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Mushroom Pendant & "Porkchop" Fender Jazz Bass

The Story: Michael Braun suggested to Gregg one night, that he should go to see Bacchus to check out a bassplayer at a night club in St. Pete in early 1973. And so they did! After the gig, while Gregg, Michael and I were riding home across Gandy Bridge in his limosine, he handed this pendant to me and asked if I'd join his band. This is some time after Berry Oakley had died in a motorcycle accident. Michael, Jimmy Hendrix' costume designer, as well as Greggs' and many others, had ignited a flame! Gregg imediately flew me to Macon, first for his wedding, where we also colaborated on his stereo tape recorder in his living room. The next day we flew to NYC and sat together in the studio during sessions for his solo album, "Laid Back". Many new experiences took place in New York City, some great times,and some a bit alarming to me! So eventually I opted to tour with the New Cactus Band and the Allman Brothers Band added bassist Lamar Williams.

Hittin' the Web with The Allman Brothers Band

Laid Back - Mercury Records


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Some History: The New Cactus Band, led by Duane Hitchings, released one album (Son Of Cactus) and featured nobody of the original Cactus. Mike Pinera, formerly of Blues Image and Iron Butterfly, came in on guitar, along with Roland Robinson on bass and Jerry Norris on drums. The band then toured live in the Midwest and on the East Coast in mid 1973 with Captain Beyond drummer Bobby Caldwell and former Gregg Allman bass player Charlie Souza. Wikipedia.com
Cactus did a record promo event for WKBO.(right to left) Duane Hitchings, Charlie Souza, a somewhat bemused Todd Rundgren, Bobby Caldwell,The WKBO staff pic – along with Rockin’ Rick Shockley (lower left), Harry Chapin (lower right), together with son Josh and Airlift Proprietor Micheal Ziants as John St. John, and Mike Pinera kneeling (left)

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