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Blue Pooh

Kalamazoo 

 

Hi Ralph. I’m sure you don’t remember me, but I was in a band, “The Keystones” that was playing during your era. I was in an early make-up of the band & Danny Watson was our keyboard player. He went on to play with Bob Seeger. Danny was a keyboard prodigy when he was with us at 13 years old. I remember many days trying to convince his Mom to let him play with us at some “chicken-wired stage” bar gig. Guess we were so early that bands like the “Hitch Hikers” & “The Keystones” don’t get much recognition – it was the very early days of rock bands (that actually played gigs) in the Kalamazoo area. I was amazed that the “Blue Pooh” club in Kzoo wasn’t even included in the “Venue” section. Do you have any video from those days? I’d be interested in seeing anything you saved. I do remember that the “Hitch Hiker’s” & “Keystones” were two of the only bands with our own dedicated vans, lol! Most other bands were still showing up in individual cars or their parent’s borrowed van – early days.  Larry Shelley

One Response to Blue Pooh

  1. Allen Skibbe says:

    The Blue Pooh was owned by Harrison Bull who later gained fame as Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Attorney when she famously” slapped the cop”.
    Bull started his teen dance experiences at Bob Hallam Used Car Lot on Portage Avenue, moving the cars off the lot every Saturday evening and erecting a chicken wire fence (until the neighborhood and the KPD shut it down).
    The Blue Poor was originally called the Red Garter. Bull later opened “ The Summer Place” on long lake in Portage where the Association, Tommy James, the Buckinghams, and many other popular bands performed to thousands of frenzied onlookers.
    Bull then moved his operation to Portage Ave and opened the Zodiac which was burned to the ground. Police suspected arson was the cause of the fire because of threats that had been received from the conservative “Christian “ community.
    Harrison managed and recorded many local bands through BullsEye Productions utilization the recording facilities at Radio station WTPS in Portage which he also managed!

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