Robert reads Treble Clef and Nashville Numbers
“Arizona Summer” Morgan Fairchild, Lee Majors
“Telling Secrets” Cybill Shepherd
Copperstate Chronicles, KTVK-3 Phoenix
Oak Ridge Boys
Asleep at the Wheel
Sammy Smith (Help Me Make It Through the Night)
Opry stars Stonewall Jackson, and Rose Maddox
“Wrecking Crew” drummer Hal Blaine, Arizona
Lee Oskar (Lowrider) Arizona
Mason Williams (Classical Gas) Oregon
John Hartford (Gentle on my Mind) Mississippi
“Big River” Arizona Broadway Theater
Patsy Cline Dinner Theater
“Big River” Mesa Arts Center
National Anthem with Harmonica for Phoenix RoadRunners Hockey Game
Phoenix Blues Society First Annual Blues Contest, 3rd place winner with Cold Shot Blues Band; Top Instrumentalist 1995, Arizona Country Music Association, Harmonica
The Beatles’ “I Should Have Known Better” was on KROY AM radio in Sacramento, California, and I learned the opening riff. That was all I knew, so I played it over, and over, and over...
By the time I reached the ever-so-cool age of 16 at Sacramento High School, I had inherited a Hohner 64 Chromonica. Winning a spot in the variety show I played “Ruby” (from the 1952 film Ruby Gentry), accompanied by school band mates on drums, bass, and piano.
Imagine this scene:
An ornate, old fashioned theater-auditorium with dark walls and high ceilings, great acoustics, and nearly 2-seconds natural reverberation. On stage was a large, classic, ribbon microphone on a stand, as you might see in a radio drama of the 40’s.
I was in heaven! And I was finally admired and praised, too.
“So, you really CAN play that thing!” OK, tolerated, maybe. But it felt good.