I woke up this morning (a beginning of a blues). Morgan Ames is in one guest room and Ed Keane in another, and yes, it must be true, Hugh McCracken has gone on. We all gathered in his memory last night at Saint Peter's Church, the building was filled with people who loved Hughie.
The greatest musicians in the world were all assembled, they came from as far as Hawaii, and Rick Marotta was at Holly's side, the A-team singers, and great musicians were all there each with a Hugh story.
I met Holly and her brother, Norman Mershan, when they lived on Valley Heart Drive in Sherman Oaks, California, two doors down from my cousins, Gary and David Johns. I was working on the Grammy show and would grab the kids and take them to our rehearsals.
I met Hugh when he worked with King Curtis, and King Curtis lived next door to me and my husband, Burt Collins, in the two hundred block of West 71st Street. (I now live in the 100 block.)
When you are driven by music the world becomes smaller, and your friendships tighter and history deeper, we all agree that making music together is an intimate experience.
Rick Marotta, Gary Wright, David Spinozza, Morgan Ames, Allan Shwartzberg, Will Lee "Blackbird", Sandi Bachom, Mack Rebennack, Joe Caro, Liz Caro, Kimberly Hope and Mark Langanes, Jodi Capitaneli, Scott McCracken and Holly McCracken
Conductor: Bette Susman
Band: Zev Katz, David Spinozza, John Tropea, Allan Schwartzberg, RIck DiPofi
Singers: James Lewis, Frank Simms, Elaine Coswell, Kati Mac, Susan Collins, Murray Weinstock, NIck Holmes, Marie Gabrielle, Colleen Messina, Julie Eigenberg, Morgan Ames, Machan Taylor, Emily Bindiger, Angela and Rochelle Capelli, Russel Velasquez and Dora Maxine