In the 1960’s and 70’s, Rick Kern emerged as a respected El Paso drummer and played with several local bands including the popular Westhampton Barge. His singing was also notable and he worked tirelessly with bandmates to create rich vocal harmonies. Upon completing college in 1972 he went on the road, touring with three different vocal show groups; Sounds Royale and two named Tapestry. The last group's brush with stardom came in 1977 when they were signed to appear on a Captain & Tennille TV special with Neil Diamond.
In this video, Rick Kern tells a story about how he was inspired to pursue music when a local band came and performed at his school when he was a child. On the 23rd of May, 2017, 57 years later, Rick Kern brings PT & the Cruisers to Ysleta High School to entertain over 1,100 5th grade students. Kern did this in hopes to inspire the children to pursue music and reap all of its benefits, much like he did when he was younger.
PT & the Cruisers - Musical Inspiration - 2017 - Video
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