March 20, 1964 (Friday)
(Day 44) Kingtones Memoirs
We got up at 3:15 P.M. It was a rather warm day, in spite of the fact that the sky was overcast and it had been raining all morning. Phil’s grandma came over to our apartment to see him. She took him and Mike out for a day of fun. We were all jealous. I fixed breakfast for Pete, Bob and me. When we finished, Pete and I went to Porky’s to get some posters that advertised Porky’s night club, for our van. Bob didn’t want to go. He was going to get his hair cut and wanted to start putting his model gun together.
When Pete and I got to Porky’s we noticed a canoe by the small man made lake, next to the side of the club. Porky also had a small “pirate ship,” by the water, with a gangplank sticking out the back of it. After getting the signs we asked Porky if we could take his canoe for a ride and climb on the “pirate ship.” Porky gave us some canoe paddles and said to go at it. We canoed for about a half hour and then climbed the “pirate ship.” We even walked the gang plank. We had a great time.
When we got back to the apartment I made dinner for Pete, Bob and me: Barbecue. Before we had a chance to sit down and eat, Phil and Mike came back. They had a very boring day. All they did was drive around all afternoon with grandma. Mike was so bored that he didn’t want to go to supper with them, so I volunteered and took his place. While Pete, Bob and Mike chowed down on their barbecues, Phil and I went to a beautiful restaurant called “The Roundtable.” There we ordered steak and mushrooms. The atmosphere was magnificent and the food was terrific. Mike really lost out on a great meal.
We left for Porky’s at 8:45 that evening. We did not know if we would have a big audience or not. Although this was considered the first official night of college spring break, many students would still be in transit and wouldn’t be there yet. We began playing to a rather small crowd. We were a little loud and not in balance. Because of this, the first three sets were not very good. Phil finally figured out what was wrong. He told us to turn down and to keep in balance. That did the trick. The “Kingtones’ Sound” resurfaced and we rocked the place!
Starting with the fourth set, Pete put on a display of showmanship that even impressed us! His vocals were superb and he danced, moved and bounced all over the place. This made the night go fairly fast. We weren’t nearly as tired as we had been on Thursday, when we finished that night. Although the crowd never got very big, the students that were there said they would be back with their friends.
As we left for our apartment, Bob and Mike told us to go on without them, as they said they had a couple of “hot dates!” So Pete, Phil and I left. We did not stop at Royal Castle. We just went straight home. When we got there, we had some snacks and got ready for bed. Before we even got to our bed, Mike and Bob came back with their dates, who were dropping them off.