*TomWaits early 60 @OFarrellCommunitySchool primarily African American, listening to *RayCharles*JamesBrown*Temptations*WilsonPickett*FourTops "black hit parade" music. At 13, 1962 saw *JamesBrown@BalboaParkSanDiego
*FourTops*RenaldoBenson May 15, 1969 *BloodyThursday saw police brutality @PeoplesPark Asked, What's Going On? One question led to another *AlCleveland composed song. *MarvinGaye@3067OuterDr added, inspired by *FrankieGaye*VietnamWar letters
Sep 30 1989 *BetteMidler v @Ford who hired her background singer *UlaHedwig seen in *DivineMadness (1980) to impersonate her singing Do You Want To Dance (1972) in 1985 to sell *Mercury*Sable Won $400,000 *TomWaits did same 1988 vs *FritoLay*Levis
Jan 1966 @Motown signed *MynahBirds*NeilYoung*RickJames*BrucePalmer@HotelPonchartrain (1965) *FourTops*SmokeyRobinson dropped by to help sessions. Rick got busted Feb 1966 for draft dodging. Mgr *MorleyShelman used up cash for heroin. OD. Over.