MY FIRST REAL GOOD GUITAR

A 1961 Les Paul Standard with Sideways Vibrola & PAF Humbuckers

It was my 5th instrument ( got my first one in 1956) Bought new at

Patchogue Music Center in December of 1961 for $230.00

Got it out of Layaway March of 1962 ( I was 14 and a sophomore at William Floyd)

At first I carried it in my chipboard case with a pillow in it that I had for my Kay

archtop. By my 15th birthday I was able to afford a hardshell case. I got a Fender

Strat case 'cause it looked cooler than the Gibson. But the guitar didn't really fit that well due to the angle of the Gibson

headstock.

The whole story about my Red Christmas Guitar is located here

BTW TODAY THIS MODEL WITH LES PAUL'S NAME ON IT, WHICH WAS ONLY MADE FROM 1961- early 62,

SELLS FOR AS MUCH AS 35 K!!!!

 

HERE I AM WORKING WITH IT IN 1962 WITH "THE ISLANDERS"

BURIED TREASURE FOUND JULY 2015

Larry Schulz, My Oldest Friend In The World, (we have been friends since 1950 ) Found My Islanders Music Stand In His Mother's Basement.
I Got It New In 1961 For $6.50 At Irv's ( Patchogue Music Center ). My Mom Lettered It. When The Islanders Broke Up In '62 Larry & I Played Together For A Time In A Group Called The Del- Fis. Larry Must Have Taken It Home From A Gig Or I Left It In His Parents Car, As We Were Just 15. It's Made Of Cardboard And How This Much Of It Survived For 54 Years Is A Mind Blower

 

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TROLLING ALONG

THE TROLLS ARE BACH ! THEY DISAPPEARED FOR A WHILE

THE TROLLS

Who later became The Music Bachs I recall playing with the Music Bachs at The Huntington Au Go Go in 1967
which had to be the smokiest club I think I ever was in. We should of got hazard duty to play there.
I used Harry Troll's white B-3 then and watched it turn yellow in a week or so

THE ORIGINAL TROLLS CIRCA 1964

The late Marcel Thompson, on the far right was one of the the Trolls guiding lights. He was also was in the Music Bachs, Alice & Mr. Flood's Party

That is Leslie Zemei next to Marcel. Leslie was in The Rainy Days along with Jack McMahon who sent in these Troll Pics

The other girl is Gail Messina & the other guys are Craig Mannion and Jimmy De' Lea

TROLLING ALONG

l - R Bobby Apponte , Rocky Cammarata , Jack McMahon , Marcel Thompson

Thanks to Original Troll Jack McMahon for these photos

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A FEW JOINTS

( No Not Those Joints ... They Are Illeagle

Rather Summer Da Places We Played In )

MY HOUSE

Actually Danny Mazurs House I first played there in 1965 with Eddie & The Tempos when it was called The Cat & Fiddle, then with The Strangers when it was still The Cat and when Danny's Liqour License got yanked in 1966 with the Strangers . I remember the original Hassles, Harry, Jon, John & Richie auditioning for Mazur in the Summer of 66when we played there. It was a converted Vic Tanny's Gym on South Oyster Bay Road in Plainview . Held about 900 sweaty bodies

JULY 1968 It was a big weekend for (Mrs. Murphy's Basement) when the United Artists Label folks and record producer Tommy Kaye came out to My House. by then our manager was Danny Mazur and we ( Sue, Phitchie, Lou, Robbie, & Me) got our record deal. Mazur also managed The Hassles who were already on the UA Label and were about to start recording their second album. Both groups wound up working in the Studio Three in NYC... (three doors down from Carnegie Hall) from late summer 1968 through November. Never forget lugging my Hammond up the two flights of stairs into the studio. It took 6 of us about a half hour to do that. My A-100 Hammond became the studios "house organ" for that time and was also used by Jay & The Americans, Monte Rock III, John Simon (with Richie Havens) and that kid from Hicksville Billy Joel. Both groups actually disolved during that time . Billy Joel & Jon Small formed Attila and Mrs Murphy's Basement was reduced to a trio with Lou Sue & Me calling ourselves "Cold Coffee" (yech)

VAGRANTS ARE BEST KNOWN AS LESLIE WEST'S FIRST BAND

The Factory was a large industrial building located on the LI Expressway North Side Sevice Road In Syosset

The Brass Tax were a BS&T Style Horn Band

I don't recall who was in Banchee.

The late great Johnny Maestro was the leader of Brooklyn Bridge which also was jumpin' on the horn bandwagon

 

Drummer Eddie Corliss had one of busiest groups in the late 50's - mid 60 s on Western Long Island

Last time I saw them was at the Starlight Lounge in Coram around 1966

 

 

 

Bobby Groccia along with his sister Maryjane, Joe Boccia and Joe Di Bartola got together around 1958

They cut a record "Felicia" that sold well and got played on American Bandstand

The worked very steadily all through the 60s. We (The Strangers ) played with them at The Cat & Fiddle in Plainview in 1965

By then Maryjane was using a portable organ.

I still recall Bobby doing a spot on vocal cover of Little JImmy Charles' hit Million To One

photos of The Grads & Orbits courtesy of Greg Geller

 

 

 

THE ABSTRACTS

They were only around a for a short time in the mid 60's Acording to Guitarist Don Sucher their last gig was at Danny Mazur's Cat & Fiddle

which became My House by mid summer 1966

photos courtesy of Don Sucher

 

Making A Promo Film With The British Look

READ SEE AND HEAR MUCH MORE ABOUT THE ABSTRACTS HERE

SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC

From Happauge / Smithtown Area

They were around in the late 60s and played most all the popular clubs back then

BOB

JIMMY

photos courtesy Bob MIllici

 

Rick Bonanno's

THE FANTASY TRAIN

From the Amityville Bayshore Area Fantatasised Themselves Into The

FREEDOM BROTHERS

photos : Ricky Bonnano

 

THE ILLUSIONS

 

 

FRANK GAIRDINO, THE REALANDER BROTHERS (Roger & Rick) ALONG WITH GEORGE MORALDO

& DRUMMER JOHNNY ADAMEC CIRCA 1965

Johnny became a STRANGER to them in 1966 when he joined my group by the same name

 

 

AESOPS FABLES

Circa 1967-68

Frank Krepla guitar, Sonny Styles, Vocal, Wally Bone, Drums, Barry Taylor, B-3 Organ with bass pedals. The Fables as they were known, was Sonny Styles' group that he formed after his Kingsmen had gone astray. Both groups featured Sonny's incredible soul vocals that were on par with anyone who ever crooned in that genere. In fact back in the early '60s, Sonny was most likely the first white guy ever offered a recording contract from Motown records . The Fables made several albums for Monument Records . They sold regionally, but like many other talented groups from Long Island, failed to get airplay nationally . This photo by Ted Gorzkowski, seems to suggest that old music biz proverb "Don't Give Up Your Day Job" Aesop himself might of sung it too if he had a band.

 

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