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Dick Doherty 1963 (2) Dick Doherty Mill Hill Club 1963 (2)

Here is some “inside baseball” trivia for all you Happy Hour Junkies out there, like your’s truly! I have always been curious what “inspired” the great John Morgan to do what he does? What or who was his influences; was it a family member or a recording artist? We already know, as a young boy, he had the talent and was made to play and sing “The Tennessee Waltz” for his Mother and others in the family living room and as a teenager, played his first professional gig and earned $5 for playing a Ricky Nelson song at a Demolay dance, but….what was his true career inspiration? How do you make the leap from that time and space at a young age, to performing for the thousands of drunk, cheering, singing, adoring fans that would be packed into Pufferbellies and other venues over the years to experience the “best of the best” in Cape Cod Happy Hours? Well, in rare moments of detailing history on stage, he has finally revealed it! It started in the Spring of 1963, while John was a student at UMass Amherst, he attended a concert and saw three acts; “Buffy St. Marie, Taj Mahal and some young kid,” whom he didn’t know. Later that Summer, at the age of 19, he was visiting the Cape to attend his brother’s wedding. During his Cape stay, on the way to Craigville Beach one day, they stopped at Charlie’s Prospector Inn…and he walked into a new world and experienced his “first” Happy Hour. And here it comes….the rest of the story!!! On stage was that young kid he saw back at that Umass concert…it was Dick Doherty (pictured above)! He heard Dick singing, “I’ll Blow Your Socks Off”….saw the crowd’s reaction and John had an epiphany and he said, “I was home….I can do that!” So, it was Dick Doherty that was his inspiration!! Of course we then have some “missing years,” he tells of a break from college and travels to CA in 1965 and for a couple of years sang at a little bar on the Manhattan Beach pier but in 1967, John returned to Cape Cod and became the first Happy Hour singer at The Improper Bostonian in Dennis Port, MA! Cape Cod would never be the same. The early years revealed and the Legend begins! Cheers, HH Parrot!


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