This is probably the first 'official' portrait of The Dirdy Birdies Jug Band, featuring what is generally regarded as the band's first 'official' lineup. Meet the 1966 Birdies:
Down in front is Jack Pignatello, holding a prop from the movie The Wild One, which was presented to the band by Marlon Brando. Marlon stopped by at Folk City one night and saw the band. In a backstage conversation after the show, a very emotional Marlon felt like what he had seen was worth much more than the $3 he had paid at the door. He asked what he could give to the band to remember the night. Jack said, "Whad'ya got?"
In the back, on the right, is Joe Kloza holding a fiddle and mentally listing all the Eastern European countries he was about to visit, thus triggering a sequence of events that would lead to the creation of a dossier in his name at FBI headquarters in Washington.
Next is Dick Finn, banjo player extrordinaire, holding a sign that says Smile. God Loves You. This sign was an early indication of Dick's willingness to move to Branson, MO, where he now lives.
In the center, in an uncharacteristic display of the fires smoldering within, Barbara Flenner has her hands all over Jack.
Rich Fedorchak, in a pose destined to inspire generations of androgynous lead singers, holds a whisk broom, a symbol of fertility on some South Pacific atoll...and how many people know what an atoll is?
And finally, sporting a Sargent Pepper suit, is TM Bear, aka Tony Muller, our first guitar player. This picture was taken at Bear's house up in the woods in Oakland, NJ.
Now although we are in contact with Bear, he's somewhat of a recluse...we need you to send us email that'll try to get the Bear out of retirement, even for one night. Do that, and we'll forward it to him. We'll let you know how it turns out!
And speaking of the Bear, here's a copy of an email we recently received from Bear's cousin Mark. You know, friends, it's messages like this one that warm an old dog's heart....
|Hi, I remember seeing you in my uncle Arties yard in Oakridge, NJ when my
cousin Tony Muller played with you. I don't think I was much older than 5 or
6, so that would make it about 1965 or 66. I've always had a distant memory
about a song about a Big Brown Bear or something like that. Your band is my
earliest memory of live music. I've been a musician all my life and I play
in Shania Twains band now. So I guess thanks for being a part of the
inspiration that's lead me through my life.
Yes...finally! After almost a year in production,
Guano Records and
The DIRDY BIRDIES Jug Band
are proud to announce the release of
For ordering information, a run-down of what's included on the newest
offering from The Jug Band for The Millennium,
Of course, since our first CD, Endangered Species, was a million seller (I gotta million in my cellar),
we still have a bunch left. If you're one of the few laggards left in the world
look here for ordering info...
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