Posted by Jim Southern on 11/14/2017, 10:23 am
I've lived in my apartment for over 19 years. One of my neighbors in our 8 unit complex seems to be a pretty decent guitar player, because he's "on the road" for months at a time playing with some band. |
He and his wife are good neighbors, friendly but mostly keep to themselves. Over the years I noted that they had a female visitor a few times who would stay for a few days and then be on her way.
I happened to get into a conversation with her one day and when she found out about my DJ history and the record collection, she mentioned her father was David White. It was a name I was a bit familiar with, having seen it on some record labels and in the trade magazines. I was satisfied she was telling the truth because most of those who like to pretend they are related to somebody famous use a fairly well known name and that wasn't the case with David.
About two weeks after that visit, I got a package in the mail from her(Kim) with a reprint from a magazine called "Echoes Of The Past" (issue #106) with a story about her Dad. It was a fascinating tale about the good old days of pop music.
The main emphasis of the story was how David got started, being a part of Danny & The Juniors and "At The Hop". He pointed out that Dick Clark was quite involved with the success of the record and he did profit financially from it's popularity. However, David was quite emphatic that he owed most of his own success to the boost that Dick had given them and he was deeply grateful.
After "...Hop", David was a key player in the Philadelphia music scene, with writing credits such as...
"Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay" - Danny & Juniors
"The Fly" - Chubby Checker
"1-2-3" - Len Barry
"You Don't Own Me" - Lesley Gore
...to name a few.
His songs have also been featured in several movies like "Woodstock", "Grease" & "American Graffiti" among others.
Visiting with her and getting the magazine article were personal highlights and just another treat for being involved with the pop music back then!!