The Last time I saw Eric Hord

The last time I saw Eric Hord, the guitar player for the Mama’s and Papa’s, he was hitch hiking up Laurel Canyon Boulevard just above Sunset Strip. It was a Sunday afternoon and I was returning from my first national tour with Tim Buckley. I was riding back to where ever i was going to stay as dictated by my self appointed crazy ass manager named Peggy. I’m feeling guilty that I’m sitting in the back of this limo she had scammed and she yells at the driver who was sitting right next to her up in front of the glass partition.

“Pull over! Pick this guy  up. I know him!”

The stretch limo sighed up to the curb blocking all the frustrated VW micro busses who had to gear down behind us before their climb  up into The Canyon. The door opens, the LA sun pours relentlessly into the cool darkness and a shadow slides smoothly in. Our eyes adjust. It is Eric Hord. He looks at me and smiles, then glances around the stretch. His gaze comes back to meet my eyes with a penetrating, questioning amusement,

“So, It looks like you’re doing pretty good, Buddy.”

I jumped to correct his assumption. I had not become a stupid ass idiot rock star.

“No Eric. This is not what it seems.”

He put his finger gently to his lips. Then he smiled.

“It never is.”

He leaned up to the glass partition and tapped. “You can let me out here.”

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One Response to The Last time I saw Eric Hord

  1. Jesse Sadler says:

    In the mid 1980’s I, (Jesse Sadler) played in a band with Eric Hord around San Diego.
    We went by the name “East County Express” Eric and I traded off playing lead guitar, my brother Jerry Sadler played bass and sang lead vocals with Tom Forbis on drums.
    We played blues, country and standard R&R tunes.Eric played his 57 telecaster thru an old fender deluxe with an old ice cube over drive unit that plugged into the guitar. After 5 or 6 beers into the third set Eric would play slide guitar using the mic stand for a slide! it was way cool and it took me years of practice to get some what good at that mic stand slide trick. I have’nt seen Eric since about 1986, it was a treat playing with him. He told me that he took the rap for Phillips ( Mamma’s/Pappa’s) in the 60’s for herion found in the hotel room in New York and did 2 years in prison for it.

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