I’m Bernie Landry. I started playing music when I was 8 years old. I wanted to play trumpet, but my parents sent me to private lessons on accordion with hopes that the school would switch me to trumpet in a few months after I learned some theory.
However, that never happened. The school was selling accordions as a main business, so do the math…
In the early 60’s like millions of youth, I got hooked by the Brittish invasion (Beatles, Stones, Zombies, etc) and got my first guitar when I was 12 years old.
Through out the 60’s I lived in Webster, New York. I grew up listening to Rock, Motown and Hendrix. So it was a mix of rock, soul, funk and guitar music that influenced my style and interest in music.
When I was 16 it was 1969. My parents moved us to Montreal, QC, Canada. This is where I started playing in bands. Playing the local clubs and bars.
In 1974 I went full time and worked as a musician for a living. The pay was actually quite good and we were playing every week.
More to come…