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John "Dennis" Mancino
I first met Doug Smith in September, 1961 when I entered fourth grade at Visitation Grammar School in Westchester, California.
By the fall of 1962, while in the 5th grade class of Sister Rose Aloysius, Doug and I had become such good friends that I received my first and only “Unsatisfactory” mark in conduct on my report card. Sister promptly separated Doug and I after that quarter, and my Dad separated me in other ways as well.
In the early winter of 1964 Doug and I were attending the 6th grade class of Mrs. Carter and were very interested in music.
most kids were, we also were great fans of the Beatles. So Doug and I
began playing guitars together. And by 7th grade we’d purchased
our very first electric guitars, knock-offs of Fender for which I can’t
even remember the brand name.
Near the end of our 7th grade school year I was asked by friends in the opposite 7th grade class to play for the 8th grade graduation breakfast.
The band included myself, Dennis Grady, Brian Sievers, and Pat Finnerty, and Chuck Daily on drums. The songs: Walk Don’t Run, Bulldog, and two other songs by the Ventures. It was an event I still remember to this day.
The following year in the 8th grade class of Sister Leo Joseph, Doug, Chuck and I continued to play music together, culminating with our performance at our own 8th grade graduation party held by my cousin, Teresa Flynn, also our classmate.
Doug and I played together for the next couple of years and, as most do, we went off into the world after high school to pursue our careers.
I went into manufacturing management and worked in the industry for nearly 30 years.
In 1995 I formed a band with a friend, Kevin McHugh and we played for several gigs throughout the Southern California area. I also performed solo in several clubs, most notably the Crazyhorse Steakhouse & Saloon in Orange County. This was the same venue that featured such well-known celebrities as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Rick Nelson. I played there every Friday and Saturday night for four months, playing songs from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, John Denver, Donovan, Creedance Clearwater, the Byrds, Eric Clapton, the Eagles, the Travelin’ Wilburys, the Turtles, and Bob Dylan.
After spending time with Doug again at our 40th high school reunion, and sharing our own recorded music with each other, we decided to form our own band again.
I have prerecorded tracks using several instruments which Doug and I play and sing along to live, producing a full band sound. We play much of the same music – classic rock and a few alternatives as well.
We are available to play at events of all kinds and believe that our music excites those who share fond memories of the music as far back as the 1950s.
look forward to playing for your events!!