steve_flyerThe Club House on PCH, where in the 60s and 70s, acts like Ike & Tina Turner, the Drifters and other world class entertainers performed, clear up to James Harman in the 80s. Closed

The Long Beach Blues Festival, which began at Vet’s Stadium in 1980, produced by KLON, grew to about 20,000 in attendance, a twin to the Grand Prix in putting Long Beach on the map. The acts were great, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Jr. Wells, John Lee Hooker, and the weather was fine, for the most part, except for the tornado-like winds that almost blew the stage down on Etta James. Ended by new KKJZ management.

The Southern California Blues Society parties at the now-depreciated Edgewater Hotel, where many of the greats performing at the Blues Festival stayed. Over.

Bogarts at Marina Pacifica where we were lucky enough to see Alex Chilton, Top Jimmy and Buddy Guy, not together, each in different shows. And the side room where world class blues talent also entertained. Closed.

The Amphitheater downtown where we saw Curtis Mayfield, the Texas Tornados with Doug Sahm and Freddy Fender, Nancy Wilson, the Fifth Dimension, the Limeliters, all free and all great. Not even a hole in the ground to remind us of who passed through here.

The Southern California Doo Wop Society, which put on memorable shows with legendary doo wop and R&B acts – where else could you see the Dubs (“Chapel Of Dreams”), the Counts (“Darling Dear”) and the Solitaires (“Walking Along”) – at the Petroleum Club, which devolved into nothing through jealousies promoted by inept leadership.

The Big Time Blues Festival, which competed against the Long Beach Blues Festival in the 1990s, less jam-packed and all-around friendlier vibe. Promoters called it a day. Harmonica Blow Downs and other great blues acts at the Golden Sails on PCH in the late 1980s. Ended.

The Cal State Long Beach Extension Division history of rock and roll classes in 1983 and 1984 with guests like Johnny Otis, Richard Berry and Hank Ballard and a party at the end of every class session. Wait a second…

We might not have the first eight things anymore, but the son-of-the rock and roll roots class will start up this Sunday, May 18 at 4 P.M. at Mike Bachin’s Rivers End Café on the beach at 1st St. & Ocean in Seal Beach. Promises to be a good turnout. Hear roots rock and roll/R&B you’ve probably never heard before on original discs with descriptions and discussion. The class is free, but parking, not so free.

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Steve Propes

Steve Propes was born in Berkeley, California and has lived for decades in Long Beach, graduating from Wilson High School and Long Beach State College. Since the mid-1950s, Steve has listened to R&B and rock and roll on the radio and since 1960, actively in cruised Hody's and collected 45 rpm records. Hody's is gone; the records remain.

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