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This page is dedicated to the various music groups, projects and friends
that I worked with at one time or another. I was always
interested in recording my music and this website has a
collection of recordings from rough to pretty nice demo quality.
Whether it was just a rehearsal for a band or a
show we were performing, well I tried to record it if possible. So
I have stored some of my favorite recordings here from many of
the bands that I played drums in, going back many years. I never
achieved any big success but still would not have traded the
experiences for anything.
The music was simply
intoxicating from some of the earliest bands
in the late 60's like the
'Canaligators', 'Night Hawk', 'Grandpa Snazzy', 'Faction'
and many other bands from the
mid to late 70's. One of my favorite's was one of the more enduring steady bands from my past
which was the band
(named after the low wages we worked for... heh). We were
all good friends having fun doing the music thing. Then
along came the 'Jesse
(Jade) Anderson Band'
which made a big impact on my life from the mid 70's all the
way through to current time, both personally and
professionally we have been good friends for some time. Most of
the songs at this site were
recorded by myself, or a friend and sometimes in a real studio,
so some may not be the best of quality. The Jesse Anderson Band
'For The Elvis Fans' CD was recorded by myself, of course it was
a learning experience working with an 8 track cassette device. I
also assisted Perry Pineda with recording 'The GoToms' a quirky
progressive 90's band. There is also an assortment of original music posted from different bands and projects
I was involved in including my work with
original singer, songwriter & musician Gary Spain.
I also contributed several drum tracks with other
good friends like Barry Honig's 'Earthshakers' project and Perry Pineda with his music
project listed under the name of
'Ethyleen Keen' which are both posted below.
I loved playing the drums and recording the
music whenever it was possible. A few of the
made in a professional studio as well. Anyway I tried to hang on to
this collection of recordings and decided why not post them
online so I learned some basic HTML editing and this is what I
have so far. Mostly for the sake of sharing some good memories of
the music with family, friends and anyone that might be
interested. A lot of the songs were recorded by me with
very simple recording equipment and sometimes with better then descent equipment.
Some of the
recordings were made on an 8 track cassette recorder of mine,
which was used to record and produce Jesse's 'For The Elvis Fans'
CD, see Jesse's link below and then soon after it was used to
record the alternative band
There are also some
songs that were recorded 'live' and later converted from old stereo cassettes or a Teac 3340.
Other songs were recorded from basic 2-track audio
cassette tapes so all is not pristine...lol. There are some recordings that are over
old and were converted much later to digital so the quality is questionable? Of course like I said before most of the songs were posted
to preserve some fond memories of days long gone and to share
with friends & family.
A note on my very early years in Venice, California...
Actually I thought about this
after seeing a website with some historical information about
the musicians of Venice, California at
and realized I should mention
some of my very earliest endeavors in the music scene.
Roughly around the late 60's I was getting the
chance to play in some better caliber bands as my skills
increased. One of the earlier bands worth mentioning would
be the 'Canaligators' which included the two
guys that started the band, 'Clyde "Hook" McGuire' and 'Butch MudBone'
with songs that were based on blues, country and boogie woogie music.
'Hook' had only one arm, from what I have heard he lost his arm
in his 20's when his car was sideswiped from a beer distribution
truck. Of course the corporate giant was no match for Hook
and I believe he was never properly compensated, but that never
stopped him. He was an accomplished harmonica player
with a gritty bluesy voice that people seemed to love. Hook
and Butch actually started out on the Venice boardwalk. Our
first public performance as the Canaligators was at a place
called 'The Other Side', a night club in the evening and an A & W
restaurant during the day which was located on the boardwalk by
the Venice Pier I actually had a job at the A & W back then too.
Anyway I parted ways with the Canaligators quite some time
before they actually became kind of well known in the
bay area and since then had several drummers along the way, including
members from the
'The Bantams'. They were one of the first
boy bands that had a popular hit song with Warner Brothers back in
the mid 60s.
Anyway one of the high points for the 'Canaligators'
was quite some time after I left the band. They managed to make it on to a nationally syndicated
called the 'Midnight Special' one summer night. Apparently there was
some sort of incident according to someone who was there that night by the name of
"Louise" who was sort of the 'unofficial' official photographer
for the band during the early seventies (1973-74). Well the guys being
seasoned street performers and playing in small clubs had access
to the taping of the tv and managed to
entertain the studio staff out in the parking lot during a power
outage. Because of this stroke of luck the producer
offered them a spot on the show and the 'Canaligators'
(listed under the name of 'Uncle Crusty' that night) made their debut performance
on national TV thanks to that freak incident.
Hook passed away in the early 90's this information was
provided by his daughter-in-law.
Butch Mudbone still performs in his own original blues band.
As far as I know he currently lives somewhere in Memphis,
Tennessee. According to Shauna Hook's step daughter, Hook
moved out of Venice in the 80's but did return to perform from
time to time until his death which occurred in a hospital
following heart surgery in the early 90's! It was the day before
or the day of his surgery that Shawna was hoping to
talk to him after the surgery. The evening of June 18, 1991
she was working and received a call from her mother advising
her that he had died post surgery.
