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Jackie King: Memorable Gig

Jackie King

Guitar great Herb Ellis and I were flying in from Houston, Texas to San Antonio to join Lenny Breau in a three-part guitar clinic at the Southwest Guitar Conservatory (the full-time guitar school that I owned for seven years in the late ’70s and early ’80s). We were going to be late due to weather conditions that had us in a holding pattern around San Antonio. After about an hour the pilot announced, “We only have two-and-a-half minutes of fuel left-then we will have to go to Dallas.” Herb leaned in to me and said, “I wish he hadn’t said two-and-a-half minutes. That half minute bothers me.”

This was the first time the three of us were to play together after doing our parts of the clinic individually. Herb had never met Lenny and was not familiar with his playing. After a while I said to Herb that Lenny would go on first and cover for us until we got there. He turned to me and said, “Lenny’s pretty good isn’t he?” I replied, “Yeah, he’s real good.” Herb thought for a minute and then said, “When we get there, let’s go up together because he can’t be better than both of us.”

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