the glitter fades"
WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR OLD FRIENDS?
My name is Julie George and my dad's name is Sidney George from Thibodaux Louisiana. Back in the late 60's early 70's
he played with different bands. He joined a re-organized band called The Basement Wall from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
When the original band broke up the drummer, Barrie Edgar, hired my dad and a few other musicians from Thibodaux.
They played around the area in South Louisiana and were very popular. They played music by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin,
Credence Clearwater, just to name a few beside their own original music.
One day they decided to move to Colorado Springs. They got a gig at Kelkers Junction for about 2 weeks.
The owner also had a club in Denver on Mississippi Street that he wanted them to play at and so they moved to Denver.
They met some people (groupies) who liked their music and referred them to a man named Pete Bonasi and the band got a
job playing at the Hey Jude Club in Omaha. Later they moved to LA and I believe came back to Omaha for a little while.
They would just pick up and move and go wherever the jobs were.
When they were in LA they got a job at PJ's of Hollywood. They also played at The Troubadour and Whisky A Go Go.
They were also the opening band at Topanga Canyon for Canned Heat. They were friends with Chris Ethridge
of the Flying Burrito Brothers. My dad only jammed with Mr. Ethridge. He did not play in his band but he told me
that he and Chris were good friends. My dad, Sidney, also played with Dr. John (who is from New Orleans)
and was a good friend of Jimi Calhoun who was part of the band. Both of them were on Dr. John's album called Gumbo.
After The Basement Wall broke up my dad met Stephen Stills. He played alto sax, flute, etc. on the
Stephen Stills solo album. I have some other albums of Mr. Stills where he is mentioned playing.
He also played on a Manassas album or two however he never played live with Manassas.
He also played on the "Eat It" album with Humble Pie which was recorded at Steve Marriott's studio which
was part of his house in England and did one tour with the group.
At one time he had a bunch of pictures, some newspaper articles, etc. however there was a flood and everything was destroyed.
Too bad for us..all that history gone. This is one of the reasons that I am writing this to reach out to anyone
that might have any photos with my dad in them that they can share with me. I would really appreciate it.
I am also looking for a man named Freddy May (or spelled Freddie Mae) who worked at RCA Victor Records in LA/Hollywood
during the late 60's early 70's. My dad said that Mr. May had a friend who was a photographer who used to take pictures of them.
Does anyone know how to contact Mr. May or possibly know the photographer that was a friend of Mr. May's?
I believe Mr. May would be in his middle to late 60's possibly early 70's. My dad doesn't remember the name
of the man that took the pictures but said that he still might have pictures from back then.
I am hoping to find anyone that might remember the Basement Wall band, anyone that might remember
my dad working with Stephen Stills, Manassas or Humble Pie. Maybe someone was a groupie back
then and took pictures or have pictures as well as any newspaper articles that might have
mentioned the band with my dad in it.
Thank you so very much! I appreciate you reading my request and helping me in my search to try to recover some
of the history that was lost. My email address at the office is email@example.com.
Kay Poorboy took her own life back in the eighties. She was living in Tulsa at the time with her boyfriend,
Buddy Jones. I was told that she shot herself
in the heart.
Kay has a daughter, Moon, who is an actress. Anybody know
anything about Moon?
Kay in 1967
Francine Brockey died of a drug overdose in the early 90's..
She was also living back in Tulsa. She was found dead at a
friend's home; she apparently died of heart failure. Her son Justin contacted me recently saying that she is buried in
Blue Mounds, Kansas.
Francine, on the inside cover of the
Mad Dogs and Englishmen album cover
If anybody has any personal information or photos of Francine and Kay, please let me know. Nancy Deedrick
Patsy Camp, from Atlanta, who was "Magnolia" and "Crazy Mama" on J.J. Cale's first album, died of cancer. More
Frankie Rowena, the owner of Head East, died of a heart attack at thirty
Michael Doud was shot and killed in a drug deal at his front door.
Michael's brother, David Doud, was killed in a car accident.
I have no idea what happened to Sally, David's wife.
We all know what happened to Jimi Hendrix, but I received a great photo of him from Ray Rae Goldman, who lives in
Venice Beach, Ca. He said it was taken in Hawaii as Jimi was getting off the airplane in February, 1969. The photographer was a guy named Tichen.
Noel Redding, Jimi's bass player in The Experience, was found
dead in his home in County Cork, Ireland, on May 11, 2003. He
died of natural causes.
