Turns down first paying gig: $1 for a solo rendition of "All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley, his first idol. Good money even then.
"Meet The Beatles" joins a meager but growing vinyl LP collection. Elvis has to share the thrown.
Singing & piano lessons from an honest-to-god nun reluctant to indulge in frivolities such as McCartney's "Fool on The Hill" despite countless pleas.
Picks up a pair of sticks and learns to roll with legendary bebop drummer Kenny Clarke.
The loaner piano is reclaimed. A classical guitar finds its way into his hands.
Misses opportunity to set an early precedent to the famed Milli Vanilli lip-synching scandal by turning down offer to become a teen idol for the European 45rpm single release, "Life is a game of pin ball… and we are the balls!"
Moves to LA. Lasts a year. A lunar expedition might have been less disorienting.
Lands in Boston under a blanket of heavenly snow to attend Berklee College of Music with a letter of recommendation from Leonard Bernstein.
Drops out after a year under the radar at Berklee. Enjoys first taste of success with Option One – stretch limos, groupies, roadies, record label interest – until the band implodes.
Forms The Speakers with John Hegner on keys/bass, and Gary Vitagliano on drum.
Moves to NYC with John. Independly releases full length CD as PEG, also featuring Jon Lederman on guitar.
Joins The Blondes, Inc.
CD recorded & produced by Richard Lloyd of Television.
Graduates from City College of NY with Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Performance. Works on Broadway with Bill Irwin and Doug Skinner in "The Harlequin Studies."
Joins Lazy Lions on drums.
Anne-Marie Stehn on bass, Jim Allen on lead vocals and keys, Robert Sorkin on guitar.
Releases "Keep Your Love Away" EP.
Forms LIFT with Jon Lederman on guitar and keyboards, Fabrice Calmettes on bass, Marc Friedlander on drums.
Releases 1st solo album, Lo & Behold
Lazy Lions release their first full length album
"When Dreaming Lets You Down."
Elevated Man is released into the atmosphere.
The most personal experiences are often the most universal.
Humility is essential. The journey is everything.
To be continued...