Regi's RockersBoogie Woogie und Oldies mit Reggie am Piano.
Aus den USA - strengt Eure Englisch-Kenntnisse an:
Rockiní Regi is celebrating his return to Munich with a reunion gig at The Schwabinger Podium june 30th He is also celebrating his fourty-sixth year in show business! here is a little history.
Regiís early days were rock and roll bands in Denver Colorado where he grew up and the San Francisco peninsula. In 1976 Regi led his own band REGIíS ROCKERS to Europe. They paid their own way over by selling as much of their possesions as possible to finance the trip, then bought an open ended round trip ticket the cheapest way they could find. They rode a bus across The United States from San Francisco to New York (singin all the way and very popular on the bus), flying to Luxembourg. originally the idea was to go to Paris. Regi had read about his heroes like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins going to Paris in the thirties and figured they could be playing in a club in San Francisco or a club in Paris and they could be much more unique in Paris, but someone had mentioned that Munich was a good university town that loved American music so they decided to go there instead. After a good nights rest they took a train to Amsterdam to buy gear because they had heard that A'dam was a place where people dumped stuff to return to America. "we didn't have any agenda other than to play music and we didn't have any gigs or anyplace to stay. we basically were traveling on blind faith in our own abilities to make it happen. We would make it up as we went. When we arrived we would each go a different way looking for a place to stay, music stores to buy gear, and possible venues to play our music. We agreed to play anyplace they would pay us. We bought a van from a traveler in front of the American Express store then collectively bought a pa system and each bought our own instraments amps etc.As soon as we bought our gear we played an audition in a music club and was offered six nights, but not consecutively so we decided to stay in Amsterdam. For the first month we moved in with Dutch families and eventually all found our own places. gigs started to come in and we stayed for six months with a ten day trip to London along with our new friends "The Pride of Texas" another mostly American band we met in Amsterdam. This is the band Willy Ray was in and he would join us on stage and honk that sax like a true texas tenor. We loved Willie Ray and we would jam all night sometimes going home at seven in the morning. life in A'dam was good but we wanted to get to Munich and have new adventures. In August we left for Munich and upon arrival went to the marienplatz to sing and make connections. We would sing and play (Regi on melodica) then, when we had a good audience, we would ask if anybody had a place for us to stay for a night or two. Somebody did come to us and offer us a place for a couple of nights and also took us to the englisher garden for our first introduction to life in Munich. We went into Schwabing and at a gastatte on leopold strasse, a waiter told us about some of the local clubs. Our first gig was at the Alte Burg on bismarck str. where we did the same thing asking people in the audience if they had any places where we could stay and several people came to our rescue giving us our start. This is where we met a young kid playing harmonica in the audience so we got him on stage with us. i think it was his first time to play with a band. we thought he sounded great and we had him sit in with us whenever he came around. his name was Thomas. i think he goes by the name Harmonica Slim. Soon after we heard from Willy Ray that he wanted to join us in Munich. We had an upcoming gig in Osnabrucke and met him there and he became part of the band. We soon were playing at other clubs like Memoland and then The Podium which became our hot spot and nearly our home away from home. We loved the people that ran the place Fredl and Renate Vogel were more than generous and helped us get permission to stay (unsere aufenthalts erlaubnes) we ended up staying for four years including performances in Monte Carlo, Genf, Copenhagen, Monte Carlo, Freiburg, Nurnburg, Augsburg, Garmisch, and an appearance at the 1977 Montreaux Jazz Festival. We started a country group on the side called Willy Ray and the Saddle Sores with Regi switching to acoustic guitar and Willy Ray playing piano adding Steve Small on pedal steel and Rudiger Helbig on Banjo. Eventually we split into two groups each with a few new members. this is where Jim Klopfenstein and Eddie Taylor came into the picture.
We met many people and made many life long friends. Regi has returned to Munich three times since he left in 1980 and each time he has played at the Podium, often seeing people return to their "stammplatz" to hear Regi's Rockers rock out again. After Europe, Regi returned to the states with extended stays in Hawaii and New Orleans. Now Based out of San Jose California, he currently plays in several bands, The great oldies band DADDY-O, surf band CALIFORNIA BEACH PARTY, a variety band called SHARK SANDWICH and a boogie woogie piano duo called THE WOOGIEMEN and Johnny Z and the Camaros at the world famous Gold Dust Bar in the heart of San Francisco, to name a few.
Regi has always been a fan and student of the blues. in 1975 he met the great bluesman/songwriter Willie Dixon and was taught several of Willie's songs. he also became a distributor of Willie's
"Spoonful" and "yambo" record labels. While touring europe in the 70's, Regi met and played fourhanded piano with pianists/Bluesmen Willie Mabon ( he recorded the 1951 classic "I Don't Know" on the Chess label ) and New Orleans ex-patriate Champion Jack Dupree. He also got a thumbs up from New Oleans legendary songwriter/producer Allen Tousaint after Allen caught Regi's act in New Oleans French Quarter.
Regi's current band Daddy-O has backed up and opened shows for many rock and roll oldies groups including the Drifters, the Platters, Mary Wells, the Coasters, Al Jardin of the Beach Boys, the Marvelettes, Gary Lewis, Badfinger, Mitch Ryder, Jan and Dean, Wolfman Jack, The Association, Johnny Rivers, and more