(Day 53) Kingtones Memoirs
March 29, 1964 (Sunday)
We got up at 4:10 P.M. The day was overcast and a little gloomy. We figured this would be a good day for our jam session because the sun wasn’t out. We left for Porky’s for our afternoon “fun.” Pete came along today because we threatened to dock his pay for not playing the jam sessions. It was a rather calm afternoon, and the crowd was a little smaller then what it had been on our other jam sessions. We figured that was because spring break, for many of the students, was over that day. Some of them were on their way home already. We played a rather laid-back offering two hours and had Pete sing only half of the time.
At 7 everybody expect Pete went back to our apartment. Pete said he was going to some party with a friend he had met. When we got home, I made beef stew for supper. We watched a little TV and at 8:45 we went back to Porky’s. When we got to Porky’s there was no line out the door, but the place was basically full. Pete was not there yet, so we went on stage and played our first set without him. We were thankful it was only a half hour set. Pete finally arrived at 10:30 He said his friend was supposed to bring him to Porky’s at 9, but never showed up to get him until 10:00. It was kind of a “blah” night. We were tired and worn out and so were the students. Our sound was okay, but our energy level, to make things happen, was about gone.
Although the “African Beatles” had been going over very well at Porky’s, they had a bad habit of showing up late. This was the case on March 29. Porky was so mad at them for being late again that he would not let them go on and he docked their pay. We were actually glad they weren’t going on because we hated backing them up. It was a lot of extra work for us and there was no extra pay involved for it.
During one of our breaks a man came over to us and said he owned a bar on an island in Nantucket, Massachusetts. He wanted us to play there during the summer. We figured it was another line of bull, but just in case, we gave him our phone number and address. We said for him to give us a call in May if he was still interested in having us play at his bar. We would then talk about what it would take to get us there.
When we finished playing for the night, Pete told us not to wait for him or Phil, because they had dates. Pete had met a girl at the party he went to earlier, and she had a friend who liked Phil. This was very upsetting to me. Phil was the only member of the band that I got along with 100% of the time. I only got along with Bob 50% of the time. To give up Phil for Bob was almost more then I could take, but there was nothing I could do about it.
So Mike, Bob and I went to Royal Castle and then home to bed. Meanwhile, Phil and Pete took their dates back to the girl’s apartment. They both got a good night kiss and then…… “I’ll see you tomorrow.” We were all fairly healthy, except Mike who was fighting a cold, and we were getting along good.