Jackie Rosen, from Gazzarri's, who
drove the infamous silver
Corvette, is living in Las Vegas. At one time, she married one of
the Yellow Payges, Randy Carlisle, but she is now married to a DJ for Sunny 106.5. She writes songs and rides horses.
Her website: www.jackiecarlyle.com
Her email: Poet3030@aol.com
Jackie Rosen, now Jackie Carlyle is an established well
known songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by different artists.
Jackie Rosen today
Dixie, from the Classic Cat is living in New Mexico, and doing very well. She
has a life full of horses and horse shows. Her daughter,
Sarah, just placed 2nd runner-up in the Miss New Mexico pageant.
Dixie in the 80's
Raggi (Peggy Green) has
contacted me from Louisville.
She has a million kool stories to tell, Raggi's
and fond memories of Jim Morrison, and what
he left behind.
Ellynn Levin, from Thee Experience (aka-Ellymelly)
is living in Memphis. She and Raggi have remained friends over the
years. Email Ellynn: Ellynn123@aol.com
Jesse Ed Davis, died of a heroin overdose in a Venice, California laundromat in l988
Bobby Torres, Mad Dogs and Englishmen is alive and well,
living in Portland, Oregon. His website: bobbytorres.com
Rick Allen firstname.lastname@example.org has contacted me since the web site began. He is now a studio musician in the New Orleans area. He has played for so many people over the years, that he needs his own web site to list them all, which he has done and his site is listed on my links page. I urge you to check it out!
now called Soosi Monahan
has contacted me from
Canada. Since she had so many interesting stories to tell,
I made a page just for her on this website.
Oscar Cartier, the comedian for the
Body Shop, would have to be in his late eighties or early nineties, if he
is still alive.
Click for: Soosi's
Ian McLagan, from Small Faces, is living in Texas
Dino Valenti died in 1994 of a large brain tumor. His son, Joli,
is a member of the production staff currently working on an
up and coming documentary about Dino. If you have any stories
or inside information that they could use, contact Karl at:
Michael Laine has contacted me. He said
he was only in his
Genie Ardito, who was the webmaster for the Whisky for awhile, told me in an email
that Elmer Valentine is still around, but Mario, who used to manage the
club, now owns it.
early teens in the sixties, but was there throughout the seventies and attended
some great historical events. He has written me some very interesting
and entertaining emails which I want to share with youMichael's letters
The Whisky today.
Update: Elmer Valentine died in 2008 of heart failure. Here is a link to his obituary: Elmer Valentine obituary from the New York Times.
Ron Davies lives here in Nashville with his wife, Chica. He is still writing songs and doing the clubs. I think he is one of the greatest writers that ever lived, but still relatively unknown. So far the song that was the
one most people remember that he wrote,
was by Three Dog Night, called "It Ain't
Easy." They even named their third album after that song. Ron
appeared recently in one of George Jones' videos, as a bar patron. Check
out his website: www.rondavies.info/
UPDATE ON RON DAVIES!
On October 30, 2003, Ron died of a massive heart attack
in the middle of the night before the paramedics arrived.
His wife, Chica Davies writes:
& some others know, Ron was the "real deal" in heart, soul &
talent; he was the love of my life & my "Van Gogh";
wanted to die with me by his side & he did, in my arms at 4:00AM; he was
dead before the paramedics could get there just minutes later. My emotions
have run the gamut. Relatives from CO, WA, TX & Canada came - there was a
beautiful memorial at Scarrit Bennet in Nashville, Sun, 11/02/03 . In between
bouts of shock & hysteria, I managed to hold up with dignity during the
ceremony, it was packed. Right before my sister left town on Friday 11/7/03, I
had to go to Vanderbilt Emergency, where they kept me closely monitored, did
an angiogram & other tests & finally released me Sunday.
am determined the legacy of this great man & his music will continue.
Georgeanne, from Northridge, remembers Kim Fowley and
Rodney; and a band that Kim organized called The Mermaids,
that had two of her friends in it.
Darryl De Loach (Iron Butterfly) has a sister, Jan, who
has written to me.
Darryl died of stomach cancer in October of 2002.
Cory has emailed me and sent a photo. She's now a CPA
living in NYC.
Her email address is: Coryliv@aol.com
Steve Sasco has contacted me. He has become a well-known
jewelry designer. Landed a contract with the TV show 'Dynasty" and has had his jewelry featured on the shopping networks. He
owns a jewelry factory in Rhode Island and even has his own line of silver jewelry under the name of "Steve Sasco." Pretty kool.
