WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 1950’s was an exciting time in the music industry. You had legends like Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, and Chuck Berry just to name a few. You also had groups like Bill Haley and his Comets, The Platters, and our Extraordinary Person of the Week, Scott Stevens and The Cavaliers.
“I’ve never written a book before, only written music,” Steve Glaser told WWAY’s Daniel Seamans.
He had never written a book until a different kind of writing delivered an idea in 2015.
“My wife and I go out for Chinese food and opened up the fortune cookie,” Glaser said, “the fortune cookie said ‘you have a charming way with words, you should write a book’.”
Steve Glaser, aka Scott Stevens of The Cavaliers, was the lead singer of a band made up of neighborhood friends.
“This is me with hair, now ya see it now ya don’t. This is John Duff, Jimmy Smith, Jackie Morgan, Lloyd Needleman.”
Their music made the airwaves. Their band made waves, too.
“We became one of the first integrated groups of the 50’s, and that was difficult at best,” Glaser said. “Not only were we one of the 1st integrated groups, the two white fellas in the group were Jewish.”
The ups and downs of their journey can now be found in Glaser’s book “White Boy”. “White Boy” referring to his time performing at The Apollo, one of many chapters in the 124 page Rock and Roll story.
“We had a tough row to hoe,” Glaser said. “So in the book we tell you about all the things we went through and how we got through things.”
They got through things, like being removed from a scheduled performance on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” show because as this pioneer in the shadows says, you had to be an all black or all white band. Their mix did not mix well with the trends of the 1950’s music industry.
“One of the reasons I wrote the book is because,” Glaser said, “Number one, I thought the story should be told about racial discrimination and anti-semitism and what kids of the 50’s had to go through to be successful in the music industry, the other reason is because I didn’t want to just be dust in the wind.”
A trip down memory lane from his desk in Wilmington dusted off memories he’d forgotten from the years growing up in the Bronx.
“She used to go back into the house because I was making fun of her. Well, while I’m writing the book my cousin says, ‘you know, that kid was Carly Simon’. There are so many things that are interesting in the book!”
You mixed it up in the music industry, Steve Glaser, singing beautiful color into black and white. And that makes you, ‘Extraordinary’.
SIDENOTE: Steve is currently working on turning the book into play that is expected to take the stage at UNCW in spring of 2018.
And he’s meeting with a producer from Sony Pictures this weekend to talk about a possible movie.
You can find links to his book and music on his website by clicking here.
Rock on, brother!
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