SOME OF DON’S EARLY BANDS

 

Don got an early start performing music. Probably his first public appearance (much to his Mother’s horror) was, at four years old, singing cowboy songs with a guitar and a coffee cup (for coins) Don got an early start performing music. Probably his first public appearance (much to his Mother’s horror) was, at four years old, singing cowboy songs on his Chicago street corner.  (Don was trying to raise money to support his widowed Mommy.)  Piano recitals and playing clarinet, trombone and baritone horn in grammar and high school band concerts followed. In one of Don’s Chicago early 1960s rock bands, the Fantasys (which became the Bel-Aires, then the Servels), Carl Bonafede — later Chicago’s “Screaming Wild Man” — joined in on vocals.