My Old Sorento Beatle Bass Guitar
Back in the early 70s.
I had hinted to my dad that I wanted to play the bass guitar. He came home one Friday after work and we went to a furniture store in town that was selling a few musical instruments. He bought me a Sorento Bass guitar with his last fifty dollars. It was a Beatle style bass like Paul McCartney's...his was a Hofner.
A couple of weeks later he bought me an old AMPEG amplifier. Every free minute I had...I was thumping on my new bass. I played along with the radio and sat many nights in the kitchen with dad and he would play old country songs on his guitar while I accompanied him on bass.
Within six months of practicing, I auditioned for a job in a local Country music band. A girl named, Sharon Jansing was the lead singer. The band's name was, "The Primrose Ramblers." We played lots of Catholic wedding receptions, parties and a few clubs.
Sharon was a great singer and a beautiful young woman. Tommy Slayback was the lead guitar player...I loved hearing him play. We went through quite a few drummers. One drummer we had only had one leg....we called him,"Coconut." I never did know his real name.
After about a year of playing, Sharon for personal reasons decided to quit performing. Tommy Slayback and I checked out joining a few other bands but only came across losers. We jammed together a few more times and then just lost touch.
I decided that I wanted to sing and play six string guitar so my old bass began collecting dust. I got into songwriting and recording. The old bass always came in handy for the bass tracks. Every song...out of of hundreds...has the old bass thumping in the background.
I have it set on a stand in our bedroom. I see it and sometimes think of all the music I played on it and all of the people I played music with. I know it is just wood and metal...it isn't considered valuable as far as instruments go....but my dad bought it for me. He gave me something I could earn money with and enjoy throughout my life.
My bass guitar is almost 40 years old. I still play it sometimes...there are many memories in music...many good memories.