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Giant Strides: The Legacy of Dick Wellstood Kindle Edition
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The author did his due diligence through lots of interviews with those who knew Dick. His was a pained life, with many moments of triumph and lots of heartache. Dick would have easily thrown Miles Davis for a loop regarding his challenge to identify the race of the musician. His feel is superlative and his knowledge of the American songbook is unparalleled.
On a personal note, I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Wellstood once when I went into a bar in Wayne, NJ late at night with a special date. It was closing time, and the band had just finished playing. But Dick, probably sensing that I was a musician, sat down at the piano and proceeded to totally blow me away with a stride piece clocked at about 100 miles per hour. It was something I will never forget and have never experienced since. Soon after that, Dick sadly passed away. He was far too young and he is sorely missed by everyone who knew him.
Interestingly, this book depicts many of Dick's faults as well as his strengths. He comes across as a sincere human being who did the best he could to bring joy and entertainment to millions. There will never be anyone like him. He was a character in the vein of Charlie Parker, who would goof on people all the time.
Dick, I am sure you are in heaven wailing with St. Peter. I only hope they didn't make you go in the back entrance. Peace out.