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January 16, 2013
Email from Billy Doherty and his band The Lost Souls
I had no idea that you and Linda knew tony leon .. Im just amazed at this coincidence .. Kent lived about a block away from Tony and John Burrows lived off of Atlantic in Monterey Park. It was john's garage where they got their start .. Mason was from So. San Gabriel and Skip lived in El Monte .. Unfortunately Tony is not in these pics .. He had been drafted and was in vietnam but Kent and John are ..
Its also unfortunate that all 3 from Monterey Park are now gone .. John 4 yrs. ago , Kent 3 yrs. ago and Tony 2 yrs ago .. Tony and John are both buried at the riverside Veteran's cemetary in Riverside and this story makes me even happier that last week I was there putting some hollyberries on both their grave sites ...
The story and pics look great .. Im sending everyone to this incredible site .. Thank you so much for this help in preserving the memory of our band and everything that hollywood music was capable of back then ...
I don’t think there is any limit to what hollywoodagogo is capable of presenting .. when I send the address to people they are completely amazed .. keep up the great work .. Billy
August 17, 2012 Email from Jo-Lee Jorgensen Smith.
Hi Betty, Hope I'm finding you well and happy :) Just wanted to let you know, Some one in the music business has been trying to track down my Ray for ages to do some business with him, And they finally managed to find him, yup you guessed it through Hollywood A Go Go . So thank you so much for you site and all your hard work keeping it going.
July 12, 2012
Another photo of The Shaws for Archie's 93rd birthday on Faces.
July 10, 2011
Email from Steve Shaw of Shaws Restaurant on The Sunset Strip! Archie and Kay says hello to everyone! More details coming!
Happy Birthday Archie Shaw who turns 92 today (Sunday)!
See photo's on Faces for July 10, 2011! Also listed under VIPs.
March 29, 2011
My interview with a big LA News Channel about my web site and an event
February 27, 2011
Email from Michael Rummans and Dan Hortter about Randy Carlisle's Memorial.
When: Saturday March 26th,
Where:Fox and Hounds
11100 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, Ca. 91604
Time: 3:00 PM until whenever
This was Randy's favorite hang out. The owner is going to close down the place around noon in preparation for the memorial.
February 25, 2011
Someone was asking about Danny Gorman from The Yellow Payges and here is the email from Dan Hortter.
Danny is doing welll and lives in Sherman Oaks with his wife Dina. We stay in touch and He, Mike and I will be attending Randy's memorial service schedule for sometime in March. I will kerp you posted as to when and where it will be. Last time Danny and I spoke he was still doing his music. Not sure where that stands now.
Hope this helps, Dan Hortter
February 17, 2011
Hollywood a Go Go is featured this month in:
Thrust Magazine a great on line Music Magazine. Click the New issue on the right side of their top page. Page 27 under the first paragraph below Frank Zappa article! Oh Happy Day!
February 16, 2011
Email from Michael Rummans.
Randy Carlisle formerly of The Yellow Payges and Sons of Adam passed away on Valentine's Day. (See email below from Dan Hortter)
Email from Dan Hortter: Randy passed away Monday, February 14th @ 10 am pst. He suffered from liver failure which then spread to his kidneys. His long time friend of 53 years Ted Rooney and his special friends and cargivers Pamela and Chris were with Randy when he passed. He will be sorely missed.
Take care and God Bless. Daniel
Randy's band photo's are available on Faces 6, 10, 11, and 12.
I don't have any current photo's of him of The Sons of Adam. Michael Stewart left the band and went on to play in "LOVE." This is when Randy stepped in as drummer.