AND he collects gold records.
Here is a photo of Steve and a couple of those records:
Since 1983, Richie Furay has been the pastor of the
Calvary Chapel of Boulder, Colorado
Mark Stein, of Vanilla Fudge, contacted me.
His website is: www.mark-stein.com
Eric Braun of Iron Butterfly, 52, died July 28, 2003,
of heart failure. He joined Iron Butterfly when he was 16,
and toured with the band from 1967 to 1969.
In an email, I was told that an old friend of Claudia
Lennear's, (Mad Dogs and Englishmen) recently had lunch with her in Memphis,
where she is currently working as a bank teller.
Jim Morrison died in Paris and was buried there.
Craig Nuttycombe has been in touch with me
from San Luis Obispo, California. I'm sorry to report that his partner and friend, Denis Lambert took his
own life. Craig has several CD's out and a website which is on my links list. He's been a great singer/writer/musician for a long, long
got to hear the song he wrote for Denis.
Pictured below is his gravesite.
(Photo: courtesy of Rachael DesRosiers)
Denny Cordell (producer) died in 1995 from lymphoma
Kellie Everts is the "Stripper for God" now all over the internet. She has a web site which can be found at Stripper For God
Bob Nutt, who used to manage REO and ran Blythm, Ltd. (along with Irving Azoff) back in their heyday, is back in Champaign,
Illinois driving a cab. I saw him back stage shouting orders at a concert once
at the Forum in L.A., and the next time I saw him, he was driving me across town
in a cab back in Champaign.
Tommy Boyce committed suicide in 1994 at home in Nashville
Janis Joplin was found dead at the Landmark
Spring of 2015 - Webmaster update - This story about Tommy Boyce came in from Gary Myers.
I had 1st crossed paths w/him in Milwaukee when he came into club where we backing Del Shannon one wkend. Tommy was appearing at another spot in town. Next time was out here a couple yrs later when he & Brian Hyland came into a club where we were backing Ray Peterson one night.
Finally, I took Tommy's songwriting course at Sherwood Oaks Experimental College. It was a weekly, 6 or 8 wk class at a location in Hollywood circa '75. Tommy always seemed like a very positive guy so I was quite shocked when he took his own life.
Jed Ziegler (music promoter and manager) has responded to
the website. He now owns a computer company. His email:
Terry Roland has contacted me about his brother, Ken, from the Band Burnside (aka US Males) who died
at age 46 from a drug overdose. He had been an engineer at
Sound City Studios.
Haji, from The Classic Cat, was an actress over the years in films and on television. She died on August 9, 2013.
Wendy, from the Classic Cat, and I were reunited
in Tulsa, Ok. at Leon Russell's 60th birthday celebration.
She is living in Ft. Worth and working for an airlines.
Wendy's email is: MBenson152@aol.com
I found Kitten, from the Classic Cat, on the internet. She's
been working in the film industry for many years.
I have not heard from Nooney Rickett, but someone wrote
and said that he performs regularly at the Ramada Express Casino
in Laughlin, Nevada.
It is believed that Charlie Allen, from the old PG&E
and Electric) Band died in the late. 70's. Ken Utterback is in
Illinois, Glen Schwartz is in Cleveland, Ohio. Wendall Krueth, who says he is in touch with Utterback, was the source for this information.
Howie Hubberman contacted me. His email: email@example.com
Still playing and touring
Doug Speer of the Five-Man Electrical Band, who were
most famous for the song "Signs" contacted me to reminisce.
I love this quote from one of his emails:
"Hollywood Be Thy Name"
contacted me from Portland.
He's an abstract painter
and a remarkable writer who has penned
many vignettes about the outlandish sixties.
I fell so in love with his wit and style that I have asked
him if I could publish one. Here is: "An
Hammond's book on
"As Ever Was--Memoirs of a Beat Survivor"
is available on Amazon.
The group, Gypsy, has reformed and plays shows occasionally. They are trying to put together a documentary and have a Kickstarter and a Facebook page.
The Kickstarter page is Gypsy Kicksterter
The Facebook page is Gypsy Documentary Facebook page
Enrico Rosenbaum, of Gypsy, died in 1979--drug related. Al Mevissen passed away at a very young age.
Band members pictured are: James Walsh,
Jim Johnson, Robert Jones, Stan Kipper,
Mark Chico Perez, and Al Mevissen
Kathi McDonald died in 2012 in Seattle, Washington at age 64.
