INTERVIEW BY STEVE KELEMEN
Talk about great! One of the best rockabilly discs to ever come out of New York, Pete's
Recorte single has it all.
I was born in 1936 in Brooklyn, New York. From there we migrated to Lindenhurst, Long Island. My parents were European.
I was the second youngest of 9 children.
In Lindenhurst we lived on a small mini farm consisting of chickens, ducks, geese and I had a pet pig name Jezebel
who would wait for me after school everyday. She would come up to meet me on the corner and walk back with me.
I never took piano lessons but we had an old upright piano in the basement and I started playing by ear a little
at the time until I got pretty good at it. This was at a very young age. In high school I was in the band and played
trombone. I also played the accordion.
I started composing music when I was about 12 or 13 years old. I formed my own band in the early 1950's.
We played at various clubs on Long Island such as the Rockville Center etc. We also played at some upstate resorts.
I was about 17 when I wrote 'Daddy Joe' and 'Just Like Before'. I recorded the songs in New York City at the Bell Sound Studios.
It was a recording contest. There were quite a few groups and singers and the sessions lasted all of one day and into the next.
We each recorded our songs and if you were picked up by a label you made it. Fortunately I was assigned to Recorte Records.
It was an interesting and tough competition but I made it. This was in the late 1950's and I remember it being in the winter time.
My record was played on the Dick Clark Show, Moon Rocket Show and other T.V. & radio shows.
I'm not exactly sure when I first heard rock 'n' roll or rockabilly but quite a bit of country and hillbilly was
played at my household.
My inspirations came from Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and a few other artists. The music was well liked in my area. Rock 'n' roll
and country were neck to neck. My band was also well received in my area of the country. We were called 'The Rockabilly Kickers'.
It was a long, hard rocky road with lots of ups and downs but I would do it all over again. I enjoyed it.
My music was very important to me but I met a beautiful girl and had to settle down and accept another way of life.
Page posted May, 2003
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