Archive for June, 2010

A Kind Man

June 27, 2010

I was backing up The Platters at Hollywood Park on Thanksgiving night in 1965.  My father had died that morning.  I could have taken the night off, but since my mother was already gone, I didn’t want to be alone in that big house so I made the gig.  Herbie (Herb Reed), the Platter’s bass singer, noticed that I was acting strange and asked me about it.  I told him of my father’s death that day and he ended up taking me back into the kitchen part of the Park and talking with me until I had to go up and play again – almost an hour.  I have never forgotten him for that kindness to, what to him, could easily have been just  an obscure 19 year old boy.

The Platters

Herbie is on the far right

Memorabilia ?

June 23, 2010

We received an email recently from, Scott.H, a member of our email list who is a resident of Rockaway Beach. He was asking if we knew who had this poster for a shore party featuring Tommy Vann & the Echoes and Frank & the Fugitives, pictured at Scott is interested in either purchasing the poster, or getting a high resolution scan of it that he can print as a 5 x 7 photograph.

Rockaway Beach Poster

This image we have is too small and low res for reproduction. We received it a long time ago and I have no idea who sent it. If it’s you, or you know who has it, please let me know or post a comment here. If you’re interested in working with Steve to make a high res image available I can hook you up.

While talking with Steve we also noted that there doesn’t seem to be a photo anywhere of the exterior of Hollywood Park. I know I have personally spent a fair amount of google-time looking for one. This is unfortunate. I have unapologetically (and affectionately) referred to HP as a “dump.” A photo of the outside would either bear this out or prove me wrong. In my memory the building is actually leaning, but I don’t think it really did. If you have a photo of the outside of Hollywood Park, or know someone who does, please let me know. I’d also like to see a news clip or any other info on its demolition. This is a bit of Baltimore musical history that calls out for illumination.


The Bandstand at Hollywood Park, circa 1964