DOTTY & THE NO-MADS
This is how I first remember seeing her...
Looking Like A Prom Queen But Playing For The Prom !
Anyone Recognize The Guild Guitar Slinger ? I'm Not Sure But The Drummer Just Might Be Dominick Amato Of Mastic, Who Played With My Group The Islanders in 1962
It sure Looks Like Him ...HE IS PICTURED HERE CIRCA 1966 WITH THE MALIBUS
Dominick Played Slingerland Drums Too
Car Models Provided Many A Band With A Name
Chevy Probably Had The Most ... Impalas, Del Rays, Corvettes, Biscaynes, & Nomads
IT WAS 1960... 50 YEARS AGO .... YIKES ! ....
As I have mentioned on the opening page of my Long Island Bar Bands History. I already had been playing guitar for four years, but I was still not even 13, when on many a Fri or Sat night, my guitar playing buddy and neighbor Doug Percoco and I would sit on the stoop of Smith's Fish Market, a tiny free standing bungalow at the rear of Schulte's Stable in the tiny town of Mastic Beach, LI and listen to the live bands in Schulte's. We also spent a lot of time at Schulte's rear window staring in at the bands, dreaming of getting to play in there someday (that was the big time for us then) when we were old enough and good enough and could afford real professional instruments like we saw in the hands of the band members on stage.
I think the earliest band I recall was a group called The Sonics and for some reason everytime I hear Bruce Channel's big hit "Hey Baby" I think of the Sonics, perhaps because I heard them do it just like the record.
One night I recall both of us were amazed when we saw a very pretty girl on stage dressed to thrill, with a guitar and several other guys backing her up. We soon found out her name was Dotty Rutledge and she was from Patchogue. We thought she must surely be 18 to be playing in there. Turns out she was far, far from it. But thanks to a very aggressive stage mother, Dotty always looked, dressed and acted the part.
The "age law" was something we also discovered applied to us when we took the stage at Schulte's a year or so later with our own combo The Islanders. There was sort of an unwritten law back then, if you had an adult relative or supervisor over the drinking age, you could perform in taverns. If it wasn't an actual ABC law, it was at least a loophole tolerated by all it seems. That loophole seemed to had vanished shortly afterwards though and I recall having to use my older brothers Draft Card to continue working in bars right up until I turned 18 in May of '65. It always felt funny having the club owners call me Walter and several times I slipped up. I also was very fortunate to be on stage playing when the cops would make unannounced visits to check proof of age. Being 6' 2 " and up on a stage in a suit, I was never bothered.
Schulte's changed bands fairly often and I recall a year or so later, seeing Dotty's 8 x 10 Solo Glamour Guitar Glossy in the window along side of another one of a band of 5 girls she was in called Goldie & The Gingerbreads.
Doug and I thought Dotty had changed her name to Goldie because of her blonde hair and the fact that she usually was a band leader. Little did we know then that Goldie was actually the brunette singer Genya "Goldie" Zelkowitcz or that she was the one in the dark outfit in that photo Even when the real Goldie remerged in the late sixties as Genya Ravan and Ten Wheel Drive I still didn't make the connection. It took the power of the internet to do that some years back. I first connected with Genya some time ago, and asked if she knew whatever happened to Dotty Rutledge?
I think the last time I saw Dotty was about 1963 when I worked for Irv Rosen who owned Patchogue Music Center. Irv had quite a business and it was also a meeting place for many working musicians for much of the eastern half of Long Island. She didn't know me at all then and I was just a kid who worked in the store. Even in the daytime Dotty who was almost always seen with her "manager" mother, looked to be much older and one of the reasons her mother was always with her was Dotty wasn't even old enough to drive.
When I started up my Long Island bar band history web site this year, it was one of my main hopes that I would reconnect with many of the people who worked in the various bands back then and that some of them would have photos, stories, news clippings etc to contribute to make the website grow and be a place people who were in bands or knew people in the bands will want to return to.
