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276. The Coke Bottles
When I was 13 years old, I loved
the drums. I guess banging on the drums
me an emotional outlet for a very troubled
in my youth. When you're 13, everything seems
come at you from all directions. The drums
me cope with being a teenager. One day,
called my friend Rudy on the phone. Rudy
playing around with his guitar. Neither one of
had ever taken music lessons, but we loved
instruments. "Hey Rudy, why don't you come over?
can play for a while," I suggested. "No
, man. If it's okay with you, I'll bring
cousin Bobby with me. He plays the bass
." I told him that would be great and
for them to arrive.
Bobby didn't just play
bass, he jammed at it. "You're really rock
that bass, Bobby," I told him. He said
had been playing for years and wanted to
a band. We all looked at each other,
it hit us like a bolt of lightning. "
can do this!" Rudy and I said at
same time. "All we need is a vocalist,"
said, to which Bobby chirped, "I can do
, too!" That was the beginning of the best
‘N' Roll band ever – "The Coke Bottles".
course that was an exaggeration, but it turned
we were pretty good for a bunch of
The three of us began meeting at my
every week to practice playing together and to
song ideas off each other. Bobby could actually
. With Rudy and me putting in all those
of practice, we got pretty good. We got
good that we played at a couple of
and at a free Concert in the Park
about a year later. That was as far
we got though. Rudy joined the Army the
year. Bobby and I were never able to
another lead guitarist, so the greatest Rock ‘N'
band "The Coke Bottles" never made it big,
that was okay with me. We had our
in the sun.