~ Coutesy Spittaman Petigara
There are some people that we are truly thankful for and in my case I have to thank Fali Cooper and his family for all the support and help they have given me through the years.
I started my music career in 1967 and can quite honestly say that our first band could not play very well. I also needed to develop my own skills as a musician and thus dedicated three months of learning with my uncle. I then got hold of a few guys and started a band called ‘The Abstracts’.
‘The Abstracts’ above L-R we have Mumdu, Arif Obaid, myself and Thaddeus D. Pinto.
In 1971 I met Fali Cooper and that’s when we started a new band and got quite popular in the entertainment business. Our biggest supporter was Fali’s father and so we dedicated the name of the band to him and called ourselves ‘Dad’s Gratitude’. The line-up was Saleem Akhtar, Rizwan Fancy, Fali Cooper, Richie and myself.
In the photograph above L-R we have Saleem Akhtar, Rizwan Fancy, Fali Cooper and myself.
For more on Dad’s Gratitude click on the following link: https://lmkonline.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/dads-gratitude-of-the-70s/
Whilst performing with Dad’s Gratitude and even before that I was playing session music for tv, radio, films and background music. I also played solo and had a band with Aamir Zaki. I’ve played with so many musicians, too many to mention.
I also played for a Jazz and a French band. Spittaman, Farhad and myself also played for quite a while. A three piece band with Hillary (RIP), Denise and myself.
Apart from all the live music I was also teaching at Yamaha for many years and some of my students are playing professionally abroad. It makes me so happy to see them all successful.
And Yes indeed Dad’s Gratitude was the best band that I played for! I also played with Gerard and Malcolm at the Marriott. It was an all acoustic with no amplification which was a very interesting experience for me.
In the photograph above L-R we have myself, Malcolm Goveas and Gerard Vanderlowen
Finally I have to thank Spittaman for introducing me to a school that I am working at and enjoying every moment of it.