(Day 33) Kingtones Memoirs
March 9, 1964 (Monday)
I got up at 11 o’clock and walked over to Chick’s apartment. They were getting ready to go to lunch, so I joined them. It was a very hot day outside in spite of the sky being overcast. After lunch, Chick and I went to the Kingtones’ apartment. Phil, Mike and Bob were just going to the beach to cool off, so we joined them. Pete, as usual, didn’t want to go.
When we got to the beach, it started to rain. We were so mad that we laid out on the beach anyway. Since the rain was persistent and started coming down harder, we finally gave in and went shopping. We then returned to our apartment where Chick and I made supper.
The boys left for Porky’s at 8:30 P.M. Chick and I rode with my folks and my sister. We all followed Bob’s car. That night was going to be a killer because The Thunderbirds had the night off and we had to play six— forty minute sets.
Before we started, a girl came up to us and asked if we had a record out called “Twins.” She said she was from Toledo and the radio stations there were playing it. This lifted our spirits! We felt proud, excited, happy and important. She asked us for our autographs.
With a renewed frame of mind, we took to the stage. We also didn’t have to worry about The Thunderbirds changing the mood and atmosphere from rock to pop, or rhythm & blues. With Phil at the helm, controlling the volume and sound, and Pete singing his best to impress some girls sitting at a table nearby, we started to get the “Kingtones’ Sound.” We were good! The audience loved us. It was a long night, but we enjoyed playing for the first time in a long time. I was especially happy because my family and Chick were there and we were sounding great.
Porky paid us the rest of the money he owed us and told us we did a great job. The girls that Pete had been trying to impress with his singing left just before we finished playing for the night. We just laughed. We got home at 4:30 A.M. We were very tired but had a much more positive outlook on our sound and playing. We were all healthy and got along good that day.