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Musicians Contact was created due to the Vietnam War The Source For Jobs Since 1969 Musicians & industry personnel receiving this email: 61,397


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Say what? Without the Vietnam War there would have been no Musicians Contact? Yes, and here's why. First, you have to remember that back in 1967 there were NO places to advertise for bands and musicians to find each other except for word of mouth and music store bulletin boards. No other sources, no classifieds in newspapers, nothing.

At this time, I was a 19 year old lead singer in a rock band, The Shades of Dawn, (great name in 1967, huh?), playing 5 nights a week as a house band at Gazzarri's, (now called The Key Club), on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. We were earning just enough to actually support ourselves playing covers and originals. Gazzarri's was unique in that it rotated 2 or 3 bands a night - as one band finished on one stage another would start on the opposite side of the club. (Why doesn't some genius club owner try this today?) Anyway, we were playing there just a year after The Doors had made the place famous, and this was still 10 years before Van Halen rocked the place every weekend.

By July of 1967 the Vietnam War was in full swing and our guitarist was drafted into the Army. A few weeks later our drummer was also drafted. We tried in vain to find replacements so we could continue working. I even remember appealing to the audience over the microphone, asking if anyone knew a drummer or guitarist! So the Vietnam War broke the band up, not the usual personality clashes or girlfriend problems.

A couple years went by. I drifted in and out of day jobs and went to a broadcasting school. In the summer of 1969 it dawned on me to start a referral service for musicians to connect to each other, and Musicians Contact was born. I rented an office upstairs in the Whisky a Go Go for $75 a month, and, as they say, the rest is history. To read what happened thereafter, click So, without the Vietnam War, who knows, I may have never gotten inspired to start this business. Hope you enjoyed this brief history lesson.

Happy Holidays to all and keep the music LIVE!

Sterling Howard, owner/founder 818-888-7879



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