WHERE ARE THEY NOW ?
Long Island Band Members of the 60's - Who Are Now In Their 60's!
Some of the pioneers from Long Island's earliest rock bands are spread all over the map &
some are still making music ,,,,,,
No not Rhyming Simon but .....
Mike Mone & Wally Bone
Both had tons of a rhythm as both were drummers in groups like The Crestmen & Kingsmen & many more
Two vetersans who started playing Long Island clubs in the early '60's
They are now in Florida in a Doo Wop Group along with Lou Reyes leading them (Augie's big brother) called The Del Prados
THE KING HIMSELF
SONNY "Styles" BOTTARI
Leader Of The Kingsmen & Aesop's Fables
Sonny has lived in Sunny California since the late 1970's
He sent me a nice letter recently saying how much he enjoyed this web site and that appreciated being remembered
Photo taken in 2003 at an Aesop's Fables reunion
NAT MARCHIANO & RICK CHAINEY
Notice the price tag on the Tele! Rick took Nat to visit Utica music store ... and well.....you know how that goes
They were in The Kingsmen, Crestmen, Nocturnes, Tradewinds Down 5.....
Photo taken at Rick's house in Utica, NY November 2009
Nat is with the State Department in Venezuela and still plays with friends from the embassy. Rick is retired military and with The House of The Good Shepherd mission in Utica.
If you want to get in touch with either of them drop me an e mail and I will forward it on
JOE CIAMPA & ME- DECEMBER 2009
Strangers & Mrs. Murphy's Basement
Joe came to visit Nashville, We had not seen each other since our days in Mrs. Murphys Basement in 1968. Joe is still in NY & LI and we are talking about a possible future Strangers reunion with Steve Murphy who is way upstate in NY and one of our drummers who are MIA , Johnny Adamec, Billy Valerie, or Richie Searles.
DOWN FIVE & AESOP'S FABLES
"THE ISLANDERS"__ NOV 2006
Or should I say 2/3 of them. The Islanders, was our very first band in 1961. Frank O' Shea drums, Doug Percoco, guitar back then, and Yours Truly, who is being distracted here by someone calling out my name? The occassion was my appearance at the Mastic - Shirley Library to read from one of my manuscripts of an upcoming book. The place was mobbed by old and new friends alike that day. Even some of my school teachers from elementary and high school were there. Not to mention Rich LaHommideu, the founder of The Long Island Music Hall of Fame , Rich approached me that day and said "I want you in the hall next year." Then he proceeded to give me a LIMHOF Hat & T Shirt , his business card etc during the melee__ Well Something WEIRD happened months after that, and as the date approached for my induction. I wound up telling friends, who were planning to come from far and wide for the 2007 ceremony, that it seems I was in The Hassles (Billy Joel's Band) longer than I was in the LI Hall of Fame. I never got an explanation from Mr. LaHommideu and he found himself replaced, when the whole 2007 ceremony collapsed???? Personally, I think everyone on these pages, including a whole bunch more guys and gals I haven't found or added yet, deserve to be in the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame____But I digress_____
In 2009 we tried to have an Islanders reunion with the other surviving members, but it got way too complicated. Too bad too, as I even bought a replica of the guitar I used then for the occassion. Perhaps we will get it together someday while we still can? Frankie who was the third and final drummer in the Islanders, still plays drums with casual groups on the Island. Doug who was with me and played bass in The Continentals in 1964 then joined The Kingsmen. After that he became a pure jazz man by the late '60's studying with jazz guitar legend Chuck Wayne, funny thing is though Doug tells me he is a frustrated B-3 player and he doesn't even own one. He lives for jazz organ. MUSICIANS ... we can't be analyzed...nor should we. As for me I don't care if its Folk. Rock, Jazz, Blues, Classical, or what have you ___there's only two kinds of music ...Good and Lousy
LARRY WEST WEINSTEIN
Bass Player of The Vagrants
Larry has a Food & Music Venue in Orange, New Jersey called
and his big brother Les drops in often to wine dine & rattle the china with his guitar & voice !
"MR. C's OPUS"
BILL CLAUSING FORMER SAX PLAYER "ISLANDERS" & "CRESTMEN" APRIL 2009
The student? Bill is sitting with, reminds me of how John Chiappone, who went to Wm Floyd with us, looked back in 1962 .
John later in life, became a musician too and played at our 40th HS Reunion.
Where Were You In '62?
Bill In His Days As An "ISLANDER"