I just found out that my friend Johnny has passed. I am so regretful that I did not have the opportunity to see him before he left us surly on to heaven... playing his tunes up there.
I met Johnny and Ruth when I was the Resident Manager of the Westwater Hotel in Olympia. Both he and Ruth were very active in the Sons of Italy and we became good friends...that was in the lat 70's. WHen I became the General Manager of the Roosevelt Hotel in Seattle in 1980, Johnny and his band played 3 night a week for almost 2 years. THEY WERE A HIT!
Over the years I would talk with Johnny and it was always as if we had just talked the day before...He and Ruth were such a great couple together!
I will miss Johnny...but most of all I will remember the great time we had laughing and just having a great time.
Ruth, I will keep you and the kids in my prayers. Will call soon.