When I was around 10 years old, my brother and I formed a band to make a few bucks to keep the Pedroski house afloat. We played local record hops and radio shows in Pittsburgh. A few years later around 13 years of age, we met Rod Knepper and we formed our band called Lefty and the Leadsmen. I wrote some songs for the band and we are in The Rock a Billy Hall of Fame for some of those tunes. A song called “Wildwood Fun” is in compilations around the world. I believe they still sell the tune for $500 dollars a 45rpm. I wrote that when I was 13 or 14 years old. My brother David has passed away — he was a great drummer and Physicist. My cousin Freddie Valencic joined the band playing drums for a short span. Rod Knepper was our friend and guitar player doing all the cool licks. Rod is still my best half century friend and I wrote “Houston” back in '71 for what was going on in his life. The tune was called “Send Her Home to Pittsburgh” and then Brooklyn. It was cut about 5 times. It is on Cilla Black’s compilation around the world. I have re-cut “Houston” for my friend John Florez because he signed me to write songs for him back in '74 after he heard the song.
HERE to view Lefty's lyrics.
I continued writing songs at 15 and 16 years old
pitching my songs from London (EMI Parlophone to Ron Richards)
to New York (1650 Broadway) to Los Angeles (Bobby Darin, Brian
Wilson’s dad Murray Wilson).
I am still writing great country songs and acting in 2009. I have a new CD of country songs that I want to get out there to the world. I wrote a song for my dad called the “Old Coalminer”. Every line of that song is my dad’s story of his life.
I also wrote the song "Smart" with my old buddy Tony Valentino from the legendary garage band The Standells of "Dirty Water' fame. Tony toured with The Stones and he still plays gigs around L.A. and in Boston for the playoff baseball games with the Red Sox. He thought we were writing an Italian rock tune and we ended up with "Smart". I wrote 3 sets of lyrics for the tune before I fought for the "Smart lyrics.
I was the appointed to the ASCAP West
Coast Writers Advisory Board in the late '70's with some of
the greatest songwriters in the world. I believe that
Marilyn Bergman and Hal David were the presidents of ASCAP at