NAME: Steve Gillette
BAND AFFILIATION: Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, concertina, banjo, some fiddle on occasion and vocal harmonies
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I think for me it might have been the Kingston Trio’s second album, “Live at the Hungry I.”
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … This is really the dark ages, but Mississippi John Hurt came to my college, Bud & Travis did, too, but I had been to the Ash Grove in Los Angeles to see Flatt & Scruggs before that.
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … I had some plywood tenor (four string) guitars and a ukulele, but the first GOOD guitar was a 1947 Martin D-18 that my dad bought at a local music store for $50.
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … I sang for my fourth grade class and played the ukulele that my uncle had given me. The song was “The Peanut Song” – “Peanut sitting on a railroad track, his heart was all a-flutter. Around the bend came the 5:14, toot, toot, peanut butter.”
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … At UCLA, we had a bluegrass group called the Valley Boys (this was long before we had ever heard about Valley girls). Our material was Greenbriar Boys, Gibson & Camp and the Carter Family. We had a reunion last spring, and we weren’t half bad. We played the UCLA Spring Sing on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl in 1961, and Spike Jones was the emcee.