February 7, 2011
Email from Lawrence Tonini
Very much appreciate your B’Day greeting. 61 is nothing. 27 was my difficult year. The year I decided to get a grip, a haircut, change my social habits and get a real job. It all worked out eventually. Don’t know ya from anywhere but I’m a Hollywood refugee and very much enjoy your Face book posts... the information and videos still give we with the soft hearts a warm feeling about the good ole days. I’m a Hollywood High grad and UCLA alum. I lived all over Laurel Cny. including two years in the “cellar apartment” at Houdini's near the corner of Laurel Cyn. and Lookout Mt. We had a posse of character's that slid down Laurel Canyon almost every night to Sunset then migrated to the Whisky, The Galaxy, Gazzarri's, The Hullabaloo, Pandora's Box, The Hamburger Hamlet, Roxy, Rainbow. Troubadour and more. My roommates were gorgeous “nudie cuties” (porn actresses??) so we always got to the bands. Fun yes. Weird nights, egad.
Lawrence J. Tonini
February 5, 2011 Email from Caroline Morrow McElroy
Hello Betty, my friend Andrea said to contact you to find people that hung out at the Hullaballo like I did and to find out if Rick Mosher from the Palace Guard was still alive and if he is what is he up to? I was a dancer across the street at the Teen Fairs and most people knew me as Mona. I met a lot of bands at the fairs and at local clubs...always wondering what happened to them.
Photo's of Caroline on Faces 5.
I did find Rick Moser and here is an email from him.
I'm a retired Orange County Sheriff's Sgt. I retired Nov '08 after 25 years. I work part time at Guitar Center Lake Forest and play in a classic rock "cover band" usually once a week. I did country from 90 to 97. I will play as long as my fingers hold out. I have 2 girls and 3 boys. (two different wives) the 3 boys are still here at home and 4 grandkids. My boys: 2 in collage and 1 Long Beach Grad.
Talk to you soon....
He is sending photo's soon!
December 11, 2010 Email from Marlie H.
I absolutely love your website! It brings back so many memories. My sister and I lived a block away from the Whisky on Larrabee in the 60's so we were around all the time.
One of the bands we really loved at the Whisky was the Daily Flash, and I don't see them mentioned on your website. I found this site (with photos).
Evidently they've reformed with one of the original members.
Do you remember a club called The Trip? We saw the Lovin' Spoonful, The Byrds, Frank Zappa and many others there. I think it was only open for a short time, but it was a great place.
Keep up the good work on your website. I keep going back every once in a while to get my 60's fix. LOL.
October 26, 2010 Email from Jo-Lee Smith
Hello All from Hollywood a Go Go,
What a FANTASTIC SITE :)
My name is JoJo I'm an old flower power child from the old days lol. I lived through the Sea Witch era, Love In's
( Frank Zappa day's) Hullabaloo, Gazzarri's, and ended up being a waitress at the Whisky A Go Go from 1967 till 1971 . Most of the pic's of people on your site I remember. You posted a pic of Linda Strayer, Cara Spence, and Sherry Routa dancing on the Gazzarri's stage. Sherry has been my best friend sense I was 14 LOl. I just e-mailed her and she had a look and was gobsmacked, it's the only picture of her as a teenager! SO many thanks for the posting.
Sherry and I are trying to locate any one out there who has a pic of a girl called Jackie Rainwater. Jackie hung out with us all at Gazzarri's, but she passed away just before her 18th birthday. To this day she is so sadly missed and left a big void in our lives.Read more on Short Stores!
I really feel a site likes yours is so important. It would be such a shame for us to loose all thoses memories and the wonderful Ppl that crossed our paths as we grew up. Thank you again Betty. XXX
Photo's on Faces 5 Oct. 26, 2010
October 24, 2010 Email from Harold Sherrick about a
Sunset Strip Documentary.
Greetings Betty, I 've been a Music Photographer in L.A. now for 30 years. I'm helping a Filmmaker, by compiling Photos, flyers, Posters from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, If you can help me please let me know. Thanks, Harold Sherrick
You can contact Harold if you want to share your photo's for the Documentary.
October 15, 2010 Email from Mike Baxter of Jumbo
Dear Betty and Crew;
Mike Baxter here once more with some Jumbo news.
We have posted one of our tunes "Truckin", recorded in 1970 on Ode Records, Lou Adlers Label, along with some amazing footage of the classic Dancers of the 30's era. See Cab and others dancing to our music Pretty Cool.
