Chuck Berry

While a recording artist and studio musician at Mercury records in 1969 San Francisco, I was called to play on a recording session for Chuck Berry who had signed a one album deal with Mercury to record with his 18 year old daughter. At the conclusion of the last recording session on which I played […]

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1967 San Francisco

In 1967 San Francisco benefit concerts were a great springboard in that many groups received public attention through large amounts of publicity and advertising for a free event with proceeds going to this and that non profit organizations. During that time I temporarily replaced Augie Meyers on keyboards with The Sir Douglas Quintet who was […]

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Experiences with Dr. Hook & Shel Silverstein

By 1970, I had earned the reputation of being a recording studio musician in the San Francisco recording boom. Columbia Records had a new recording studio on Folsom street. While playing on a Martin Fierro/Shades of Joy session the recording was interrupted by Ron Haffkin, the producer of newly signed Dr. Hook. He blurted out, […]

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SCREAMING JAY HAWKINS

Mercury Records signed me in 1969 thanks to Doug Sahm, who introduced me to studios during the years I worked and traveled with him. Another act Mercury signed was Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, who was semi retired and owned a little club where he had lived in Hawaii for years. Mercury assigned me to a sort […]

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My life experiences include many well known, interesting people. The skills I have tracked down and learned have taught me to recognize some aspects of the gifts that I and others were given. The skills needed to attempt such an endeavor are basically skills that have been proven successful for centuries. To wit: patience, perseverance, […]

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1968-1969 were the two years I was with Doug Sahm in the San Francisco music storm. I was raised in Laredo and moved to San Antonio at age 13. While in high school I started playing with bands and working joints as Doug had been doing since age 10. The Texas liquor laws forbid under […]

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I had always desired to be a studio recording musician and after being brought into the studios I starting hanging with studio musicians and became known as the new studio demo session choice. The Columbus Towers had a studio in the basement and in the latter 60’s installed one of the first 8 track boards […]

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Queen Ida

Born and raised in Louisiana, Ida Guillory grew up in a musical haven deep in the bayous outside Lake Charles. Her older brother, Willie, played rub-board with church keys as strikers. Her younger brother, Al Lewis was a writer, guitarist/accordionist and aspiring recording artist. The family moved to Daly City, California, where Ida drove a […]

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Blog Talk Radio: All Access Group, Kelli Richards Interview with Hewlett Crist

Each week Kelli Richards interviews artists, friends, industry leaders and innovators. She is a catalyst & change agent in the world of digital music & entertainment. Tune in as she shares her journey & interviews artists, celebrities & friends. http://148.72.12.171/~yeagle1962aaron/rivergrandemusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/allaccessradio_2012_12_18_kelli-richards-qa-w-hewlett-crist-renowned-guitarist.mp3
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