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Really OT: It's a small world.
Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 11:09 AM on 12.16.10
->> Every wonder what happened to those bands you listened to when you where a kid?

I shot an assignment yesterday at LAX on a group of musicians what work for the TSA and perform around the different terminals. When I began to interview the group's musical dirictor and arranger I heard the name "Raul Matute"... I just had to ask: "Weren't you in a Bay Area band in the early 70's called Cold Blood"?

Raul's eyes lit up and he replied with a big smile "That was my group!"

What a small world!

Cold Blood's second album (for Bill Graham's record label) "Sisyphus" is still one of my all-time favorite albums.

After the video interview, Raul told me that he recently played in a Cold Blood reunion of original members (with Tower of Power no less!) at the old Filmore Auditorium.


Cold Blood

(And the TSA LAX Choir? They really cook!)
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Jim Owens, Photographer
Cincinnati | OH | usa | Posted: 4:54 PM on 12.17.10
->> Robert,
Speaking of Tower of Power.....

I always wanted to be able to play the saxophone and do that twirl/spin move dance step that the big guy with the huge red afro style hair could do.
That was freakin' amazing.
Ah yes, back in the day indeed.

Of COURSE it's off topic ....but double bonus points AND A CLICK ON THE "HELL YEAH" BUTTON FOR bringing up 'Frisco bands and Tower Of Power.
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 12:51 AM on 12.18.10
->> Here's one for 'ya; Remember "Jo Mama" from the late 60's early 70's? Consisted of James Taylor's, Carol King's session musicians, husbands, etc. who formed a group and toured with James Taylor. Danny Kortchmar, Charles Larkey... The lead singer was a gal named Abigale Haness. Be still my heart. I shot the concert in Raleigh in 1970 and couldn't focus on what I was doing because she was so beautiful. Wow... They did two albums and faded into obscurity. What a shame.
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Thomas Boyd, Photographer
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 12:16 PM on 12.19.10
->> This really isn't that off topic. I think this is just one little anecdote that illustrates the strange and surreal circumstances a photojournalist could find themselves in everyday.

A few weeks back I had an assignment in a small town that a guy I was in the Marine Corps was from. I lost track of him after our plane ride back to Portland from boot camp in June of 1984. I always told myself if I ever made it to Vernonia, Oregon where he was from I'd ask around and see if I could find him.

I had an assignment that put me in a room with most of the adults that lived in that town. I was soon standing in front of his mother.

I told her my story and asked about her son. She went on to explain that he had a bad car accident after he got out of the Marine Corps and suffered brain damage that made him violent. He ended up jail after beating a man. After his release, he became distraught with his grim circumstances and committed suicide.

I told his mother about how he was well thought of in the Marine Corps and how we bonded since we were both from Oregon. She seemed to appreciate that. It was an emotional moment for us both.

My point to all this is that this job puts us on a path we can never anticipate. One day we're talking to the mother of dead friend from a past life, the next walking through Times Square with Heisman Trophy finalists. It's a strange life.
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Larry Aronat, Photographer
Bakersfield | CA | USA | Posted: 8:03 PM on 12.29.10
->> Robert,

My first concert ever featured Lydia Pense & Cold Blood (along with TOP). I just updated my music library via iTunes with some choice cuts by Cold Blood and "Sisyphus".

Thanks for refreshing my memory!

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Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 12:49 AM on 12.30.10
->> Weird catch ups in a truly small world: I went to a prep school for high school, and thus lost touch with most of my classmates, teachers, coaches, etc. Three years ago while leaning on a fence shooting a T-Ball game (sorry, no Heisman players there), I hear a voice say "Hi Sam!". I looked up, replied "Hey Coach!", then realized it was my HS coach whom I had not talked to since 1985! One of his daughters married a doctor in my area, and their child was on one of the t-ball teams. My coach lives about 2 hours away, and now comes over to see his grandsons play in various sports throughout the year. This is someone who I hear in my head during every baseball and basketball game I shoot to this day. Thomas is correct, this is not OT.
Best thread of the month.
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