In March of 2007, I was asked by my friend, Jon "Bowzer" Bauman of Sha Na Na, to testify before the Nevada State Legislature as a fan, for the passage of the "Truth in Music Bill." This law makes it an unlawful practice for musical groups with no original members to use the name and perform as the original group. Alongside Jon, Maxine Porter (the wife of the late orginal member of the Drifter's, Bill Pinckney), Sonny Turner (former lead singer of the Platters), and Mary Wilson (one of the original Supremes), we presented a strong case for the Senate Committee. The Truth in Music Law was passed in May, 2007.
Nevada is now one of over 30 states that have this law on the books. I am proud and honored for having some small part in passing this important Legislation which protects the rights of those pioneering performers of Rock and Roll.
Rock and Roll quote of the day: "At Erasmus Hall High School we used to harmonize, me and Benny and Aaron and two Italian guys." From "Looking for an Echo" - By Kenny Vance and the Planotones