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Hyatt and Delonas

I went to Warren Hills High School in Washington, NJ with Scott Hyatt who had the reputation for being the best lead guitarist in the school -- or at least that is what I had heard from my friend Mark Higgins. It was something he recounted during one of our many afternoons talking while he endlessly sanded rust off the wheeless frame of an old Ford Model A he had purchased from a junk yard somewhere. He eventually built that car and painted it Candy Apple Red. Took him years.

Anyway, Scott and I attended both Physics and History classes together. We worked on some group projects and became friends when we discovered a mutual admiration for Monty Python and the Marx Brothers. We spent a lot of time discussing underground comics and drawing cartoons ourselves.

Scott was one of my earliest songwriting collaborators. The other was Neal Cronce. Scott even arranged a song -- The Jersey Devil -- that I cowrote with Neal and we performed it. We worked out several duets in the summer of 1975 and eventually recorded them on an old 4-track reel-to-reel in our friend Kerry Cressman's attic. Actually, I guess it was his mom's attic, but he lived up there. We also recorded one song under similar circumstances at our friend Dave Hall's house somewhere near Budd Lake. Also his mom's house I think.

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