Memories of the Borscht Belt

Playing the Catskills in its heyday!

James Samman — Pixbay

It was a burning hot/melt-your-face mid-July day in 1981 when the call came in. The lounge band at the Browns Hotel needed a replacement for their guitar player who was leaving for what reason I cannot remember (probably boredom).

Granted, I felt the gig was a little bit beneath me. In the past year, I’d played behind THE MAIN

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William (Dollar Bill) Mersey

William (Dollar Bill) Mersey

I’m just an old lump of coal. But I’m gonna be a diamond someday!