Rex Eugene Peer, musician--my trombone teacher
Horace Eldred "Danny" Dill, song-writer--my former father-in-law
Edith Yvonne Bissell--my aunt
Mildred E. Bissell--my aunt
[Special note: until the above-mentioned two ladies passed away, I was only
aware of one historical oddity about death dates and special days. Back about 1820, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died
on the same day, July 4. Now, at least for my family, there is another such day. February 17, the day Yvonne and Mildred both
passed away, is also the birthday of my youngest son Daniel and my very good friend Chris Sciabarra.]
Rex Peer was the guy who started me on trombone, Ollie Joiner. Here is his obituary:
Oliver Joiner, musician, school band director, school superintendant--my first trombone teacher and band director.
Characters I'll Never
During my nearly 40 years as a professional musician in Nashville,
Tennessee and Orange County, California, I have worked with a lot of funny characters. And by characters, I don't mean
actors or cartoon figures. I mean real, flesh-and-blood musicians.
Some of them were
leaders, others sidemen. Some of them were excellent musicians, others just got by. But they all had one thing in common.
They were unforgettable. Every time I get together to reminisce with old friends in the music business, we always seem to
tell the same old stories about the same crazy guys.
I have decided that for posterity--and
just for fun--I would record as many of these stories and recollections as I could. My apologies in advance for any minor
factual inaccuracies that might have crept in. Sometimes the story takes over from reality. Believe it or not, though, these
people really did the wacky things I'm writing about.