The Day Rock n’ Roll Came To Town.
For Larry, everything really got rolling for him on February 9, 1964, when he witnessed the second event which would further his path along the long and winding road into the music business. That was the night the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan Show. The following day in the cafeteria at school, he and a few friends agreed that rock n’ roll was the life for them. Their eyes had been opened to an opportunity that had never before seemed real, let alone attainable. Already playing steel guitar at this time, an art that he quipped he was not very good at, it wouldn’t take long for him to form a band.
“The Beatles’ performance that night is when my intensity for my involvement in the music business started,” he said. He explained that Mannford High School where he attended had maybe 40 students in his class. The majority of these kids had an old car or at least access to their parents’ cars and thus had a life if you will. The remaining students, of which group he was in, are what Larry called the “school bus boys… the guys with no girlfriends, future or even reason to live,” he jokingly quips, were the ones most affected by the Beatles’ performance.