WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR OLD FRIENDS?
To anyone that may be able to help:
My name is John Bogard and I have been trying to reconnect with Travis Fullerton for almost 14 years.
I had initially reconnected with Travis briefly thru this website back in 2007-8 while I was in Japan. At the time I was only able to use a local email in Japan and when I returned stateside, Travis' email had a email screening program and did not recognize my new email address.
Fast forward to now. I am retired and would love to connect again. My history with Travis is that we worked in Scott's Valley, CA at Seagate Technology along with my wife, Beth, together in 1987-89 and socialized\hiked/bicycled. We last visited in person at lunch when he worked at Apple as I headed off to medical school in May of 1991.My contact email: email@example.com
My name is Julie George and my dad's name is Sidney George from Thibodaux Louisiana. Back in the late 60's early 70's he played with different bands. He joined a re-organized band called The Basement Wall from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. When the original band broke up the drummer, Barrie Edgar, hired my dad and a few other musicians from Thibodaux. They played around the area in South Louisiana and were very popular. They played music by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Credence Clearwater, just to name a few beside their own original music.
One day they decided to move to Colorado Springs. They got a gig at Kelkers Junction for about 2 weeks. The owner also had a club in Denver on Mississippi Street that he wanted them to play at and so they moved to Denver. They met some people (groupies) who liked their music and referred them to a man named Pete Bonasi and the band got a job playing at the Hey Jude Club in Omaha. Later they moved to LA and I believe came back to Omaha for a little while. They would just pick up and move and go wherever the jobs were. When they were in LA they got a job at PJ's of Hollywood. They also played at The Troubadour and Whisky A Go Go. They were also the opening band at Topanga Canyon for Canned Heat. They were friends with Chris Ethridge of the Flying Burrito Brothers. My dad only jammed with Mr. Ethridge. He did not play in his band but he told me that he and Chris were good friends. My dad, Sidney, also played with Dr. John (who is from New Orleans) and was a good friend of Jimi Calhoun who was part of the band. Both of them were on Dr. John's album called Gumbo.
After The Basement Wall broke up my dad met Stephen Stills. He played alto sax, flute, etc. on the Stephen Stills solo album. I have some other albums of Mr. Stills where he is mentioned playing. He also played on a Manassas album or two however he never played live with Manassas. He also played on the "Eat It" album with Humble Pie which was recorded at Steve Marriott's studio which was part of his house in England and did one tour with the group.
At one time he had a bunch of pictures, some newspaper articles, etc. however there was a flood and everything was destroyed. Too bad for us..all that history gone. This is one of the reasons that I am writing this to reach out to anyone that might have any photos with my dad in them that they can share with me. I would really appreciate it. I am also looking for a man named Freddy May (or spelled Freddie Mae) who worked at RCA Victor Records in LA/Hollywood during the late 60's early 70's. My dad said that Mr. May had a friend who was a photographer who used to take pictures of them. Does anyone know how to contact Mr. May or possibly know the photographer that was a friend of Mr. May's? I believe Mr. May would be in his middle to late 60's possibly early 70's. My dad doesn't remember the name of the man that took the pictures but said that he still might have pictures from back then.
I am hoping to find anyone that might remember the Basement Wall band, anyone that might remember my dad working with Stephen Stills, Manassas or Humble Pie. Maybe someone was a groupie back then and took pictures or have pictures as well as any newspaper articles that might have mentioned the band with my dad in it.Thank you so very much! I appreciate you reading my request and helping me in my search to try to recover some of the history that was lost. My email address at the office is firstname.lastname@example.org. Kay Poorboy took her own life back in the eighties. She was living in Tulsa at the time with her boyfriend, Buddy Jones. I was told that she shot herself in the heart. Kay has a daughter, Moon, who is an actress. Anybody know anything about Moon?
Michael's brother, David Doud, was killed in a car accident. I have no idea what happened to Sally, David's wife.
