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Ray Iodice
At the tender age of 9, I asked my parents to buy me a guitar and pay for lessons. They said if I bought the guitar, they would pay for the lessons. It took me weeks of paper route money, but I finally saved the huge cost for that Gibson guitar of $30! (Money went a lot further in 1950’s and 1960’s!) I started playing in bands when I was about 13 years old. By the time I reached high school, the British invasion by the Beatles and other English groups had reached fever levels and the local bands changed from primarily playing music, like Dick Dale and the Ventures, to playing music and singing. I must admit, I enjoyed both playing and singing.
I eventually met Gerry, Paul, Kenny and Mike, and we made the Good Feelins come alive. The Good Feelins was the best group I had ever experienced. It was a unique group as we all had a contribution to make, and we all were part of our unique sound and live performance. I have many fond memories of the Good Feelins performing with some of the biggest groups in the country, including the Rolling Stones and the Animals, and signing the recording contract with Liberty Records. Unfortunately, the Viet Nam War came to life, and the Good Feelins broke up. I continued in college and, until my graduation, continued to play as a musician, but only as a replacement, as I never joined another group. I then entered the far less exciting world of finance.
After 40 years when the Good Feelins finally got together again and reentered the recording studio, not only did the music flow as if we had never stopped playing together, so did the personal interactions. We may be older, but the magic is still there!