My Time with Sergio Mendes
When Sergio appeared at the Circle Star Theatre, I was the
Artist Relations person for the theatre. Had a great time with him and his band
members; they all enjoyed a good time.
Don Lewis, the sound man
for the Circle Star Theatre, left the theatre to work for Sergio on his world
tour. When I was working at the Valley Music Theatre in Woodland Hills, I
frequently visited Don and Sergio at Sergio's home. Brought a couple of
singers to his studio when Sergio was looking for some new talent.
When Sergio was
playing at the Troubadour in Hollywood, I went to his rehearsal to visit
them. Heard that Stevie Wonder had just returned off tour; Sergio and
Stevie had a record together. I called
Stevie and invited him to the Troubadour to come to the club to visit Sergio.
I first met Stevie at the Circle Star
Theatre. One day I took him to San Francisco which was about 25 minutes North of
the Circle Star. He attended a gathering at a theatre, can't remember the exact
area, but I do remember the delicious Soul food we ate afterwards.
Stevie was always accompanied
by someone from his staff, except for one time during that day, when I
was the only one with him. We were sitting in the theatre and people were asking
for his autograph. He told me to sign them for him. I held the pen and he put
his hand on mine and we signed autographs. I guess they are as authentic as you
can get. Of course I signed his name.
That evening, before Sergio's show, I met Sergio and
his band in the back of the Troubadour, told him about Stevie and asked him to
get us some good seats, since he had more clout than I had. He said, "Sam,
I should make you my promoter."
The above photos
were taken upstairs in the dressing rooms after the show. Needless to say, thanks to Sergio, we had
the best seats in the house.
A link to a
great site about Sergio Mendes