More to come...
Thanks and Peace
Mike an the guys from Jumbo
September 4, 2010
More from Allison!
Letters like yours make it all worth it! I will post it on my News 2 page in the morning!
Thank you so much and stop back often!
Peace and Luv, BettyAllison....
Thank you so much, Betty. I found your site as a result of attending a Three Dog Night concert here in San Diego last Sunday, which led to Googling the band members to see what they're up to these days, and thus found all the photos from "back in the day" that Paula Servitte Negron shared with you. What a treasure to view her and Chuck Negron's personal photos, as well as all the others from the rest of the bands, many of whom I never knew existed. It's so neat that your website is a clearinghouse for all of those musicians to share memories and find one another again. Keep up the great work! -- Allyson
September 3, 2010
Email from Fan!
What a great site! Thank you for putting this together. What an exciting time in rock history those years were, and how I wish I'd been born 20 years earlier! Your website helps those of us who couldn't be there to see and sense the excitement.
San Diego, CA
August 16, 2010
Email from Gregory Russo
I'm working on a new reissue of the Crystal Circus album, and I just noticed your absolutely excellent interview with Terry Rae. Do you still have any contact information for him? It would be greatly appreciated. Paul Buff and I are partners in reissuing his catalog of recordings at Pal Studios and Original Sound, and Paul engineered every All-American label recording at Original Sound. Thanks. Greg Russo
Thanks! Without your great work, that whole era would be forgotten. I have found almost everyone else in the group, so I'm almost there. Let's hope we luck out!
I'm trying to reach Terry Rae (drums), Bob Feldman (bass) and Bruce Turner (lead guitar) of Crystal Circus, who were known as Strawberry SAC at the time. That's one of the groups that was formed by producer Bill Holmes to battle the group he lost control of - the real Strawberry Alarm Clock! I have already found group members Greg Munford, Jack Bielan and Gary Solomon. It's amazing that people are more accessible through all of those site.
Greg August 16, 2010
Willy's Gig featuring Don Adey and Friends!
Friday August 20, 2010 (double click to view larger photo)
2010 Tony Paluso RIP (Carpenter's and The Abstracts passed away June 5, 2010 of heart disease. He was 60! He was known for his great guitar playing and solo in "Say Goodbye to Love!" He was such a nice man as I remember him on the Sunset Strip!
Read more about Tony and the band by former Manager Marc McCord on Faces 2 and Short Stories for September 3, 2010.
My name is Mike Baxter and
I was referred to your site by Neil Olson, my old friend and drummer from Jumbo
1969-1971. Neil has some pictures and info on your web site, page "Faces 2".
May 13, 2010 Email from Evan Marks
Betty, I'm sure you realize by now, that your site means so much to so many, for so many different reasons. For me, it is restoring my history, at least partially to me. My ex-wife burned every picture I ever took. Oh, I managed to get a few replaced from friends and family. But I feel as though my memories were stolen.
Your site will be a very often used bookmark. Thank you so much for all you do. Take care Betty and Be Blessed. Evan
Photo's and story available on Faces 9.
April 27, 2010
Once again, Hugh Hefner helped save The Hollywood sign! He came up with the final $900,000+ to save our Historical Landmark!
March 20, 2010
Alex Chilton formerly of The Box Tops with the hit single "The Letter" passed away on March 17th in Memphis. He was 59!
March 12, 2010 Email from:
Mar 12, 2010 4:07 PM
Hi Ballin'jack fans:
Am writing to let those of you who dont already know, that we lost Luther Rabb a couple years ago, from complications from his injury, and paralysis.
I was good friends with Luther, and we shared fond memories of the Ballin'jack days, who, by the way, were my first concert, back in Apr. 1970, opening for Jethro Tull, in San Bernardino, CA.
I met Danny Glatman a few years ago, who is with Ballin'jack management, (firstname.lastname@example.org), and also became friends with Ronnie Hammon, (drums), and Jim Coile, (sax), and these guys could really scare a headliner off the stage, and yes, they were that good1!!!
