I started playing
the accordion at age 5. I was an accomplished player by age 11, and
won several talent contests. At 12, I quit playing accordion and didn't
play any instruments for 4 years. At age 16, I bought a Wurlitzer
electric piano and formed a band with my brother, Mike, and another
friend. We knew 5 songs and played at the local YMCA for 5 dollars
Then I met Gerry and a guy named Tom Robbins who were playing with
Carl Hubert, the remaining member of "The Genteels" of "Take
It Off" fame. I joined their band and then met Ray. We played
together until Carl left for L.A. with Jim Messina to be rock 'n'
roll stars. Then came Tom Grunwald on drums, and Kenny joined. Tom
recorded the original "I'm Captured" with the band, but
he had many personal problems so he left and I then introduced "Happy-Go-Lucky
My high-points with the band were the short bits of fame we had, the
many now legend bands we played with, and most importantly, the great
friendships that were developed along the way. We were never the best
individual instrument players in town, but as a group we were darn
Now, 40 years later, we are all much better human beings, God fearing,
and we will now try to rekindle that magic we had in the late 60's.
Praise the Lord!