1984, "Snacks" as they called him, Rick Jaeger
renamed our band "Backbone"
and we almost signed with Epic Records!
The band members consisted of Rick Jaeger on drums who
was at the time playing gigs with Steven Stills, and he
helped me find some of the other players which included
William Smitty Smith, who was a top session
player in L.A.; and Scott Robinson, an exceptional guitarist
who played with jazz flute player, Tim Weisberg.
The group also included Donnie Dacus on guitar! Now this
guy had some credentials! He starred in the movIe "HAIR"
and played with Chris Hillman, worked on Crosby, Stills
& Nashs CSN album and later with Stephen Stills
for several projects. Chicago selected him as a replacement
guitarist and vocalist after the death of Terry Kath.
Donnie is currently living in St. Petersburg, Florida
and is now sharing his incredible roots with us here in
Smitty was a songwriter and rock, soul and gospel keyboardist
who added a lot of soul to my songs! He came to Los Angeles
in 1970 and worked with Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, Jackson
Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, Crosby, Stills &
Nash and the Pointer Sisters, with whom he recorded Im
So Excited. After Smitty suffered a stroke on New Years
Day in 1992, several performers including Browne, Graham
Nash and Bonnie Raitt staged a benefit performance for
him as he was ill and past awy soon after. #RIP Smitty
RIP Rick Jaeger.
group in 1999, reformed with band members Eric
Turner of Fortress and Bill
Lordan of The Robin Trower Band and was managed
Peter Bennett in New York, former Beatles promoter
with Apple Records. The band recorded two solo albums
at studios in Hollywood and Anaheim California,"Live
Your Dream" and "9
Ball in the Corner Pocket". In 2006 through 2011,
Souza also toured with the New
RASCALS featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Dino
Danelli & Gene Cornish with Bill Pascali of Vanilla
Fudge. Charlie's music was influenced by the many artists
he has worked with including Tom
Petty, Gregg Allman, Bill Champlin, New Cactus Band
and Florida Music Hall of Fame Nominees The Tropics.
As author of a Rock 'n Roll Autobiography entitled "Live
Your Dream" Souza has written a pictorial history
Bay Music Roots".