I saw Ballin'jack over 20 times, and we will certainly miss, Luther, but he have his music, and the memories.
Wanted to pass this along to all of you.
Luther is interred at Hollywood Forever, if you are ever in town.
BJ's biggest fan,
3 2009 7:35 PM
Good to hear from you!
3 2009 7:34 PM
I love your site! Brings back so many memories!
6 2008 4:12 PM
Didn't see you at the show.
Did you dance with June??
It's good to hear that Mike Port and Mike Stewart are doing well. When I was sixteen Mike Port was my good friend . He used to pick me up from High School in his GTO. I had such a crush on him. We met at Huffs on the strip. I was also originally from Baltimore, MD. I would go and see him play at the Brave New World. I'm glad he's alright. Mike Stewart was in my band for awhile in the early 70's. We worked at the Lobster House in Marina Del Rey. Joe was also a sweetheart. Where is he? I didn't know Randy very well. Anyway, this site is great. Thanks, Teri
March 10, 2008 Email from Michael Corby of "The Babys" about the death of Jeff Rollings in approx. 2002. He is on Faces and Faces 7 of my site.
Michaels Myspace page.
Jeff Rollings was one sweet human being and always had a certain fragility to him. I had the honour of playing at his wedding with Brian Robertson and a host of other great musicians, including him. He also spent a lot of time at my home in LA and also in Britain. He wrote some very beautiful songs. He is greatly missed by me and his great talent is surely a huge loss to us all. I am only too glad that I am able to say that I had the very great privilege of knowing him and I offer my most profound condolences to all those who are also affected by his untimely and most unwelcome passing.
If anyone has anymore information about Jeff, please email me.
January 23, 2008,
Comment from Justin Hawkins formerly of "The Darkness." Now
Jan 22 2008 2:58 PM
Dec 17, 2007 12:38 PM
HI BETTY HOW YA DOING ? DID YOU KNOW "CHURCHILL DOWNS"? LOL I ALWAYS THOUGHT THEY MIGHT HAVE MADE IT OR THE "ABSTRACTS " TONY PELUSO ? I ALWAYS WONDER ABOUT HIM ? WE USED TO WRITE SONGS TOGETHER AT SHAWS ACROSS THE STREET. LOL I LOVED HIS ORGINAL STUFF. "TO SAY THE LEAST I'VE BEEN LONLY" OH LET ME KNOW. THANK YOU I LOVE THIS SITE!
November 23, 2007
Hello, I used to be a roadie for a band named Wolfgang. This would be 1973 and beyond (there was another Wolfgang in the late 60's I believe).
The band (Wolfgang) moved to LA in early 1973. WE were all from the Phoenix area but for some strange reason left Phoenix for Colorado Springs (instead of going to LA). Stayed in CO for 6 months. Did an opening gig for Ballin' Jack (in CO) and there management convinced us to move to LA. That's it in a nutshell. The band always had a "revolving door" when it came to drummers. Fred Darling was one of the best! He was also in Churchill Downs and Boonsfarm.
Fred was the drummer of the later day Wolfgang. He was an amazing "time-keeper". Do you know what he doing nowadays?
Sincerely, Tom Valenzuela (Tamale)
November 9, 2007
On Faces 12 the photo of Johnny Echols at the Hullabaloo. Is that blonde Vito's Sue (owners of Bido Lito's)?
October 26, 2007
Hi Betty. Thanks for the add. The Whisky was like a school of music for me and my friends (we lived in Thousand Oaks) in the late 60's through the mid 70's. I saw and photographed tons of bands like Steely Dan, ZZ Top, Gentle Giant, PFM, Snuffy Walden, Rory Gallagher, Robin Trower, Parliment Funk, Slade, etc. I loved the place and the whole scene back then. Can't wait to fully view your site here. I'm now living in Texas (since 75) and playing in several bands.
October 21, 2007 Thanks to Dan Gallaher, the answer to the question below is:The Newbeats!
