In 1975 or maybe 76, I was working at Northern Records, a warehouse in the east side of downtown Cleveland. My job was being in charge of the loading docks. I loaded and unloaded skids of albums from trucks with a manual fork lift, checked the invoices, and let the Northern salesmen (and one saleswoman, who became a girlfriend) in and out. One day Bradley Fields (we both had gone to Lakewood high School, along with the Electric Eels) showed up at the dock with a band, who turned out to be the (as yet unrecorded) Heartbreakers from NYC.
This picture was taken for Night Creatures, a feature article in Rolling Stone (August, 1984 double summer issue) by Kurt Loder. Other pictures were taken of me on a ladder changing the Selwyn marquee letters, but weren’t used.
Ten talented bands are gathering dust on my shelves, and I take the time to wonder why and reminisce on where they after they made these amazing hits.
Wendell (Bert Wheeler) loves Betty (Dorothy Lee), but her rich proper Aunt Minnie (Edna May Oliver ) calls him a shrimp, a germ, a ninny, a worm and an amphibian (to name a few insults) and tries to keep him away. Meanwhile, Zander (Robert Woolsey) gambles and wins the crown of the Kingdom of Eldorania.