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October 20, 2015 Cory Wells of famed rock band Three Dog Night passed away unexpectedly while on tour! What a loss! That makes two band members (Jimmy Greenspoon) lost this year!

October 20, 2015
LOVE revisited tour the UK in Summer 2016 to mark the 10th anniversary of Arthur Lee's passing. Original LOVE member Johnny Echols is joined by Arthur's longest serving band for Three members of the later Love Band. More info in their Facebook page.

October 4, 2015
Gail Zappa has passed due to lung cancer. Best wishes to her family. She will be missed.

May 12, 2015
Bobby Jameson passed away today. He had an interesting life in the Music Industry. You can read all about him on Faces 2.

March 11, 2015
Jimmy Greenspoon member of Three Dog Night and The Eastside Kids and Sounds of The Seventh Son has lost his battle with Cancer. RIP dear friend!

January 15, 2015
Kim Fowley Music Producer, Writer and more has passed away at age 75! He wed Kara Wright in 2014! He will be missed!

January 10, 2015
Email from Larry Dunlap

Hi Betty,

Just fussing around with the old Stark Naked and the Car Thieves site and came across an old post in the forum board there. Decided to check in at your site and was happy to see you're maintaining it. Just wanted to say hurray. I've been reading a lot of books from various people in our era in preparation for publishing my own memoir from '65 to '71.

 While Naked didn't play on the strip as often as many of the bands, and played more in Las Vegas or cities outside of Hollywood, we did play there several times. The first few times at the Hullabaloo afterhours, later at Gazarri's just before playing at Caesars Palace (who saw that coming), and then several weeks at the Red Velvet while we recorded for the first of several times at Producer's Workshop on Sunset. However, our management company was 9220 Sunset and we were always around and about when the band was in town.

 My book(s), Things We Lost in the Night, a memoir of love and music, (Book 1: Night People, and Book 2: Enchanted) are about my years as a singer and player, and leader of Stark Naked and the Car Thieves. I'm about to begin final editing with my last editor and expect the first book to be out early next year, second book in the fall of next year. If you're interested, you can see more about the book at http://larryjdunlap.com/book/. When it comes out, maybe you'd like to receive one of the advanced reading copies. I'd be happy to send you one, just let me know.

 After these years I spent 9 more years in Hollywood during the 70s, as an artist manager, publisher, and eventually a studio owner, City Recorders, on the Paramount lot at Sunset and Gower. So I am a veteran of the street and era, though a bit more undercover I suppose. I think you would enjoy my story about coming to the San Francisco area in 65 from Indianapolis with the remnants of my vocal group, working our way through the dive bars of the east bay into the topless clubs in North Beach before coming to southern California, and then onto Las Vegas, dealing with the draft and the women who changed my life.

 Anyway, just making sure our old band site stays linked to yours. I think the era is making a comeback, don't you?
Best wishes,

Larry J. Dunlap
Website and photo's on Faces 14.



October 28, 2014

Today is Linda Strayer's birthday. She passed away August 1, 2014. She was my best friend and Hollywood sister! I will miss her terribly! You can read all about her in My Back Payges link above.

June 12, 2014
Email from Denny Kepler
Hi Betty.
I was born in Hollywood in 1948 and grew up in North Hollywood till I was about 16. I hitch hiked to Hollywood often and went to many of the clubs back then: The Sea Witch, Gazzarri's, The Hullabaloo, & It's Boss, just to name a few.

    I only remember going to Bido Litos once. Never went to Fred C. Dobbs which I heard was great. Went to a gazillion concerts, including every Beatle Concert in LA (and one in Chicago where I met Mal Evans, Road manager for the Beatles. Hung out a couple times at The Door's office on Santa Monica @ La Cienega. I went to Pandora's Box a couple times and moved up to Haight Ashbury just prior and during the "Summer of Love".
       I went to the Whisky often in the mid 60's as well as a few times since then. I think Love was a regular at Bido Litos & then grew in popularity afterwards. One day in the 70's or early 80's I somehow found myself sitting in the same booth at Canters Deli with both Brian McLean of Love & Rodney Bingenheimer. I seemed to run into Rodney everywhere I went though I never really knew him. I even ran into him at the Bobs Big Boy in Toluca Lake about 10 years ago.
  I will keep in touch with you via your great website. Feel free to add me to your website and eMail list.
   Take GOOD care Betty, and thanks for the "invite"...     Peace, Love, and Joy to you and your loved ones, Denny

June 11, 2014
The Hollywood Stars will be coming out with a new video soon!
As soon as I hear, I will post it. Here is a link to their Facebook page called Fans of The Hollywood Stars!

