|Keep up with Mark:
The first concert I saw was The Beatles in 1966:
Piano, Organ, Synth, & Vocals
Mark has been playing music since age ten and grew up in Uniontown, Pennsylvania in a family where
music was a part of every day life. There was a big music room with a huge stereo and tons of records
to listen to the latest hits, plus a piano, Farfisa organ, drum kit, bass, 6-string acoustic, 6-string electric,
12-string electric/acoustic, several amps, an autoharp, clarinet, flute, microphones, two reel-to-reel
tape decks and an encouraging atmosphere for friends to drop by and listen, play and create music.
His very first band came about in 1964 with best friends Larry Boyd on guitar and Dean Riggar on
drums, learning songs by The Beatles and anything they could figure out from the British invasion.
In August 1966 the 3 teenagers took the train alone from Connellsville to Philadelphia (were our
parents CRAZY ?) to see The Beatles in concert at JFK stadium during the Fab Fours final year of
touring. Mark's influences have always included The Beatles.....plus....The Rolling Stones, The Mama’s
& The Papa’s, The Byrds and the many artists of Motown.
During high school, Mark was the bass player for
The Ovations and later while at Penn State, the lead singer and keyboard player for United and United
2. He went on to Salem College to major in music before moving to San Diego to jam around southern
California during his "hippie" phase. Returning to Pennsylvania he taught private music lessons for
beginner piano and guitar students and also worked with the Kawai Piano Company in Pittsburgh.
His current equipment list includes a Roland Digital Piano,
Previa Keyboard, Alesis Synthesizer, Fender Stratacoustic
Electric Guitar, Yamaha Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele, Crate
Amp and Alesis Keyboard Amp plus a Cello, Console Piano and a Baby Grand Piano at his home.
Mark has jammed and played with a number of local bands including The Airplane Graveyard, Stereo
Vibe and Crossroads that preceded the creation of The Woo Hoo Band.
|Yesterday And Today
Released June 20, 1966
The original controversial "Butchers" cover by photographer
Robert Whitaker, was pasted over after 750,000 copies were recalled by
My Golden Anniversary
Playing the Piano
|A rare image now headed for auction is one of just six taken during a 10-
minute photoshoot of the Fab Four outside Abbey Road studios in St.
John's Wood, northwest London. The photo is expected to fetch up to
$14,000 when it's offered on May 22, 2012.
In the original image, photographed in August 1969, John Lennon (in his
white suit) leads the group from left to right in a crosswalk. A Volkswagen
Beetle sits in the background. Ringo Starr follows Lennon. Behind him is
a barefoot Paul McCartney and George Harrison brings up the rear. (Want
to read more than you ever cared to about why McCartney being barefoot
and out of step with the others is actually a clue to his covered-up 1966
death? Do an Internet search of “Paul is dead.”)
|~ June 2012~
Peter Blake, pop artist who created the original cover, remakes his
artwork 45 years after the 1967 release of The Beatles iconic "Sgt.
Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" LP.
|New famouse faces (above) include:
Amy Winehouse, Francis Bacon, Alfred Hitchcock, Kate Moss, Mick Jagger, JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, Vidal Sassoon, Paul McCartney, Agatha Christie,
David Bowie, Twiggy, Stella McCartney, Mary McCartney - (both Sir Paul's daughters), Vivienne Westwood, Helen Mirren, Eric Clapton, Elton John,
Shirley Bassey, Noel Gallagher, Richard Rogers, Elvis Costello, Peter Blake and the Monty Python "foot"......plus...............
plenty of other British Lords, Sirs, Dames & Ladys.
|Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - cover artwork:
The Grammy Award-winning album packaging was art-directed by Robert Fraser, designed by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth, his wife and
artistic partner, and photographed by Michael Cooper. It featured a colourful collage of life-sized cardboard models of famous people on the
front of the album cover and the lyrics printed in full on the back cover, the first time this had been done on a rock LP. In the guise of the Sgt.
Pepper band, the Beatles were dressed in custom-made military-style outfits made of satin dyed in day-glo colours. The suits were designed by
Manuel Cuevas. Among the insignia on their uniforms are: MBE medals on McCartney's and Harrison's jackets, the Royal Coat of Arms of the
United Kingdom on Lennon's right sleeve and an Ontario Provincial Police flash on McCartney's sleeve.
In the centre of the cover, the Beatles stand behind a drum on which are painted the words of the album's title; the drum was painted by
fairground artist Joe Ephgrave. The collage depicted around 60 famous people, including writers, musicians, film stars, and (at Harrison's
request) a number of Indian gurus. The final grouping included Marlene Dietrich, Carl Gustav Jung, W.C. Fields, Diana Dors, Bob Dylan, Issy
Bonn, Marilyn Monroe, Aldous Huxley, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Sigmund Freud, Aleister Crowley, T. E. Lawrence, Lewis Carroll, Edgar Allan Poe,
Karl Marx, Sir Robert Peel, Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, Marlon Brando, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, and Lenny Bruce. Also included was the
image of the original Beatles' bassist, the late Stuart Sutcliffe. Pete Best said in a later NPR interview that Lennon borrowed family medals from
his (Best's) mother Mona for the shoot, on condition that he did not lose them. Adolf Hitler and Jesus Christ were requested by Lennon, but
ultimately they were left out. A photo also exists of a rejected cardboard printout with a cloth draped over its head; its identity is unknown. The
final cost for the cover art was nearly £3,000 (equivalent to £40,606 today) an extravagant sum for a time when album covers would typically
cost around £50.