Mack Doss Sr.. asked that we share his Facebook comments on The Sarasota Post.
I’ve had a wonderful career in music. I love it just as much now as I did when I was 14 years Old. I thought it was great being on a hit record, then in 2000 Bradenton Boys got together again & one of my best friends in life, Dickey Betts & yours truly was inducted into the Florida Hall of Fame, 10/20/2000 along with one of my idols the Great Bo Diddley, and another one of my Jacksonville Buddy’s Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynyrd. We did the same show in Miami, Fl. in July of 2001.
Sunday 6/4/2017 at The Swordfish Grille & Tiki has to be the greatest thrill of my life playing for all the great people that have stood by my side since Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt, the great Alton Gill on bass & lead singer, and Mike Castleman and I formed a group called “The Thunderbeats”. Friends that I haven’t seen since Ballard Elementary School days were there. I am not gonnah mention the names because I might forget someone. I don’t like hurting people’s feelings.
I do have to give Twinkle Yochim & Tony LeClerc a lot of the credit as this was their way of honoring me & helping me when I was very ill in December. Twinkle Yochim is the diamond in my eyes. Bob Slicker, GM of the Swordfish along with Katrina Humphrey, Grego, & all the staff from the Swordfish Grill, I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. You really made my day. To all the great musicians, which have a soft spot in my heart, thank you so much, I love each & every one of you.
Sande Caplin, Mr. Sarasota Post himself, did a lot of hard work promoting this event. Sande & I walked down memory lane, he has posted on his site a lot of pictures of when we played at the Bradenton Auditorium, The Thunderbeats playing for Manatee High School Christmas Dance in 1964 or 65′ and letters from The state of Fl. from Ms. Katherine Harris Secretary of State at that time. If you like history I think you will really like the material I shared with Sande. Vin Mannix, one of my favorite people in the world was there. He wrote several articles through the years on “Rhino & Doss”. The audience makes you or breaks you and all your friends and I have to say there was a lot of love this past Sunday. I also want to thank all the new folks that I had a chance to meet.
Peace and Love, Mack Doss Sr.
photos from The Sarasota Post