Also, The Yellow Payges are playing around Arizona and also LA.
Here is a link to Dan Hortter's Facebook page!

November 20, 2013
There are still some 65-66 Palace Guard CD's available
on Gear Fab Records!

November 8, 2013
Email from Derek Sanderson

Hey there,
An email on your Hollywood a Go Go site from March 23, 2008 asked this:  "Do you remember a band that used to play at Pandora's called "Us"? They were a house band for awhile. They were there starting in '65. Some of the members were Vaughn Sanderson, Jack Oldham, and Tinker."

 I'm Vaughn Sanderson's son, Derek. My father passed away in an accident several years ago and he never talked much about his band days, but I know a few details: he met my mother, Linda Weeks, playing at Pandora's Box. They married in 1966 and I was born in June of 1967. The band broke up sometime around that period; Mom says they weren't able to make a living playing (maybe Pandora's Box closing had something to do with it?). Dad had a long career with the U.S. Forest Service as a fire fighter in California, and retired as a station chief. Stan West has his own Blues band and plays occasionally in the Glendora area; you can read his bio and check his schedule at http://www.stanwest.com/. He's really good, and I recommend a visit if you have the chance. Ronnie Pelletier is now a DJ for a Jazz music station in San Francisco. Jack Oldham went on to play bass for the Surfaris in 1966-1967. I don't recognize the name "Tinker", but perhaps that was Stan or Ronnie.

 When I visited Stan in 2011 he gave me a CD with some "Us" studio tracks, such as my father singing "Johnny B. Goode", as well as a recording of a live session at the Teenbeat club in Las Vegas. If anyone who used to hang out at Pandora's Box when "Us" was the house band wants a listen, they can email me (derek.sanderson at the domain gmail.com).
I"m planning to see Stan West at his Dec 27 gig when I"m back in the LA area for Christmas. I know he has a few pictures and will see if I can get some. Note:The band photo on Faces 11 for November 8th, 2013.


2, 2013
Email from Frann Altman - Her photo is on F-11.
Years and years - probably 1968-72...such fun. . Best friends with tony peluso, we wrote songs together, and Gary Stovall.  Long time on and off Michael Zurich who I danced with there as well as Richard and I who went on shindig after winning the dance contest at gazzarris and then won it on tv.  I think we were the first diverse couple to go on nation tv and win.  Always on stage there.  Memories of great times...remember the Pacfic Ocean with Eddie James...now know as Edward James Olmos.   They were the good old days. Thanks...

November 1, 2013
Email from Eileen
Love your site! Do you have pic of ladybirds? I was friends with several of them..would love to see!! Also close friends with emitt Rhodes who is now pretty much a hermit. So many great memories!    Thanks for great stuff.  Eileen

October 13, 2013
The Hollywood Stars 1974 album has been released and available on
Amazon.com and lightintheattic.net

October 12, 2013
Another producer from NUVO tv contacted me about using my personal photo's of Edward James Olmos for their show "1 on 1" with Mario Lopez.
Here is the link, but there is no video at this time. You may check Youtube soon to see if they run it.

July 23, 2013

Email from NBC Producer
Edward James Olmos (Zoot Suit, Stand and Deliver) was going
to be on NBC Today on Monday July 29th and wanted to use the photos
of him on my web site. I missed the email by a week, but sent one and apologized for not checking my mail sooner. :-(

June 9, 2013
Message from Ruben de Fuentes that The Hollywood Stars band's 1974 Columbia album will be reissued soon and available on a Swiss label!
The Hollywood Stars are available on these pages: F4, F7, F8, F10, F13, and F14.

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
Ms. Betty,
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 Moser 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.

Hi Betty,
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,
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.
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
Jo-Lee Smith
Read more on Short Stores!
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!

My Reply....
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, Betty
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.
Allyson Smith
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

Email-2 (reply)
Hi Betty,
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!
Email-3 (reply)

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.
August 16, 2010
Willy's Gig featuring Don Adey and Friends!
Friday August 20, 2010 (double click to view larger photo)

August 14,
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.

