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Thread #111849   Message #2360506
Posted By: GUEST,Jeff
08-Jun-08 - 12:16 AM
Thread Name: Nice Compliments that you have had
Subject: RE: Nice Compliments that you have had
In the mid 70s I had the great fortune to open for Martin, Bogen and the Armstrongs at The Earl Of Old Town in Chicago. Upon my arrival in the back room Carl Martin and Ted Bogen were jamming on 'Sweet Georgia Brown'. As I stood there listening Carl said, "Boy, don't just stand there, break out that GIT-tar...we need some he'p!" I obliged and we jammed on SGB for about 20 minutes...swapping licks. I didn't take a lead break until Carl, sort of gestured to me that it was my turn. Very nervous to say the least I took a turn...then another...then another as Carl kept nodding towards me when I was about to go back on rhythm. Finally, Ted took a turn and let me off the hook. Then we swapped around for another 10 minutes or so. After we ended the song Carl looked over at Ted and said, "This boy's been doin' his homework." Ted said, "Sho'nuff, Carl." Then he kicked off 'Ain't Misbehavin' and we jammed on THAT for 15-20 mins. I'm not the best guitarist in the world by quite a margin, but I would've wept had I not been so busy trying to justify Carl's esteem. In many ways I still am...what a gracious gesture from one of the greats to a scared, young man.