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Tuxedo Junction


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Tuxedo Junction was the brainchild of A. J. Cervantes, Michael Lewis and Laurin Rinder. Much like Phil Spector, a decade earlier, these producers would create outlets for their musical genius. These outlets or studio groups would often feature the same musicians and singers. Interchangeable pieces in the master plan. The faces might change but the name and sound were constant.

Laurin Rinder was born in Los Angeles, California on April 3, 1943 he knew by the age of six that he wanted to be a musician. At seven, he was playing the trumpet. His father, who was an understudy for Bing Crosby during the 1930’s and 40’s, encouraged Laurin to play and later built him a drum set out of trashcans and corrugated boxes. Soon the trumpet gave way to the saxophone and then finally the drums in his junior high school band.
He played on his first album as a session drummer in 1953 while only ten years old. During his sophomore year, he decided to drop out of high school to pursue music on a full time basis by playing with local bands around Los Angeles. The first band he played with was Dick D’Augustine And The Swingers who had a local hit with a tune called “Nancy Lynn.”
At 19, Laurin enrolled in a correspondence course at The Berkeley School of Jazz and devoted his life to music.


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