I worked with many different bands around the late 60's to early 70's.
Some of the bands like 'Night Hawk', 'Grandpa Snazzy', 'Wildweed'
and later on 'Dirt Cheap' were some of my
favorites. 'Grandpa Snazzy' was founded by ex-'Sweetwater'
recording artist and member Richard Carlysle.
He was the
electric guitarist for the 60's folk rock band 'Sweetwater' in
his earlier years. They had at least one nationally released album or more and performed at Woodstock
as one of the opening acts. However I don't believe Richard was
with the band at the time they played at Woodstock.
Another excellent guitarist I would love to mention was Ian Stewart
from the band 'Wildweed'. He took guitar lessons from the
great jazz guitarist Herb Ellis and I will always
remember his progressive rock lead guitar style. I also managed to jam
couple of times with another Venice icon
who was a friend of
James Armstrong's from way back. By
the way 'Slavin David'
can still be found performing in the Los Angeles area to this
day, please click on his link to get performance schedules.
Then there was the late
'Bluzman' Taylor who gave me the
opportunity to jam with his band on a song or two at the Taurus Tavern
in Venice, California way back in the 70's along with guitarist
who played for John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers long ago,
those were good times.
All these bands had different varying styles, some were either blue grass, rock,
blues or a mixture of it all. Then there were so many other bands
with unique and progressive styles. Unfortunately most of
them never lasted very long. For example the band 'Faction' which was
formed by the late
Don Carter. He was also a successful actor
and starred in the Disney movie "Superdad" and the
cult classic "A Boy And His Dog" among many other movies that
he appeared in back then.
Ed Carter actually played bass guitar for the 'Beach Boys' during a
period of time and also played music with my friend Gary Spain
long ago in the early 70's. Anyway the band 'Faction' consisted of Don Carter,
Terry Henderson and a bass player, whose name
I no longer remember. After this band
stuck around a bit longer to join Don Carter's next band which
friend Gary Spain, who joined as our bass player. These bands however short lived
managed to help shape my experience and become a more versatile musician
along the way. This was the end of the 60's and the
beginning of the 70's, what a great era.
The first steady working band I was with was called 'Night Hawk'. They were playing
at some of the local clubs in the Venice bay area and this
particular spot is where I first grew up in Venice, California.
This little area in Venice was called 'The
Square'. It was at the end of Washington St. and the Venice Pier
in Venice, California. They happened to be
performing in a local bar directly under the place where I
use to live. It was on the corner of Washington St. and Speedway.
At one time the place was called Duffy's Tavern (I use to live
directly above the place).
year was roughly 1968-69. I don't really remember who
owned the bar at this time but it was
under a different ownership by then. After watching
the band perform a few times and talking with them they decided to give me a chance to
audition. Some how I managed to land the job as their drummer. I remember
managed to record at the only professional recording studio in
Venice at the time, it was called Spectrum Studios. Later on I would record there again with Jade Anderson for his
original song called
'Paint By The Numbers'
registered at BMI. Spectrum Studios was above the A & W
restaurant on the corner of Washington St, by the pier and the boardwalk,
those were the hippie years I reckon.
There were so many more bands before this time, but
things were looking better and bands were lasting longer as
my skills and experience increased.
It really wasn't till years later when I met the band members of 'Dirt Cheap' with Curtis Crotzer, Lenny Hatch and James Armstrong
that I started playing more frequently and getting paid as well. After being
separated from the band due to a commitment with the US Air
Force and before returning to 'Dirt Cheap' I found myself in another band that I auditioned
for when I ran into an old
bass player friend of mine Larry Grimm. That's when I was introduced
to Jesse 'Jade' Anderson. At the time he was known as Jade Anderson,
then later on he changed his name to Jesse Anderson!
This turned out to be another long time friendship and music adventure.
I really started to work steady, playing small clubs and private party's
all along the
California coast and also incorporating band members from the
band 'Dirt Cheap' to work with Jade. One of the first clubs
we worked in
regularly was at 'The Burning
Tree' in Santa Monica, California. Roughly around the years 1976-77,
the club still
operates to this day however it is under different ownership after all these years
but to my knowledge they no longer support live music...ugh!
One of my passions besides music is working with computers.
I'm an experienced computer technician and customer support
person. I have been studying and using computer systems going
back to the Apple IIe, with many years of troubleshooting and specializing in Microsoft
operating systems. I am skilled at interfacing midi and analog to
digital converters with the latest computer music software.
Incorporating all of this with some of my favorite video editing
software and I have all the tools for my own small production studio.
I still devote time to various music projects with friends, playing drums
or bongos at some of the local establishments here
in the Antelope Valley located in Southern California
where I currently live.
I imagine there aren't many people
who will actually visit this site because their aren't really any
major links that lead here from anywhere, but everybody
and anybody is welcome.
By the way I will update this site from time to time so please
visit again. I try to add more content to the
web pages when possible. Please excuse any grammatical
errors you find. I will try to fix them over time. My love
for the music and the uniquely talented musicians that I worked
with inspired me to create this site, so I hope you will listen
to some of the songs that are posted here.
