I had always been an admirer of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Next to my grandfather, he was the greatest human being I had ever heard of. So much so, that I wanted to be as much like him as I possibly could. My admiration for Dr. King made me want to attend Morehouse College like he did, and then go even further. I originally wanted to be an attorney, so I figured Harvard Law School would be my choice. That was the academic path that I had imagined for myself. But the pursuit of music was calling, and it was immediate
In 1976, there were few Black recording artists bigger than James Brown. He had burst on the scene two decades earlier like a comet, and in the years since had achieved unprecedented success. Although he had previously been dubbed, “Mr. Please, Please, Please,” “Soul Brother No. 1,” “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” and “Mr. Dynamite,” he was now known as The Godfather of Soul! And it was undisputed.
Back in March of 2013, while I was still performing as part of pianist, William Green’s outfit at Atlanta’s legendary Cafe 290, I was told that Mr. Keith Wilder from one of my very favorite musical aggregations ever, HEATWAVE, was in the house! I was absolutely blown away, and I had to meet him. Not only did we meet, but he was gracious enough to come on stage and croon a little of their classic ballad, “Always and Forever," much to the delight of those in attendance. It was one of the high points of my career as an entertainer!
So after a conversation today, I wanted to search my vault for my D.C. connections. Then I remembered, I worked with one of the preeminent Go Go bands in history; Experience Unlimited, or better known to the world as, E.U.!