Approximate dates: September 17, 1969
- March 21, 1970
Base of Operations: Lake Worth, Florida
Agents: many and forgotten
Reuben David Ferguson - Organ, Electric Piano, Vocals, Percussion
John Olafson - Guitar, Vocal
John Allen - Vocals, Percussion
Dennis Lehto - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Roger Paul - Drums, Vocals
This was really a blues/rock band. We played a lot of Jeff Beck, Ten Years After, Rolling Stones, Cream, and other such stuff. I remember a stipulation given to me as part of joining the band - I had to buy a Wurlitzer electric piano from their former keyboard player, because so much of their material called for piano. Well, I borrowed it for a while, but the thing was such a piece of junk, I didn't want to lay out any money for it. So I gave it back, and just played organ. The band got used to it.
We worked quite a bit: our first job was at Palm Beach Junior College in the new S.A.C. lounge, several high schools, e.g. Lake Worth, Jupiter, Forest Hill, John I. Leonard, the Tequesta Teen Center, Captain Alex's, the Boulevard Drive-In in West Palm Beach, The Lower Shelf in Vero Beach, Palm Beach Bath & Tennis Club, Bryant Park in Lake Worth, The Colonnades, the Ft. Lauderdale Armory, The Beach Club, The Sailfish Club, the Headquarters, J.B.'s Lounge, and many other places. We were a stand-in band at the Palm Beach International Music Festival (Palm Beach Pop Festival) on November 28, 29, 30 1969. As a stand-in, we were supposed to play if one of the name acts didn't show. Unfortunately (for us), they all showed up. I did meet some famous people: Keith Richards (Rolling Stones), Robert Fripp (King Crimson), The Byrds (I was standing on stage with them!), and Janis Joplin, with whom I broke the law (Sorry!). This was quite a political event - Governor Claude Kirk paid us a visit, along with 10,000 (unnecessary) National Guardsmen, and most of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department, under the accursed Heitman!
John Olafson was the first to quit, I think. He joined a band based in Pompano/Ft. Lauderdale that apparently had some financial backing. For a while, it looked like they were going to go someplace, but it never happened. Babel was the name of that band.
These were, shall we say, interesting days.
I don't think we ever had one.
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