"When Max Youngstein decided that United Artists Records should have a boogie woogie album in its catalog, he sent me to scout the clubs all over New York City for the right piano player. I looked everywhere, but I couldn't find even one.
"Max pointed his finger at me and said, 'I found one. You! You can play anything!'
"I said, no way, man! I'm a jazz musician. Max kept insisting, and finally I said okay, as long as my name wouldn't be used.
"I came up with the name Whelan Tyme and the concept for the album cover: 8 beautiful women standing at a bar. All the tunes on the album are about or named for a girl."