leaving for london,i really enjoyed my time with 'The David Julian Experience' 1980',i met many cool musicians traveling with this group of musicians.

Strange and Exotic Foods I've Eaten!

Over my life time i've eaten some strange,wild and exotic foods, as a kid or young adult i've eaten rabbit, squirrel, duck, black bird, pig ears, pig feet, chittlings, hog maws,hog head, musk rat, deer, fried chicken feet and some more exotic foods like frog legs, shrimp, crab, lobster, crawfish, calimary, octopus, moose steaks, clams, phesant, cockles, muscles, horse meat, goat meat, cow foot,shark steaks, wild bore, i think i have added everything that's strange and exotic that i've had on my plate.

I Got Into Music Watching American Bandstand W/My Uncles!

PS. From my previous blog where i watched boxing with my uncles i also got into the music from lying on the floor to watch American Bandstand with another uncle,after watching and seeing Little Richard,Fabian,Bobby Rydell,Chuck Berry,Jackie Wilson and James Brown to name a few,it helped me in learning to write song poems which i started in the fifth grade some years before i learned guitar.

I Really Love Boxing & Thought I Wanted To Be A Fighter!

As a young kid i grew up watching the early fighters with my uncles like Joe Louis,Rocky and others and this was before my interest in writing songs and playing guitar,about sixteen i attempted to joined the famous 'Golden Gloves' but after getting hit in the nose i decided playing music may be my thing,i lasted just a few weeks but i still love the sweet science of boxing,i had some great fight parties when i resided in hollywood on hollywood blvd during the 90's,in fact i watched three great fights tonight on the tv but wished i was attending the Pacqiou/ Mayweather fight in a few days,i'm sorry i won't be ordering the fight on tv so i'll have to wait to see who wins .

Areas I Lived In London From 1981-1984 & 1990-1999

After performing in the uk with Barry White years before i decided to move there in september or october 81,i stayed on abbey road in St. Johns wood across the road from the Beatle's studio where i was asked to do a recording session, Holland Park, Maida Vale, Stanmore, Bayswater, Stockwell and Camberwell, in 1990 i lived in two areas of Forest Gate, then Chadwell Heath and Dagenham in the east end and Wandsworth, i've spent nights with friends in Wimbledon, Brixton, Peckham, Balham and there's probably a few more places i can't remember, during these years i played guitar with 'The Chosen Few' reggae group, Clem Curtis & The Foundations, The Funk Masters, my band The Gallery of Groove' and 'The Atlantic Soul Machine.