Saturday, February 06, 2010

The Most Famous Guitarist You've Never Heard Of

Location: Benson, Arizona

Most RV parks that cater to Snow Birds have, in addition to shuffleboard, pool, bingo, cards, and horseshoes (or variations of the same), several group meals during the week, and periodic entertainment such as dances or local bands. Tonight's entertainment combined a dinner and music (for $15): steak or salmon, plus a performer named Ralph Grasso.


A quick Google search found the Ralph has done it all. Remember the guitarist on "I Dream of Genie"? Ralph. "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly"? Ralph. "The Pink Panther"? Ralph. "Peter Gunn Theme"? Ralph. And those are just the tip of the iceberg.

He had stories to tell, from Frank Sinatra to Nelson Riddle to Barbra Streisand. He knew -- well -- Les Paul, and his playing showed the influence the father of the electric guitar had on him. His guitar was a custom made Fender, and sounded as elegant as it looked.

I expected a night of relatively good music -- at best. Instead I got so much more -- a look into the inside of the movie/music industry from one who had lived it. You have heard him all your life, and never knew who he was. Ralph Grasso, thanks for a really fun evening!

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