3 EASY PIECES

JIMMY MIKE and DANNY                    background song playing is "LISTEN TO THE MUSIC" by the Doobie Brothers

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Around 1970 I had just left "The New Breed" mainly because they were only working a few nights a week and I was looking for a band that worked full time so Barry Rick our booking agent turned me on to a group that was playing in Georgetown, Washington DC at "The Silver Dollar" called "Three Easy Pieces" John Clark was the leader and keyboards player..the drummers name was Kenny and he was a policeman in Alexandria, Virginia. I didn't know the guitar player. John asked me to come down and bring my guitar to audition after the job but when the guitarist saw me and my guitar he got piised off and left right then and there. John said get up on stage you got the gig. So without even playing a note I was in the band. They had a job lined up for a month in Laurel, Maryland at the Howard Johnsons" motel close to where I was living in Collage Pk, Md. Then Kenny the drummer pulled me aside and apoligized to me and said he was leaving the band that night also so I was confused? What was happening here? Well John said he knew a drummer, Stuart Ross, and we can set up the next day at the gig and rehearse there to learn as many songs as we could in just one day. We did all right considering we were a new band but things really got strange in a hurry. We didn't know that John was a junkie and was shooting up heroine, We were playing a song by "The Doors" called "Don't You Love Her Madly" when John left the stage and told Stu and I to keep playing and he'll be right back.... well he got sick in the bathroom from the drugs he was doing so we had to stop and he went to the hospital. The next day Barry Rick called us and said John is moving to North Carolina to a rehab place and we can keep the job if we can find another Keyboard player. I was only in the band for a few days and I was the senior member already. Barry sent a guy over named Jimmy Nalley and The lounge let us rehearse there that whole week so now we had a hipper band playing better music and that was the start on a long 6-7 years of playing together. John left his Hammond B3 and PA system behind and we bought them for only a few hundred dollars. more stories yet to come.... to be continued.......

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