Judy Lynn Snyder and I were married in a steady wintry downpour on Jan. 27, 1973 in my mother’s South Jersey Church, with Judy in a white dress and me in a close (but much cheaper) version of the 3-piece cream suit Mick Jagger wore when he married Bianca the previous year.
By the time of our marriage, I had been playing organ (1st a Farfisa, then a Vox Continental) in rock and soul bands since early 1966, when both Judy and I were 10th graders in high school. (An aside here: When I was selected to be in the house band of Philly Classic Rock radio station WGMK nearly 40 years later, Judy was asked if she was excited. Here is her verbatim response: “No … I heard Dave in 1966. He isn’t any better, just louder”).
After playing fire halls, pool parties, school dances, proms, shopping centers, teenage hangouts, bars and clubs that weren’t concerned about employing underage musicians, and finally summers at the Jersey shore including shows at the famed Steel Pier in Atlantic City. By 1973 I was in my 3rd group – one of the area’s 1st 70s jam bands named Frog Ocean Road. (Another aside here: Our 16-year-old drummer then was Jerry Gaskill, who is now the drummer for King’s X, a 3-piece band that opened Woodstock ’94 and continues to make new music and tour the world) …….