...continued from On The Road - Gabe
Those of you following my On The Road series may find this post interesting. I received an email today from a reader (only referred to as "A Fly on the Wall") who wanted to share this note he/she received from someone else who had seen my stories and wanted to contribute some additional background information about Gabe and the business he ran.
Even though there's no real way to know how historically accurate this information is (being as how it is 3rd-party anonymous hearsay), I still enjoyed reading it because it contains all the elements of a good story: drama, celebrity intervention, and the MAFIA!
Honestly, I had no idea who/what I was involved with during my brief stayover at the barn and my 6-month employment by Gabe, but after reading this - I'm glad I didn't know this back story!
So here, in someone's unedited words, is the story of Gabe.
|So you will know more about the time at The Barn....|
Gabe built it out of his pocket with whatever he could lay hands on, it had a recording studio, a mirrored dance room, a TV Studio, and several rooms for stages. It was meant to be a school and a video and recording center...it was ever growing, changing. Old trainees that would see him like at The Addadin in Alanta City, would stop playing and come hug him. You were there to be trained and sent out so you could earn a good living if lucky. When you were there, Eb was the Voice Coach, Don was a helper and the bands were taken out locally to be showcased, also select performers would go out on their own to make money. Gabe had a traveling Mariachie band and traveled the world, was related to another traveling band and changed his last name. He's what you would call a Mystro, he and Eb had perfect pitch and is what Eb often taught you how to sing in the pitch, tone and meter. And, yes, even at the clubs Gabe would lean under the table and yell --- YOU SUCK!!! -- Hopefully it made you stronger as the road is NOT an easy place and, as your efforts now show, YOU DID HAVE GOOD TALENT.
Gabes land bordered Jack Palance's land and they fought constantly. Gabe's home attic was huge and housed many many outfits for all the showbands. Gabe actually lived in West Hazelton. The owners of the Beacon were a sweet Greek couple. The area, and entertainment in general, was controlled by the Mafia - whom Gabe confronted often and they often came armed. The area WAS a mafia stronghold- he grew up with them and lived amongst them, but was not of them - they respected him. Remember the ICED OVER DRIVE WAY? Some people that were there then was, Johnny Angel - about time he was putting together The Rock And Roll Idols -- the ones you see playing in Vegas imitating Idols, came from him many years before. When you did not see Gabe, he was at home on the phone with Agents/Promoters - who really were throwed off, but he got his band the World's Fair, etc. The original singer for the boxtops fought to stop bands like there ( where you buy the name and put them out as the original entertainers ). The mafia fought the Boxtops ( Gabe's) because they had a black singer and she was preg - blacks did not play in their clubs - so, the local yokels had to be dealt with at the clubs.. The INTENT was good and the bookings could be kept going and all could be taught and grow. He was your coach - you will NEVER forget him
I suppose all this anonymity is due to the fact that whoever submitted this story is concerned about implicating a certain nefarious group of fedora-wearing men. And so as more and more people become Facebook fans of I Played in a Gabe Garland Band, the plot continues to thicken. I can't wait to find out MORE of what I don't know!
But right now I'm still hoping someone will submit a picture of dear old Gabe. I know there are some out there. Anyone?
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