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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
During my travels celebrities at home in LA and around the country, i met actor Rod Taylor as we walked into each other leaving the bank as he entered,i once saw actress Loretta Young waiting at LAX, met actor John Luziamo at baggage claim LAX,passed actress Alfre Woodard at LAX,i met jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie at La Guardia airport in new york,met producers Terry Lewis & Jimmy Jam at minneapolis airport, jazz sax player Nelson Rangell and i flew to chicago together from nice,france,i almost bumped heads with actress Robin Givens at Ralph's supermarket sunset blvd. hollywood,met Sly Stone at a chinese restaurant,ran into Bobby Womack three times and met Jim Brown at his hollywood home twice,met jazz drummer Alphonse Mouzon on sunset blvd,met DJ Rick Dees in italy.
Sitting thinking about the blog i just wrote about Helen Reddy and my late friend Kenny Moore came to mind,Kenny Moore was Tina Turner organ player and MD for her back up band,he passed away too soon,Tina was on tour in think in australia when Kenny passed from a heart attack i think and also my good friend Bill Sepe just passed away and he was my road manager when i toured with Barry White during the 70's,80's and 90's,RIP guys i'm going to miss you all!
I was sitting here at home chilling and thought about my good friend Helen Reddy whom i've met and hung out a few times in hollywood each time she flew in from australia to visit her son and daughter whom reside in the LA metro area,we've been knowing each other since the 90's when i resided in hollywood and a few times she drove out to my north hollywood apartment,we chilled and talked a little about what she's doing after giving up the stage career singing,great memories! I met her through John B.Williams & his wife who's a singer ,John B. was former bass player on the original Arsenio Hall TV Show that aired in the 90's.
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.