I was walking on Market Street in San Francisco today, when this street drummer starts singing about Macworld. I had to record the event, and (of course) donate to the artist.
His name is Larry Hunt, and he’s on MySpace – check out his profile and take a listen to the songs he has there. He doesn’t have a computer, but that didn’t stop him from somehow getting his MP3s onto the Web!
I transcribed the sheet of paper he handed to me:
Over the years, I have worked with many top artists and different bands. Presently, I have my own band called “Larry Hunt and the Blue Flame Band.” On April 8, 1992, I won the Jammie Award for “All Around Best Drummer.” Later that year, I recorded my first record: “Cool Papa Legend.”
I was born in Leavenwork, KS. I started playing drums at the age of 3, and owned my first drum set at the age of 4. In 1960, I had my first show with some big-name artists such as Brother Jack MacDuff and Three Sound. In 1966, I played for the senator of Kansas: Senator Reily on TV with Christ Unlimited. In 1974, I met Louis Bellson at the Starlite Theater in Kansas City. From 1966-1978, I played with “The Drifters,” “The Tams,” “Round House Band,” “Pandall,” “Badge,” and “Little Royal.”
In 1979, I worked with Larry Sharp and Gregg Lomt Trio. In 1983, I drummed in the Black Star Lite Band. In 1986, I joined Intervision from Oakland. In the years between 1989 – 1992, I met Cool Papa on TV with Bay Area Backroads. I played with John Lee Hooker, Deacon Jones, Gregg Allman, Steve Ganna, Al Von Johnson, Rockin Earl Brown, Ron Steward of Blues Society, Lady Margaret and the Gentlemen, Perry Walker, Survival Band, and Steppen Stone.
For more information on the drum lessons, please look for me with the “New Funk Generation” at Powell and Geary in San Francisco, Thursday through Sunday night at approximately 8:30pm.
I don’t know about you, but I thought he displayed his talent quite well. I love a good beat, no matter where it’s coming from. Because of my donation, he gave me his most recent CD (and his resume, too). As it turns out, you can hire this guy for lessons or parties.
Here he is, mid jam:
I took another video of him, but it didn’t turn out as well – so I decided to use his first “Macworld” jingle as the soundtrack for this photo montage: