Throughout the 60's and on through the 70's there was a chain of "Show Clubs", across the nation, called the "Pussycat A Go Go". The one in Las Vegas, Nevada was the biggest and most popular. And was the "hub". Located right in the middle of the "Strip", "Show" bands from all over would arrive to showcase their talent. This is where "local" bands from all over the country would come to be seen "doing their thing", by people and "stars", from everywhere... Plus get "PAID!"
The first time I appeared at the Pussycat, was with Harvey Kaye and the Larks. A seven piece band w/horns. We were booked for 4 weeks, we got held over Eleven. This was in the middle 60's.....and I'm still in the curcuit. As the Casinos grew in larger numbers and size, The Vegas Pussycat became a landmark and a legend. You see, after all of the "Big" name acts finished their shows for the nite/morning, the Pussycat was where "they" would come to be entertained, and/or "sit in." I mean, from 6:00 am until whenever, you might see "anybody". I've jamed with some of the greatest performers of our times on that stage (and theirs). And some of the best musicians, from some of the "baddest" orchrestras! 70 percent of the clubs/casino/hotel's music, in the Vegas curcuit, were "showtunes/pop music". The rest was country music. "I can actually say that I/me/Kynne brought Funk to Las Vegas. And that's a fact!" Check it out.....try beginning in 1964! (rockyn news) Another continuing story
The "TRIPLITES" (back-to-front) Donnie Brown, Fred Arigon Gary Lindsey, Kynne Winston (middle) Bobby Ingram (far right) Jerry Steinbough, Bill Rodgers During the late 60's and early 70's this band broke all kinds of records in Reno, Las Vegas, Hawaii, and California. This band could fill a "room" in seconds and received a whole lotta' standing ovations....... really! We saved each others careers and had a Ball! (trippin' w/the Lights)
Moving into the 70's, I had the real pleasure and fortune of being able to create my own style band (Triplites). At a time when we were all in a "musical time change". I mean, from love songs w/smooth voices and strings....to guitars, horns and the ole "gravel voice". From the Rightous Brothers, Chilites sound - to the Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone kind of a thing! And most of us, at that time, played Caeser's Palace, the Flamingo, Tropicana, Hacienda and, of course, the Pussycat. (kynstrip) (to be continued)