I started out as a folk singer playing in coffee houses in Western Canada and in Calgary that I met Michel Choquette, a comic folksinger also traveling a similar circuit. Our love for the song, Shimmy Like My Sister Kate led us to form a comedy duo, The Times Square Two. The duo took us all over Canada, the US and even to England where we opened for the Mothers of Invention at the Royal Albert Hall. We also performed in college concerts, nightclubs and on TV with the most incredible artists. Ah the sixties! Here’s a shot from the Dean Martin show with Lena Horne, Victor Borge, Sid Caesar and Dean. I was too young to realize how fortunate I was.
I never dreamt that the early Brian De Palma horror/comedy/musical, Phantom of the Paradise would become a cult classic. It was embraced from the very beginning by the town of Winnipeg, Canada where it ran in one cinema every Saturday for an entire year and unwittingly became the babysitter for hundreds if not thousands of teens and pre-teens who would sometimes sit through five showings in a day. On its fortieth anniversary, those now grown up die-hard fans brought the entire cast up to Winnipeg to bring the unrecognized masterpiece back to life. It was like being a Beatle for a weekend. I’ve returned several times since then and each time it’s been a magical experience.