I began playing keyboards as
a child and continued through high school. As an organist, I really liked
Booker T. from the MGs. My favorite songs by them were "Green Onions"
and "Behave Yourself." I also liked Jimmy Smith and Ray Charles. I wasnít
influenced by the English keyboard players. I liked some of the Beatles
music, even though it wasnít our style. I thought the arrangements were
very well done.
On a lot of our songs I would accent the rhythm. Sometimes I would carry
the melody. On different songs we would end up with different results.
We were more or less pursuing and evolving into a different type of group.
I donít think we were imitating anyone. There were musicians that I admired,
but I didnít imitate them. And I donít think band was imitating anybody
else either. We evolved into a different sound. We didnít sound like other
Iím surprised at this current interest in the group. After the Monks,
I returned to Chicago, got a degree in electronics. I was with IBM for
over twenty years, moved south to Mufreesboro, Tennessee, made some good
investments, and retired at 49. I fly my plane and go motorcycling for
hobbies. I was going in a completely different direction. I didnít know
magazine articles were being written on us. It was a pleasant surprise.
Iíve been out of the music business all those years, and it was only last
year that I found out that the Monksí music was being revived, and that
I was "the lost Monk." It was great to hear from the guys after all that
time, and I read Eddieís book, "Black Monk Time." And I hear that a movie
is in the process of being made about the Monks. Wow! Go, Monks!
Iíve always been a motorcycle fan. I had a new Harley shipped over from
the States, and in my spare time went sightseeing on it in the cities
we visited. Motorcycling on the no-speed-limit autobahns was fun. I had
my Sportster up to about 110.
We used to see the Tielman Brothers. We used to play with some of the
English bands, like the Kinks. There was a band called Manfred Mann. We
played with them on TV. We also played with Jimi Hendrix. His music was
It seemed that we were always touring - loading and unloading instruments,
setting up, and playing in so many cities and towns. I liked Germany.
It seemed like it rained a lot over there and as a motorcyclist that was
a disadvantage. We picked up some of the language. Fortunately, though,
we found that a lot of the Germans spoke English. When we played, the
audience was able to speak to us in English.
The other members in the group drank a little. I was a non-drinker. I
never liked the taste. Iíve been asked about the different personalities
in the group. We were together for over four years, and got along pretty
well, with only the expected minor disagreements from time to time. For
me, personally, I guess I liked Dave the best for his friendly and easy-going
personality. I read that I was upset with Dave, and that seemed odd to
me, because I donít remember feeling that way.
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