It was 1964 and I was a freshman in high school. The Beatles had just exploded on the scene with “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” The two main fan bases in the U.S. were Beatles fans and Dave Clark Five fans. I had to be different. I liked the Stones because I liked the Chuck Berry tune (“Come On”) they did on an EP before “Satisfaction” changed the world in ‘65.
The buzz on Jennifer Batten rose from the guitar underground, and the guitar magazines promptly began chronicling her savvy musicianship and highly original approach to the electric guitar. A major turning point came when she was selected from over one hundred guitarists to play in Michael Jackson’s band, which toured the world for one and a half years playing for over four and a half million people.
Check out this music video of Tom Petty’s “Refugee” by ZK (Paul Zollo and Barry Keenan). Paul is a singer/songwriter, Editor for American Songwriter, and the author of many music books, including “Conversations with Tom Petty.” Barry is a well-known musician and songwriter and leader of the band Invisible Poet Kings.