(Day 42) Kingtones Memoirs
March 18, 1964 (Wednesday)
We got up at 2 P.M. We were still very tired. It was another very nice day outside, 78 degrees. I made breakfast and then all of us, except Pete, went to the hobby shop. We looked around for a little while but nobody bought anything. We returned to our apartment and watched TV until supper time. I called Chick and then fixed dinner: Chili Con Carne.
We left for Porky’s at 8:45 that evening. We started playing to a small crowd. The combination of being tired, with very few people in attendance, affected our sound and stage presence. The first two hours we were just mediocre. But as the crowd continued to build, our enthusiasm came back and the “Kingtones’ Sound” surfaced. Once again we “tore” the place up! The last four hours, we were terrific! I never bounced so much in my life and the audience seemed to eat it up.
During one of our breaks, an A and R man for Capital Records approached us and wanted to sign us to a record contract. We told him we were already signed to Liberty Records, but thanked him for the offer. He said he was going to talk to his dad about buying our contract from Liberty because we were the greatest band he had seen in years. Even though we thought this guy was feeding us a line of bull, and just trying to make himself look important, we wanted to leave him with positive thoughts about us, just in case what he said was true. We said that we looked forward to hearing from him.
When we finished playing we went to Royal Castle. We didn’t talk very much on the way there because we were so tired. Six hours a night was taking its toll on us. It was hard to be energetic seven days a week while playing six hours a night. Pete’s voice was starting to get a little hoarse. We were going to be in real trouble if he couldn’t sing for a night or two. But we were all healthy and getting along fair.