Silver Laughter Plays “Yesterday” Live

Silver Laughter 1976 - Paul, Ken (in the tree), Jon, Carl Frisch (sound and lights) and Mick

Silver Laughter 1976 – Paul, Ken (in the tree), Jon, Carl Frisch (sound and lights) and Mick

Here is yet another Beatles song from our tribute which was performed in June of 1978 at The Ranch & Co. in Port Byron, IL. We were recorded over two nights, and the audience response this particular evening is so much better than the other. Unfortunately, I can’t differentiate which is which night!

This version of “Yesterday” is played way too fast, in my opinion, but we were always so wound up during live performances this was not uncommon. I think I can speak for the rest of the group and say that we LOVED playing in front of live audiences. It’s that instant feedback that made all the traveling worthwhile. However, on those nights when we were “under” appreciated… well, that’s another story. Drinking probably helped in those rare occasions!

The photo is yet another gem from our Worthington session taken in the fall of 1976 including sound man, Carl Frisch, the “fifth” Silver Laughter. What’s particularly funny about this picture is that Ken is EXTREMELY bothered by heights.

When we were driving to my sister’s place in California after Double Shot threw in the towel in 1980, I had to drive my van over Lucas Valley Road to get to Point Reyes Station.Today I drive that road to get to San Geronimo Golf Course every Friday. The road is full of tight twists and turns as it winds up over the hill and back down into the valley with steep drop-offs on the passenger side of the vehicle going that direction. Some places the speed limit is 25 miles per hour or less. To this day there are no guard rails. Anyway, Ken was practically in my seat as I maneuvered the Chevy van on our way to our destination.

So why is he the one “up in the tree”???

Mick Orton

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