Not sure if I posted this before, but here it is again if I didn’t. This was shot at the old WSNL-TV Ch 67 Studios on Long Island in early 1977. It was a pilot for a show called “Celebrity Cabaret” that launched Jerry Seinfeld. Of course, he was on one of the shows that aired. Unfortunately the pilot never did. We got to see this after it was shot by visiting the host (Richard Hall) at his apartment in NY and huddled around his TV to watch his copy that he played on a reel-to-reel video recorder…very expensive device to have in your home in 1977. Long before the VCR. When I discovered this clip (thanks Sue Jansen Auten!!), I contacted the guy who posted it on youtube and he sent me a DVD of the entire show!
Anyway, here are the Harmonikings–Hank Graham on the bass harmonica, Bob Bauer (Dad) on the chord, and yours truly on the chromatic harmonica (in need of a haircut in this video I might add!).
It’s been a couple of years since I took a moment here in the old blogosphere to talk about my Dad…and here it is, Father’s Day 2013. Along with taking a look back to my Dad, I want to share what it’s like to be a Dad too.
So, beyond my music endeavors I have a few other things that I enjoy passing the time doing. One of them is something I’ve been involved with since I was a know-it-all 16 year old. Ham Radio. Or Amateur Radio. It’s a wonderful hobby where I’ve had the opportunity to meet some great people, both on the air and in person. I owe my career to being a ham operator.
I was part of the CB craze of the 70s when a bunch of us high school kids would congregate on a channel and talk all night long…about nothing in particular. My dad got involved in it and bought a mobile radio for his car. Dad was a traveling salesman for some time, and the CB kept him company on long road trips.
I always enjoyed trying to communicate longer distances with the CB. I was thrilled to be able to talk to someone in the next county! I also joined the local REACT chapter to assist in emergency communications.
We all have favorite bands or musicians. You know which ones I mean. The ones when you hear of a new recording, you make sure you listen to it. Back in the day, you would run out to the record store to get the latest “album” by so-and-so.
I thought it would be fun to list my top 10 favorite bands/musicians. Mind you, they come from all genres and might even surprise a few of you!
I was poking around youtube and came across this little gem. It features Wally Peterman on the chord harmonica and a dear harmonica playing friend we lost in 2012, Mr. Jim Lohman. Jim was one of the finest human beings I ever met and an incredible talent on the harmonica. He will be missed.