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Class of 1969 Southwest High School Yearbook:
At Southwest High School,
Peterson and Galles started their
first 5-piece group, Mozart's Mafia. The two had
gotten guitars in grade school, and convened their first band when one guy
said he played piano.
Peterson: "The popular song he
could play was "Green, Green" by the Christy Minstrels, so we thought we'd
better hang it up for a while and learn to play before we played. We
didn't know anything. We just thought you had to bang on it and music
would come out. We never knew you had to practice."
They returned home to woodshed. "Al would call me on the phone, and I got really envious because clean chords were coming out and I was still struggling with C, F and G7." When Peterson and Galles got together after summer, Peterson had discovered Galles had been playing his guitar in an open tuning with a pencil. "I almost killed him when I found outů" Chastened Galles switched to drums.
was a step up from playing in garages with a wollensak tape recorder to
the beat of a single snare drum. The original Mafia was an English
Invasion group that faked accents on stage - a trick picked up from some
of the "big time" local groups of the mid-sixties.
Galles met some horn players
Greenberg ) in the gym class when he was
thinking of adding a horn section for a school assembly. After the
appropriate amount of soul searching and overcoming parental opposition to
their association with such unsavory characters as
Peterson and Galles ("the black
sheep of the school") they joined. The Mafia's version of
"Harlem Shuffle" and "I Feel Good" went over with the student body, so the
group became an 8-piece choreographed white punk-soul band playing the
standard local bag of "Show Me" and "Midnight Hour."
Greenberg, Peterson and Galles all ended up in
Skogie and the Flaming Pachucos
STEVE REITER (2008):
Blues de Ville. Steive Reiter (Gtr)
Blues de Ville
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TOM BERGQUIST (2010):
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