After many many months we had enough of the rehearsing. The band sounded great and every one thought it was time for our debut.
In the winter of 1958 Don Gates Jr. put together a great idea. He managed to get the band booked for a live show between two Rock and Roll movies on stage at the Victoria Theater. What a great idea and it would be a perfect way to get started. Everyone loved it.
Now, if we were going to do this we had to look sharp so we struck up a deal with the local tux. rental store and were fitted for our new look. The uniforms weren't new but they were all ours. Next, our assignment from Don Gates Sr. was to get down to the Victoria Theater to have some publicity pictures taken by a professional photographer. Which we did. Unfortunately mine is the only surviving picture.
Below, I have put together the best pictures I have to give you an introduction to everyone in the band. If you click on any one you will get a bigger picture.
About a week before our debut if you will, we had a dress rehearsal on stage and a few people were invited to come. We wanted to be able to setup, organize quickly and quietly with no fumbling around. A lot of planning went in to this and we didn't want to blow it. If we had to make mistakes let them be here. All I remember about rehearsal was John Kozik putting on his Frankenstein mask and running down into the audience. I loved it. He created and sang the song, Frankenstein # 9, and was quite a character. A short guy with a big bass fiddle. He could play a mean bass too I might add, both slap and regular.
Anyway, the dress rehearsal was a success and we were a little more confident about the upcoming show. This was a new experience for us and everyone was excited and just possibly, a little nervous.
You may have noticed a new member Alan Orkins. He was talked into helping us with our music because he had more experience then we all did. Then, he decided to stay for a while. We all liked Alan. He had a quieter manor then the rest of us but boy could he play. That rounded out the band.
Opening Page Meet The Band The Beginning Rehearsals Photo Shoot Victoria Theater Show Time Gigs 1 Gigs 2
The Recording Session NYC Gigs 3 Bell Sound Studios NYC The Songs Epilogue 57,58, 59 + the 1963 Cash Box Top 100
Gallery 1 Gallery 2 Gallery 3 The Busters Photo Album WHYN WLS 1959 to 196-
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