Listen: Coney Island, One Day discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology
"I had an unusually low voice. So I I was the base, you know, and and the other guys rude will try to fill in the harmony parts, and then you pick a song, and you and you go to somebody's house, and you put the record on and you sing along with the record. Now, this is how we did it and we sang along with the record. And we kept putting put the needle on and off the record because it was all phonograph set, and we. And and and you put and then you see here the back. We try to pick out the parts of the guys doing in the background on this recording. And you emulate it. You try to do what they did. And you do it over and over and over and over and over until you get one little spot where everybody hit a harmony, and it was like wow, magic Lau. All young kids mino- knowledge of music whatsoever. Trying to learn how to sing harmony pots just blows you mind really thinks it happened. It was just when it happened. It was like, wow. And that's the spark the world had to color. Good way. Good way to put it. Yeah. It's like, oh my God. And kept doing it in the hours and hours. I mean this to spent. Every every spare minute we had was spent on trying to do this. There was no time to get into trouble. All you did. Yeah. Once you once you once you had that that that initial moment of hitting those harmonies. There was no turn it back. He just had to have more. To have more was great. And then when when we would be on the corner, or we would be at the beach down to Coney Island, and we would be hanging around and singing, and the people would come around, especially the girls would come around, and and watch us, and listen, and you know, you have that little approval there. And so that these your ego a little bit, and you say, well, you know, what maybe? They met at this is working. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. We all do it for that reason at least to start with you know, the attraction of the birds, let's say. Okay. All right. I want you to relate a couple of stories to be that are in the book. And the first is to tell me how you were. I noticed as a singer destined to be the bottom end of doo-wop act. I like I said, we we all hung out by a soda shop up some sort and at the school. I would go to this particular place name the name of it was pops in it was run by a middle aged guy and his he was everybody. Call them pop. I never knew his real name. And he was you know, you he owned it behind the counter we'd go there at the school. We played play the records in did you box, and we would order an cream or a soda or something. And and all talk about in most kids went home and did their homework. Not us. We would listen to the music. Did you? So so I'm I'm there one day. And and I'm sitting at the counter friend of mine and myself, and I and this guy walks in and who I I really didn't know and he. And we're set high, you know, 'cause we're all teenagers, and I and pop came by and I ordered a cream. You know, I said a pop can have another cream in the sky turned to me and like with look of a stylish on his face is do you sing with a group?."