Mark Rodney is living in Las Vegas. He a DJ for a major
jazz station there. His email is: MDRodneyJazz@aol.com
Kevin Kelly, who played drums for the Byrds during the"Sweetheart-of-the-Rodeo-era" was found dead in his
North Hollywood apartment in April, 2002. He had
been dead for a couple of weeks. Sad to say, but years
of depression, careless living and too much fun was to blame.
Michael Muentz contacted me from New York. email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
He would really like to find members of the group,
Gail, who "worked in the office" at the Whisky, married
Vito Paulikas died at about 72 years of age in Cotati. Sue, his wife, is now a nurse in a hospital in or near
Edgar Arvay is living in Caracas, Venezuela
Chantal (often chosen to be seen on Rodney's arm) contacted me. She is living in Santa Ynez, Ca. near David Crosby and Jimmy Messina. She wanted to know if I remember the bands
Shady Lady or World War Three. I don't.
Bobby Keyes played sax for the Rolling Stones on their Steel Wheels tour.
He died on December 2, 2014 at 71 years of age.
Gordon (Gordie) McLaren, of The Groupies (band) died in January, 1989. He had
been in rehab and doing very well, but decided he wanted to get high one last time. Gordie had married Miss Lucy of the GTO's in 1975. They were divorced around 1981. Lucy died in 1991.
Gordie, Oct, 1988 with son Coleman
in center, and Coleman's half brother, Dallas.
Janet Ferguson sent an email. She was good friends
with Gordie and Miss Lucy. Janet lived at Zappa's house for
two years babysitting Dweezil. She also used to work at The Galaxy. She said the Whisky doorman's name was
Arthur Paisley. "Does anyone remember the French guy,
Francoise, who was in charge of the Whisky parking lot?
Remember Bernardo or Obie?" Janet's email: email@example.com
Byrd (Larry Hindman) never left California. He's still living
in the L.A. area, and still drumming.
David England has sent photos of himself and his wife,
from back in the days on the Strip. David is now a diesel tech
living in Perry, Ohio. He and Sue have remained married all these years. He looks very familiar to me.
David England - David and wife, Sue - Sue and David
David England's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lili St. Cyr died at the age of 80 in February, l999
Lili St. Cyr
J.J. Cale died of heart failure in July 2013, at the age of 74, in La Jolla, California. Below is a photo I took of
him when he played "28 Performance Hall" in Nashville.
Kelly Thomas is living in Oregon email@example.com
Don Nix has a book out called Road Stories and
Phillip Ivy contacted me recently.
Judy Paynter's daughter, Shannon, has emailed me. Judy and Shannon's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Van the Man" Morrison
...still goin 'strong!
Barry McGuire (Eve of Destruction) has been living a Christian life since the mid-seventies. He's touring in a
Christian music circuit. His website is: barrymcguire.com
is alive and well.
I have heard from Dan Hortter, who
was the lead singer of the Yellow Payges. He said he is doing great. He has five children and four grandchildren.
As far as the band members are concerned, Bill Ham is in
Ft. Worth, Tx., Bob Barnes is in Taos, NM., but he has no idea
where Danny Gorman, Mike Rummans, or Teddy Rooney is. He's
been looking for Terry Rae who's on this website. Dan's email: email@example.com
Preston Ritter, firstname.lastname@example.org
drummer for the Electric Prunes, is living in Murrieta,
He is retired from performing due to some health issues, but he does still teach drums. In addition to the Electric Prunes, Preston also played with Dobie Gray,
James Brown and
Preston's web page: http://home.earthlink.net/~prestonr/
He also has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/preston.ritter
Bobby Jones, vocalist from Mad Dogs, is in Santa Barbara and seriously addicted to golf. When I talked to him on the
phone recently, he remembered that he and I had a tequila drinking contest one night, but neither one of us can remember who
Gene Clark (Byrds) died in 1991- heart attack
Michael Clarke died in 1993 - liver failure
David Pelletier PROMONDE@aol.com
Arthur Lee, the beautiful black singer for Love, was in
prison for carrying a firearm-- something about "the third-time-you're-out
law." He was serving a twelve-year sentence at California's Pleasant
Valley State Prison, but was recently released. I was told in an email that the judge threw out his sentence and he has been released. He was touring and recording again when he died of cancer..
Brian McLean, the guitarist for Love, died in 1998, the day before Christmas,
of a heart attack.
Allan MacDougal (A&R for A&M) died in London of
liver problems at a fairly young age.
