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He had a group from Detroit that he worked with, and they had long hair. And I promoted ’em — I had a club called the Mardi Gras over on Wilshire Boulevard at the Park Wilshire Hotel.The Seeds’ big hit was "Pushin’ Too Hard" —
Right, Sky wrote that in the front seat of my car. We taped the album at Western Recorders Studio. It took a long time to get the good take on that song; I finally had to bring in some of my other musicians. On most of the album tracks, they played, but I added to it. You know, I wanted to have it solid — it’s gotta sound good musically or it won’t sell.
Meanwhile, I was still touring, with the Coasters and a few others. And I worked with Bobby Fuller. He used to come in and sing with me, and I’d encourage and help him. You ever hear of Kim Fowley? He’s a strange guy. He lived upstairs at my club. I had an apartment up there, and he needed a place to stay. "Alley Oop," he made that tune.This is getting way too eclectic, Jimmie.
Big Jay McNeeley and I played clubs together, and I made records with the Johnny Otis Band, too. Johnny and I became good friends, he got me in with Jackie Kelso, all those guys.Next thing you’ll be telling me you also played country & western —
I was on the Spade Cooley show on KTLA. Then I worked with Tex Williams, he did "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke That Cigarette." I got to know Gene Autry. Homer Escamilla, he was a big writer, he wrote a tune that I recorded. And the other guy I worked with was Dusty Walker. He worked at KTLA, he had his own show. He was on every night for a half hour.Jimmie, you’re a versatile musician, no doubt about it. But I’ll bet you’ve still got a jones for jazz.
Yeah. I’m a jazz guy.When you pick up your sax, are you still making new discoveries?
Every day. You know, Benny Carter is 92, and I talk to him all the time. And you know what I found out? You have to reinvent yourself all the time if you want to stay in the music business. You can’t stand still. So now I’m promoting music festivals, and I’m working with a mariachi group. I’m picking up on what’s happening.Jimmie Maddin jams at the Capri Lounge, 1134 N. Pacific Ave. in Glendale, every Saturday, 9 p.m.–2 a.m.; (818) 956-8738. Jimmie also plays at Highland Grounds, 742 N. Highland Ave., every second Thursday of the month; (323) 466-1507. For latest news and schedule, check out Jimmie’s Web page at http://members. aol.com/caprijazz.