A little bit about myself, I'm 67 years old and I started playing music for money in 1966 [Ed: Hey Al, "You Make Me Feel So Young" is my favourite track.... and it's true because I was only born in 1966!], at that time I had a trio of piano, bass and drum. I played sporadic gigs from then until I got drafted into the Army.
In 1969 I bought my first organ and taught myself how to play it. I really didn't do much playing professionally until 1978, I was pretty much a play at home for my own enjoyment, but in 1978 I bought a Piano and Organ store with my father who also was an entertainer.
I never thought I was good enough to play in public, he convinced me that I was, and when he got a call for a gig, he convinced the bar owner that I was just as good as he was (I wasn't) and got me a gig playing a single on Friday and Saturday nights in a small restaurant bar.
Later I got a gig at an Elks Lodge, they wanted me to hire a drummer and a singer, and that led to what I call a full time/part time career playing music in Elks Lodges all over the State of Oregon.
I did that until 1988, when the band broke up. Since then I've played sporadic gigs until I retired in 2009, and again just play for my own enjoyment.
[Ed: Wonderful recordings Al, some of my all time favourites are in here and it's also great to hear a bit a bout your life and musical history]
Stormy (Classics IV): KN7000
Stupid Cupid (Connie Francis): KN7000
Till There Was You (Big Band Arrangement): KN7000
We've Only Just Begun (The Carpenters): KN7000
You Make Me Feel So Young (Big Band Arrangement): KN7000
April in Paris (Big Band Arrangement): KN7000
I Could Have Danced All Night: KN7000
One (A Chorus Line): KN7000
Over The Rainbow: KN7000
More from AL AndersoN:
AL's Singing Company
Live on KN5000