What Happened to Year 3 and Year 4 Of The Cricket Club?
As detailed in a previous blog, there were sound difficulties during the Spinners portion of the show in year two of the Cricket Club. While the sound was corrected and the show finished incredibly strong, there were members of the Board of Directors of the club who held me responsible and apparently convinced club founder, Jim Roy, that the club needed to use a different person to hire the bands and put on the shows in the future. In other words, I was 'kicked to the curb.'
The Board of Directors ended up contacting someone else and the problems soon began. The third-year Gladys Knight. Rumor has it that Gladys was paid $40,000.00 and performed 40 minutes on stage. By comparison, I had paid $25,000.00 for the Temptations and The Four Tops, together, who performed approximately 2 hours on stage.
Then the wheels sort of came off for the fourth year. The new booker hired The Four Tops (again) and Lou Christie (again). Needless to say, the club members and their guests were underwhelmed with the
What happened next, came as a complete surprise to me. I received a phone call from Judge Mike Sullivan (now deceased). Mike put me on a 3-way call with himself and cricket club founder, Jim Roy. Apparently, after the disappointments of the third and fourth years of the club, membership had fallen off.
Jim and Mike made me an offer. If I would come back and once again take over the booking of the band and the production of the shows, they would see to it that I became a member of the Board of Directors. I accepted their offer without hesitation.