Thanks again... Robert Heinze
My Rockn' Music Page...
Click On Some Of The Links Below To Hear Some Cool Tunes!!
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A note on some of my departed musician friends who have passed away...
Actor & Guitaritst Passed Away Around 1978
Vocalist & Bass Player Passed Away 1995 (Date Unknown).
Tenor Saxophone Player Passed Away Around 1999? (Date Unknown).
Vocalist & Guitarist Passed Away Aug. 12th 2003
Vocalist, Guitarist, & Harmonica Player Passed Away Nov. 13, 2005
"Legendary Blues Artist"
Vocalist & Guitarist Passed Away On Monday Jan. 5, 2009
Bass player for 'Dirt
Cheap' & the 'Skylight' band, passed away Nov. 4th, 2010
They will all be missed very much by there friends & loved ones!
I will miss my
brother Alan very much, he passed away on Oct.2nd 2011 after
getting married to his long time friend Lena Matthews the day
Perry Pineda &
Well if you like crazy
jungle type drums, then maybe you might like this song, original
intro written by Perry Pineda and then I added some
percussion and some of my solo drumming!
intro by Perry Pineda
NIGHT HAWK (appox.1969-1970)
Matthew Egan -
vocals, rhythm & lead guitar
Dave Crepeau -
lead vocals (on this song) & rhythm guitar
Dave's wife -
vocals & bass guitar (don't remember her name?)
& myself on drums.
Here is a much
older rare song recorded at Sprectrum Studios in Venice, CA. which use to be
above the A & W restaurant on the beach near the Venice Pier
around 1969-1970 converted to digital long ago. Song written by Dave Crepeau.
Faction (appox. 1970)
The band Faction
started in Pacific Palisades where child actor Don Carter, who
was in numerous motion pictures & commercials including the cult
movie called 'A Boy & His Dog'. His older brother Ed
Carter played bass guitar for the Beach Boys at one time!
Not the best quality but really nice energy. This was just
a rehearsal jam to warm up it's called...
'The Faction Jam'
Don Carter - lead
& rhythm guitar
Terry Henderson -
lead & rhythm guitar
Robert Heinze -
Bass player -
unknown at this time
James Armstrong and DICE (Approx.1976)
James Armstrong - vocals & guitar * Bob
Issitts - bass guitar * Curtis Crotzer - vocals, harmonica &
rhythm guitar Robert Heinze - drums
Click on this link to hear a rare original song recorded
over 30 years ago from a Teac A3340 4trk reel to reel with James
Armstrong's band called 'Dice' & his original song!
'No More 8 to 5'
Recorded during rehearsal, here's one from Curtis Crotzer
singing his original song with 'Dice'
Sons of Sam with James
Click on this link to hear a song over 30 years old re-mastered
& restored somewhat, this is a cover song of Stevie Wonder's
Performed by the
'Sons of Sam' back in the late '70's, Bobby Taylor on vocals, his
brother on backup vocals, James Armstong on vocals & guitar and
myself on drums. Of course the two brothers are the sons
of the late Sam 'Bluzman' Taylor,
thus the band name, and not related to the homicidal maniac of
the same era...(heh heh).
Click on the link here for an original rap
song from long ago...
'Welcome To This ParTay'
Here is an original song from the 'Sons Of Sam'
representing the beginning era of disco & funk, recovered
from a very old rehearsal 2-track1/4 tape session from the mid 70's. Listen to a
funky rap song, it's called "Welcome To This ParTay"...
Music connections with were drying
up in the West L.A. bay area and for once most of my close
friends were doing other music projects so I Joined this band in
West Hollywood somewhere around
1978 to 1979, one of the guys had a studio on the corner of
Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St. The music was sort of new
wave and very original sounding to me. The band did not
last very long but we did try to record a few songs. The
quality is not the best but I really liked this original song.
Thought You Were Different'
ICE CREAM (1978)
I really disliked the name of this band,
thought it was too corny...heh,
but definitely had fun working with these two very good
musicians from Hollywood, CA! When the last band was
coming to an end the bass player from 'Fidel' invited me to
start a band with his friend. I can't remember there first
names anymore, but their last names were 'Flynn' & 'Chover'. They liked doing
new wave type rock music live, but this song was written by the singer
and is more of a traditional pop
'No More Lonely Nights'
Don Schwenke's Weird Neighbors
Outakes from the recording session
process sometime around late 2015. Don Schwenke, Mark
Justin, Jonathan Steele, Robert Heinze and Scotty Van Salter on
mandolin for 'The Utility Safety Song' and Raider Harris on lead
guitar & Perry Pineda on bass for 'My Whole Life'.
The Utility Safety Song
My Whole Life
Through That Door
Don Schwenke's Weird Neighbors -
Don sings these originals songs,
music by Mark Justin
Homeless In Sun Valley
Through That Door
Another friend of mine Mr. Curtis Crotzer
Curtis sent me this song on Facebook and I liked
it so much I added drums and also bass with the help of my
friend Perry Pineda. This song was written & performed by
Curtis Crotzer. This video is currently at my YouTube.com channel...
A song written & performed by
Curtis Crotzer - Blue Planet