8th grade - Jon and drummer Barry Smith start
"The Intruders" with Ray Schilcher and
bassist Tony Tesauro. Tony, several years older, sells Jon a Fender Jaguar.
He then sells Ray a Fender Jazzmaster. There's some question as to where
these instruments came from. Maybe they fell off a truck...
Influenced by the hit single Green Onions, Jon writes his first couple of
instrumentals. The Intruders record, cutting an acetate at Blaise Rizzo's.
The group then expands, adding Smiley Matthews on organ
Later they added Smiley's brother Dusty
on vocals, Tom Read on bass and
Dave Brown, 2nd vocal.
They win a "battle-of-the-bands" and subsequently perform at The
New York World's Fair.
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