October 20, 2007 A music question:
August 27, 2007
Summer of Love Concert 40th 1967 to 2007
in San Francisco coming Sept. 2nd. There is a big line up including Dickie Peterson and Lee Stephens from Blue Cheer.
August 23, 2007
An update from Mandy Collins about Mark Anthony formerly of The Hollywood Stars.
My uncle died in 2002 I believe. I didn't get the chance to attend his funeral because I was in college in Reno, NV and it was held in Nashville, TN. I’ll have to confirm with my sister Nicole…she was able to go.
This is what happened from what everyone has said…
Mark had been living in Nashville for many years prior and was a regular
performer on Painter’s Alley (a famous bar area of Nashville). He had turned to country
music and had formed a band he called "Max America." He wrote the
songs, played guitar and sang lead just as he always had. He was
quite popular because after his death there was a benefit memorial concert held
in his honor.
Apparently he was to perform on Friday the 13th which was a bad omen for him. He was highly superstitious. He was singing on stage and fell. When he couldn’t stand back up they called an ambulance and the paramedics arrived. Mark fell unconscious on the way there and fell into a coma which they could not revive him. He had suffered a brain aneurysm.
Mark had made it clear on previous occassions that he wished to be cremated and have his ashes scattered in the Grand Canyon. He wrote in his journal that it was the only place he felt at peace. My father carried out his wishes (Mark’s brother Ken) on the journey back to California.
He always knew he was my favorite uncle though and I hope he remembered that until the end.
I hope this helps and let me know if anyone else has any
questions or if I can tell you anything else.
July 31, 2007
Stefen Shady of Shady Lady stopped by Myspace.
I am going to have photo's and an interview up soon on my web site.
July 28, 2007
The "Heart" and Bangles concert was great! Ann Wilson's voice is so strong and amazing. They did a couple of Zepplin songs and the house rocked!
July 23, 2007 Email from Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night.
|Date:||Jul 21, 2007|
|Subject:||I LOVE your myspace!|
|You brought back so many memories with the people and
pics1 Thanks!!! I just did A concert tonight with John Kay, and Felix Cavalerie
in Alhambra. Chuck
July 12, 2007May 1, 2007
Email from Vince and The Invincebles
Hi there, nice to meet you. I hadn't spoken to Johnny Echols in years and out of the blue somebody contacts me and says he wants me to do the Whisky show to help raise dough for Arthur's medical bills. I asked him if he wanted us to do any Love tunes and he said Bummer in the Summer. I'm like okay but you have to do the solo. We don't usually do covers but hey I'm glad we did.
You can reach Vince on Myspace
July 3, 2007
Comment from Raquel's Boys on Myspace
Hey Betty ,
There's a reference to you and Hollywood A Go Go in our new song :" What A Cool Way Of Life "
think you'll dig it . It's on our forthcoming album
" Mondo Fun " which should be out by the end of july .
Headin into more of a glam-rock vibe on this one .
Hope all is great in your world and lots of people are visiting your fantabulous HOLLYWOOD A GO GO
Stay Great, Sean
June 19, 2007
In late 1973, the first person I met in Hollywood was Kim Fowley, and he immediately invited me to meet The Hollywood Stars. I hung around with all of them for several years (through all of their personnel changes) and was especially good friends with Terry Rae's girlfriend at the time, Connie Parente. I also knew Ruben's girlfriend, Pam, and a groupie named Liz (Brenner, I think) who, I believe, eventually married Ron Blair of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I dated Mark Anthony (Warner) in early 1975, but we broke up over Mother's Day weekend of that same year...long, long story.... Anyway, Mark had been in a band with my step-cousin, Marc Piscitelli, when they were both attending high school in the Cucamonga/Upland area during the 60s. The whole thing was strange, because we discovered all of this quite by accident when my mom met him and found out he was from Cucamonga, prompting her to ask if he knew a musician named Marc Piscitelli. Kim Fowley told me in 2004 that Mark had passed away several years earlier, and it saddened me to hear that. I truly hope he was at peace when he died.
