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 Grace."

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!