TOWNSEND 95TH BIRTHDAY PARTY - By Dianna Trombino
was anticipating Henry's birthday party for a
long time, and I was not disappointed, in fact
it was more than I expected. Even the Cardinals
could not compete with Henry's legendary 95th
birthday party. The fans did not disappoint Henry,
they came to help him celebrate. And Henry did
not let his fans down.
His fans and friends surrounded him with well
wishes and gifts. Henry graciously allowed his
fans to photograph as he signed autographs for
them. You have admire a man that has endure the
years of ever changing music and life it's self.
To have survived all these years and have such
a positive attitude, it was just a sheer delight
to have been part of the celebration.
I want to thank the following performers for helping
Henry to celebrate his birthday (which many have
been friends for years and have performed with
him in the past) Bob
Case & Stewart, Tom Hall, Leroy
Pierson, Dave Krull,
Dave MacKenzie, Silvercloud, Pennsylvania Slim,
the great JOHNNIE JOHNSON,
JR Reed, Earl Pryor, Sonny
Robertson, Bennie Smith,
and also performing were Arthur
Williams, Tom Maloney,
Steve Waldeman, Eric McSpadden, Bob Lohr, Tony
T., Harry Simon, Rich (Bennie's drummer) and
all of the bands members that performed that evening
- THANK YOU, you are all CLASS ACTS.
The evening started with the blues style of Bob
Case and Stewart, and ended with Bennie Smith...and
in between the guest of honor MR.
HENRY TOWNSEND, who gave an outstanding performance
with Earl Pryor, he added an extra treat, which
I never seem or heard before. Not only did he
perform on the key boards, he performed on an
guitar, with many years experience behind him.
It was a unexpected pleasure to have witnessed
that, and after his performance everybody stood
up and applauded.
The party didn't end there, shortly after that
they brought out his birthday cake, a sight to
see, Henry made a speech, and told his friends
and fans that if it wasn't for the fans, there
would be no HENRY TOWNSEND, and we are thankful
for such a legend as Henry Townsend. THANK YOU,
for many years of your wisdom and music, may your
music and you never grow old!
Love ya Henry...Dianna Trombino Mestman aka
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