The Alaskan Jay York, wrestler and Classic Cat
bouncer, died October 7th, 1995, of liver disease;
He was 57
In April, 1983, Felix Pappalardi of Mountain, and producer
for the Cream, was shot and killed by his wife, Gail Collins.
Leslie West and Felix
Cooker and I were married in 1974. Our twin daughters were born in 1975,
but we split up shortly after that. We stay in touch, because of
the girls. Cooker is a pastry
chef at The Urbana Country Club in Urbana, Il.
These are 1974 wedding photos. I'm the taller one.
The right photo shows the results of five valium and a
Cooker's 1974 album, Bout Time
Wolfman Jack died of a heart attack in 1995
The only person I have kept in contact with consistently, during the course of the
twenty-five years I have been out of California, is Dick Monda, who was
Dew Drop--Chicka Boom fame. Dick was best man at my wedding. I still
call him periodically mostly to check in and let him know I'm still breathing. He is living in the same house in Reseda, California and still
recording and working as a DJ. He is one of the nicest people that ever
walked this earth.
Carl Radle died in 1980 of alcohol poisoning
Chas Chandler, bass player, died in 1996--aortic aneurysm
Eric Burdon celebrated his sixtieth birthday
in May of 2001 at the El Rey in Hollywood. Today he is 73 years old. He is still
cursing a blue streak they tell me, and keeping
everyone in stitches, as always. I'll drink to that.
Cynthia "Plaster Caster" today
Gram Parsons died in 1973 of a tequila/morphine overdose
I talked to Chuck Blackwell back in the early nineties. The last time I
talked to him, he told me about Kay Poorboy dying, so I quit calling him, because I just
didn't want to hear those things any more. Someone emailed me and
said he was living in Broken Arrow, Ok outside of Tulsa and ran a stained
glass shop. He has faced a lot of health issues this year and a benefit was held for him in February of 2014. He was also inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
Bill Gazzari died in 1991
Jimmy Greenspoon was diagnosed in with a brain tumor in October of 2014. He authored a book entitled,
"One is the Loneliest Number: On the Road and Behind the Scenes with the Legendary Rock Band Three Dog Night." He died in March of 2015 of melanoma. Link to story on ultimateclassicrock.com
Aynsley Dunbar, is still playing drums.
Greg Ridley, the bassist for Humble Pie, died on November 19, 2003
in Spain from pneumonia complications. He was 56.
Tracy Nelson of Mother Earth is alive and well in the Nashville
area--Burns, Tn. Below is a photo I took of her at a club in Nashville called
"Third and Lindsley."
One of my forever and ever favorites
Roland Dupree (the unknown phonebook entry) is believed to have been a
choreographer back in those days.
Regarding another phone book entry: I got an email from Don Smith
who noticed Leigh Stevens name in my phone book. I didn't know who that was,
but after the entry, I have "Silver Meter" and an address in
England. Don said, Leigh Stevens was in Silver Meter only for a
very short time before he was in the group, Blue Cheer.
John Glascock is also in my phonebook. he was the bass player for
Jethro Tull. He died from heart related problems 25 years ago.
Ann Nuzzo, email@example.com worked
at the Whisky in 1969. In 1970, she married Brian Glascock, John's brother.
She remembers a long long list of many people, so here's her entire letter: Ann's
Jay York, (The Alaskan) had a brother, Ned, who was a character actor
in Hollywood. He died on New Year's Eve, 1998, but here's a piece of trivia
for you... Ned was arrested a few years ago for being the Hillside Strangler.
It seems that he had gotten high on PCP, and was found running around in his underwear, raving about being the
Hillside Strangler. Of course, he wasn't, and later cleaned up his
act and became a Born Again Christian.
My sister, Debby and I were reunited on December 29,
2001, for our Dad's 80th surprise birthday party.
Debby and Me
Leon Russell celebrated his 60th birthday in Tulsa
where I was reunited with my sister, my cousin, and three very close friends. Three of us
were from Hollywood.
Wendy, Sharon, Sascha, and me
"Once I felt that I was nothin'
Nothin' but a losin' fool
I tried to steal a little happiness
Sittin' in my back room
But when the morning came
I felt the touch of a hand
Felt like an old lucky charm
It was then I knew an angel
Was sittin' on my right arm"
R.D. Simone ©1985
Third Stone, First Rose
Cooker (Norman DesRosiers)1975
This website is dedicated to all our
wonderful friends we lost in the Hangover.