Musical influences probably go back to the children's
lullaby and down-home tunes we all sung, like "Jimmy Crack
Corn" or the spirituals, beginning with "Amazing
As a kid growing up in the '50s, crooners like Perry Como,
Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra always garnered attention
around our household. Greatness is usually apparent, even to
the uninitiated. Occasionally, a unique talent like Louis
Armstrong or Ella Fitzgerald would surface in a mainstream
variety show, and one immediately sensed a specialness in these
African American musicians.
The first record we ever held was "Walk Right In," a folkie
from the early '60s. Then came Dylan and the Beatles and the
Stones, and then the avalanche known as the "British Invasion,"
which competed with our home grown stars, The Beach Boys. And
then it was "on"!
Suddenly, groups like the Byrds, Jefferson Airplane and
Mamas and Papas were flying in the pop music stratosphere. And
then it was really "on"!
In time, the major influences on Jumbulayuh
surfaced. These included Satchmo, Hoagy Carmichael, Bob Marley,
Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, and dozens more who all played their
unique stylings that originated in the Crescent City, the
birthplace of the musical melange known as Fat City.
We thank them all!