(Day 28) Kingtones Memoirs
March 4, 1964 (Wednesday)
We got up at 12:30 P.M. It was a little cooler outside that day; only 81 degrees. We ate breakfast and went to Porky’s. He wanted us to rehearse. When we got there we were told that we had just missed him. We practiced for some time and then took a break. We thought Porky wanted to be there to hear us practice, so we waited for a while. Since he didn’t come, we practiced some more and then took another break. We were there until 5:00 P.M. Porky never showed. We finally called it quits and went back to our apartment.
When we got back I went out and tried to find a motel for my family and Chick. I still didn’t have any luck. I figured I would try again the next day. I returned to our place where the boys…. you guessed it, were watching television. I fixed supper. We got ready and went back to Porky’s.
When we got to the club, Porky wanted to know why we were late for practice that afternoon. We told him we didn’t realize we were supposed to be there at a specific time. He said if it happened again, he might have to dock our pay. We WANTED to say, “you don’t pay us to practice, so how can you dock us?” But we were looking at a 350 pound gangster- looking man, so we didn’t say anything. Gee, Porky seemed to be so nice in the beginning, but now acted like an evil dictator.
We started playing that night at 9:27 P.M. We didn’t want to give Porky anything to gripe about. The crowd was a little bigger than on Monday. We had six very good sets. We kept 90 percent of our crowd until 2:30 A.M. That last hour was a killer for us as well as the audience. We felt that we held our crowd better than Billy & Lilly and we knew Porky paid them more then $78.00 a night. When we finished playing and got ready to leave Porky smiled and said, “good job, see you tomorrow night.” We couldn’t believe it, a compliment from Porky! We went back to our apartment very tired. I made myself a snack and went to bed. We were all healthy and got along satisfactory that day.