To the editor:
On Aug. 13, I was invited to play a show at the Surfside 5 club in Salisbury Beach. My stage name is Sweet Pie, and I played the beach for four months each year for several years in the early 1970s.
I had not been back for over 30 years, and not played professionally for over 24 years. This opportunity to play again as Sweet Pie came about when the Salisbury Beach Partnership found me and asked me to be a guest star at their benefit to help preserve Salisbury Beach.
The show last Friday night more than exceeded my expectations and we were thrilled and honored to be part of the celebration. Between 600 and 700 people came to see the show, and it brought back lots of great memories for me. I was overwhelmed by the number of fans who remembered me and who helped make this show such a huge success — revitalizing myself and my old career as Sweet Pie.
It was a very humbling experience, and one that I will always be proud of. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Salisbury Beach Partnership, especially Rachel Hickey, for inviting us to play again and for all the help she gave me to get me there. It was a lot of hard work getting a show together again after all that time, but judging by the response from the audience, we did more than OK for a couple of older piano and harmonica players!
A special thanks also to my harp player, Will Perrone, boyhood friend and incredible musician, and to all the old friends who came out to see me again — it was a fantastic time for me. We hope that everyone had as great a time as we did.
If anyone has any questions or comments or can e-mail us some pictures or videos, please contact me through firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to me at Paul Winer, P.O. Box 1297, Quartzsite, AZ 85346. I would love to have your comments and photos as a memento of my visit.
We have plans to come back next summer and hope to see everyone again then. Thanks again to everyone for making this a once-in-a-lifetime reunion experience for me and Will.
Sweet Pie/Paul Winer