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Been playing since 1964.
14 yrs. old.
I wanted to play the drums when I was young and beat the hell out of my mother's pots and pans with wooden spoons but my parents had other plans for me.
My choices: Play accordian or guitar?
Now you know my secret.
No............I didn't play accordian but Welk had Myron Florian??)*&) who did a number.
Loved the Lennon>?&*? sisters. They were alright by me, especially the young blond.
Of course I didn't know for years the color of her hair because everything was in black and white then.
Ok..........Leo, get serious.
My dedication to the guitar eludes me as I contemplated the mastery and mystery of unknown realms I was to visit.
Yes...just like in the movie 'Crossroads' I made a pact with the Devil.
I too had to play my way out of the contract just like Faustus!
I embarked on a mission too great even for a mortal.
I was virtually raked over the coals as I was put thru Hell !
Blood, Sweat, and Tears was a good band but I actually was torn to shreads!
So many plights. What was a young man to do?
So.............I took my ole geetar down to the crossroads and looked that devil right in the eye and said:
"I want out if I can't play better than Stevie Vai".
He said: "Son........ you're gonna be a son of a gun. You were born under a bad sign and you can't win for loosin".
So...........Still; I sit here today as I write and say:
"If You wanted me, you could've had me."
I guess we'll all find out in the end how I got here. "I am's what I am's, and that's all I evers will be."
(A quote from a song from David Bowie's lead guitarist's solo album.)
6'2" 220lbs. Amazing what the forest can grow.
Self - employed - retired since 1996. Freelance writer/musician/astrologer.
I still sit in with different bands on vacations world wide and jam locally. Did some studio work with bands as lead guitar player.
Started my career in a Detroit strip club at 14. The girls were like a mom to me and used mascara to shade in my upper lip. Kept me in the shadow on stage playing lead for Scott Richards Case,Band.(SRC)1965
Mom+Dad thought I was out late practicing with my band.
Had a band called 'The Other Kind' and cut our first record(45) in Detroit when I was 15.(Bob Maxwell, Danny Stahl, Dennis Massimino.)
Also a band called Tamara and the New Generation. We played all over Michigan with models fashioning jewelry for our agents. Ended up playing along on The Dick Clark Show filmed at the Roostertail lounge in the Motown Revue. (the only all white band) . Marvin Gaye was a pal but he moved to Europe and died a violent death later.
Played in a band called 'The Fruit of the Loom' after high school later called 'the Fruit'.(Fr~ut) We toured the East coast and played at many Hullabloos that were recorded and on TV a few times. We played on 'Swingin' Summertime' for Robin Seymour who was once our agent. (cklw channel 9 - Windsor, London, Canada(68-69)
Art Cervy was the producer, my step cousin and the original Bozo the Clown.
Our lead singer had some of Tiny Tim's beads from a concert we played in Ft.Lauderdale. Tiny's a real corker.
Woodstock69: a few days after my birthday w/Larry Hall up on the stage w/Sly Stones, Janice Jopplin, and the who.
Later got an invite to join Canned Heat, next door to Eric Burton in Laurel Canyon, Ca.
Would have gone but was going thru a bad time in my life. Oh well....liked my band better.
Lived in New York 1970 to do recordings with a Miami band called 'Echo'.
Moved to Miami/Ft.Lauderdale areas in early 70's and was the opening Band for Big Daddy's lounges.'Pride'
Also played as Chuck Berry's band at concerts in the area.
Ended with a band called 'X'.
Moved back to Michigan to play in Ike and Tina Turner's band with a 12 piece horn group but didn't work out because of their bad divorce. Ended up in the band later called 'The Werks' and played around Michigan.
Have written for Dell Horoscope but not much time for that anymore. Worked around cargo air freight planes for 15 yrs. at O'hare Airport in Chicago and owned a musical instrument store in Hanover Park, Il.
Sailed around in the 80's on my 40' Hunter prototype w/2,000lb. shark keel. Lived across the street from my boat in Belmont Harbor, Chicago. Love the Caribbean.
Also-work at home with webpage design, marketing, research and advertising.
Used to live on Goethe st. in Chicago 1 block south of Astor
and 1 block east of the playboy mansion.
The Ambassador east and west by Oak St. Beach.
Macomb College '69-70 (don't know why)
School of Accupuncture-China town Chicago w/Korean Master Sung Baek '87 on/School of Naprapathy, Chicago/Arts-Aikido, Hapkido(stick defence - similar to Kendo but created by Chinese farmers) tai kwan do, mui tai, '85-97. Participated in the National Arm Wrestling Championships in the late 70's.
Now - Travel broker/consolidator and do hotel visit reviews for agents.
Call me Leo...........
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