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Tom Sparks: Photos

Let's see, where to start with the photos?...well, how about my first band, "The Mixed Emotions", very early on a Sunday morning at Chicago's North Avenue Beach, circa 1966 (L to R: Tom Hoffmann, Pat Shea, John Giacalone and yours truly)
Let's see, where to start with the photos?...well, how about my first band, "The Mixed Emotions", very early on a Sunday morning at Chicago's North Avenue Beach, circa 1966 (L to R: Tom Hoffmann, Pat Shea, John Giacalone and yours truly)
A few years later, here here I am playing guitar with "Northern Front", circa 1972
A few years later, here here I am playing guitar with "Northern Front", circa 1972
This is the only picture I could locate of "Northern Front", the group I spent most of the 1970's with, doing virtually all original material, recording a few records, and having a great time. L to R: Ed Sak, Alex Tiu, Chuck Giorno, me, and Tom Hoffmann
This is the only picture I could locate of "Northern Front", the group I spent most of the 1970's with, doing virtually all original material, recording a few records, and having a great time.  L to R: Ed Sak, Alex Tiu, Chuck Giorno, me, and Tom Hoffmann
Working with Bob Kaider (on right), a great friend and recording engineer extraordinaire, at Lake Recording, circa 1985. He taught me a lot!
Working with Bob Kaider (on right), a great friend and recording engineer extraordinaire, at Lake Recording, circa 1985. He taught me a lot!
Speaking about Bob, here he is with one of his idols, the great Bill Haley in Chicago, circa 1956
Speaking about Bob, here he is with one of his idols, the great Bill Haley in Chicago, circa 1956
Working at Lake Recording, and ending up in a vary grainy picture, circa 1985
Working at Lake Recording, and ending up in a vary grainy picture, circa 1985
The last band I played in, "Danny and the Twisters". L to R: Me, Claud Bianchi, Danny Campos, Chuck Stratton, Carl Bruno and Gary Pahl
The last band I played in, "Danny and the Twisters".  L to R: Me, Claud Bianchi, Danny Campos, Chuck Stratton, Carl Bruno and Gary Pahl
Teri Weston: A great lyricist from Canada whose words always seem to work
Teri Weston: A great lyricist from Canada whose words always seem to work
Nancy T smiling in the studio...
Nancy T smiling in the studio...
....followed closely by Nancy T singing in the studio
....followed closely by Nancy T singing in the studio
Here I am in the studio playing my favorite electric guitar..the Teisco Spectrum 5
Here I am in the studio playing my favorite electric guitar..the Teisco Spectrum 5
The Garritys (Melissa, Megan and Angela)
The Garritys (Melissa, Megan and Angela)
The Garritys with me, taking a break in our yard during our first recording sessions
The Garritys with me, taking a break in our yard during our first recording sessions
Melissa Bauer (The Garritys) playing guitar in the studio (she assured me that the bottle on the piano is root beer)
Melissa Bauer (The Garritys) playing guitar in the studio (she assured me that the bottle on the piano is root beer)
Me, Melissa and our good friend, Zupe at the 2002 Taxi Road Rally in Los Angeles
Me, Melissa and our good friend, Zupe at the 2002 Taxi Road Rally in Los Angeles
This picture doesn't have anything to do with music, but I had to put it in because I look pretty good in it (must be because the large glasses make my chin look smaller...)
This picture doesn't have anything to do with music, but I had to put it in because I look pretty good in it (must be because the large glasses make my chin look smaller...)
Of course, some people think this sketch is a better representation...
Of course, some people think this sketch is a better representation...
Okay, back to music pictures; here I am with my good friend Zupe (on right) at the Taxi Road Rally in Los Angeles
Okay, back to music pictures; here I am with my good friend Zupe (on right) at the Taxi Road Rally in Los Angeles
Stacy Donahue singing in studio
Stacy Donahue singing in studio
A lot of pictures from Horse & Writer will follow; here's a group shot. FR: John, Stacey, Kathy, Angela, Heath, "Senator" MR: Loretta, Skip, Jenny, Ruth BR: Hilde, me, AmyJo, Joey, Rory, Scott, Jan, Jim (sorry-there wasn't room for last names)
A lot of pictures from Horse & Writer will follow; here's a group shot. FR: John, Stacey, Kathy, Angela, Heath, "Senator" MR: Loretta, Skip, Jenny, Ruth BR: Hilde, me, AmyJo, Joey, Rory, Scott, Jan, Jim (sorry-there wasn't room for last names)
Loretta McNair, Hilde Sevens, Amy Jo Ellis, Angela McArthur and Jan Eller performing the song they wrote earlier in the day
Loretta McNair, Hilde Sevens, Amy Jo Ellis, Angela McArthur and Jan Eller performing the song they wrote earlier in the day
Tim Johnson, hit songwriter from Nashville, playing piano
Tim Johnson, hit songwriter from Nashville, playing piano
James Dean Hicks, another Nashville hit songwriter (and also NSAI Vice-President and great performer) plays one of his songs.
James Dean Hicks, another Nashville hit songwriter (and also NSAI Vice-President and great performer) plays one of his songs.
Skip Ewing couldn't get Tim or James off the piano, so he decided to grab his computer and work on cowboy poetry instead
Skip Ewing couldn't get Tim or James off the piano, so he decided to grab his computer and work on cowboy poetry instead
Change the theme for a second....here's another shot of Stacy Donahue singing in the studio
Change the theme for a second....here's another shot of Stacy Donahue singing in the studio
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