Meet the Duke

CREDITS

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Robert reads Treble Clef and Nashville Numbers


Film:   

“Arizona Summer” Morgan Fairchild, Lee Majors 

“Telling Secrets” Cybill Shepherd   


Television:   

Copperstate Chronicles, KTVK-3 Phoenix


Opened for:  

Oak Ridge Boys

Johnny Rivers

Asleep at the Wheel


Backed:  

Sammy Smith (Help Me Make It Through the Night)

Opry stars Stonewall Jackson, and Rose Maddox   


Gigged: 

“Wrecking Crew” drummer Hal Blaine, Arizona
 

Jammed: 

Lee Oskar (Lowrider) Arizona

Mason Williams (Classical Gas) Oregon 

John Hartford (Gentle on my Mind) Mississippi 


Theater:

“Big River” Arizona Broadway Theater

Patsy Cline Dinner Theater

“Big River” Mesa Arts Center


Sports:

National Anthem with Harmonica for Phoenix RoadRunners Hockey Game 


Awards:  

Phoenix Blues Society First Annual Blues Contest, 3rd place winner with Cold Shot Blues Band; Top Instrumentalist 1995, Arizona Country Music Association, Harmonica   

How it began

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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.