It might require a few seconds for the gallery of photos to load. Click on the first photo, then on the arrow at the right edge of each photo to slide through 40-odd photos. Admittedly, most were brief encounters, but some became friends. I met the musicians primarily as a result of doing concert photography and interviews for the books I have written. Others I met backstage at concerts and shows or at classic car events.
There are dozens of other sports stars and musicians I have met over the years. In the days before selfies were ubiquitous, it was much more difficult to get photos with celebrities. There had to be a third person to take the photo, and if you had a good camera they had to be able to operate it correctly (see the blurry photo of me and Bonnie Raitt).
Those encounters not recorded on film include Julia Roberts, Gregory Peck, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Rosario Dawson, Mike Modano, Brandon Routh, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Patti Griffin, Randy Newman, Buddy Guy, Bob Hope, John Houseman, Iggy Pop, David Lindley, George Martin (the Beatles’ producer), Michael Palin (Monty Python), John Sebastian, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Kevin Spacey, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, Johnny Winter, Brian Setzer and scores of other musicians.
And one more: my childhood friend and fellow Boy Scout, Todd Durham. A screenplay writer, his creations include the Hotel Transylvania movie franchise. I’ve seen him several times in Los Angeles, but he is notorious for not wanting his picture taken. His was the first smart phone I ever saw. Internet without wires – unbelievable. (Okay, I was a little slow to the party.)
Paul McCartney 2005. I still can't believe it!
Tommy Shannon - Double Trouble bass player
Billy Gibbons - ZZ Top 2012
Nick Mason - Pink Floyd 2016
Renée Zellweger 2014 and Laura at a Grammy Museum party in Los Angeles.
Brock Peters - auto designer 2019
Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters 2011
Bonnie Raitt 2009 receiving copy of my book
Les Paul after his show at the Iridium, NYC 2007
Geoff Emerick, Beatles studio engineer (center) with my buddies Jamie and Debi 2006
James Earl Jones - actor and voice of Darth Vader 2006
Charlie Sexton, then of the ARC Angels
Doyle Bramhall II, then of the ARC Angels & Eric Clapton's band 2005
Los Lonely Boys - the Garza Brothers 2003
Greg Martin - Kentucky Headhunters; Joe Cook - SRV's uncle
Post rehearsal with Greg Martin and my buddies Jason and Jamie
"The" Doyle Bramhall 1998
Kim Wilson - Fabulous Thunderbirds
B.B. King - The King of the Blues 1994 after I interviewed him
B.B. King - The King of the Blues 1993 on his tour bus
Stevie Ray Vaughan's niece Tina Vaughan (left) and mother Martha Vaughan (right) and my buddy Beverly next to Martha 1998.
Janna Lapidus LeBlanc and Laura. Buddy Slim sneaking up behind us! Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2015
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, and my buddy Jamie
Jerry Allison and Joe B. Mauldin of Buddy Holly & the Crickets
Anthony Hopkins, and my date Melissa
Robin Williams, obviously exhausted, but gracious, after his show
Beatles drummer Pete Best's brother Rory, and Tony Bramwell, Beatles road manager, Apple Films director and assistant to Brian Epstein. Tony was our guide in Liverpool.
Teller of the magician duo Penn & Teller, NYC 2015
Terry Jones of Monty Python
Dallas Mavericks legend Rolando Blackman (far left) and GM Donnie Nelson (far right) in the Mavs' locker room
Dallas Mavericks' GM Donnie Nelson and 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Champion Spud Webb, with Mavericks championship ring.