June 18, 2007
http://www.youtube.com/hypnotoad3kNow I just bookmarked this site, so I will be back to read and see everything here, you can count on it. I'm preoccupied with producing my youtube channel right now, the whole site is dedicated to one of Our nights at Gazzarri's and we rocked perty hard, even if it wasn't quite standing room only, all the seats were taken... crap I didn't intro myself.....( I gotta stop thinking out loud )I'm John Berry, BASS Player of HAZZARD and I gotta believe you might be interested in copying that Link into your site. or that player-imbedder thingy they say you can just copy and paiste anywhere and it plays.I don't have the whole show posted yet, and I'm working every night until it's all there and well produced. Eventually, the whole gig will be playlisted in the exact order of the showorder of the show.I hope to sell it dvd form cuz I sure didn't make any money as a Musician. I figure if people (old farts like us) wanna re-live a night at Gazzarri's on the strip, well let me help you out brother...HAZZARD Played all the clubs on the strip too.Now I'm Gonna Let My Youtube Channel speak for it's self...Please Note the pittyfull amounts of hits I've gotten so far...h3k
May 20, 2007
Love Story's coming to LA in June...
Fri. June 22, Mann Festival Theatre 10887 Lindbrook Drive
Sun. June 24, Majestic Crest Theatre
1262 Westwood Blvd.
May 20, 2007
I've been watching videos on youtube.com such as The Turtles "It Ain't Me, Babe" and the Knickerbockers "Lies" and the both showcase some smoking hot dancers.Who were they and what happened to them?I was born in 1964 and feel a great attraction to the music, styles and dance steps of the time.Thank you for your attention to this matter.Sincerely,John Petrich
May 15, 2007
A wonderful journey to a world unfortunately before my time . Wish I could have been there. Thanks for this fantastic website and sharing all the greatness that was 60's California ! I'll be back again for more visits . Stay Great , Sean
|Johnny Winter's overdue tour of the UK|
April 6, 2007,
Email from Rob Schwarz. Mark Anthony was formerly from The Hollywood Stars.
Hi there, I was just reminiscing and did a google on Mark Anthony and found your site with the pics.....and the bad news that Mark passed. I knew Mark when he lived in Ontario, CA and was still Mark Warner. My brother & I joined a band of his called The Hybrids, which was my first real band. All I did was play tamborine and sing backups to Mark. I believe that this was in 1966 and i was all of 12 years old, but I really remember what a hero he was to me for that short time. I remember stupid things like how he brushed his teeth with a wash cloth and how he really liked doing Magic. Anyway, I saw him again in 69 or 70 and enjoyed seeing him..He was just a really good guy (even if he did only pay me 50 cents for the gig at the Montclair Roller rink. :O) Thanks for letting me go back...and thanks for the pics. Nice website. Best regards,
and THAT's plenty more webspace...than anyone should have.
March 6, 2007
Rodney Bingenheimer will be receiving his OWN star on Hollywood Boulevard on March 9th at 11:00 a.m. The exact address is 7021 Hollywood Blvd! Lots of surprise guests! Be there to support Rodney!
March 5, 2007
Message about The Pride's photo from Gazzarri's.
Nice to see a picture of our band from the 60's "Pride" We are all alive except for our drummer Don Murray.
January 12, 2007
When I was younger I was in a surf band called the Blazers and I have pictures when we backed up....the O J's, Bobby Day , Kathy Young, Chris Montez,
Terry Stafford,The Rivingtons, Jan and Dean and played at the same skating Rink as the Beach Boys. If you can use these pictures, let me know . If not, that's cool.
I'm still composing music and sent alot of them to Don Adey. I build retail stores and travel nation wide, but still find time to record on the road with my computer two keyboards two guitars and at times I bring my lovely wife Debra G. and my 12 year old daughter Mckayla on the road . We have great times seeing the United States. You're doing a great job on your web page.
All the best to you, your friends and family.
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