• March 20, 2016

    Catalina Island Blues Fest Anniversary

    It was exactly 19 years ago that John Page (VP and founder of Fender’s Custom Shop) and my daughter Holly and me were met on the lovely Catalina Island by Packy Offield Enterprises (P.O.E.) president Billy Delbert, and my future wife-to-be, P.O.E. marketing director Bettina, to lay out a plan for an annual blues festival. It would feature Fender artists and would originate at the Casino Ballroom, then expand over the years to include other island venues.
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  • March 16, 2016

    NCIS 300th Episode “Scope”

    I was so pleased with the many positive comments about last night’s episode of NCIS. And a moving tribute to the MusiCorps band too! My team with Music Depot LA and I were a small part of the show, but working on that set I came to realize that cast, crew and producers treat each other like family.
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  • March 9, 2016

    Sir George Martin

    Like so many, I was saddened to find out today that Sir George Martin has passed away. To say he was a legendary figure in the music industry wouldn’t do him justice. Many years ago, a good friend of mine Lisa Ferris, who worked for Universal at the time, invited me to Sir George’s retirement party at the Beverly Hilton. Knowing I was such a fan, she said he agreed to autograph one piece of Beatles’ memorabilia – I thought it would fitting to bring my cherished picture disc of Abbey Road, which to me, still represents not only one of the greatest albums of all time, but one of the greatest recordings as well.
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