... Caught "Sir" John live in '68 ... A 350 capacity converted tire factory ... Paid the astronomical entry fee of $4.00 to see this lad , wearing huge rhinestoned shades and a peach colored suit , slide up to a piano - and proceed to energize all present into an absolute ( ! ) dancing frenzy playing a mix of early R & R and Ray Charles !!!
As Mary McCarthy once wrote , "Whodathunk !" ... The man had the gift , and from what I gather , he never let it go .