I remember thinking Elvis was the coolest guy on the planet. I really liked Roy Orbison and Ricky Nelson too. I went and saw Elvis' movies and thought, "That's the guy I want to be." Then, surf music came out and here I was living right on the beach in Hermosa. Couldn't have been a cooler time. They made those faux surf movies with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon which were so lame, you just had to laugh at them. There wasn't a good surf movie until Bruce Brown came out with The Endless Summer.
All of a sudden, Elvis wasn't so cool anymore. Then, the Beatles came out and completely blew my world apart. I remember the old folks making fun, going, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, whoooooooo." Making fun of their hair.
The first girl I ever kissed was named Michelle. "Michelle, my belle." Reminds me of the words in that Dave Matthew's song, "First time I kissed you I lost my legs."