We all know what happened to Jimi Hendrix, but I received a great photo of him from Ray Rae Goldman, who lives in Venice Beach, Ca. He said it was taken in Hawaii as Jimi was getting off the airplane in February, 1969. The photographer was a guy named Tichen.
Noel Redding, Jimi's bass player in The Experience, was found dead in his home in County Cork, Ireland, on May 11, 2003. He died of natural causes.Jackie Rosen, from Gazzarri's, who drove the infamous silver Corvette, is living in Las Vegas. At one time, she married one of the Yellow Payges, Randy Carlisle, but she is now married to a DJ for Sunny 106.5. She writes songs and rides horses. Her website: www.jackiecarlyle.com Her email: Poet3030@aol.com http://myspace.com/jackiecarlyle
Ellynn Levin, from Thee Experience (aka-Ellymelly) is living in Memphis. She and Raggi have remained friends over the years. Email Ellynn: Ellynn123@aol.com
Jesse Ed Davis, died of a heroin overdose in a Venice, California laundromat in l988
Bobby Torres, Mad Dogs and Englishmen is alive and well, living in Portland, Oregon. His website: bobbytorres.com
Rick Allen email@example.com has contacted me since the web site began. He is now a studio musician in the New Orleans area. He has played for so many people over the years, that he needs his own web site to list them all, which he has done and his site is listed on my links page. I urge you to check it out!
Update: Elmer Valentine died in 2008 of heart failure. Here is a link to his obituary: Elmer Valentine obituary from the New York Times.
Georgeanne, from Northridge, remembers Kim Fowley and Rodney; and a band that Kim organized called The Mermaids, that had two of her friends in it.Darryl De Loach (Iron Butterfly) has a sister, Jan, who has written to me. Darryl died of stomach cancer in October of 2002.
Denny Cordell (producer) died in 1995 from lymphoma
Kellie Everts is the "Stripper for God" now all over the internet. She has a web site which can be found at Stripper For GodTommy Boyce committed suicide in 1994 at home in Nashville
Spring of 2015 - Webmaster update - This story about Tommy Boyce came in from Gary Myers.
I had 1st crossed paths w/him in Milwaukee when he came into club where we backing Del Shannon one wkend. Tommy was appearing at another spot in town. Next time was out here a couple yrs later when he & Brian Hyland came into a club where we were backing Ray Peterson one night. Finally, I took Tommy's songwriting course at Sherwood Oaks Experimental College. It was a weekly, 6 or 8 wk class at a location in Hollywood circa '75. Tommy always seemed like a very positive guy so I was quite shocked when he took his own life.Jed Ziegler (music promoter and manager) has responded to the website. He now owns a computer company. His email: firstname.lastname@example.org Terry Roland has contacted me about his brother, Ken, from the Band Burnside (aka US Males) who died at age 46 from a drug overdose. He had been an engineer at Sound City Studios.
Haji, from The Classic Cat, was an actress over the years in films and on television. She died on August 9, 2013.
Wendy, from the Classic Cat, and I were reunited
in Tulsa, Ok. at Leon Russell's 60th birthday celebration.
She is living in Ft. Worth and working for an airlines. Wendy's email is: MBenson152@aol.com
I have not heard from Nooney Rickett, but someone wrote
and said that he performs regularly at the Ramada Express Casino
in Laughlin, Nevada.
It is believed that Charlie Allen, from the old PG&E (Pacific, Gas, and Electric) Band died in the late. 70's. Ken Utterback is in Illinois, Glen Schwartz is in Cleveland, Ohio. Wendall Krueth, who says he is in touch with Utterback, was the source for this information.
Howie Hubberman contacted me. His email: email@example.com
Still playing and touring
The group, Gypsy, has reformed and plays shows occasionally. They are trying to put together a documentary and have a Kickstarter and a Facebook page.
