My first recollection of seeing a live band was at a Bar Mitzvah sometime around 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio, I was four. I was fascinated not only by the music but by the microphones & snake looking mic chords. A few years later I used to watch my cousin Sharon and her friends in her bedroom listening to 45’s of Dion, Elvis and The Drifters, dancing with all of her teenage girlfriends. I was catching the bug. In 1961 when was 9 years old I got my first guitar, a 1952 Martin O-15 and started taking guitar lessons. My path was set and I still have that guitar.
In the early 60’s I moved to Columbus, Ohio and started taking guitar lessons, reading music and learning my chords. When the Beatles came out it confirmed what I wanted to do with my life. I formed a band in elementary school called the Pretzels, my favorite food at the time. My junior high was bi-racial and I was introduced to Soul Music. I loved the Temptations, Four Tops, Smokey and the Supremes. With the British Invasion & Motown, my scope was getting wider. My first serious band in High School was a 12 piece soul band, half white, half black, with a bangin’ horn section & 4 singers out front. In the summer of 1969 I visited my cousin Jerry Heller in Hollywood, California, he was the music agent for The Grass Roots, The Guess Who, Van Morrison and Marvin Gaye to name a few. I knew this is where I would end up in my life
Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Jimmy Buffett, the solo singer /guitar players took over my life. I was now playing on the Ohio University College green, Athens’ street corners and the college clubs; it was like a dream come true. One of my highlights of that time was singing Neal Young’s “Ohio” for 2 hours non-stop until the police dispersed us on campus with Ron Kovic, the anti-war activist that was portrayed by Tom Cruise in “Born on the Fourth of July”
Moving back to Columbus after College, I started playing as a solo act at the biggest club on the Ohio State campus, Zachariah’s Red Eye Saloon. It was now Country Rock time, Eagles, Burrito Brothers, Poco were the hot groups at the time. As well as singing around Columbus I owned a Sound Company, Promoted Jazz & Folk concerts (Sunny Stitt, Mose Allison, Dave Van Ronk, etc.) and enjoyed the 70’s.
In 1978 I loaded up my big Community Light & Sound PA system and headed west out to Los Angeles to manage Big Ed Productions, a huge rehearsal studio. Among the groups I worked with were Chaka Khan & Rufus, Toto, Three Dog Night, the Knack, Air Supply and many, many more.
From 1980-1983 I did my first major touring as a production manager, merchandising manager and occasional opening act for Air Supply. After that tour of duty I spent the next 7 years on and off the tour busses with Lita Ford, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Richard Clayderman, Hurricane, EazyE/NWA and Bone Thugs n Harmony.
Los Angeles, California When I wasn’t on the road I was performing.
In the early 80’s among other clubs I started playing at an English pub in Woodland Hills called Pickwick’s Pub, where I outlasted 3 owners and played for 25 years till it burned down in 2006. Some of the patrons that watched me play over the years we were Ronnie Dio, Air Supply, David Gilmore ( we hung for a month), I jammed with Jimmy Fallon the night he signed his contract with Saturday Night Live, Eazy E, Lisa Marie Presley, Ritchie Sambora and countless others. I also sang for nine years at Adam’s Rib’s, a popular restaurant/nightclub in Encino, Ca.
In 1985 I started my management company and managed a heavy metal band called Hurricane (The lead singer Kelly Hansen is the new singer for Foreigner), and Harmonica & Saxophone virtuoso Jimmy Z (Etta James, Rod Stewart, The Eurythmic’s),
Coming off the NWA tour in 1990 I went to work for my cousin Jerry Heller who managed Ruthless Records, Eazy E & NWA the infamous West Coast Gangsta Rap group. The label sold approximately 22 million albums and my responsibilities beside’s organizing all tours ranged from artist development, office management, budgeting and overseeing press, marketing, TV appearances and dealing with lawyers, agents, managers, gangsters and Eazy E’s baby’s mamas. Eazy died in 1995 and that was the end of Ruthless Records for me. REST IN PEACE EAZY “MUTHAFUCKIN” E.
This decade has had many highlights. I picked up two more clients, Flesh-n-Bone from the multi- platinum act Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Dionne Warwicks son and music producer Damon Elliott (Destiny’s Child, Pink, Jessica Simpson, Old Dirty Bastard, Beyonce)
Damon Elliot also worked on the music soundtracks for Austin Powers’ Goldmember, Fat Albert, First Daughter, Malibu’s Most Wanted, Small Soldiers & Fighting Temptations and he discovered and produced multi platinum recording artist Keyshia Cole.
I was still performing around town I had the opportunity to help organize and be the opening act for Jackson Browne & Ben Harper at the Boardinghouse Mentoring Benefit for high risk kids in the inner city. I was invoved with a few other mentoring programs at the time also.
In 2003 I started working with my old high school buddy Ron Anderson as the west coast rep for Anderson MobileEstates. We rented the most luxurious and most expensive on-location luxury trailers to the likes of Robert DeNiro, Ben Stiller, Will Smith, Mariah Carey, Jamie Foxx and Simon Cowell to name a few.
In 2006 I began working on a documentary about the Negro Baseball Leagues with Lou Gossett Jr. and I produced a dog training show with Aaron Hall, former singer of Guy called “Aaron Hall’s Dog Rehab” which is still be viewed on YouTube.
In 2008 I produced a Beatles tribute band called Fab Forever at the For Queens Hotel in downtown Las Vegas and in 2009 I started working as tour manager, production manager and sound man for Erika Jayne, whose last seven songs have topped the Billboard Dance Club charts. We did clubs all over the country.
I started to do volunteer work playing the oldies but goodies at the Veterans Hospital in Westwood in 2010 which led to the Jewish Home for the Aging, The Motion Picture & Television Fund, various convalescent homes and the VA Hospital in the San Fernando Valley. I still sing around town at various clubs including The Rack & Pickwick’s Pub in Woodland Hills, Red Balls Rock & Roll Pizza in Moorpark, and the Tipsy Goat in Thousand Oaks.
In 2012 I learned about Kangen Water, and my life changed. I found my true calling and decided to put the music “business” behind me, continue to perform and really focus on sharing Kangen Water with anyone that is interested in drinking the healthiest water in the world. I wrote 4 Kangen Water songs and I perform them at most of the Kangen events. The owner of the company, Mr. Oshiro loves my songs and plays them around the world when he speaks. Check out the rest of my web site and you can see where I have been and what I am going.