|About the author,
"GRAYBOY" DAN POLLOCK
Begins musical career with "The Mixtures", a very successful
Southern California band that records and releases several 45's and
the live album, "Stomping At The Rainbow" on labels, First
President, Linda and Rampart. Among these records is "Darling"with
The Mixtures featuring the vocal duo, Phil and Harv that sells over
250,000 copies in 1961. The Mixtures do a very popular, live 26 week
TV show, "Parade Of Hits" on KCOP Channel 13 in Hollywood
sponsored by KRLA Radio. The show is hosted by TV
personality, Bob Eubanks, (The Newlywed Game) with guests such as Ketty
Lester, Jennell Hawkins, Linda Hopkins, April Stevens & Nino Tempo
and hitmakers of the period, Frankie Avalon, Roy Orbison, Bobby Darin,
Bobby Rydell and Paul Anka, among many others. Also collaborates with
guitar great, Jimmy Nolen (Johnny Otis, James Brown) doing blues shows
in California and Arizona, that feature blues greats, Nolen, Johnny
"Guitar" Watson, Floyd Dixon and Pee Wee Crayton.
Enters the United States Army and after basic training, is assigned
to the Eighth Army Special Services Division performing in
shows in the Far East while stationed in Inchon, South Korea. Transfers
to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama and is
paired with trombonist, Fred Wesley (James Brown, Maceo Parker, etc)
and jazz drummer, E.W. Wainwright Jr. (African Roots Of
Jazz, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders). Upon discharge, joins the Ike &
Tina Turner Revue for a brief period and then the nucleus of this revue
becomes, "Sam & The Goodtimers", house band at the famed
California Club in Los Angeles with original Ike Turner sidemen, Sam
Rhodes, Ernest Lane, Clifford Solomon, Ray Field, Thomas "Nose"
Norwood, singers Jimmy Thomas,
Bobby John and the Ikettes. Leaves and tours for a year opening for
comedian Redd Foxx then moves to Atlanta, GA to join "The Jazz
Pioneers", a very popular group at Atlanta's jazz clubs. Appears
at the first Downbeat Jazz Festival in Atlanta
produced by George Wein.
Guitarist with the very popular R&B band, "Fatback" performing
throughout the west coast and doing concerts with Elvin Bishop,
Cold Blood and Tower Of Power in the San Francisco area.
Former advisor to Foundation Of American Roots Music that produces the
prestigious "Bowlful Of Blues" annually in Ojai, CA.
Former host of "The Blues Shack" on KCLU FM (National Public
Radio). Disbands his "Blues Shack Band", that opens show for
Lowell Fulson, W.C. Clark, Taj Mahal, King Ernest, Big Joe Duskin, Rod
Piazza, Ball & Sultan, William Clarke and many more, to
pursue other activities that include; Former shop associate for Tracy
Longo's Guitar Tech Corner that specializes in custom repairs and vintage
guitars. Writes reviews and feature articles for magazines, including
Vintage Guitar Magazine and Windplayer Magazine that specialize in blues
and jazz. A blues historian, is completing a book detailing the history
of the blues on the west coast from World War Two to the present.