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Richard Stekol from Honk

I was playing in a little band with some guys from Newport Harbor High in 1967 and started going down to a club on the peninsula, The New Look. There were a few really good bands including, but not limited to, The Rhythm and Blues Workshop with a really good Vox player in a Baskin Robbins uniform singing Sam and Dave songs like a guy from my hometown, Philadelphia. He, Steve Wood, later was doing a gig at the Balboa Pavilion in 1969 along with a band including future Honk member Don Whaley and a band, Yessco Train which included Tris Imboden. I was just out of boot camp on my way overseas, and was invited out of the audience by Steve to jam, having met him formally at Mark Turnbull's house where I was living below Dudley's in the canyon in 1968. Touched and embarrassed I agreed, and immediately found myself in the middle of Crossroads with Don, Steve and Tris. That did it for me. When I got a letter saying if I got back, look them up, I did just that.
By then, they were a trio, and sounding great. I quickly realized they didn't need anyone, least of all myself, but Steve ran out to get me as I was sneaking off to my car and the band was very gracious and brought me along. So, I guess everything that happened subsequent to that wasn't my fault.

To find out more about my subsequent history and music, check out my website, richardstekol.com. or my Myspace page.


Richard Stekol and Beth Fitchet from Honk
Richard Stekol from Honk