The Sunny Side

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My front porch in Old Town Eureka is known as The Sunny Side. Southern exposure, protected from the wind, it is an ideal place to sit and play old timey tunes and watch the parade go by.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Jack Navarro

Fun with Jack and JO

Remember the giant peanut that went to Jimmy Carter in Washington DC? It was carved by this man, Jack Navarro. He also carved the deers at the entrance of Redwood Park in Arcata, as well as those great, large figures scattered around the HSU campus. Jack sat on the hiring committee when I interviewed for a job at HSU and convinced the others to hire me. He trained me to drive the trash truck. He bought the old city dump on Aldergrove and turned it into a beautiful park, refurbished the weigh station into a very comfortable house. He would throw great parties at that place. He passed away about six years ago. He was such a good friend. Nicki found this tape and posted it in My Space. It's so good to see his smiling face once again. And check out the one with Dean Porter playing congas at one of Jack's parties. I was playing keyboard, Larry Rushing on guitar, Mark Rios on drums, Chuck Mayville on bass and Bill Wardrip, harmonica. We called ourselves Razeyerhair.
Dean beating the drums.

Our friend Loretta Del Rey used to play our tapes on her radio show.
*Correction, looking at the Razeyerhair tape more closely I see that is me on rhythm guitar. I would usually play keyboard. And Stan Moyle and Larry Fuller on lead with wah wahs.

5 Comments:

Blogger EkoVox said...

I remember the Jimmy Carter peanut log well. It was sanctioned by the Straight Arrow Coalition. I saw it first in the Bigfoot Daze P-rade in Willow Creek during the peak of the Redwood National Park incident.

Wow, is that you or Frank Zappa playing the red Charvel guitar?

5:54 PM  
Blogger hucktunes said...

That's me. Frank was from Victorville, I was from Pomona. That Charvel was a good guitar. I used to go through a lot of guitars. The last one I had was a Carvin that I ordered special. Koa, ebony with no dots, and a 3x3 head stock. They started offering the 3x3 about a year after I ordered mine. Working the swing shift the way we did the weekend parties were the only chance we got to play. Jack's parties were like festivals. They'd start about noon, have a pig roast and good eats, maybe a wedding or two, and last til the wee hours or all night long. Jack was such a great host.

8:44 PM  
Blogger hucktunes said...

Hey, according to this thread in the Ganesha High School forum Frank Zappa's dad was a substitute teacher in 1967, http://www.ganeshahighschool.com/>. I moved to South Pasadena in the summer of '67.

11:57 PM  
Blogger EkoVox said...

That proves it! You ARE Frank Zappa!

on Jack's parties.....(Maybe a wedding or two?) Wow.

12:39 PM  
Blogger hucktunes said...

Yeah, I'd been to a couple weddings there. One of them Jack's. His parties were really something. The grounds were beautiful. Walking paths that meandered through gardens with his sculptures displayed. A lawn large enough for a game of softball. Volley ball net, the old dump by the creek with great old treasures scattered around. A pig roasting in a pit, a huge tarp with picnic tables and plenty of folding chairs. Kegs upon kegs of beer. Lots of pot luck eats. Anywhere between 50 and 100 people. About four times a year from the early eighties til about 1990. Man, I could tell you some stories. Like the time somebody stole Jack's goat and then had goat burritos to share with everybody at work the next week. Ah, good times.

3:21 PM  

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