In the early sixties, Bill Medley and I formed a duo called the Romancers. We each wrote a song and made a demo on the old disk format called 45ís. Sometime later, we formed a quartet named the Paramours by adding Mike Reiter and Roger Scott. Roger married, left the group, and Sal Fasulo replaced him as our tenor.
The Paramours signed a contract with Mercury Records on their subsidiary labeló Smash Records. Bill was our lead singer, and we recorded a Medley originalóThatís The Way We Love ó The Paramours. The tune didnít hit the charts, but we did have some guest TV appearances.
Sal Fasulo left the group and Bobby Hatfield took his place. We recorded another Medley songóThere She Goes and continued working clubs as the Paramours. It soon became obvious that Bobby and Bill were destined for greater things. They were a perfect vocal match, so they recorded, as a duo, a Medley original called Latin Lupe Lou. That record launched their careers as the Righteous Brothers.
I kept working clubs, finished college, and became a teacher. After retiring from teaching, I moved to Mexico and lived there for eleven years. During that time, I married a Mexican gal who had graduated from the university as an accountant.
Nine years later, we filed immigration papers for my wife, and we now live in Las Vegas. We both love it here. I started writing after the move, and my first manuscript earned me a contract to publish my book, Incidents at Balboa, with Siren BookStrand.
With writing, Iíve found the good life, but it comes with an increase in responsibility and stress. The life of an author is as difficult as the life of a musician. Itís a constant roller coaster, yet itís a good ride. In the end, itís all about enjoying the journey. If thereís a monetary gain, itís a bonus for doing what you love.