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I think it’s safe to say that most of our musical tastes really took shape in high school. For me that was 1969 to 1972. There was so much great music around at that time. New and old, artists of all kinds. The Beatles White Album was huge of course. The Temps, Sly & the Family Stone, Credence, The Who, The Isley Brothers, Jr Walker were all on the radio.

First year of High School was when I asked my parents for a stereo record player from Radio Shack. My first LP purchase was Led Zeppelin I. That music had such a hold on me. There is a quote from a jazz critic that described it as “the blues traveling across the ocean and returning an unsinkable stone”. Listen to those more blues-based tunes now and they are just as powerful.

My cousin Andrew was a talented young guitar player. He was a big fan of Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. He had a band with Adrian De Marco. We all listened to this music through high school.