Sunday, January 18, 2009

Eating and Dancing in Quartzsite

On Tuesday, I moved to the north side of Quartzsite, 2 miles out Plomosa Road, to join up with the Escapees Solos. This is a group that I haven't done much with, so I thought I would check them out. The first night we had a hot dog roast.

We had tacos another night.

Then a burn-your-own/potluck another night. Wow! I'm going to gain some weight if I stay here too long......

On Friday night, I went dancing at the Senior Center. I wasn't expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. Apparently, a semi-famous songwriter/entertainer named Jay Bonham (second from left) was passing through town and appeared with his brother's group, The Travelers, who are the regular band there. He had a great voice, and a lot of fans in the crowd.

This is how he looked in the old days when he was a member of the group "The Night Train."

I was so impressed I got his autograph.

He said he wrote 4 Number One hits, including this one, the Bobby Darin hit, "Dream Lover."

And this one, the 1961 Gene McDaniels hit, "A Hundred Pounds of Clay."

Unfortunately, I am a real Doubting Thomas. So before I did this post, I looked these songs up on the Internet. And if you look at my links, you will see he didn't write them at all, unless he wrote them and someone else took the credit. Hmmmmm..... Oh well, at least he had a great voice and I had a wonderful time.


  1. Bobby Darin wrote the words and music to "Dream Lover". He started out as a songwriter and before hitting it big with another of his own compositions, "Splish Splash", wrote songs that were recorded by artists such as Connie Francis and the Coasters. I had a musician try I similar snow job on me not too long ago. I was in Las Vegas listening to a piano player in a hotel bar. I'm a big Bobby Darin fan and I had requested one of his songs. We got to talking and he said, "You know, I'm in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just like Bobby Darin." Then he went on to say that he was an original member of The Coasters and that he knew Bobby Darin and had toured with him in one of Dick Clark's rock and roll shows. All of this had a vague ring of truth to it, but, like you, I'm a Doubting Thomas, so when I got home, I went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website and found that the Coasters are in the Hall of Fame, but this guy was not one of them!

  2. Musicians and Politicians!! GEEESH!!


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