I toured with the Main Ingredient from 1970-1973. We had a few hits “Everbody plays the fool“, “I just don’t want to be lonely“, “Happiness is just around the Bend“. The Band was Johnny Griffin on Drums, Emir Ksasan on Bass, Harvey Lesesne on Pno and Horn, Billy King on congas and Me on Guitar.
I was 19 years old and curious and I was playing what was known as the “Chitlin Circuits”. A string of shows in the outskirt of towns and every once in a while we would get to play major cities. all in all The R&B revue shows showcased some of the best talent of our times. I totally enjoyed this part of my life and have countless memories of great times as well as desperate moments.While with the Main Ingredient I shared the stage with some of R&B greatest bands. The Chi-lites, The O jays, Edwin Starr, The whispers, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, The Unifics, The Delfonics, Lil’ Anthony and the Imperials, Ohio Players, James Brown, Abaco Dream, Sly and the Family Stone, General Johnson, Chairman of the Board, Millie Jackson, the list goes on and on..
This band marked the end of my R&B touring as one year later I would be found touring with David Bowie. It was Tony Sylvester, one of the singers in the Main Ingredient that recommended me for the RCA sessions for Lulu, which David was producing.