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As a teen I played in the Spirit of St. Louis Drum & Bugle Corp. There is where it all started for me with the drums. If it was not for drum corp., I would not be a drummer today. I owe it all to drum corp. I moved to Chicago from St. Louis, MO. In the 70s my frist gig was with Buddy Guy & Jr. Wells. There is where it all began with the Blues.
Previous Affiliations: Have Drums Will Travel!
Buddy Guy & Jr. Wells
James Cotton Band
Lonnie Brooks Band
Freddy King Band
Albert King Band
Charlie Musclewhite Band
Jimmy Dawkins Band
John Little John Band
Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows Band
Magic Slim & The Teardrops Band
Joe Kelly & The Blue Shadow Band
McKinley Mitchell Band
Michael Coleman & The BackBreakers Band
Willie Kent & The Gents Band
Son Seals Band
Chick Willis Band
Larry Davis Bands
Recordings that i am playing on:
'77 Buddy Guy..Breaking Out.. JSP Records
'81 Lonnie Brooks.. Turn On The Night..Alligator Records.
'82 Eddie Shaw..Movin & Grovin Man..Evidence Records
'83 Buster Benton..Buster Is The Feeling..Ronn Records
'89 Willie Kent..I'm What You Need..Big Boy Records
'89 Abe Locke..Big City Blues..Abe Locke Music,Inc
'97 Michael Coleman..I been Fooling Around..Blue Chicago Records
'00 Michael Colman..Do Your Thing!..Delmar Records

Tv Show & Beer Commercial
'81 Good Day Show, Boston, MA. with Lonnie Brooks
'85 Coors Beer Commercial, Chicago, IL. with Magic Slim & The Teardrops
'93 Ameritech Radio Commercial with my Band
I have toured Canada, Europe, & The United States
I am a Endorsee of Slug Beaters.

Merle Perkins & The Perkolators
In 1990, I started my own band for about seven years. The reason why I started it was because other musicians kept saying you played with everybody, why don't you start you own band. So I decided to give it a shot. It was fun at frist, but it started to get hard as I went on. So I decided to get out why I am ahead. It is easy to be a side man that way you don't have to worry about anybody else but your self.

The Eddy Clearwater Band Blues fest in Rockland,Me 2000
Me on the drums with The Eddy Clearwater Band.
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