The Kickstarter page is Gypsy Kicksterter
The Facebook page is Gypsy Documentary Facebook page
Enrico Rosenbaum, of Gypsy, died in 1979--drug related. Al Mevissen passed away at a very young age.
Kathi McDonald died in 2012 in Seattle, Washington at age 64.
Mark Rodney is living in Las Vegas. He a DJ for a major jazz station there. His email is: MDRodneyJazz@aol.com
Kevin Kelly, who played drums for the Byrds during the"Sweetheart-of-the-Rodeo-era" was found dead in his North Hollywood apartment in April, 2002. He had been dead for a couple of weeks. Sad to say, but years of depression, careless living and too much fun was to blame.
Michael Muentz contacted me from New York. email address: firstname.lastname@example.org He would really like to find members of the group, The Dependables.
Gail, who "worked in the office" at the Whisky, married Frank Zappa
Vito Paulikas died at about 72 years of age in Cotati. Sue, his wife, is now a nurse in a hospital in or near Sebastopol,Ca.
Edgar Arvay is living in Caracas, Venezuela
Chantal (often chosen to be seen on Rodney's arm) contacted me. She is living in Santa Ynez, Ca. near David Crosby and Jimmy Messina. She wanted to know if I remember the bands Shady Lady or World War Three. I don't.
Bobby Keyes played sax for the Rolling Stones on their Steel Wheels tour. He died on December 2, 2014 at 71 years of age.
Gordon (Gordie) McLaren, of The Groupies (band) died in January, 1989. He had
been in rehab and doing very well, but decided he wanted to get high one last time. Gordie had married Miss Lucy of the GTO's in 1975. They were divorced around 1981. Lucy died in 1991.
Janet Ferguson sent an email. She was good friends with Gordie and Miss Lucy. Janet lived at Zappa's house for two years babysitting Dweezil. She also used to work at The Galaxy. She said the Whisky doorman's name was Arthur Paisley. "Does anyone remember the French guy, Francoise, who was in charge of the Whisky parking lot? Remember Bernardo or Obie?" Janet's email: email@example.com
Byrd (Larry Hindman) never left California. He's still living in the L.A. area, and still drumming.
David England has sent photos of himself and his wife,
from back in the days on the Strip. David is now a diesel tech
living in Perry, Ohio. He and Sue have remained married all these years. He looks very familiar to me.
Lili St. Cyr died at the age of 80 in February, l999
Bobby Jones, vocalist from Mad Dogs, is in Santa Barbara and seriously addicted to golf. When I talked to him on the phone recently, he remembered that he and I had a tequila drinking contest one night, but neither one of us can remember who won.
Wolfman Jack died of a heart attack in 1995The only person I have kept in contact with consistently, during the course of the twenty-five years I have been out of California, is Dick Monda, who was Daddy Dew Drop--Chicka Boom fame. Dick was best man at my wedding. I still call him periodically mostly to check in and let him know I'm still breathing. He is living in the same house in Reseda, California and still recording and working as a DJ. He is one of the nicest people that ever walked this earth.
Chas Chandler, bass player, died in 1996--aortic aneurysm
Eric Burdon celebrated his sixtieth birthday
in May of 2001 at the El Rey in Hollywood. Today he is 73 years old. He is still
cursing a blue streak they tell me, and keeping
everyone in stitches, as always. I'll drink to that.
Gram Parsons died in 1973 of a tequila/morphine overdoseI talked to Chuck Blackwell back in the early nineties. The last time I talked to him, he told me about Kay Poorboy dying, so I quit calling him, because I just didn't want to hear those things any more. Someone emailed me and said he was living in Broken Arrow, Ok outside of Tulsa and ran a stained glass shop. He has faced a lot of health issues this year and a benefit was held for him in February of 2014. He was also inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
Bill Gazzari died in 1991
R.D. Simone Â©1985 Third Stone, First Rose Cooker (Norman DesRosiers)1975
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