July 1, 2010 Email from Mike Baxter of Jumbo!

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".
Recently we have been able to locate all the members of our old band JUMBO. We are all alive and well, and of course scattered around the country. But through the miracle of the Internet, we have reconnected and created a web site to commemorate our time together. www.jumbo70.com
We were actively playing around So.Cal, from the south beaches and Topanga to San Francisco from 1969-1971 and you might have some visitors that remember.
We recorded our one and only Album with Lou Adlers Ode 70 records/A & M records in 1970, sadly, it was never released.
But... you and your visitors can now hear and share our music.
We would love to invite you all to check out our new web site and enjoy the music.
Downloads available for your pleasure. www.Jumbo70.com.
Also check out my interviews on www.60sgaragebands.com.
Re: Jumbo and my earlier group St. John Green.

Thank you
Sincerely;Mike Baxter, Jumbo

June 21, 2010
Willy's Gig featuring Don Adey and Friends!
Saturday June 26, 2010 (double click to view larger photo)

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:
Kimberly Caldwell

Mar 12, 2010 4:07 PM
Hi Betty!
Thank u for adding me and for your sweet comment! My single and video for "Mess Of You" are available on iTunes NOW! And, check out the free download I wrote "Say Love".
My album, "Without Regret," comes out on April 6! Soooo stoked!
You can find me on Facebook at KimberlyCaldwellOfficial
Oh, and follow me on Twitter...I'm addicted!

Kimberly's Myspace

March 2, 2010
Does anyone know where Bill Gazzarri was buried? Also, I see that he actually died on March 14, 1991 listed in the death index. The article was written up in the L.A. Times on March 16th.

February 15, 2010
Doug Fieger 57 from The Knack (My Sharona) died in his home from a six year battle with cancer. He will be missed by his fans! RIP
The Knack photo's are available on Faces 4 at the bottom of the page.

February 8, 2009 Email from Rick Huskey

I love your site!
Not sure if you can help me. I am looking for a band, most likely unsigned, called Seagull, that was featured in an expose on TV covering the Sunset Strip circa 1978. The band had a video that was played on the expose, had a tall thin blond Singer and 2 Native American Indians on Guitar and Bass. I figured if the had a Video, before MTV, they surely had an LP or at least a 45. Please let me know if you can help.
Thank you,
Rick Huskey

Also today, Ringo gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7:00p.m. in front of Capitol Records! ;) His son Zak Starkey should be there too as he performed yeterday with "The Who" at Superbowl Sunday! See his message and link below on June 25th!

January 18, 2010
The Runaways 1970's rise and fall of an all girl rock band will premiere on Sunday January 24th at the Sundance Film Festival featuring Dakota Fanning as lead singer and keyboardist Cherie Currie. Kristen Stewart as bass player Joan Jett.
Scout Taylor-Compton as lead guitarist Lita Ford. Stella Maeve as drummer Sandy West. Michael Shannon plays Kim Fowley.

December 11, 2009 Email from Art Guy!
Just wanted to let you know Smokestack Lightnin's first single release has been included in the album, "Happy Together, The Very Best of White Whale Records." The song is "Nadine" (Chuck Berry tune) and has the feel of our earlier music. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Art Guy

November 28, 2009 Email from Author Robert Dalley

My name is Robert Dalley. I am the author of Surfin’ Guitars Instrumental Surf Bands of the Sixties. The first edition was published in 1988, the second in 1996 and I am now looking to publish the 3rd edition with added groups and with some color. I noticed on your site you had some photos given to you by Fred Darling of Boone Farm and Churchill. I believe Gary and Fred were in a band called the Velvetones who released 2 killer 45 in the 1960’s out of Palmdale, California. I want to include them in the new edition of the book and I am trying to make contact with them. Please forward my email to Fred if possible as I see you have had contact with him. Any help appreciated.
You can email Robert at: bob@dalley.org

October 14, 2009
Dickie Peterson RIP~ Message from Gabrielle on Myspace posted October 12th!
I am truly heartbroken to have to announce this. Dickie Peterson, the founding member of Blue Cheer, has passed away this morning at 5 AM in Germany.
This is a very sad time for all. He was an inspiration and a true rock and roller. He was an icon and a special person.
I love you my friend.

