"[I was] playing at a strip club in Fort Worth with Dusty Hill for $10 a night. At the time, I was in a high school band, but we went to the strip club to audition one Friday night. We didn't get the job, but Dusty's brother's band, the American Blues were there and they hired me as their drummer. So I had to leave my high school band. That was about 1965."Soon he could play songs like "Night Train" and "The Stripper" in his sleep. Pretty soon Frank got tired of that and hooked up with Dusty and Rocky in a band called The Warlocks.
"It's an idea that I came up with a long time ago when the first double pedal came out, and that second pedal was on a spring. So, I thought about the idea of using the spring or outboard pedal, and not putting a pedal in front of the main pedal. I tried it out, but it didn't work because the spring made the action slow. We did an African tour a couple of years ago, and after I got off the tour, my wife and my family went on a safari of Kenya and Tanzania. I became fascinated with the drums down there. When I came back home, I got together with John Douglas, who is a complete genius, an excellent musician, and my drum technician and we worked out my ideas."In addition to having produced a fine (but sparse) canon of work they will also stay in the record books as having the longest beards in musical history - although one member, the inappropriately named Frank Beard, was clean-shaven for years.
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