Back in 1975, a band was born in the middle of the civil war in Beirut, Lebanon at the International College High School. The name of the band was The Pink Panthers. Third one from the left is me! The lead guitarist in front of me was Ralph Shami, the pianist was Pierre Kerbage (far left) and the drummer behind me was Emile Bustani . The name the base guitarist (far right) escapes me. If you know him, please remind me of his name.
I played rhythm guitar and sang. We played popular songs from the 70's but mostly kept to the cool stuff (CCR, Doors, etc...)
By 1978, we were so popular, that the school was getting worried about the independence that we had. They hired an old hack to run the "music club" and tried to dilute the band with gathered talent from the rest of the school. Soon after that, the band broke up. Ralph and I kept playing together moving from electric rock to the more accoustic repertoire which included CSN, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Dylan and a few other favourites of the time.
Back then I was as cool as you can get in Beirut Lebanon. I'd like to think I am still a cool old dude! BTW, this was plain smokes. Although hashish was plentiful at the time, I never really enjoyed it. I always ended up sick when I smoked it so I avoided it like the plague.