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Got a recent link from Noel to a Hartford Courant article about how a couple of Staples grads were able to persuade name bands to perform at Staples.

From the article:

From 1966 to 1968, Staples High in Westport pulled off what would seem to be impossible: Students lured The Doors, Cream, Sly & the Family Stone, the Rascals, the Animals, the Yardbirds and other top-name performers to perform live shows on campus…

Fred Cantor of Westport, who graduated from Staples High in 1971 and recently retired from his career as an attorney, produced the 27-minute film. It was directed and edited by Staples grad Casey Denton. The film tells the story of two students who teamed up to bring the bands to Staples.

Link to the article to read how they did it.

So why didn’t we think to ask, say, Chuck Berry to perform at our senior prom…? (I had to search online to recall which Rock ‘n Rollers were around in our day. By the way, Berry—a Rock ‘n Roll founder and Hall of Famer—died just two days ago at age 90.)

Thanks for the link, Noel… :-)

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