September 20, 2009
Hi Betty,
I love your website. Fun live show happening at Amoeba Records on Tues. Sept. 22nd at 6:00 P.M. Check their website for more information.
All the best,
Danny Hutton
Three Dog Night

September 18, 2009
Rob Caiger Swing Cafe Music-UK
Re:Whisky a Go Go documentary- A Shot of Whisky

I found your site through recommendation and following lots of links. I was researching go-go dancers and suddenly, there I was on your site. I was still there a few hours later! It's wonderful what you've done because it's all about the people and how you guys shaped not only music history but social history. I've been amazed at much isn't officially recorded but then there's sites like yours which are invaluable. It's living history as far as I'm concerned, which will continue to influence and inspire and touch all of us, thanks to you.

I've had the privilege over the last year and a bit of researching and talking to many, many people involved in the Whisky a Go Go. Thank goodness most of the people kept photos and memorabilia and shared them with us because there was very little at the Whisky - a real shame when you discover the fire destroyed a lot of the original archive and the rest was lost over the years.

If you or anyone contributing to your website would like to participate, I'd love to hear from you. We're especially looking for memorabilia, photos and memories - as much as we can include!

Once again, this a fantastic website and great to see.
All the best - Rob

September 13, 2009 - Email from Michael Rummans
Hi Betty, Thanks for everything. I wanted to tell you about some of the things I found on you site that were personal to me-thing you may not know about. From oldest to more recent: First I read the posts about the East Side Kidz-I remember them well. Sad to read about the Dowd bros. Do you know what happened?
I used to open for them in my first band @ Stratford On Sunset. Their mgr ATT was the club owner. I think they ended up opening for the Yellow Payges @ the Hullabaloo a few yrs later. Anyway, my first band was called The Sloths-we played @ Pandora's Box(I was there for the riots), Stratford on Sunset and the Sea Witch(I saw The Doors there before they were signed).
Also, I noticed that Danny Hortter posted on your site-I'll try to get in touch w/him-thx. Lastly, I read the details of Mark Anthony's passing, so sad(I was recently @ the Grand Canyon-nice to know his ashes are there, r.i.p.). Anyway, I'm grateful for the info. Feel free to post anything I've said.
M. Rummans

Regarding The Dowd Brothers. Here is the info I have. Mike was shot and killed at his house on Carlous Drive in the Hollywood Hills. Dave lost control of his car and drove off of a cliff! Sad, sad news!

August 11, 2009
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, (danglatman@aol.com), 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,
Thanks, Betty!!!

June 25, 2009 from Don Adey
4pm till 8pm
At “Kilkenny’s Irish Pub”
On the Redondo Beach Pier
(310) 303-3880

June 24, 2009 Farrah Fawcett's blog said she is near death @ 7:00p.m.
Here is an email from her

To: Date:
May 27, 2009 11:29 PM
Subject:RE: My Prayers
Dear Betty...hello...my faith grows faster than my strength....and my trust in my God and His holy son will far outlast my life in this world...I am grateful for every day that I am given...thank you for your concern and prayers...this body may not defeat death...but the part of us that is with GOD...will........FF

----------------- Original Message -----------------
From: BettyLuvs2rock
To: Farrah
Date: May 27, 2009 7:05 AM
Subject: My Prayers

My prayers are with you Farrah! You are such a beautiful woman in every way!
Peace and Luv, Betty

June 14, 2009 Email from Toni

Toni's Myspace

June 8, 2009 Email from Vicky Valentine looking for friends...
I was a regular at Hullaballoo, It's Boss and Gazzarri's nightclubs 1965~67. My maiden name was Vicky Valentine and I lived in Hollywood. I went to Hollywood High School. I met my husband at the Red Velvet Club on Sunset Blvd 1969.
Photo's on Faces 5.
You can email Vicky at mtdrjohn@yahoo.com.

April 20, 2009 James Rolleston formerly of Tom Rush Band and
Sweet Wine has passed away approx. Friday, April 3, 2009 from
a heart attack. I have no further details at this time.

Feb 3, 2009 Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night!
He still has an amazing voice!

Feb 3 2009 7:35 PM

Good to hear from you!
Chuck Negron

Feb 3 2009 7:34 PM

I love your site! Brings back so many memories!

