The Trusty Black 1977 Gibson Les Paul
The Trusty Black 1977 Gibson Les Paul

I've always liked this photo of my Les Paul Pro. I've owned many throughout the years, but this one speaks to me. After years he got a well deserved make over.

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St Jude Donation
St Jude Donation

The reward for hard work!!! I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for buying my albums and artwork. WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, IN A CHILD'S LIFE.

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The Black Les Paul Makeover
The Black Les Paul Makeover

My trusty Les Paul is getting a well deserved makeover, by the amazing artist Julie Oakes! She's painting a Proud Peacock which is the title track from my Classical album "lost In Control"

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Proud Peacock Guitar
Proud Peacock Guitar

This is my newly painted Proud Peacock guitar, by the fabulous artist: Julie Oaks. This is my Black 1977 Gibson Les Paul Pro that has always been there for me.

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"Love You Down," the Top 10 Billboard hit that I produced and co-wrote. I plugged in my guitar to give them an example of a rock guitar solo, and they loved it. They wouldn't let me do another take. I know I could have done better. : )

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the joker
the joker

One of my painting. See other that are available on the ARTWORK tab

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The 335
The 335

Shortly after purchasing this Gibson 335, I wrote the song "Cruisin' the 335," which is on the album Entropia. I gave the song that title, because it reminds me of cruising on the freeway.

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First Bitter Sweet Alley Photo
First Bitter Sweet Alley Photo

This is the very first time Bitter Sweet Alley ever played out. Jan 1972

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Detroit Free Press Front Page
Detroit Free Press Front Page

After playing for around 20,000 people at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit, MI... I was surprised the next morning to see myself on the cover of The Detroit Free Press!

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Bitter Sweet Alley 1978 Promo
Bitter Sweet Alley 1978 Promo

One of the early Bitter Sweet Alley promotional flyers by the incredible artist Pat Rea

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Harpos 1985 - Mark Farner and Gary Spaniola
Harpos 1985 - Mark Farner and Gary Spaniola

The Guitar Army 1985 at Harpo's in Detroit, MI. What a great time! This photo is of Mark Farner from Grand Funk and myself. When Mark asked me to sing and play with him on their hit song, "I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)," I was blown away!

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St. Judes Donation
St. Judes Donation

The reward for hard work!!! I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for buying my albums. WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, IN A CHILD'S LIFE.

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A fellow Detroiter, J.T. Harding!
A fellow Detroiter, J.T. Harding!

I was at a St. Jude event when I meet a fellow Detroiter, J.T. Harding! Not only an outstanding individual, he has 7 number one hits. I’m sure our paths will cross again.

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Morning Breakfast?
Morning Breakfast?

I've been accused of eating guitar strings for breakfast. Honestly, I'm not crazy enough to pull a guitar string with my teeth, so I loosen the string first.

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My Painting of the Entropia Cover
My Painting of the Entropia Cover

The idea of Entropy comes from a principle of thermodynamics dealing with energy. It usually refers to the idea that everything in the universe eventually moves from order to disorder, and Entropy is the measurement of that change. A common example of Entropy is that of ice melting in water. The resulting change from formed to free, from ordered to disordered increases the Entropy.

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Project One Promo Photo 1986
Project One Promo Photo 1986

A very early promo shot taken for the album Project One

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Seller Sound Studio
Seller Sound Studio

A picture of one of my recording consoles - the Otari. I used it with a lot of vintage outboard gear.

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Bitter Sweet Alley - my musical brothers, intertwined by a dream
Bitter Sweet Alley - my musical brothers, intertwined by a dream

Promo Picture 1982

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Upright - Painting
Upright - Painting

I posted some of my painting on social media, and got such a great response... I decided to sell prints certain ones. All money received will be donated to St. Jude.

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Harpos 1985 - Randy California and Gary Spaniola
Harpos 1985 - Randy California and Gary Spaniola

The Guitar Army 1985 at Harpo's in Detroit, MI. This photo is of Randy California (from the group Spirit) and myself. I was excited about singing harmony on the song "Nature's Way." If you don't know the song, check it out. Great tune!

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Sunnyside from the Album Entropia
Sunnyside from the Album Entropia

Sunnyside is the name of a country road that my wife Erica's brother Chris... did NOT live on! :) When he passed away, I thought my emotions would lead me to write a sad song, but every time I thought of Chris, I could only recall him smiling and laughing… which delivered me the song Sunnyside - that nearby country road in West Virginia that Chris always liked the sound of... I know his new address is "Sunnyside."

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Beatles In 'G'
Beatles In 'G'

Homemade do it yourself videos can be fun!

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Seller Sound Studio
Seller Sound Studio

Another picture from Seller Sound Studio back in the day. Of all the studios that I designed and built, this was my favorite!

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Gary Spaniola Starts His Career at 11.
Gary Spaniola Starts His Career at 11.

What's up with this... I'm not even playing a chord!? I still have this guitar in my collection. It's a Galaxy VI and it cost $39.00. I really wanted a particular black and green guitar, but my mom said it was too much at $69. : )

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Sir Paul McCartney
Sir Paul McCartney

I had the pleasure of talking with Paul McCartney back in June of 1984. We were at George Martin's recording studio AIR, on Oxford Street in London. It was an incredible, overwhelming experience.

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Atom Dance from the Album Entropia
Atom Dance from the Album Entropia

When writing "Atom Dance," I came up with the guitar riff first. Then, I wanted something very different for the chorus. For some reason, I played six different major sevenths chords (which is kind of strange), and it all came together. The guitar melody on top of the chorus is why I named the song "Atom Dance." I've never heard a chorus with that many notes. Since atoms move around so fast, I figured it was the perfect name for the song.

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"Atom Dust," Intro to "Atom Dance" Video
"Atom Dust," Intro to "Atom Dance" Video

Atom Dust is a song I wrote back in the last 80's for NASA. I was hired to write music for a video they had of an animated asteroid hitting the Earth. I always liked the suspense of the track.

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Back in the Days of Bitter Sweet Alley
Back in the Days of Bitter Sweet Alley

My 1968 Gold Top... what a great guitar!

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Today's Studio!
Today's Studio!

These days you can create anywhere! Modern digital features such as recall capabilities and vintage simulation holds no boundaries.

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Back in the Days of Bitter Sweet Alley
Back in the Days of Bitter Sweet Alley

The purple shirt

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Bitter Sweet Alley at Pineknob
Bitter Sweet Alley at Pineknob

Bitter Sweet Alley at the outdoor arena Pineknob in Clarkston, Michigan.

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Java Bean Bear
Java Bean Bear

He's my little engineer, that never talks back. :)

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Back in the Days of Bitter Sweet Alley
Back in the Days of Bitter Sweet Alley

This is crazy... back in the day, I used to sew a lot of my own clothes. I usually couldn't find what I wanted at stores, and when I did, they were way too expensive. I remember making this shirt - cool memories!

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BSA - "Time To Move" on the radio
BSA - "Time To Move" on the radio

Always a great feeling to hear a song of yours on the radio - almost 40 years later!

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My Dad's Stash
My Dad's Stash

After my father passed away, we were cleaning out his house. I found these in his drawer. Not sure how he got so many, but it brought a smile to my face. I do miss him.

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My Beatles Brick
My Beatles Brick

This brick is from Abbey Road (EMI) Studio #2 where The Beatles recorded most of their songs. If only bricks could talk.

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Jimmy Page and Peter Grant
Jimmy Page and Peter Grant

BSA had the honor of playing in front of Led Zeppelin. We were playing in a hotel ballroom and in walked Zeppelin! Maybe I'll post some of my more interesting stories.

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