Paul Robi / Zola Taylor / Platters
The Righteous Brothers
Mike Pinera / Blues Image
J. J. Jackson
Jan and Dean
Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
Little Anthony and the Imperials
The Brooklyn Bridge
Dennis Yost / Classics IV
Gary Lewis and the Playboys
Joey Dee and the Starliters
Cannibal and the Headhunters
Prominent Performance Venues
· Trump's Taj Mahal - Atlantic City, New Jersey
· The Hollywood Bowl
· Monte Carlo Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada
· Downtown Plaza Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada
· Disney World – Orlando, Florida
· Busch Gardens – Orlando, Florida
· Tropicana Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada
· The Dunes Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada
· Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, Nevada
· MGM Grand Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada
· Radio City Music Hall – NYC, New York
· Towne Hall – NYC, New York
· Greek Theater – Los Angeles, California
· Anaheim Stadium – Anaheim, California
· Celebrity Theater – Phoenix, Arizona
· Olympia Theatre – Sao Paulo, Brazil
· Brazil National Theatre – Brazilia, Brazil
· The Paladium – Sao Paulo, Brazil
· Westin Plaza Hotel – Manila, Philippines
· Singapore Convention Center – Singapore
· The Esplanade Concert Hall - Singapore
began learning piano at age 5 and discovering vocal harmonies, 3
years on; during the late 1950's. While attending Catholic grade
school in Lynwood, California, he learned hymns, Gregorian Chant and
sang in a boys choir. He developed a "keen ear" for these harmonies;
with all of their intricate movements and counterparts. It would
benefit him in such a profound way, that he would pick out various
musical instruments in most tunes, at this early age. He studied
their "sound" in the structuring of a song. What he was learning,
was instrumentation and arrangement.
"From singing the Latin Masses and Church hymns in my choir days, constantly absorbing AM radio, plus my Dad playing his LP's; on the HiFi record player, I was picking out parts of these background tracks of music and learning all of the instruments that lent their own unique contribution to making
a HIT RECORD".
"The knowledge of vocal harmonies; together with piano, challenged my talents and abilities. So in 1965, I began to explore (outside of the piano), the new hip sounds and features of the Hammond B3, the Farfisa and Vox Continental electric combo organs.
Three keyboards, KNOWN for that unique 60's sound; like on the recordings that influenced my "style".
The Animals, Young Rascals, Them, Blues Magoos, Spencer Davis Group, Dave Clark 5, Tommy James & the Shondells, Seeds, Castaways,
Human Beinz, Cannibal & the Headhunters,
The Sir Douglas Quintet, Buckinghams, Cyrkle,
Manfred Mann, Swingin' Medallions, Zombies, Booker T.& the MG's, The Rivieras, Monkees,
The Standells, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Beach Boys, The Kingsmen, Steppenwolf, Deep Purple,
Question Mark & the Mysterians, Paul Revere,
Iron Butterfly, Procol Harem, Vanilla Fudge,
Box Tops, Outsiders, Grass Roots & The Doors.
I practiced a lot to get the exact licks,
chord voicings, sound, style and feel.
I became a versatile PLAYER".
BIGGEST MUSICAL INFLUENCES from the early days, were listening to many of the late
50's/early 60's Doo Wop groups;
Frankie Lymon, Platters, Castells, Hollywood Flames, The Crests, Dion & the Belmonts, Danny & the Juniors, Skyliners, Little Joey & The Flips, The Students, Del Vikings, Flamingos, Dovells, The Tymes, The Drifters and The Diamonds.
ALL BRITISH INVASION BANDS from 64'-65'.
Especially BEATLES, Stones, Yardbirds,
Searchers, Zombies, Moody Blues and
Eric Burdon & The Animals, for certain.
ALL 60's MOTOWN ARTISTS (w/Funk Brothers)
Temptations, 4 Tops, Miracles, Supremes, Marvin, Stevie, Martha & the Vandellas, Mary Wells, Jackson 5. Jimmy Ruffin,
Contours, Tammi Terrell, Marvelettes.
More 1960's: Beach Boys w/the "Wrecking Crew", California surf music, 4 Seasons, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Gene Pitney, Bobby Vee, Carole King, Burt Bacharach, Elvis, Dionne Warwick, The Kingston Trio, Mama's & Papa's, Jimmy Webb, Aretha, Neil Diamond, Young Rascals,
Johnny Mathis, Everly Brothers,
Simon & Garfunkel, (early) Bee Gees, and the "Wall of Sound" groups of
Phil Spector; (Ronettes, Crystals,
Darlene Love, Bobby Sheen, Sonny Charles/The Checkmates Ltd.
The Walker Brothers, Righteous Brothers and Sonny & Cher).
MAJOR 60's influences also included;
Love, The Byrds, Iron Butterfly, Sly Stone, The Association, Turtles, Lovin'Spoonful,
Buffalo Springfield, James Brown, Cream, Junior Walker & The All-Stars.
70's and early 80's favorites;
Marvin Gaye, Delfonics, Tower of Power, Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Tierra, GQ,
Barry White, LTD, Stylistics, Dramatics, Smokey Robinson, Commodores, Jacksons,
3 Dog Night, ELO, Santana, America, Malo,
Seals & Crofts, Wings, Carpenters, Chic,
Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, War, Raydio, Earth/Wind&Fire, George Benson, Spinners,
Teddy Pendergrass/Harold Melvin and the
Bluenotes, Rick James, Dan Fogelberg,
Doobie Brothers, Kenny Loggins, Bee Gees.
"I sang bass vocals with the Orange Community Chorus, from California
on their 2002 EURO TOUR; performing in Austria, Switzerland and Germany."
"The 50's, 60's and 70's decades influenced my style as a
performing musician, prior to the advent of 80's MTV and modern popular Artists; who have since produced nearly 3 MORE decades of brilliant recordings".