Some Interesting Stories

Hello. On this page I would like to share some personal stories about Focus II and Music Emporium. If you have any comments or would like to share your story, you can e-mail me at TomLoVarco@aol.com. Thanks

A Stray Cats start and our first big deal

In 1978 Leon Drucker, who later became Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats, was teaching bass lessons at Focus II. He is a great bass player and an amazing musician. His parents are Stanley and Naomi Drucker. Both very talented musicians. Stanley was the principal clarinetest for the New York Philharmonic. Back then Leon had long hair tied back in a pony tail that went half way down his back and taught everyone during his lesson how to play Paul McCartney’s bass line to I Saw Her Standing There. He comes into to work one day looking completely different with his hair cut and combed into this giant pompadour. He said that he and his band where leaving for England because there was a rockabilly revival going on there. We wished him luck and off he went. A few months later I got a call from him in England  saying that they had met with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and he needed to order some equipment from us. Being in business for just a short time we hadn’t had an order like this yet. It was guitar and bass amps, a sound system and some accessories. All totaled over $30,000.  And we had to ship it to England. When the order came in it filled the whole store as we waited for Rockit Cargo to come and pick it up. The Stray Cats went on to great success in the early 80’s. I later sold a Gretsch Country Gentleman to Brian Setzer that originally belonged to my first guitar teacher.

 

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