November 25, 2008
Email about Jeff Rolling
Hi Betty,
My name is Steve Koontz. I used to play in a band with Jeff in the mid '70's. I just accidentally saw a message about Jeff's passing @ hollywoodagogo.com. I have been out of touch w/Jeff since the early '80's and never could find him even though I searched the net many times. I'm sorry to hear the day I find a link it's bad news.
As you know you get very close to people on the road (for good or bad) and never really lose that connection.

His Reply:
I played in a band called Shatterstar based in Chicago with Jeff, Roy Jones, Bob Marlette and Rudy Sarzo.

I'm sorry to say I have lost all the memorabilia I had from that time due to an unfortunate turn of events.
I wish I still had some of those things to share now with Jeff's family and close friends.
I will always remember Jeff for his gentle, supportive personality and the soulful british blues style of playing he loved so much.
Please post my messages if you wish and I'm asking anyone who knew Jeff to e-mail me with information as to what happened to him.
With Thanks,

November 4th
2008 Email from Alex Campbell
Good morning Betty,
Many thanks for passing on contact info to a long lost friend. I met Steve when he used to manage a Guitar Center store in San Diego in the late 70's..He became a very good friend and used to help out our band quite a bit back then. It was Steve (Blood) who introduced me to Leon Wilkerson, the bass player from Skynard. We became friends and when ever he was in town, Leon would give me a call and we would get togther for talk and mischief . Thanks again or having the site that helped Steve (Blood) find me..,,,its too much..I hadn't spoken to Steve in over 33 years...He's now living and working in Thailand....
It's a small world..thanks again!
Alex Campbell

October 31, 2008 Email from Dan Hortter
Hi Betty,
I just read the news on the passing of Dave. I was so shocked and saddened to hear this. Although it has been decades since we last saw each other, he and I reconnected earlier this year. It was wonderful speaking with him again. He was a very talented individual and passionate about his craft. I wish we could have spoken more before his leaving this world. God bless and may you rest in peace Dave Travis.
Dan Hortter

September 18, 2008
Sadly, Dave Travis passed away on Sept. 12, 2008. He played in The Driftones, Scramblers, Dave Travis and The Extremes and others. Here are links to his bands and great You Tube song he wrote about 911. Faces 6 and Faces 13.
Email from Dave's family here.

September 1, 2008
Email from Fred Rivera formerly of The Pacific Ocean and Genesis.
Hi Betty thanks for putting up the Genesis myspace. What a trip to look at the photo of the Pacific Ocean.
I just talked to Sue for the first time in 41 years. I saw Kent and have photos of us together last year. Jac and I have always remained in contact. I have had this band for the last 19 years.
Look forward to hearing back from you.

You can see him on Faces.

August 22, 2008
From Dan Hortter formerly of The Yellow Payges.
Hi Betty,
I recently reconnected with Randy Carlisle and Teddy Rooney. Do you remember them? They were also members of the Payges.
There is a Yellow Payges MySpace page. I have no idea who created it but here is the link. Myspace. There is also a You Tube page.
August 15, 2008
I am trying to locate the Gazzarri Dancers who appeared on the HOLLYWOOD A GO GO TV show in the mid-60's with the purpose of finding out whatever happened to them and giving them an opportunity to tell their own stories of their dancing days on a new website devoted to them. Of the several weekly music shows from this era the Gazzarri ladies were by far the best and most entertaining go go dancers. They remain in the spotlight thanks to YouTube and there is an audience out there that still has an interest in them. So if you are a former Gazzarri or know one please contact me, Jim Freyler.

Comment from Pete of Anubis. I asked him for backstage passes when he comes to Hollywood! They will be big here one day!

Anubis - Official Site

July 1, 2008 2:13 P.M.
You will be the guest of honour.
Pete xxx

June 25, 2008
Blue Cheer News

Hey Fans, Bands, Musicians...
Let's Hear from you...

