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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.
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.