Hot Platters: Warner Reprise Songbook 1969

Looking at the troubles that the music industry finds itself in today, my thoughts return to a time when record companies energetically courted listeners by releasing bargain product samplers. Such is the case with today's Hot Platter --- the…

My First Gig

52 years ago I played my first gig on October 9, 1966.  I remember that gig as if it took place yesterday.  In October of 1966.  I was 14 years old and playing in a trio that went by…

Memory Lunchbox: Howard Johnson's

I've always found the end of summer to be a time for looking back on various parts of my life.  A person never knows when a memory from years past will suddenly capture their imagination.  This morning, out of…

Rock Geography: The Action House (Island Park, NY)

Many famous rock & roll clubs and concert halls 

have quietly vanished from the face of the earth. 

Why, it's almost as if they never existed.... 

but the stories about them live on.

By…