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PERSONAL NOTE: February, 2008- CONTINUED FROM MY NOTE ON MY ALBUM "1972" -LINK ON THE LEFT OF THIS PAGE.
Personal Note: February 2008
So again, it was early spring 1970. In Akron, Ohio, there were a few bands that had made the charts and had some radio play. The Sanders brothers and their band "The Lime" had a hit record at least in our region and Joe Walsh and the band "James Gang" were already a national act. Shortly before that, "The James Gang" had often played at a local swim club called Montrose Swim Club just west of Akron and Fairlawn, Ohio. They also played a lot at a club called JB's in Kent, Ohio. Kent is just east of Akron in Portage County. Joe Walsh, as I'm sure you all know, went on to form another national recording act called "Barnstorm" with a drummer from our region named Joe Vitale. Joe Vitale and also "The Michael Stanley Band", from our region, became national acts. Last I heard, Joe Vitale is still touring with Crosby, Stills and Nash and at times the Eagles. I'm sure you all know Joe Walsh is with the Eagles.
Another band from our region that had become a national act was "The Glass Harp" who also frequently played at JB's in Kent. Their lead singer and guitar player Phil Keaggy had a guitar style that I would describe as a mixture of jazz and rock, and most people who heard him remembered the event.
At about that time, Akron had a theater in the heart of the city called the "Akron Civic Theater". It is still there today. I'm not sure of it's croud capicity , but for a rock concert, it is very small forum. Some time before, my cousin Angie Tramonte had married a local musician named Rick Petroc who was doing very well in our region. At that time, he was playing in a band but later went on to do a substantial solo act doing songs by James Taylor ect. and I think he also wrote some as well.
Angie and Rick asked my mom if I would like to go to a concert at the Civic. I said yes and the band that was passing through Akron was an upstart British band that had a song moving up charts called "Sunshine Of Your Love". Yes, it was the "Cream" and yes they were beyond words.
Now I told you that my parents arranged for me to sing on TV. It was quit an event. My Mom took me to get my usual crew cut hair cut. She bought me a new suit. The school, St Frances Xavier in Medina, Ohio, had me go to each class and sing my song. So there I was singing before my peers the hit song "Come Back To Sorento" which for all of your information, was an old Italian- American song only played at Italian wedding receptions. Now, one thing that was true my entire life, I always had trouble saying no to my Mom, so of course when she picked the song, I said OK.
Our family moved to Akron a few weeks after the start of my Sixth grade year in school where I then attended St. Vincent Grade School. But before we left Medina, I had a nun teacher who loved Peter, Paul and Mary. She would bring their albums to class and play them for us. At that point, I started to get hooked on Folk Music.
Medina, Ohio at that time was a very small town and still a farm County. We lived about 8 miles East of town and Akron is about 12 Miles East of that. Today Medina has grown a lot due to it's location about 30 Miles South of the West side of Cleveland with a large highway that leads strait there. It is also close enough to Akron to have a lot of it's residents who work in either Akron or Cleveland.
A short time after we moved to Akron, I asked my Dad to buy me a guitar and although I took a few lessons after that, I really learned to play my acoustic guitar by listening over and over again to the same Bob Dylan album and trying to play along. I also had some basic chord books that I used.
So there I was in Harold's basement that first time in the early Spring of 1970. Before that day, I had never sang a rock song. They gave me a song list that they had been working on. They had been trying to get off the ground for some time trying different singers and members and band names. "Load Limit" was one name and "Stop" was another, but I think they had only played one private party with a singer named Brian Lansinger and they were not settled on their members or name yet.
The song on the list I felt I had heard enough times before to try and sing was a song by a group called "The Band". The song was called "The Weight" which has become over the years a classic rock classic.
We played that song over and over again and each time was just as big a rush as the first. Later that year after spending countless hours in Harold's basement learning songs, we named the band "The Odyssey" and had our first show in the summer of 1970 at the Medina County Fair. There we were on a slab of cement, no stage, playing our sets next to the rows of livestock. Our parents were all there and I guess in our own way, we had finally become a real band. I think we even got paid for the gig but I'm not sure on that. As the years passed the band changed some members at times and even the name changed a couple of times. I guess one of the highlights was we did play JB's in Kent a few times before it was all over.
