2002: Rapscallion Residences
I thought it might be interesting and humorous to list 15 former
residences and see if anyone lived in ‘em or nearby. Contact me if you have a good story about any of these...
75-34 198th St. (right off Union Turnpike) 11427 in Queens NY. Our first
residence as pioneers from Brooklyn. I think I was four.
80-07 214th St. (right off Union Turnpike) 11427 in Queens NY. a little
up the turnpike. Our only house. Just for a few short years as Mom was
preggers, but lost the baby.
80-35 Springfield Blvd (right off Union Turnpike) 11427 in Queens NY. a
little more up the turnpike. We lived here the longest in various
apartments in this monolith called Cambridge Hall. This was the last
residence I lived with my folks and the last residence my folks lived in
201 W.77th St NYC NY- a very short stay in my first marriage mid-60’s.
A short leap to Needle Park.
140 Waverly Place - a rat-filled, electrically unsafe Greenwich Village
residence that held me up in The Blues Project.
101 West 12th Street - a much nicer residence in the Village that kept
me through “I Stand Alone,” “You Never Know Who Your Friends Are”
“New York City” & “Easy Does It”. Home of my second
110 E. 84th - my wild bachelor daze. I kicked drugs in this apartment.
“A Possible Projection Of The Future” took place here. My last NYC
residence. I moved away in 1972.
975 Heards Ferry Road in Sandy Springs, GA. A lovely house by the woods
that I ran Sounds Of The South out of and lived in as well. A Rolls
Royce and a Corvette sat in the driveway. Lynyrd Skynyrd used to go to
McDonalds in the Rolls Royce. Governor Jimmy Carter used to rent it to
have Washington dignitaries picked up at the airport. I thought these
were my wildest days until:
1651 Haslem Terrace (off Sunset Plaza Drive) in Lost Angeles. My first
California residence. I got it as David Cassady moved out. Lived there
for a year, then Ringo rented it. Took some Skynyrd money and bought a
house in Coldwater Canyon.
9528 Dalegrove Drive (off Coldwater Cyn) The Freebird Mansion. Bought
it, completely redid the interior as bizarrely as one can imagine and
kept it for 2 1/2 years under very poor management. Went a little more
3558 Cody Road in Sherman Oaks CA. My landlady was Rene Russo’s mom
(small world) began to get ready to leave the country with Reagan-fear.
1A Chesterfield Street London England. A five flight walk-up over the
trendy club RAGS (scene of Ringo Starr's wedding to Babs Bach (A Queens
gal) A fairly miserable existence outlined in my book. Moved to an
attached house in Golders Green but cant remember the address. Back to
Austin, Texas - a rented condo for a year. Nice town, great music, no
Back to LA - a series of homes (all rented) West Coast Head of A&R
for Polygram Records. Signed Richard Thompson. Finally fed up with LA
AND the entire music biz. Quit it all and retired to Nashville, TN.
1620 Stokes Lane in beautiful then-inexpensive Green Hills landed me a
beautiful home for an amazingly low price in 1989. Short scene of my
third marriage. A wonderful seven years of making new friends, playing
with great musicians and dating way too many singer-songwriters. Seven
years was enough retirement for anyone so back to work in.
Boston - where I currently reside since 1997. I no longer teach at
Berklee because of too much vision loss, but I am ensconced pretty
heavily here. Spend about half the year in beloved NYC. Beginning to
play more concerts each year starting in 2002 - Okay...thass all!
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