I moved out of my mom’s place pretty early. I think I was 16 or 17.
Dom and Benet were living in Bre-- ,er-- Laclede West, a newer part of
The band had several names before settling on Jon Cotton. My favorite was Bronco Bullfrog.
A friend of mine named Ed had just moved out of his folks’ place in Brea -- ,er-- Laclede West. He found a beautiful carriage house in the
It was a big deal for my folks too. The night I moved in my mom stopped by with my dad. My dad looked like he was choking back tears at the thought of this new phase of my life.
I spent my first night there alone. I remember falling asleep to a small TV my girlfriend Pam had given me.
I was still at
When I got home from school that next day I found the apartment crowded with a bunch of
Ed had divided his part of the rent with five other kids from Southwest. He wanted a place to party away from his folks. I lived in my first apartment a single night before running back to my mom.
It would be several months before I moved into a place across the alley from my mom with Tony Patti and my brother.
It was good I didn’t stray too far. I ate at Best Steak House no. 2 one night and spent 3 days in a food poisoned delirium. When I was finally lucid enough to call my mom she walked across the alley to spoon feed me peanut butter until I got my strength back.
I think Ed eventually spent time in prison for dealing. I know a lot of people came to regard him as an a$$hole.
Photo is an early publicity photo of Jon Cotton in Dom and Benet’s Laclede West basement. 1973 or 1974 I think. Left to right out front are John Steffen, Benet and Jimmy Hill. Dominic and I are in the back.