Monday, May 9, 2011

Dr. Breeze ~ One of my favorite artists ever ;-)

Dr Breeze is Wilk McKean. Born and raised in New Orleans, he grew up with the sounds of Dixieland jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop. At the age of ten, his grandfather bought him a trumpet and he learned the basics of music, hoping to be the next Al Hirt. In 1964, his life changed forever when he heard the Beatles on the radio. He bought his first guitar at the age of twelve and like the song said "played until my fingers bled". He was playing his first professional gigs by the age of fifteen, and by the time he was legal to be in clubs, he had already played his share of them. He played in groups with names like The Shadows of Eternity, Potter's Field and Bayou. During this time, he also had the opportunity to work as a vocalist in some of the areas top recording studios. In addition to working in studios and playing, he was also compiling a nice collection of original music. He also wrote and sold a couple of radio jingles. In 1979, he helped form a group called Flite, a group which continued to be a popular musical influence on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain for over twenty-five years until the tragic loss of drummer and founding member, Kevin Frere. He stayed with Flite playing numerous venues including clubs, weddings, private parties, Mardi Gras balls and fairs until 1989.

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