|The River Inn Resort, Brownville Nebraska|
Among the friends was 82-year-old Randy Sparks, founder of the New Christy Minstrels. He had some great stories to tell over a few beers. My favourite was the one that began with the wonderful opening line, ‘I was Maya Angelou’s bongo-player.’ This was back in the late 1950s, down in
, when they were on the same bill at some
night-club - he as a singer, she as a dancer (to calypso music). She told him that for her act she could do with a bongo-player.
Nobody in his band could play them so he spent four days practising and went to