First: Junior HIGH dance at Monongahela Jr HIGH, with my band Astra, '75.
Most Memorable: 1977 with a band I was fairly new in, Summerwind* **. A young lady I had been sweet on in school was there, Deptford Skating Rink. In our two classes together I would bum a pencil from her and she would bum a smoke from me. We were really good friends. I took her home that night. We've been married 39 years now.
Next Most Memorable: 1984 - 1987, every single time I took a guitar out in the fine nation of Bermuda. My band was Blade, we were the band on the Naval Air Station. I was civilian and had a two foot long pony tail, the rest were Squids. Two guitars, keys, bass, drums, singer. We had a ball always. Rehearsed at base theater, probably 300 seats, 50 foot wide stage 5 feet off the floor. We played any weekend we wanted at Enlisted Men's Club, once a month at Officers Club. Played any party any division was having on the beach out at Coopers Island. When I wasn't with them I was at marathon blues jams at White Horse Tavern in Devonshire(I think I remember that right), or rocking with some locals at 40 Thieves, or Brit Night at Rum Runners. Met and played with so many people from all over Europe, still communicate with some to this day. It was a glorious time and place to be 25 and in a band.
Really memorable days and nights were the big ones with several bands, flatbeds at festivals and at Deptford Day for quite a few years running. King Theater in Gloucester NJ. D1ck Lees and Bogeys, Galaxy, Dr. Jekyll's High Times. Three Pines Inn! Great times at the big ones, 500 people, 3000 people. Big ones here in recent years on the beach in Atlantic City, they were and are a blast every time no matter who. Wildwood NJ, Penalty Box and a couple other places.
Best Recording: 1982 with Billy Paul. That was great. Can't even explain it. The record went nowhere, he was a mess but MAN I learned a whole lot.
*A full fifteen years later, walking on the boardwalk in Ocean City, a young lady walked straight up to me, stuck her index finger in my chest and said "You are Ron from Summerwind and you are (Mrs Name)". I was speechless, a rarity. Mrs said "Yes, he is and Yes, we are!". That was strange.
**In 2002 we were on one of our younger days marathon trips to Disney World, in the fall. The time was called New Jersey days because NJ schools were out for a week and it seemed everybody went to Disney World. We were sitting at a table out back at Wilderness Lodge and had decided to just sit tonight, have dinner, couple drinks, retire late and sleep late tomorrow. A table across the way kept looking at us and finally a guy got up and came over and said "Yer that guitar player guy with Gene and Billy from Deptford". This was a full 25 years after Summerwind. Crazy talk ensued, lots of cocktails. That was most bizarre moment.
I AM LUCKY MAN.