I remember going to Baton Rouge and pulling up to Sam and Mickey's place...
The smell of fresh veggie produce permeated the air...
I was a little hoarse but excited about being in the recording studio...
The BKs were working 7 nights a week in those days...
Regular weekends at "The Big Oak" in Vinton,La.....
Sunday afternoons at "The Bamboo Hut" in Galveston...
where "Everybody Needs Somebody" was recorded live...
"That's Enough" and "Ebb Tide" were recorded in B.R....
Then right up the road to Houston to play "Van's Ballroom"
and "The Dome Shadows" on Monday nights...
Tuesdays were for spot gigs..usually around the golden triangle somewhere...
Wednesdays up in Monroe,La. at "The Dynasty"....
Next a long ride to Baton Rouge for a party at "The Blue Bull"...
We had some great times on that circuit for a few years...
Then in 67 we played Redwood City in California...
We followed Bill Haley and The Comets at the club for a week's tune-up for Hollywood
where we played "The Red Velvet" on the famous "Sunset Strip"...
We broke all attendance records...and really turned the town up-side down....
This was when I met "The Righteous Brothers"...
They were in the club almost every night cheering us on along with "The Temps"...
Otis Williams in particular was very excited and brought Barry Gordy,Jr. in to see me...
I was offered to be the first white cat on Motown...but when I was told that they just wanted me without the band
I remained loyal to my friends and passed on the offer...
I must admit I've wondered over the years what might have happened if I had accepted...
Oh well...
Anyway I hope you enjoy a little taste of what I was doing in 65 thru 67 with the BKs...........

Duane Yates