I must say some have come through like gangbusters and some have turned up to be dead ends. About a two weeks ago I got an e mail from a Michelle Coombe in California, who with her husband has her own band. Michelle saw my post about Dotty being a member of Goldie & The Gingerbreads and wrote saying Dotty has been a friend of hers for over 15 years. She got in touch with Dotty for me and well as you can see here The Rest Is Mystery Solved and History Revisited , thanks to Dotty who has saved a great deal of photos and things from the time she was active in the music biz from 1958 - 1980. That's in it for the long haul!
We have been e mailing and trading war stories and photos for a week or so now and some of those results you are seeing here and below. Be sure to visit my All Girls Band page too for a lot more photos and music history on both Goldie & The Gingerbreads ( who made R&R history BTW) and Dotty Rutledge Patchogue's Pioneer Princess Of Rock & Roll and more.
Ken Spooner Nashville, July 16, 2010
IN THE KEY OF A @ SCHULTE'S STABLE MASTIC BEACH CIRCA 1961
Dotty and A Nomad Who's Name Escapes Her. There Were Quite A Few No-Mad Members. He May Well Be
Julie ___ Who Played Guitar In Eddie & The Tempos When I Was With Them In 1965? I Recall Julie Played A Well Worn Sunburst Jazzmaster
The Guitars Here Are An Epiphone Windsor with a Bigsby & Fender Jazzmaster With Gibson & Gretsch Amps. All Highly Collectable Today
Take Notice Of The Hay And Stable Decor. Why Schulte's Never Burned To Ground During This Era Is A Miracle ???
Or Any Era For That Matter, As It Is A Real Barn Built In The 19th Century That Came To It's Location From The Knapp Estate In 1933
It Did Catch Fire When Dotty Played There With Her Nomads And She Recalls Helping "Mamma Schulte" (Freida Speiss)
Carry Out Cases Of Booze And Their Instruments As The Boys From MBFD Arrived.
HER FIRST BAND AT THE WAVERLY INN FARMINGVILLE ON NEW YEARS EVE
The Guitar Is A Gretsch Anniversary Model In Two Tone Green
IF YOU GOT THE OCCASION ... DOT & ED HAVE THE TUNE FOR IT
ED IS EDDIE AMODEO
HOW DO YOU GET TO CARNEGIE HALL?
THE TWO TEENS IN THE RUTLEDGE FINISHED BASEMENT CIRCA 1959. BEFORE GARAGE BANDS THERE WERE
FINISHED BASEMENT BANDS. THEY WERE GREAT PLACES TO REHEARSE IN.
MY FIRST GROUP THE ISLANDERS WAS FORMED IN ONE
" JAMMIN' THE NIGHT AWAY"
From A Princess To A Queen Bee !
AT THE STUDENT PRINCE LOUNGE
OCEANSIDE, LONG ISLAND
Hit The Road Jill.. er Dot
In 1965, Dotty Literally Hit The Road & Left Long Island For Good. Out On The Road She Performed For 15 More Years, Leading Her Own Groups & With Many Others ( Often With Interchangeble Members As These Photos Show ) In Showrooms In Major Cities All Across The USA.
OOH ... LAS VEGAS !
HOW ABOUT A LITTLE TRAVELING MUSIC ?
FROM MY CURRENT HOMETOWN NASHVILLE, WHICH IS SOMETIMES CALLED NASH - VEGAS
EMMY LOU SINGS ALL ABOUT SIN CITY WITH HER "HOT BAND" FEATURING GUITAR LEGENDS JAMES BURTON & ALBERT LEE
" DIRECT FROM THE THUNDERBIRD IN VEGAS "
More Likely Zig Zagging Cross The Country
DOROTHY ANNE RUTLEDGE REED
Which Is Way Too Formal For A Stage Name - Here In 1970's Performing As Anne Reed