Akron also had some other musicians who hit the national scene. Fred Salem who also went to St. Vincent Grade School when I was there played in some bands during that era. One local band of note was called "Mantissa". He played guitar and later joined a national group called the "Outlaws" who had some hit albums.
Our last big gig was at a place in the Portage Lakes Area of Akron. The Ohio-Erie Canal makes it's way from the Ohio River North to Cleveland and Lake Erie through Akron. When it passes just south of Akron, there are a series of lakes that feed water to the canal. There is also a river called the Tuscarawas that heads south through Stark County where Canton, Ohio is located, and I think all the way to the Ohio River through the Muskingum River which is about 130 miles south, as a crow flies. My Dad and my Uncle Nick & I fished that river well south of Canton almost every Saturday in the Spring, Summer and Fall when I was a kid. Some of the lakes in the Portage Lakes Area, I think, were man made in the 19th century when the canal was built, but I'm not sure on that. It is a state park now called the Portage Lakes Area.
In the 1970's, there was a large club there that brought in live music called the "Draft House". The club was split into two large rooms, one on the West and one on the East.
At the time we last played there, we were in the East room and there was a musician who played a steady gig in the West room. His act was him on the Organ and a drummer and I think he wrote all his own songs. They had no vocals in their music.
Sometime later, he went on to form a group called "Devo" that hit it big I think in the late 1970's or 1980's. His name was Mark Mothersbaugh.
There are probably others from the region who hit the national scene, but those are just the acts I know of from the era when we were playing the scene. I think Chrissie Hynde, of Akron, and the Pretenders made their big hits in the late 1970's or early 1980's. I think everyone knows Chrissie Hynde and Joe Walsh are both in the "Rock Hall".
Another national act I can think of is Brian Warner founder of of the band "Marilyn Manson" who was born in Canton, Ohio which is about 20 miles south of Akron. Akron is about 30 miles south of Cleveland. I think they got started in the late 1980's in Florida. James Ingram, also from the Akron & Canton area, had multiple hits in the 1980's as a singer, musician and writer and producer. He also was a Grammy winner, I think in the 1980's. The O'Jays were also from Canton and are members of the "Rock Hall". They had hits in the 1960's and into the next few decades.
Again, while there are probably others, these are just the Rock or R&B or Pop acts from our area that I know of who became known on a national scale during that 1970s or 1980s era.
Speaking of the "O'Jays", in the early to mid 1980's, the law firm I was with in Akron at that time had a client who was doing some music promotions in our area. Our firm worked on an event where he brought the O'Jays to the Canton Palace Theatre for a couple shows over a weekend. The O'Jays started in Canton in the late 1950's as a high school group. They moved to Philadelpha and went through some name changes and then began to make hit records in the early 1960's. They have been going strong ever since. The forum for the shows, The Canton Palace Theatre, is a lot like the Akron Civic Theater. Both are in the heart of their Cities and both are antique works of art built in the 1920's. The event was a great experience with fantastic music and nice people. A great time was had by all.
The Black Keys are also from Akron and have been on the national scene since 2002. Again, there are probably others fron our region who got signed or went national and these are just those that I can recall.
The Members of the first "Odyssey" were: Harold Miller on Guitar, Marc Hackett on Guitar, Larry DeShon on Bass, Mike Pappano on Drums and I was the front singer. The second "Odyssey" was the same members except just Marc Hackett on guitar. The next name was "Stop" which was basically the same members but just Harold Miller on Guitar. The next name "Willow" was Harold Miller on Guitar, Mike Pappano on Drums, John Ruggles on Keyboards, Steve Groom on Bass, and I was again the front singer. In the last "Willow", we went into the basement again for what seemed like forever and retooled and worked in a large concert set of songs by the bands "Yes" & "Flash" along with some other new songs and our hard rock standards such as "Led Zeppelin" and other hard rock music of the day. Mike Pappano had moved to California so we at different times had drummers Mike Browning, Randy Benson, and Egor Flag. Harold Miller was still on Guitar, John Schott was on Bass, John Ruggles still on Keyboards, and I again was the front singer.
In the Spring of 1974, I left Akron to live in the West. While Denver was the plan, Huntington Beach, California, which is just South of LA, was where I landed.
But That Is Another Story For Another Album.
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