Taino here. Talking about P.R. and what I know...my uncle
was in the Navy and he used to take me to the swimming pool
at the Navy base in San Juan on Saturdays, and there was
where I heard American music (Rock and Roll) most of the
time or what I could hear on the AM radio once in a while.
You know the deal over there back in the early 60`s! Then in
1964 Dad bought a brand new Chevy car and took us that night
to the drive-in in Bayamon and they were showing The Beatles
A Hard Days Night. That changed my life, I was 9 and I
bugged my dad for a guitar for two years but he didnít take
me seriously until I was 11.
I used to go every day to my neighborís house to jam with
his electric guitar and I learned on my own, I Canít Get No
Satisfaction, Gloria, Wild Thing and Wipe Out. Dad went and
bought me a Silvertone acoustic and got me a teacher (Mario
Charon). I took about 12 lessons, Perfidia, More, Donít Let
The Sun Catch You Crying, stuff like that, and finally when
he saw I could play he bought me a Teisco del Rey and a
Silvertone 1x12" amp and the rest is history.
I started playing in marquesinas
(garages), then talent shows in
school and church and centros comunales (community centers) and so on. I
remember a really good band I used to watch rehearsing
called the Chryslers. Raul Paonessa was the drummer. This
was probably 1967. Another band I remember and was good was The Frogs, also The Sames and another band called Flower
Generation, I think from College Park. There were a lot of
good bands in that area but I canít remember the names at
the moment. Then I went to the CaborrojeŮo in Guaynabo and I
think I saw the Vagabonds and
Teen Sounds if I am not
mistaken. I saw Bandolero at the Alfa Beta Kai in Guaynabo.
I saw the Sonset many
times on TV and at school dances.
The Marshall i can live
with, the guitar hell no but i had to hold it for the
foto session for a music store ad.
This was at the Navy base in Sabana Seca,
Puerto Rico with Marion Hite and The Honky Tonk
Heroes...country and western music.
Playing at Roosevelt Roads Navy base in
Ceiba, PR. My Gibson SG special and my brand new Traynor
with 6x10 cab....muy bueno!!
The other hang-outs for kids were the Underground in San
Patricio Plaza, La Rue, La Conga and
Miramar Center, but
those were definitely before my time. There were also
Ceasarís Palace, The Trip, Playmate Club, The Cid, Corkyís,
Armandoís Hideaway and Rashids. I am thinking El Patio de
Sam also. After you left, all that was left was The Trip,
Hipopotamus, Armandoís and the Navy bases or the hotels, but
you had to play Disco. Bands from the 70ís,
Banda Del K-Rajo, Stagecoach, Copenhagen,
Arrasas, Tayno Band (that was me and
I spelled it like that back then), Godmother and Country, Guamani, Hot Coffee,
Banko, Raices and
Sound Incorporated. I have to
get back to you about the late 70's when I went back but not
too much was happening. Let me do a bit more research and
Iíll let you know soon.
On August 4, 2013 I was inducted in the NYC Blues Hall of
Fame at BB King's Blues club in NYC. It was a great show
with Michael Packer; Jon Paris; Gabriel Butterfield; Danny
and Jonnathan Kalb; Bobby Harden; Rob Papparozzi; Christine
Santelli; Matt Mousseau; Hap Moore and many more.....
Joe Taino in action and bluesin'
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