Blue Cheer :
are asking for the participation of your thoughts and/or comments on Blue Cheer and/or either one of the guys, Paul, Dickie, Duck, Leigh, etc,. They can be positive, negative or if BC had influenced you in any way. These comments may be used for the upcoming 1st official Blue Cheer DVD, which will include a documentary extra. The comments have to be done on a video or dvd format and be sent by August 30th. Please email for the address to send the dvd or video.
Gabrielle Sommers
Contact for Blue Cheer
www. myspace. com/bluecheer
http://www. rainmanrecords. com/

June 25, 2008
Message from Zak Starkey, Ringo's son!
Zak Starkey

Hi Betty...
Thank you for your lovely comments.
A small tribute to a really great man who will never leave my heart.
All the best to you,
Ellie Gibbins

March 23, 2008 Betty,

Do you remember a band that used to play at Pandora's called "Us"? They were a house band for awhile. They were there starting in '65. Some of the members were Vaughn Sanderson, Jack Oldham, and Tinker.
My friends and I would leach money on the strip to get in to pay for the 2 drink minimum. I don't know how we were drinking because we were only 15. Anyway, I've always wondered what happened to them. By the way, love all of your photos. It was nice to see Mario from the Whisky. We went there alot to see the Doors, Cream, the Hollies the one time they were there, and our favorite, "Love". Did you go to the Sea Witch or the 5th Estate, or The Brave New World? How about the Experience?
That was fun too. We also would head out to Canters. My parents lived 8 blocks away so my best friend and I would stuff our pajamas in our beds and put hair falls on our pillows and sneak out. What fun we all had. We survived and are better for it. So many memories.
Thanks again for a chance to talk about it all.

From The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for Mar. 23, 2008
has listed this information (for important days in History) :
The Blue Cheer hits #14 with their crude, loud and feedback-laced cover of Eddie Cochran's 1958 hit "Summertime Blues."

March 21, 2008 Post from Teri Wilson
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.

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

This is a very cool page!

January 5, 2008
Email from Neil Olson


Hey Betty thanks for the site. Does anyone remember Jumbo? I played drums with them and am looking for the other band members. Also would like to find any Palace Guard connections. They were friends of mine.
Jumbo on Faces 2

December 20, 2007

December 18,2007

Hi Betty,
Great to hear from you again. I hope the holidays bring you and your family great joy.
I can't even begin to tell you what a profound impact your web site has had on me. I've heard from one of the Wolfgang road crew guys, and just this morning heard from a truly beautiful girl that I used to hang out with back in the day. Just amazing!
You rock!
Fred Darling

Dec 17, 2007 12:38 PM

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:
i remember a song sang by a trio, with the verse: i like peanut butter, i like toast and jam, that's what baby feeds me I'm her lovin man. can anyone tell me the name of that group. i believe they appeared on hollywood a go go.

October 19, 2007

Hi there,
My band, The Fugitives, appeared on Hollywood A Go-Go in 1965. We were billed with The We Five and Sue Thompson (“My Boy Lollipop). I have had a very interesting life and would love to know if you have any pix or footage of that show. Can you help me? Thanks
Allen M. Purdy

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.
Mandy Collins

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.

Chuck Negron
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, 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
Dear Betty,
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.

Karen Danell
aka rodneysenglishdiscogirl

June 18, 2007

Now 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 show
order 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.
Start Productions

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.
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


May 1, 2007
Johnny Winter's overdue tour of the UK

Newcastle-upon-Tyne was host to Johnny Winter's overdue tour of the UK. No longer that wild young man of yesterday, and yet the guy stll has the chops to enthrall an audience. Johnny is a frail guy these days, in fact he appears a man 15 years older than he actally is, but when he plays guitar he can knock 30 years off. A note for fans, he is signing one of item per fan via being passed into his tour van with no dedications allowed; no flash photography is permitted due to Johnny's sight difficulties either. At the Carling Academy there were no backstage passes, though I was honoured in being the only one allowed to meet him within his tour van. It's OK I told him to tak care, and that all his UK fans wish him all the very best. Catch him while he is over I strongly recommend you do.
Billy Hutchinson - Blues Matters Team Writer.

Tour dates
Thu 04/26/07 - Wolverhampton, UK Robin Hood 2
Fri 04/27/07 - London, UK The Astoria
Sat 04/28/07 - Frome, UK Cheese & Grain
Sun 04/29/07 - Southampton, UK The Brook
Tue 05/01/07 - Manchester, UK The Lowry
Wed 05/02/07 - Glasgow, UK The Ferry

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,
rob schwarz


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.
Phil Kachalurian


January 12, 2007
Hi Betty,
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.
Dirk Acree


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